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Toute passion abolie (1931)

par Vita Sackville-West

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When Lady Slane was young, she nurtured a secret, burning ambition: to become an artist. She became, instead, the dutiful wife of a great statesman, and mother to six children. In her widowhood she finally defies her family. Her children, all over sixty, have planned for her to spend her remaining days quietly, as a paying guest of each of them in turn. Much to their dismay, Lady Slane rents a small house in Hampstead and chooses to live independently, free from her past. She revels in her new-found freedom, living the life she forfeited seventy years earlier to the conventions of a Victorian marriage, and attracts an odd assortment of companions. Among them is Mr FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who met her in India, when she was very young and very lovely?.?.?. First published in 1931, All Passion Spent is the fictional companion to her friend Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.… (plus d'informations)
Récemment ajouté parbibliothèque privée, jfclark, JavierRosales, lonali, labfs39, tcrossland19, marievictoire, ejmw, SarahKDunsbee, GiovanyGracia
Bibliothèques historiquesLeonard and Virginia Woolf
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    Printemps d'Illyrie par Ann Bridge (GeraniumCat)
    GeraniumCat: Thematically similar to All Passion Spent this wise and gentle book is much less well-known and makes an interesting comparison.
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I know this is considered to be a must-read high brow book. For ages it was sitting half-listened to as a cassette in my car rescued during a library purge. Its one of those books I get sucked into by the Hemingway effect, i.e., the fallacy that an interesting author's life makes for an interesting book by that author. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |

"Nothing matters to an artist except the fulfilment of his gift." Without it "All meaning goes out of life, and life becomes existence -- a makeshift."


All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville- West is a novel on reflecting back on life. Sackville-West, was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. A successful and prolific novelist, poet, and journalist during her lifetime—she was twice awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature: in 1927 for her pastoral epic, The Land, and in 1933 for her Collected Poems—today she is chiefly remembered for the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst she created with her diplomat husband.

The introduction by Victoria Glendinning makes the observation that Virginia Woolf wrote in an androgynous style. Sackville-West wrote as a masculine woman which complimented her husband's feminine streak. Just as Shakespeare's Mark Antony came to bury Caesar not praise him, Sackville-West claimed not to be a feminist. She would join in a discussion with "I am not a feminist, but...." She was not a diplomat's or politician's wife. She did not give up her freedom to be attached to a man in marriage. Throughout her career, she remained Vita (or V) Sackville-West and not Mrs. Harold Nicolson or Lady Nicolson. Many aspects of her life appear in her writings.

The novel opens with Lord Slane's death. Lady Slane is surrounded by her children looking to divide up the estate and who will take charge of their eighty-eight-year-old mother. Her eldest son is sixty-eight years old. It is very much the old deciding what to do with the older. Lady Slane was the dutiful wife of the Viceroy of India and member of the House of Lords. The children wonder what will their mother do now. Her whole life was standing by her husband's side and now that he is dead, what does she have to live for? Lady Slane surprises her children and decides that she will live by herself in essentially the suburbs. She saw an apartment thirty years ago and it never left her mind. She will take Genoux her eighty-six-year-old maid and leave. Other than that she wishes to be left alone -- No children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren.

Lady Slane meets with the landlord, Mr. Bucktrout, whose name she remembered the name from thirty years ago. She becomes friends with Mr. Bucktrout an eccentric in his own ways. Bucktrout was not near the class equal of Lady Slane, but she did not allow that to interfere. This ends part one of the book. Part two consists mostly of Lady Slane's reflections of her life. It ends with almost a poetic comparison of what she sees riding through the desert and what her husband sees. It plays well into the description of Lady Shane being intelligent, well read, and an admirer of beauty, however, she could not write a check, follow stocks, or understand her husband's duties. There is a clear line drawn between the man's world and the woman's world. She recalls being the leader in "follow the leader" with her children, but faithfully followed her husband's lead in the real world.

Part three brings closure to the book Lady Slane meets two people, one old and one new, who fill out her life story and the family's future. She is reminded of her life and her dreams. Her husband cheated her of her chosen life as an artist although she never mentions actually painting. Her husband gave her and ample life. "According to his lights, he gave you all you could desire. He merely killed you, that's all." The idea of giving up a dream for a very comfortable life. The book draws to a conclusion that is fitting and well told. The novel is more than writing for writing’s sake. It examines the issues of the times and the role of women. For an eighty-year-old book ,many of the issues in the novel still exist today.
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  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
Never knew Vita Sackville-West was such a terrific writer. Besides the writing itself, this book is charming, but never saccharine. The humor is arch, in that uniquely British way, and at the same time the story has a genuine sweetness to it. It’s not for everyone, but it suited me just fine. I’ll be reading more of her work. ( )
1 voter meredk | Feb 5, 2020 |
This was an unusual book. I enjoyed the beginning and the end the most, when Lady Slane's appalling children were entertaining. The middle however was boring and unconvincing. I didn't believe in Lady Slane as a thwarted artist at all, and I didn't believe in her love for her husband either. She seemed incapable of any warm emotion at all. Then there was Mr Bucktrout, who seemed to have wandered in from a Dickens novel... ( )
  pgchuis | Nov 23, 2019 |
Scritto nel 1931 è un romanzo apertamente, e anticipatamente, femminista. Risente chiaramente l’influenza di Virginia Wolf anche per la parte centrale, molto introspettiva, nella quale la protagonista riavvolge il film della propria vita. E’ al tempo stesso un romanzo sulla vecchiaia, vista come il tempo in cui si fanno i conti con se stessi e si può essere, come la protagonista, finalmente liberi delle proprie scelte. E infine è uno spaccato di costume: uno sguardo sull’ Inghilterra eduardiana, aristocratica e conformista, ma anche eccentrica e anticipatrice. ( )
  Marghe48 | Aug 20, 2019 |
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Of course, she would not question the wisdom of any arrangements they might choose to make. Mother had no will of her own; all her life long, gracious and gentle, she had been wholly submissive - an appendage. It was ssumed that she had not enough brain to be self-assertive. "Thank goodness," Herbert sometimes remarked, "Mother is not one of those clever women." That she might have ideas whcih she kept to herself never entered into their estimate.
Henry by the compulsion of love had cheated her of her chosen life, yet had given her another life, an ample life, a life in touch with the greater world, if that took her fancy; or a life, alternatively, pressed close up against her own nursery. For a life of her own, he had substituted his life with its interests, or the lives of her children with their potentialities. He assumed that she might sink herself in either, if not in both, with equal joy. It had never occurred to him that she might prefer simply to be herself.lf.
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When Lady Slane was young, she nurtured a secret, burning ambition: to become an artist. She became, instead, the dutiful wife of a great statesman, and mother to six children. In her widowhood she finally defies her family. Her children, all over sixty, have planned for her to spend her remaining days quietly, as a paying guest of each of them in turn. Much to their dismay, Lady Slane rents a small house in Hampstead and chooses to live independently, free from her past. She revels in her new-found freedom, living the life she forfeited seventy years earlier to the conventions of a Victorian marriage, and attracts an odd assortment of companions. Among them is Mr FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who met her in India, when she was very young and very lovely?.?.?. First published in 1931, All Passion Spent is the fictional companion to her friend Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

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