Title: After Such Kindness
Authors: Arnold, Gaynor
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 369
Year: 2012
Publisher: Tindal Street Books
Language: English
Description: The introduction to the eleven year old daughter of his friend and fellow clergyman Daniel Baxter sets John Jameson on the path to obsession. Years later Daisy ponders what transpired when she became his muse and their unusual friendship that blossomed within the propriety of the time.

Narrated by the different characters and with its dark undertones and carefully controlled tension, this is a psychologically fascinating and thought-provoking story.

Inspired by the much vaunted relationship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, this novel will especially appeal to Alice in Wonderland fans.
Categories: Fiction, Faction, Historical, Literature oriented, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Religion, England, 2017 Titles


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By: DUNED 006 2021-07-21 11:53:29
This was an interesting read. None of us liked it or perhaps enjoyed it, but we all found it compulsive reading.

By: WARK 003 2021-02-22 12:02:32
Two found it creepy/nasty, one loved it, the rest of us uncomfortable with subject matter but admired the writing. Summed up, " What a lot of trouble could be avoided if they had had the pill then".

By: NELS 054 2020-05-27 19:22:58
Well written book - but most of us felt it was creepy and disturbing.

By: ASHB 015 2019-06-10 14:36:27
We weren't able to meet this month as too many were travelling. Personally I enjoyed this book. It was well-written, mainly because of the meticulous research that allowed it to resonate with authenticity. It was sympathetically paced, reflecting the community that was portrayed.

By: ALEXA 004 2018-09-10 12:38:01
Most of our group had a very favourable response to this book, with only one dissenter. A story with several themes worth discussing.

By: OTORO 001 2018-09-10 12:34:28
Lots of lively discussion - we shared personal experiences of exposure.

By: AUCK 015 2018-05-25 12:06:53
After our previous book ' A History Of Loneliness', we all initially thought of child abuse again, and we didn't come to any conclusion after our discussion. There was appreciation of Arnold's writing skills - the way she uses different voices and says so much, but leaves so much unsaid. The 'Alice in Wonderland' inferences intrigued some members but irritated others. We all agreed it gave an insight into Victorian parenting.

By: DUNED 009 2018-05-25 12:02:41
It generated great discussion!

By: AUCK 199 2018-05-25 12:01:40
The group found this book very interesting and engaging even though it was a disturbing read. The structure is very effective as is the use of the various narrative voices. The research that has gone into the life and times of Lewis Carroll is impressive, and members found echoes of the Alice books very cleverly peppered right through the text. We recommend the book and suggest that readers look at the Alice books before reading it.

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