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The Little Shadows (vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: Marina Endicott (Tekijä)

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The Little Shadows revolves around three sisters in the world of vaudeville before and during the First World War. We follow the lives of all three in turn: Aurora, the eldest and most beautiful, who is sixteen when the book opens; thoughtful Clover, a year younger; and the youngest sister, joyous headstrong sprite Bella, who is thirteen. The girls, overseen by their fond but barely coping Mama, are forced to make their living as a singing act after the untimely death of their father. They begin with little besides youth and hope, but Marina Endicott's genius is to show how the three girls slowly and steadily evolve into true artists even as they navigate their way to adulthood among a cast of extraordinary characters - some of them charming charlatans, some of them unpredictable eccentrics, and some of them just ordinary-seeming humans with magical gifts.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Little Shadows
Kirjailijat:Marina Endicott (Tekijä)
Info:Doubleday Canada (2011), Edition: First Edition, 544 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 18) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I liked reading about the Vaudeville era and about how the bookings and billings went. The novel made me think, too, about building and maintaining relationships in such a transitory industry. I found, though, that the book plodded along and could have been much tighter in terms of plot. Just kind of "meh" for me. ( )
  LynnB | Oct 30, 2020 |
I really enjoyed reading this novel. A very interesting historical fiction about the lives of three vaudeville performers in North America around the time of the First World War. Overall a satisfying read. ( )
  cryczak232 | Apr 4, 2019 |
****Please note I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway*******


I feel somewhat bad for only rating this book as okay. I feel guilty that it took me so long to finish reading it, especially after winning it as a giveaway. I thought this book would be more fun than it was, being about the vaudeville era.

The main disappointment was the plodding pace of the book. I put this down after barely a hundred pages to read other things. It dragged on, and didn't really catch my interest until somewhere around page 350. And even then, half my reason for finishing it was for the sake of finishing it not necessarily because I wanted to know what happened.

It was just too somber for my liking. The characters seemed thrown together, just like the jumble of all the different chapters. Which weren't even chapters so much as headers. It reminded me of reading an article in a textbook or something. The format was meant, I think, to resemble the nature of vaudeville and have the approach of vignettes, and a show, but it didn't mesh for me.

I felt that the background was really lacking as well. Especially the parts of the story regarding the girls brother Harry, and their father. They all cared for the brother and father, that was obvious, but there was little explanation in the way of their deaths and I felt that a little more back story would have been helpful.

The whole courtship (or lack thereof?) of Aurora and Mr Ridgeway seemed to be pointless filler. The relationship with their uncle seemed that way too. It served the purpose of helping bind up the end of the story but the way that the past fight is brought up in thought only without any real mention is just useless, it could have been cut out entirely.

There were too many characters and too much crowding of them, for me to get pulled in by the story.

This author is new to me, but sadly after struggling so much to get through this I don't think I'll be trying to read anything else by her. At least not anytime soon. ( )
  Melissalovesreading | Sep 30, 2018 |
(Fiction, Literary, Historical, Canadian)

I do love Marina Endicott, who departs from her usual current day settings to tell this story set on the vaudeville circuit of the Canadian prairies and Montana in the years 1912 to 1917. It follows the fortunes of three sisters who form a singing and dancing act.

It’s a thoroughly absorbing story and I thought the ‘placard’ chapter titles were a delightful touch.

This was first recommended to me by the late Kevin from Canada.

4½ stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 17, 2018 |
This novel tells the story of three sisters making their way in vaudeville in Canada in the early 1900s. Aurora, Clover and Bella, together with their widowed and fragile mother Flora, go from theatre to theatre, sometimes headlining, sometimes opening the show and experiencing the various ups and downs of vaudeville and life in general.

The book covers the period from shortly before the outbreak of World War I, to shortly before the end of that war. As the family move from across the country, they each experience love and heartbreak and end up growing up in their own individual ways.

It is very clear that the author has extensively researched her subject and there are some real life characters included, although most are fictional but based on real life (for example, one character is based on Buster Keaton and his family). It made for an interesting and informative read, and I do feel that it gave a lot of insight into what is essentially an unstable profession. What I liked about the sisters was their very believable love and support for each other – each had their own talent and personality and they all complemented each other.

While overall I enjoyed this book, I would say I liked it rather than loved it. I would recommend it, but with some hesitation as I feel that if historical fiction is not a genre you would normally enjoy, this is not a book which is going to change your mind. ( )
  Ruth72 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 18) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
It’s a clever approach, but risky; keeping track of this vast array of players demands, and sometimes tries, the reader’s patience. So does Endicott’s determination to re-enact dozens of eccentric routines. Ultimately the experiment pays off; we are utterly submerged in the milieu of vaudeville. It is a world as colorful as Oz, though the backdrop is mostly blinding white.

The strangeness distracts somewhat from the coarse realities of the period. The Ninepins’ routine of comic brutality, for instance, is a thin disguise for the family’s history of domestic violence. The theatre world virtually condones violence against women. While the girls are free to explore their burgeoning sexuality, a non-existent father and thoughtless mother leave them vulnerable. Bella is sexually assaulted, while Aurora is taken advantage of by a man who humiliates her in public. Yet Aurora has learned that pain need not be pointless; she uses it to inform her songs....The Little Shadows is a novel about art and women, and personal fulfillment and the thrill of performing. But it is also a story about the role of the audience; Endicott celebrates the art of watching. Set against a backdrop of ice and snow and war, the book belongs to a Canadian tradition preoccupied with survival. At the same time, Endicott insists, art has always had its place. She has written an entertaining, moving and original work.
 
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The Little Shadows revolves around three sisters in the world of vaudeville before and during the First World War. We follow the lives of all three in turn: Aurora, the eldest and most beautiful, who is sixteen when the book opens; thoughtful Clover, a year younger; and the youngest sister, joyous headstrong sprite Bella, who is thirteen. The girls, overseen by their fond but barely coping Mama, are forced to make their living as a singing act after the untimely death of their father. They begin with little besides youth and hope, but Marina Endicott's genius is to show how the three girls slowly and steadily evolve into true artists even as they navigate their way to adulthood among a cast of extraordinary characters - some of them charming charlatans, some of them unpredictable eccentrics, and some of them just ordinary-seeming humans with magical gifts.

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