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A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

The time period is one of my favorites. Does that mean the books are too predictable to read more than one? I stuck with it because the dance aspect was fascinating.

Ibbotson creates vivid characters and settings; Ea really felt like I was in Manaus, and I thought she captured quite well the personalities and actions of the ballet company. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

A Company of Swans

Also, I would just like to say, there was not enough communication going on in the story. Her random moments of impulsiveness serve to push the heroine along but don’t fit well with her character.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The beginning was sswans but not terrible. How anyone can give this one star is just But here’s my bit: I love Eva Ibbotson’s writing.

The deeply dead elasmobranch lay in a large dish with a waxed bottom, pins spearing the flaps of its rough and spotted skin. I know nothing about Brazil and very little about ballet, so I might enjoy this when I need a break from more dark or ibbotsn stuff.

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Unfortunately, they aren’t in this book. Edward Finch-Dutton was dissecting the efferent nervous system of a large and somewhat pickled dogfish.

Paperbackpages. The book is dedicated to Patricia Veryan. Jul eav, Mela rated it liked it Shelves: Basically one just sits down with each character and gets their life story in third person. Why would a hardened man ten years her senior fall faithfully, eternally, and deeply in love with her? And mini-spoiler, not reallyher virtue inspires him to change!

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson – review

After that chapter or so I lost all the respect I had carefully built up for Harriet. He forces her father to give his permission, intimidating him in front of his students, who then rebel against their most boring teacher.

But it also doesn’t deserve the number of one star reviews it has, most of which seem to be because Stephenie Meyer mentioned at some point that she likes this book and a whole lot of her LDS fans read it and didn’t agree with the premarital sex. A girl in escapes from her extremely oppressive home and runs away to Brazil with a ballet troupe.

So she did the only thing she could: Obviously, simply to jab a hat-pin into such an old gentleman would not have been correct.

I am accustomed romantic historical fiction which reads like, well, historical romance novels. It is the one thing that always keeps me from really being able to recommend these books to others. Though most of these books have appeared in paperback from Avon and do pop up at used-book stores, they first came out in hard cover and should be available through interlibrary loans at most libraries.


Eva Ibbotson’s romances half-scandalized me as a teenager, but at least they were generally clean. The story follows Harriet Morton, the strictly reared daughter of a Cambridge professor.

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But, when I really think about it, I think that has more to do with the time that these books are set in. So the internet seems to indicate that this book was originally published as an adult book and then when Eva Ibbotson’s YA writing took off, it got republished as a YA book. I won’t call it a home because it was just a building. This is a very challenging book for me to write a review about because, on the whole, I loved reading it.

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 Amazon.

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. Oct 04, Rachael rated it it was ok Shelves: Ibottson began writing with the television drama ‘Linda Came Today’, in