Life and Death of Harriett Frean


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(3.8 stars; 10 reviews)


Harriett Frean is a well-to-do, unmarried woman living a life of meaningless dependency, boredom, and unproductivity as she patiently cares for her aging parents, waiting for a man to marry. When her opportunity for Love finally comes, she is offered a moral dilemma: the man is engaged to her best friend. Should she sacrifice what, according to the priorities of the time, seems like her "one chance for happiness," or should she seize the moment? Can she make something meaningful of her life without significant others? May Sinclair, as always gently ironic in tone, succeeds in skewering the conventions of her society while laying bare the hopeless realities for so many women of the era who were given so few chances really to live. ( summary by Expatriate)

(2 hr 9 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 5:41 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 02 12:25 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 03 7:08 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 04 9:53 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 05 8:41 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 06 12:34 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 07 7:28 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 08 10:13 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 09 7:09 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 10 13:25 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 11 4:24 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 12 9:47 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 13 6:03 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 14 8:55 Read by Expatriate
Chapter 15 5:26 Read by Expatriate

Reviews

Life and Death of Harriett Frean

(4.5 stars)

Bleak, poignant and utterly compelling. This is a tale of such misunderstandings and moral dilemmas as to make one question and scrutinise one's own life. What happened to Harriet could so easily happen to any, and I imagine many of us. Good intentions reeking havoc all around.... This is a sad tale beautifully told.