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  1. says:

    An odd book, with some beautiful writing, and an absolutely spot on target evocation of the ballet life I think it came out in the eighties, but it has a thirties feel, though it s set in Edwardian times, just before WW I There were moments that felt startlingly modern, then there were outdated concepts Orientalism , and the central romance was handled oddly, based as it was on misperceptions and misunderstandings, then a stunning decision on the part of the heroine Was it all due to the writer being born in 1925 Maybe But in thinking about it later, I realized that the heroine had a great deal of Fanny Price in her emotionally abused, sensitive to beauty and to grace The way she embraced the physical pain of professional dance got me nodding Yep, this girl had PTSD bigtime, so of course she d fall right in with the body torturing effort that dance was back then, when they didn t understand how the human body works Girls used to be put en pointe early, so they d grow into it, which was exactly the wrong thing to do to their feet, and they paid for it their entire lives Then the heroine s decision made sense, her angry, desperate grasp at joy And beauty.Here s one passage about dance But it was class that made Harriet into a dancer Class, that unfailing daily torture to which dancers come on every morning of their lives Class in freezing rehearsal rooms, in foyers, on board ocean liners carrying them across the sea Class with streaming colds, class after their lovers have jilted them, on days when women would give anything to be spared Class for the prima ballerina assoluta as for the youngest member of the corps.It was in class that Harriet saw what it cost Lubotsky, the aging character dancer, to get his muscles to warm up yet saw too the marvelous authority he still carried It was in class that she saw Maximus the darling of the gallery sweating, exhausted, crying out with the pain of a wrenched muscle saw the grace and spirituality emanating from little Olga Narukova, who ten minutes earlier had pinched a boy from the corps so as to draw blood.And if Harriet watched the others, there were those who watched her For even in class there are those who dance the notes and those who dance the music .

  2. says:

    An absolute dream to read I fell in love with bookish ballerina Harriet, wanted to snatch Henry away from his evil mother, and also fell in swoony love with Rom.Eva Ibbotson s books are all out of this world, but this one maybe even so than the rest Except maybe The Morning Gift, which I think will always be my favourite.

  3. says:

    Here s a checklist for you 1 do you like ballet 2 do you enjoy romantic semi tragedies 3 would you travel to the to escape from over bearing and protecting family members 4 would you defy everything you ve been brought up to believe for something you think is right If you say yes to at least to of these, then this book is definetly one you will read again and again

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    Imprinting, it s called The perfect book the developing reader The conviction thereafter that all other books are striving to be this one Why is The Company of Swans so good and, believe me, even years later, it really is still that good Partly it s because the plot is pure Cinderella my favourite trope Harriet Morton is cabin d, cribb d, confin d by the conventions of Edwardian Cambridge Her widowed father and aunt live unimaginative lives of quiet monotony, and actively discourage Harriet from anything I love the way that even in the first short line of the book, Eva Ibbotson manages to suggest both unseen lecturing voices and Harriet s reluctance acquiesence There was no lovelier view in England, Harriet knew this. EI is terrific at sketching character with the barest but most telling detail Here s Harriet s aunt Louisa Morton counted the fish knives on Thursdays and the silver plate on Saturdays and kept in her bedroom a box labelled String too short to tie Or our first introduction to the eligible young man Aunt Louisa has in mind for Harriet Edward Finch Dutton was dissecting the efferent nervous system of a large and somewhat pickled dogfish The deeply dead elasmobranch lay in a large dish with a waxed bottom, pins spearing the flaps of its rough and spotted skin. One knows instantly that Edward Finch Dutton is not the man to make Harriet happy.And, as with Cinderella, Harriet is offered the opportunity to dance her way out of her constricted life, when a Russian impresario visits the ballet class she attends and asks her to join his troupe, which is heading for the Beneath his words, as he began to describe the journey he would make, there beat the grave exotic rhythm that enables the Slavs to make poetry even of a laundry list.Ibbotson creates a whole cast of dancers each a complete character study, such as Marie Claude The creation of brown eyed blondes has long been regarded as one of God s better ideas.Marie Claude was entirely faithful to her fianc , and though occasionally willing if the price was right to emerge from a sea shell at the Trocadero or sit on a swing in some nightclub clad only in her hair, she did so strictly to earn money for the restaurant which she and Vincent were proposing to open in the hills above Nice It must be incredible, being so beautiful, said Harriet now, overawed by the sight of Marie Claude in her shift preparing for bed Not at all, said the French girl dismissively Until I met Vincent it was extremely disagreeable From the age of six I had to go everywhere with a hat pin Even so, it wasn t always so simple For example, when I was fifteen there was an old gentleman who used to wait for me outside school and offer to give a thousand francs to the Red Cross if I would let him see me brush my hair Obviously, simply to jab a hat pin into such an old gentleman would not have been correct It is, after all, a very good cause, the Red Cross One of the things that slightly dates the book is the delayed introduction of Rom Verney though we ve heard of him, he doesn t appear in person till about 25% Which is a pity, because Rom is gorgeous Self exiled from England and his envious half brother and, to the point, from his brother s wife, Rom s fickle lost love , Rom is everything a hero should be tortured, honourable, intelligent, and in love with Harriet at first sight This one, a voice had said inside him This one is for me There are misunderstandings of course but they are cleared up quickly the important thing is Rom and Harriet in love, not fighting They are both unashamedly romantics You know Heloise and Abelard, Tristan and Isolde To love in moderation was all right, but when it became excessiveyou were punished And yet it must be right, surely, to give everything To hold nothing back That must be what one wants to do rather than practical Marie Claude gets very annoyed with people like Romeo He should have got a chicken feather, she thinks, and laid it on Juliet s lips to see if she was breathing, not rushed about and killed himself What I particularly like is that Harriet has the confidence to be an assertive lover, an equal partner, and that Rom is delighted by her Although it s clear Rom Harriet are lovers, Ibbotson doesn t need to show them in bed in detail their physical and emotional delight in each other is evident in every line He pulled her down so that she lay against his shoulder It s bad for people to get what they want it deprives them of their dreams I ll explain it to you Later By the time trouble comes, in the forms of Edward Finch Dutton and Rom s manipulative sister in law, I ve completely bought into the perfection of their love That s what makes it easy for Ibbotson to tug so hard at my heartstrings both then, and now when things go wrong badly wrong It doesn t matter how often I read this book roughly once a year , or how many times I bite my lip while muttering Big girls don t cry big girls don t cry I cry Every Single Time Do I need to tell you the ugly sisters are set at naught, and there s a happy ending Even for Edward Finch Dutton Eva Ibbotson came to the UK before WWII, and there s an absolutely gorgeous account of her early time in England here.

  5. says:

    At eighteen years of age, Harriet Jane Morton lived in the attic of her father s depressive house Her sweet mother died when she was a little girl along with what remaining love was in her life Her stifling spinster Aunt Louisa assisted her brother in running the house I won t call it a home because it was just a building With people living in it The always serious Professor Morton expected his daughter to marry the man he had chosen A zoologist, Edward Finch Dutton gave himself the goal of classifying his Aphaniptera Fleas He planned to marry the quiet, intelligent Harriet and place her in a house at the edge of town In time, say five, noeight years, he would allow her to have a baby Until then, he expected her to listen and comfort him With all her heartache Harriet still managed to find love through the art of ballet She poured her soul into relentless, repetitive practice and while she worked, she was utterly happy So when she was offered a job with Monsieur Dubrov and a chance to travel up the , she couldn t help but mention it at her father s dinner party that evening And, abruptly, she was told NO So she did the only thing she could she ran away To a freedom unlike any she had known before Ahhh, Ms Ibbotson The lyrical words The lifelike setting The heart wrenching and heartwarming flashes of time The fascinating characters especially, yes, most importantly, Harriet And the effervescent yet serious seedling, Rom Years before they met he had already escaped the cultivation of England Harriet and Rom were destined to be soulmates.The only reason I gave this adult fairy tale four stars was because of view spoiler several instances with a lack of communication between the MCs I understood why the author did this but I needed the whimsical smoothness found earlier on, even amidst all the family drama hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I love Eva Ibbotson s writing It s funny, witty and refreshing And I liked Harriet too, even though she was humble and quiet and good, which is something I usually can t stand in a heroine I admired her innocence, enjoyed the detail of ballet life and the intricate and laugh inducing writing But abruptly ending my enjoyment came the unfortunate circumstances between pages 287 and 295 and several subsequent pages after that It wasn t just the acts of adultery that offended and disappointed me It was also the fact that they added nothing to the story in fact, it was a major detraction After that chapter or so I lost all the respect I had carefully built up for Harriet I almost hated her and had absolutely no sympathy for anything that happened to her afterward She lost the one and only thing that made me respect her her innocence I lost any interest I had in and for Rom too I mean just because a girl invites you to do something, as a much older and mature man, he shouldn t have given in Their disregard for true love and waiting for marriage drained the story of everything that made it sweet and after that I just couldn t wait to get through and be done with the book The girl who did those things wasn t Harriet any The real Harriet would have waited Eva Ibbotson took a good character and drove her into the ground Which, sadly, could have been avoided by cutting those most unnecessary scenes I almost gave this book three stars because Ms Ibbotson IS an excellent writer and the unsullied scenes are brilliantly written and truly funny, but, as Harriet clearly delighted to say, she was a ruined woman and her ruination absolutely ruined the book I cannot condone what she did, even though her story other than a few parts was delightful.

  7. says:

    4.5 stars This is my second book by this author and I just loved it Her books have been recently marketed as YA but like the last one, this is really a clean historical romance with a really great heroine nice, loving, smart, hard worker who is NOT a beauty but still shines because of her personality Add to that the great setting a ballet company touring Brazil in the 1910s , an interesting hero and an amazing cast of secondary characters and you get another gem by Ibbotson.The ballet company was an integral part of the story so a lot of the action revolves around rehearsals, the dances, etc I know nothing of ballet but I didn t find it hard to follow along Zozia, I was thinking of you while I was reading even though there were a lot of French terms Of course, it helped that the plots of the different ballets they danced were explained so the readers could understand what was going on.While the heroine s setting was the ballet company, the hero was Brazil s The untamed land, the exotic animals, the mix of cultures, the injustices, all were a reflection of the hero s background and personality Like every hero worth his salt, he s the kind of man that every woman desires One of my favorite lines in the whole book is the ballerina s speculations of the hero s prowess in bed a night with such a man and one could hardly manage three fouett s, let alone thirty two There were a bunch of minor villains, all doing their part to separate the hero and heroine Of these, my favorite was the wannabe fianc because his pomposity made for great comic relief My second favorite line was when a French young lady speaks to him in French and he thinks Though he was aware that people born abroad could sometimes speak their native language, to hear this beautiful girl pour forth sentence after sonorous, unhesitating sentence, when he himself has suffered such torments over his French exercises, filled him with awe When I read that, I almost PIMP laughing.The book doesn t get 5 stars because the conflict was a bit silly but I can forgive the heroine because she was so young Overall though, this a great read and I m looking forward to read by this author.

  8. says:

    You guys, this was so enjoyable A girl in 1912 escapes from her extremely oppressive home and runs away to Brazil with a ballet troupe I can t imagine you re not already sold just from that description, but may I also mention the dashing hero, the amusing tricks played on the hideous unwanted fiance, the charmingly insane prima ballerina, and the astonishing series of ridiculous coincidences that drive the plot along.You re welcome.

  9. says:

    The plot was rather predictable, the love story and the two characters it concerned cloying to my inner cynic, and the other characters weren t particularly memorable but still interesting to read about Harriet was too too something to ever really be a sympathetic heroine in my eyes Too good, perhaps Sentimental Asininely pleased at being a ruined woman I don t know I m thinking it was probably a combination Also, I would just like to say, there was not enough communication going on in the story It really does help if you talk about things before jumping to conclusions What a crazy idea, I know Yes, I m looking at you Harriet and Rom But I did appreciate the chicken feather and what it signified If only Romeo had had such common sense, indeedOne thing, I would have liked about dancing since that is basically the reason I read this book The descriptions of dance that were there were beautifully evocative and had my brain involuntarily humming Tchaikovsky Actually, as I neared the end, I had to pull out my Tchaikovsky CDs and listen for I had been put in the mood.

  10. says:

    There were all Ibbotson s characteristic elements, which I like in her novels a nice, pure, good heroine good like in fairy tales , but Ruth from The Morning Gift had life, was better created the Hero, a bit brooding, moody and with a big heart, but I loved Marek from A Song for Summer a charming world which doesn t exist any , mostly Russian ballerinas just before the IWW somewhere in Brazil, but I was much interested in Vienna world from The Morning Gift here my review this sorrow and longing for a changing world, this struggle with consequences of decisions of other people, but I was much moved reading A Song for Summer and The Morning Gift her love for nature her love for classic music this mix of almost magic love story like in fairy tales with brutal real world.All these and other but s decided about my rating I see that she wrote The Company of Swans about ten years before the other two novels, so perhaps it is why I find the latter two much better Probably, if I had read The Company of Swans first I would have liked it But still, I like The lyrical words The lifelike setting The heart wrenching and heartwarming flashes of time. like Linda beautifully wrote in her review.

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A Company of Swans summary pdf A Company of Swans, summary chapter 2 A Company of Swans, sparknotes A Company of Swans, A Company of Swans 967fbaf For Nineteen Year Old Harriet Morton, Life In Cambridge Is As Dry And Dull As A Biscuit Her Stuffy Father And Her Opressive Aunt Louisa Allow Her Only One Outlet Ballet When A Russian Ballet Master Comes To Class Searching For Dancers To Fill The Corps Of His Ballet Company Before Their South American Tour, Harriet S World Changes Defying Her Father S Wishes And Narrowly Escaping The Clutches Of The Man Who Wishes To Marry Her, Harriet Sneaks Off To Join The Ballet On Their Journey To The There, In The Wild, Lush Jungle, They Perform Swan Lake In Grand Opera Houses For The Wealthy And Culture Deprived Rubber Barons, And Harriet Meets Rom Verney, The Handsome And Mysterious British Exile Who Owns The Most Ornate Opera House Utterly Enchanted By Both The Exotic Surroundings And By Rom S Affections, Harriet Is Swept Away By Her New Life, Completely Unaware That Her Father And Would Be Fianc Have Begun To Track Her Down

  • Paperback
  • 374 pages
  • A Company of Swans
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • English
  • 19 June 2019
  • 9780142409404