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The Novel in the Viola

The Novel in the Viola

Author(s): Natasha Solomons

Location(s): England, Vienna

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1930s onwards



This book starts off with Elise in her Austrian days, in Vienna, having a lovely time in the early thirties. Swiftly the story picks up at Tyneford House, a mansion on the south coast of Englan, where she is sent to escape the impending whirlwind against the Jews. The portrayal of life in an English country house is a big part of the story, with insights into the class system, and the relationships between servant and master.

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Elise’s viennese life, her transfer to London – the descriptions of the London fog, the confusion of being in a new city, let alone a new country are so well drawn. A very good...

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