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She was born in Vienna, Austria, in What a crazy idea, I know. I needed this delicate romance after the trauma of Mockingjay. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Using her bright mind, Harriet draws up a scheme to runaway from home and the stuffy Cambridge man her aunt wants her to marry. Apr 23, Jennifer rated it liked it.

A slip of a girl Sep 18, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: So when Dubrov, leader of a ballet company, comes to her little school to scout talent and deems Harriet worthy of inclusion in the chorus of his company, she is thrilled.

I felt like her life began to revolve around the guy, and she was a bit obsessive. Her stifling spinster Aunt Louisa assisted her brother in running the house. Petersburg and one of the many charmingly eccentric minor characters with which Ibbotson skillfully sprinkles her novel.

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A sweet, fun, charming read. Ibbotson IS an excellent writer and the unsullied scenes are brilliantly written and truly funny, but, as Harriet clearly delighted to say, she was a ruined woman and her ruination absolutely ibbotdon the book.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Post was eca sent – check your email addresses! Ibbotson wrote this book in honor of her husband who had died just before she wrote ita former naturalist. But I feel I should end this review positively, as on the whole, this was an enjoyable read. Edward has married a slightly violent Russian girl named Ibboston, a previous member of Harriet’s ballet company.


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One clever line I remember is a character interrupted while reading a novel is described as coming up “20, leagues from the bottom of the sea” to enter the conversation. Have you ever read the perfect book at the perfect time?

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson. Instead, as the vea of an elderly and dogmatic Cambridge don — who raises her with the help of her equally repressive spinster aunt — Harriet has very little joy to her existence. View all 3 comments. But, even without all that, it remains that, I really liked Harriet. I understood why the author did this but I needed the whimsical smoothness found earlier on, even amidst all the family drama. After Harriet has given up all hope, Rom finally tracks her down, having been searching since the day she disappeared.

For even in class there are those who dance the notes and those who dance the music. She cares deeply for her friends and associates, and makes those around her BE z people.

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The protagonist was a drip. When a Russian ballet master comes to class searching for dancers to fill the corps of his ballet company before their South American efa, Harriet’s world changes.

Her actions are plotted and ignored throughout the book and suddenly she is with Rom how did she get there? Usually the heroine will have an appropriately pitiful and tragic past, from which only the hero can redeem her, then straight disgustingly unsubtle sexual tension and poor writing to the finish.

It wasn’t just the acts of adultery that offended and disappointed me. It’s a great read in every other respect, but Cpmpany not sure I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

And as is very much the usual case with Ibbotson, the side characters are memorably and delightfully drawn, from young Henry, whom Harriet befriends, to the imperious but so understandable Simonova, the aging star of the ballet company.


The romantic lead, as so often happened in romances written in that particular day and age sfell in love with her instantly, and then just as promptly decided that she needed protecting and sheltering. I know very little about ballet, but the performance descriptions and poses were so fun to read about and then look up on the internet. In Manaus, Harriet finds friendship, hard work, inspiration, and Rom–the mysterious and wealthy expat who owns the Teatro Amazonas where the company performs.

Was it all due to the wri An odd book, with some beautiful writing, and an absolutely spot-on-target evocation of the ballet life. Until then, he expected her to listen and comfort him. The story seemed rushed, and the transitions between the different storylines were awkward. For nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton, life in Cambridge is as dry and dull as a biscuit. Sure, there’s a Big Misunderstanding. Dark, mysterious Rom reminded me of my favorite fictional crush of the moment, one Nicholas Brisbane from the Lady Julia Grey series.

There’s only so many ground-breaking, out-of-your-box books you can read consecutively. Ibbotson was widowed with three sons and a daughter. You are commenting using your WordPress.

I am not quite sure if Ibbotson and I just have a different worldview or if she was just not that good at plotting and resorted to some rather weak moments for her characters in order swand move things along.

Please, please if writing about a particular college get the terminology right! He pulled her down so that she lay against his shoulder. The descriptions of dance that were there were beautifully evocative and had my brain involuntarily humming Tchaikovsky.

Once her trip across the pond is successful, Harriet experiences many “firsts”.

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