Sunday, 6 March 2011
Puppy & South Riding
Much enjoyed the TV version though had the feeling they changed and added a few things at the end. I recently read the original novel by Winifred Holtby, good but rather long-winded for my liking with too many characters and too many viewpoints. The actors did a brilliant job of bringing them to life. Not sure if Robert Carne's love of horses, his land and his mad wife was fully developed though. (Others in the Cornflower reading group enjoyed the book more than I did.)
Later: On reflection, the problem with the book as far as I was concerned was that none of the characters was particularly appealing. In the book Miss Burton appeared earnest and priggish (apart from the Moment in Manchester) and the author writes some scenes so dispassionately that the reader judges the events at a distance, rather than being particularly involved. I believe WH was attempting to emulate Middlemarsh, but I remember caring much more about Dorothea and Lydgate than the characters in South Riding. That's why for me the TV adaptation was more successful as Sarah was depicted as a real heroine.