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The Head of the House of Coombe

The Head of the House of Coombe Frances Hodgson Burnett best known for The Secret Garden A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy wrote this novel about a group of pre WWI English nobles and commoners with so

  • Title: The Head of the House of Coombe
  • Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett 1849 1924 , best known for The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy, wrote this 1922 novel about a group of pre WWI English nobles and commoners with some pointed political and social commentary Her sequel, Robin, completes the story of Robin, Lord Coombe.

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    1. Mariano Hortal on said:

      Estupenda novela la de la escritora británica sobre todo porque, más allá de la típica trama victoriana como novela de formación de la protagonista, consiguió mezclarla con la situación histórica (los albores de la primera guerra mundial) dotándole de elementos propios de la novela de espías y policíaca. Espero que Alba se decida a publicar la segunda novela (Robin), continuación de ésta, tengo que reconocer que me he quedado con las ganas de terminar la historia.

    2. Mary Ronan Drew on said:

      Most people when they think of Frances Hodgson Burnett, if they think of her at all, remember The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and Little Lord Fauntleroy and dismiss her as a writer of children's books. But Burnett wrote many adult novels, including The Making of a Marchioness, which was republished not long ago by Persephone and has become popular among discerning novel readers. She wrote about 30 adult novels and 15 or more children's books, many short stories, and a few plays and some [...]

    3. Wealhtheow on said:

      Beautifully written scenes, subtle in their understanding of the workings of societies and psyches, and truly interesting characters.

    4. Linda Orvis on said:

      AgainI can't believe this book is available for purchase! We live in an amazing age. My version, printed in 1922 (a first edition) practically fell apart as I read it. Robin is born to a mother, Feather, who has no room in her life for a child. Robin is kept in the attic rooms of a house in London and is tended to by a servant who holds Robin's mouth shut and pinches her when she makes noise. By six years old, she doesn't know what a mother is, no less that she has one. On an excursion to the pa [...]

    5. MaryBliss on said:

      This novel was originally published as a serial, and then, when printed in book form, in two volumes. This is volume 1. Volume 2 is "Robin". My first impression was that this was "A Little Princess" for grownups. There is much more fleshing out of adult characters in this saga of a neglected child and they are more complicated. Burnett's observations about pre-WWI London society are intriguing and woven pretty seamlessly into the narrative. You will find the reading much more interesting if you [...]

    6. Kilian Metcalf on said:

      Finished reading Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I knew her from The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and The Little Princess. Can't count the number of times I've reread The Little Princess. I was so pleased to find that she wrote many more books, and they are all free for Kindle. Coombe was originally a longer book, but her publishers made her cut it into two parts, and this book is Part One, ending with the assassination of the Archduke at Sarajevo. The main char [...]

    7. Tabuyo on said:

      Me ha encantado y he quedado con ganas de leer la segunda parte, Robin. Espero que Alba la publique pronto.

    8. Doreen Petersen on said:

      Delightful classic full of twists and turns but with a happy ending.

    9. Cristina on said:

      Esta es una de las novelas (desconocidas) que Frances Hodgson Burnett escribió para un público adulto. Muchos lectores solo conocen "El jardín secreto", "La princesita" o "El pequeño Lord", pero lo cierto es que la autora escribió cerca de 30 novelas ahondando en el tema de las clases sociales, la belleza, la buena educación, la inocencia y la crueldad humana.El señor de la casa de Coombe fue publicado en su época como parte de una serie de dos volúmenes, siendo este libro el primero y [...]

    10. Nancy on said:

      Frances Hodgson Burnett has her faults; I am the first to admit it. She can be sententious, foolishly sentimental, even tedious. But when you read one of her adult novels, you come away with a powerful sense of the world she was writing about; she's a one-woman Sociology of the Early Twentieth Century course.The eponymous head of the House of Coombe is the Earl of Coombe who, early in the novel, mysteriously consents to pay the bills of the pretty, spiteful and wholly nitwitted Feather Gareth-La [...]

    11. Nina on said:

      This is a very weird book. Written in 1922 it's part romance, part social commentary and part political commentary. The sequel, Robin was written the same year. I think it's really one book published as two. I'll be reading Robin right away.As a period piece it's really thought provoking. In 1922 this book was number 4 on the bestselling list and number 10 was Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (who won the Nobel for literature). Unfortunately, my kindle edition was full of OCR errors that really detract [...]

    12. Gloriamarie on said:

      This novel follows the relationships between a group of pre–World War One English nobles and commoners. It also offers editorial commentary on the political system in prewar Europe that Burnett feels bears some responsibility for the war and some pointed social commentary which is a hallmark of all Burnett's work.Lord Coombe is considered to be the best-dressed man in London. He is also a man whose public reputation, despite his formidable intellect and observant eye, is one of unmitigated wic [...]

    13. Pkelsay on said:

      This book started like any other Frances Hodgson Burnett book; it starts with parents, but focuses on a young girl growing up. Robin is the neglected (on the verge of abuse) daughter of a vapid self-absorbed widow who accepts the charity of the Head of the House of Coombe so she doesn't have to give up her lavish entertaining lifestyle. Robin doesn't have friends, meets a boy in the park, etc. So far, so good (albeit fluffy). Then suddenly, deep and serious thoughts about the state of Europe are [...]

    14. Anna on said:

      This was the deepest yet of the Frances Hodgson Burnett stories I am reading from Project Gutenberg. Beginning with her children's books, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy, and then a couple of her adult novels, The Making of a Marchioness and T. Timbarom, I am getting deeper and deeper into the world of this very interesting author. This book had a lot of political background - it takes place in England as the Kaiser is building up Germany to take over the world, [...]

    15. Kat on said:

      This is usually classified with FHB's romances, since it is the prequel to Robin, but it is really less a romance and more a character piece. The characters are beautifully-crafted, but there is a certain lack of plot -- everything finally starts to happen in the last few pages. According to an editor's note in the end of my edition, the two books appeared as one in magazine serialization, but so much had been cut out that for the book version, they added it all back in and just made it two book [...]

    16. Michele Barnes on said:

      Another beautifully written classic portraying a more elegant society but showing a mother who displayed such indifference and cruelty to her daughter as I haven't read previously. It is known that parents in times gone by had little interaction with their children but Feather was just Mean. I have enjoyed reading this author as a an interesting interlude to my young adult fiction and fantasy novels!

    17. Dianna on said:

      Not sure how to rate this book, since there were parts I liked, parts that were over the top (unsurprising given that this was a serial story), and parts that were pretty dull (pre-WWI political talk, but without specific details to help someone like me understand what's going on), but overall the verdict is this: I'm going to read the sequel.

    18. Emily on said:

      Not perfect, but pretty fun to read. This book is part 1 of a 2 part series, so not all of the issues are resolved at the end, and there are a few digressions in the text, but it's overall a nice book. It's really interesting to see Burnett's childlike writing style combined with heavier themes.

    19. Samantha Glasser on said:

      Read this book for free through Project Gutenberg: gutenberg/ebooks/6491.

    20. Kitty with Curls on said:

      Not all that well-written, but surprisingly informative about the period immediately preceding WWI.

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