Homestead

Homestead Each life has its place and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl s careless delivery of two helpless r

  • Title: Homestead
  • Author: Rosina Lippi
  • ISBN: 9780007105793
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Each life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl s careless delivery of two helpless relatives into Nazi hands, the town s balance is ever tested, and ever tender Here is a novel spanning eighty years years that bring factories and wars, store bought cheesEach life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl s careless delivery of two helpless relatives into Nazi hands, the town s balance is ever tested, and ever tender Here is a novel spanning eighty years years that bring factories and wars, store bought cheese and city trained teachers weaving the fates of the wives, mothers, and daughters in this remote corner of Austria To quote Rosellen Brown, the women in this haunting book are deeply and uniquely of their place, yet they speak often wordlessly of women s longings and satisfactions everywhere.

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    1. A beautifully written book of interconnecting stories through 1909 to 1977.It follows the women of a close knit community in the remote alpine village of Rosenau.Their hopes, dreams, secrets and loves.It opens with a letter addressed to Anna, but who is it really meant for as lots of women were named the same as a family tradition.I found it to be a very moving book and one that I instantly want to re- read.This will stay with me for a long time.

    2. This is a wonderful collection of stories so tightly intertwined that it is essentially a novel. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a woman in a small Austrian town, beginning in the early 1900s and progressing forward into the 1970s. Each character is so thoroughly developed that I felt like a resident of the town (if not a relative) myself. It's a beautiful, lyrical book, and I recommend it highly to anyone who appreciates really good writing. (For the record, my favorite character i [...]

    3. NO SPOILERS!!!This novel is about the relationships between women in a remote Austrian village. It starts before WW1 and continues through the 1970s. The central theme is the women's lives and their relationships to each other, many of which were tied by family bonds: mothers, daughters, grandmothers, cousins, half-sisters and as the years pass great-great-grandchildren. As in any family there are the grumps, the beauties, the intellectuals and each is accepted for what they are. I, the reader, [...]

    4. I've read this book four times now over the last several years and love it more each time. Each chapter focuses primarily on a different woman in the same Austrian farming village over a span of 70 or so years of the 20th century, based on true stories the author was told in such villages. Some of the women's stories aren't fully told until they pop up in a future chapter of another woman, often a relative. A moving look into the challenging lives of women (and men) in rural Europe through wars [...]

    5. This is a collection of stories revolving around the people, mostly the women, who live in a small rural town in the mountains of western Austria in the early to mid-20th century. Reminiscent of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, the book is full of women's stories, conflict, hopes and dreams. Few leave the small town in their lifetime, but that does not mean they do not have rich and fulfilling lives, some with secrets to keep.

    6. Although this was a quick read and I was able to keep track of characters using the clan charts at the back of the book, I feel like I never really got a complete story—too many questions. Who was the mysterious postcard from at the book's beginning? Why did the Wainwright marry Theres after being repulsed by her shameful act? Why does the author kill off Martha? I'd like to see more of a story about her and about the romance between her mother and the Italian deserter. Why does Katharina feel [...]

    7. Wonderful. And yet somehow, not enough. I want to know more about all of these people. It works perfectly and yet could also be several other novels. I hope that she writes more about these characters.

    8. I am worried about this, but there's nothing to do but try. Simple and worth remembering.This is a lovely novel of connected stories that spans from the early 20th century to the late 1970s in a remote valley of western Austria. The women are strong and wistful and tragic and heartening. To me, it's full of beautiful truths.A farmer's wife is as good as her cheese; her cheese can be no better than her rennet. Many other failings may stay hid throughout the years: she can feed unrisen bread to th [...]

    9. A quiet book about quiet lives in a secluded alpine village in Austria. Despite the seclusion the lives are rich and full, the characters memorable, and outside events shape experience - the world wars bringing change of various sorts to lives traditionally spent in farming and cheese making. It is the women's lives that are portrayed, with interlinking stories that take us from the early twentieth century to the seventies. Their lives are circumscribed by their domestic and farming duties; thei [...]

    10. This story was beautifully written, but I really expected more out of it. It was a series of short stories about various women from the same village who are all somehow related. It had the potential to be very juicy, but there were so many people involved that it was hard to keep track of their stories. The mystery behind many of the stories was lost. (Too bad I didn't read the Table of Contents first to see that the family trees were charted in the back of the book! Argh.) I enjoyed the first h [...]

    11. I almost gave this book five stars as it has left an impression on me. After reading the stories I felt I had grown to know the families over the generations. Lippi cleverly weaves the inter-connected tales in chronological order and thankfully gives a family tree at the front of the book. As I was finishing this book in the Swiss Alps it has helped to enrich my experience of life in the mountains especially as I walked up to some of the remote hamlets in winter.

    12. This wasn't a book I would have ever chosen on my own, to read (I read it with my bookclub). It was confusing, hard to keep the characters straight. But I actually wound up enjoying it. Ms. Lippi has a writing style I so enjoy. She writes beautifully. I loved the words of the book. It was a beautiful book, full of wonderful characters.

    13. This book is a gem. I found a little treasure in it. FIRST OFF. WHAT I LIKED A LOT A LOT A LOT: 1. THE WRITING.It was so so so gorgeous and like wa now my writing is 0/10 because Rosina Lippi's word-crafting talent is 20/10.She wrote in a way that you could BE THERE and SMELL and TOUCH and JUST BE THE PERSON. Reading this book felt like diving into a beautiful, hardworking Austrian village andI want to go back. 2. THE CHARACTERS. I LOVE that most of the characters are in their 30+'s! Some were l [...]

    14. Gorgeous, really a wonderful read.Started out not liking it particularly, and seeing it very much as a loosely connected set of short stories about the lives of women in a remote, rural community over years. In the beginning I felt not very interested and slightly annoyed with the short pit stops through time, but by the middle I was hooked, and by the end, I was in love.Touching, beautiful, rather a melancholy tome, but strangely captivating, this is a beautiful book. Make sure you keep reading [...]

    15. Twelve stories of the women who live in a remote Austrian village who live, love, and look for answers through sixty years from 1916 to 1977. You can feel the hope they have in finding love, doing more with their lives, and the grief of losing those people who are close to them. The men in the story are important but stay in the background's not easy to guess what they're dreams might be.I loved it.

    16. Wow. This book brought up very powerful emotions in me. The book is an amalgamation of various real families and situations made into one story. It describes the feelings, ways and traditions so well you feel you are close to these women. I really felt for them and all their various struggles and triumphs.

    17. A collection of short stories intertwined with charactersI read this book because I really love the series of books this author wrote under her pen name. I enjoyed it. It was a little odd at first but each chapter is really a short story with a certain set of characters and a specific year. With each chapter we move forward and time and some of the characters reappear.

    18. I loved this book! The author spent four years in Austria as a linguist and became intrigued by the interconnected lives and stories of the community. This is a novel of a wonderful collection of stories as seen mainly through the eyes of the women over 80 years.

    19. Engrossing, Poignant and AliveReading these stories felt like living with these women and and in their community. These aren't characters, the are people, real and vivid and poignantly alive.

    20. Enjoyed this book about women from early 1900's to 1970's in a small Austrian farmland area at the base of the mountains. The women endured many hardships with WWI and WWII and the loss of men that helped with the farming and dairy duties. It was a story of real life in a remote area. There were no luxuries in this small community although little inventions helped them in later years. What I did find confusing was that the characters were named similarly and with descriptions to their homesteads [...]

    21. Great Alpine ReadI loved the wonderful thread of generations of families from the mountains. And the lovely descriptions of the air, earth, water, smells and stories of ghosts that weren't ready to leave this wonderful homeland.

    22. "And then they will all be there, waiting for me, and when I am ready to come to them they will have embraced each other and merged into one woman who is mother and sister and aunt and daughter. And I will not have to choose between them."This beautiful book is like this quote from it. Deep, tender, affectionate. About being woman, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, being self.There are twelve chapters. Each about different time and from different point of view (through the eyes of different women) [...]

    23. מה כבר יכול להתרחש בכפר אוסטרי פסטורלי? הפרות ירעו באחו, האיכרים יחבצו חמאה וגבינה, סה"כ חיי עבודה לא קלים משחרית ועד לילה. אך רוזינה ליפי, מצליחה ביד אמן עדינה וכישרונית לרקום מתוך חיים לכאורה משעממים, חסרי דרמות וגוון את הדרמות המסעירות ביותר.ליפי פורשת במיומנות את סיפורן של [...]

    24. I like Rosina Lippi's writings under her pen-name Sara Donati, so I was eager to read this book. We lived in Austria years ago, and that was another reason I thought I would enjoy this book.The author writes what amounts to short stories about the lives of 12 different women in a small Austrian village, taking place in the years between 1909 and 1977. She writes about small town gossip and politics, food and social customs and styles of clothing for each of these eras. She also covers the Nazi o [...]

    25. Homestead by Rosina Lippi - Very GoodA lovely little book set in a tiny village in the Austrian alps and concentrating on the Homesteads there: passed from generation to generation since time immemorial. It follows three particular Homesteads and their families from just before WW1 through to the mid-1970s, singling out a women from each Homestead at a particular (usually significant) point in time and telling her tale. Quite touching in places and very interesting how the rest of the world seem [...]

    26. I found this quite a challenging read as the names were so complicated. The chapters are told by or about different people and it does sort of come together but it is sort of a combination between a novel and a collection of short stories. I imagined the village to be a bit like that of 'Heidi' and found the descriptions of their lives fascinating. I can't say I really warmed to any of the characters but rather more to the way of life and their traditions. It was not really like any other book I [...]

    27. I read Homestead many, many years ago. It was the first book that our AOL Women of the Wilderness book group read as we anxiously awaited the coming of Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series to be released. I have since purchased several copies of Homestead as gifts. I especially recall giving one to my mother for Mother's Day many years ago. It's the kind of book that really reaches out to women of any age. The female characters in this book are so well developed, so likable easy to feel you [...]

    28. Homestead, Rosina Lippi’s lovely collection of interrelated stories about a small village in the Austrian Alps, captures the depth of human nature and richness of relationships in seemingly small settings and quiet lives.Each of Lippi’s vingettes centers around a woman from the village–a snapshot of life in the village over a span of about 70 years, including the World Wars. In Rosenau, families are interrelated, and people are known by their connection to the land and to the people they c [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this engaging story, told by various female narrators, all residents of a tiny mountain village in Austria. From this insular community comes a strong sense of the ties that bind women across generations and the cultural particularities of a life so remote and agrarian that it felt almost medieval. I felt the ways in which this village was touched by two world wars were poignant and not at all expected or formulaic. What was surprising was the way the author was able to use some [...]

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