|The golden couple!|
I loved her for this! En masse, her children are presented as less than likeable, though Edith and Kay become more rounded as the story progresses. Lady Slane's key need however, is space. Even had her family been delightful, it is apparent that the protagonist yearned for what Virginia Woolf had already coined as A Room of One's Own.
And this spawns another interesting feature in Vita Sackville-West's life. In the middle of the lawns,
|Vita's tower room|
Another joyous fact in my visit to the gardens was the discovery of Sackville-West's friendship with Virginia Woolf. This latter author was the subject of an extended essay I wrote during my second year at university. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed All Passion Spent, I must say that Virginia Woolf is the superior writer, but I am surprised that Vita Sackville-West is not a more common name in literary parlance.
|The famous Sissinghurst|
Coming home from Kent, we caught up with series 2 of The Handmaid's Tale. This, and a broadcasting of Atwood's life on the BBC's Imagine whetted my appetite for my next read which is The Heart Goes Last. It promises to be a darkly comic read...