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characters í A Countess Below Stairs Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Matters worse Rupert appears to be falling for her as well As their attraction grows stronger Anna finds it and difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling And then there's the small matter of Rupert's beautiful and nasty fianc?. I found myself not really giving a shit what happened to Anna It s frustrating when an author writes a completely perfect character Anna was an unspoiled gracious child and is a captivating gracious adult Everyone cannot help but be drawn to her beautiful spirit and beautiful face Except for the evil sure to become a total Nazi fiancee of Anna s love interest The romance kind of irritated me too I understand it is at its heart a romance novel but how much interaction did she really have with Rupert before they totally fell in love I mean besides the fact that she s totally flawless and anybody would be an idiot NOT to fall in love with her right Oh and you know nobility too She can t just be any old trash off the street I m not a totally cynical person I like romance and happy endings but this just felt too forced

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characters í A Countess Below Stairs Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy turvy Anna a young Russian Countess has no choice but to flee to England Penniless Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme fa. I love Eva Ibbotson and I nearly always think her characters are delightful and her stories lovely That was true for this book as well I freuently recommend her books to my enthusiastic readers and to parents reading aloud with their elementary aged children She s my favorite of all the authors I ve discovered in the last few years But I couldn t help my stomach churning at the unnecessarily nasty descriptions of the unpleasant family the Herrings these descriptions depended almost completely on their fatness as a symbol of their stupidity sualor and generally disgusting natures I mean jeez Ms Ibbotson Here s an example from the first time we meet them Melvyn sighed and looked at his obese and pallid offspring sitting on either side of the sticky kitchen table reading comics Donald was methodically sucking a long black stick of licorice into his mouth Dennis was licking at a dribbling bar of toffee Like certain caterpillars whose short lives are dedicated to simply achieving the maximum possible increase in size the twins seem to have done nothing but eat and burst out of their clothes since they were born Watching them Melvyn had to abandon another of his half formed schemes that of smuggling them to Mersham in a cello case in the guard s van Even a doublebass case would not take mor than half of either of his sons That s fully a uarter of their first entrance in the book as they re minor characters The next time they intrude on the book for two pages many chapters later we get Melvyn rose and opened the door of the adjoining room Owing to an unfortunate spot of bother with the sheriffs the twins were sleeping in a mattress on the floor Dennis was lying on his back his full lipped mouth hung open and as he breathed the mucus in his nose bubbled softly like soup Beside him lay Donald apparently overcome by sleep in the act of eating a dripping sandwich the dismembered remains of which lay smeared across his face Melvyn stood looking down at the swollen cheeks the pendulous chins and bulging arms of his offspring and his fatherhood never a sturdy plant withered and died Meat he said wearily to himself That s all they are Just blobs of meat And in fact that s what the author has made them to be for these are the only descriptions of their characters that we get They re thoroughly effectively dehumanized and they re children We haven t seen them doing anything cruel even anything stupid and yet we know that these twins are both revolting and to blame for their miserable state Their fatness isn t just a trait it s a moral failing a character flaw and symbolic of their general nastiness and lack of worth compared to other children in the book I thought these descriptions were simply hateful and cruel I mean my goodness how many fat readers of all ages do you know I m one and so are some of my diverse group of dedicated readers at my school How much do they deserve to come across this on top of all the other body hating junk that gets thrown at them from school pinch tests to Seventeen magazine And how valuable is it for other kids to hear one throwaway remark that fat kids are lazy smelly and eat all the time In other generations my students might have had to read the above sort of paragraph with savage characters of color whose race stood in for character flaws The difference is that those casually racist descriptions are now generally recognized if not debated and discussed by teachers librarians and readers Does that mean that we keep copies of those books out of kids hands Of course not But we do give kids the tools to look critically at those descriptions and recognize them as dated and ignorant and the culture has changed to the extent that they can spot them independently Unfortunately the fat hating powers of our cultures are still going strong on the widely held belief that fat is unpleasant at best and a moral flaw at worst and I haven t found many texts that counteract this kind of ignorance I just wish an author I respect hadn t perpetuated it so unnecessarily

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characters í A Countess Below Stairs Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Mily armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination Desperate to keep her past a secret Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert the handsome Earl of Westerholme To make. Nothing is depressing then the dreaded Reader Slump that not even your favorite authors can pull you out of That was me just floating along after reading back to back amazing books everything just sorta fell flat for me That is by chance I stumbled on A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson Taking place in a period I m not very fond of early 1900 s I was a tad leery of taking a chance I m so thankful that I did Ibbotson writes magic in her pages True whimsical nostalgic magic in each word and description from the riches of palaces to the humble kitchens There was true magic in each page and characters Young Countess Anna has lost alot in her young life from her beloved father her home but she hasn t lost her faith in her family and love Anna is the tree that may bend but doesn t break as she take a job working as a maid in a old home She has her own troubles to work with but it s her gentle strength and huge amount of kindness that keeps her shining like a bright star It s this kindness that helps the new Earl of Westerholme Rupert as he return from war suddenly engaged to a hidden shrew Rupert feels are truly conflict as he starts to discover what his fianc e is all about and not being able to be with the Anna Now there is some misunderstandings and unneeded IMO tension but this time it didn t bother me one bit What did bother me was the thinking of some people at the time that turned my stomach Was it historical accurate Yes sadly But how can we not learn if not from the past and the wrongs done by and to others History isn t there for us to become bored with in the classroom or take bits and pieces from but to show us the bad so we can change it for good Ibbostson wonderful storytelling broke this reader s slump and yet brought a touch of magic that I won t soon forget


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    A Countess Below Stairs [Pdf Free] Summary ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Eva Ibbotson The only reason it's 2 stars is because it was a semi interesting plot HoweverHOLY COMMAS BATMANThe woman does not know how to write a normal sentence unless it's dialogue She'd have these sentences with about 10 no joke I counted one modifying phrases all contained within commas It was so distracting that when I finally got around to the e

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    Free read A Countess Below Stairs Eva Ibbotson ´ 4 Free download A Countess Below Stairs [Pdf Free] Well I must say this I should thank Rane for recommending and giving this book such a nice review If not for her this book would still be in my to read listTo be totally honest I prefer books written in a conversational type examples are Julia uinn Sidney Sheldon and Thea Harrison books These books uses words

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  • Paperback
  • 383
  • A Countess Below Stairs
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • English
  • 20 February 2018
  • 9780142408650