The Fox's Walk

The Fox's Walk

eBook - 2003
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During the First World War, ten-year-old Alice Moore is left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely country house in County Waterford. Living in a rigid, old-fashioned household where propriety is all, Alice is forced to piece together her world-a world on the brink of revolution-from overheard conversations, servants' gossip, and her own keen observations. She soon realizes that her family's privilege comes at a great cost to others-among them a psychic countess down on her luck, a Roman Catholic boy whom Alice hero-worships, and an admired governess, as well as most of her neighbors. After the Easter Rising, when blood is spilled close to home and loyalties are divided, tensions within Ireland and Ballydavid mount. Alice is forced to choose between her heritage of privilege and her growing moral and political conscience.

Our narrator Alice, a precocious pre-adolescent, puts together the world from what she can overhear in her traditional Anglo-Irish family. Sent to live at the country estate Ballydavid, County Waterford with her widowed Grandmother and Great Aunt after the death of a beloved uncle at the Front. During the war, Alice eavesdrops on the hushed conversations about the ferment among the locals in the Irish Nationalist Cause. Simultaneously, we get the story of Roger Casement's activities on behalf of the Cause. Though the Casement and Alice's paths never truly cross, the complex machinations of Casement mirror the sometimes mysterious relationships in Alice's household: O'Neil, the major domo whose Jewish arriviste, Nicolas Rowe, an Irish Catholic whose politics are diametrically opposed to those of Alice's family, and the mysterious Sonia, a white Russian "mystic" who inveigles her way into the household. In the end, Alice works out the puzzle of her society in her own way, and chooses the future, and what she feels is morally right, rather than cling to the dictates of the past.


Baker & Taylor
During World War I, a ten-year-old girl sent to live with her autocratic grandmother in the country gradually discovers that her family's privilege is purchased at great cost to many other people. By the author of This Cold Country. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2003
ISBN: 9780547972862
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 14, 2014

Slow moving & dull. Gave up after 200 pages because finishing it wasn't good use of my time. Might be of interest to people who care about the gap between privileged classes and the underclass. Jane Austen fans might like this book.

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