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Last Ditch

Violet Hunt

An amusing but deeply poignant story, “The Last Ditch” describes the wartime experiences of a British aristocratic family who gradually realize that their old feudal perquisites are passing away in the trenches of the Great War and that unprecedented new forces are pushing out the comfortable old ways. Lady Arles is the matriarch determined to resist to her last breath. Her bohemian young daughter Venice is set on a career as a poet and even dallies with a Socialist lover, but in some ways is the family member who seems the most helpless without her old aristocratic privileges. Another daughter Ilsa brings scandal after scandal to the family because of her endless sexual flings, incorrigible almost to the last page. Audley Bar, beloved by at least two of the Ladies Arles, is the ennui-laden aristocratic adventurer, determined despite his middle age to go forth to war and do his bit, especially after one young friend after another dies on the Western Front. Author Violet Hunt pokes ironical, affectionate fun at her old-fashioned cast of characters, but as an ardent feminist and free-thinker finds ways to show her profound sympathies for the rising poor of England, the previously unprivileged who were finding some new freedoms in the passing of the Old Order. Her novel published while the seemingly endless War was still in full force, Hunt deftly sketches a portrait of a very human family, harrowed by loss and adrift in a new world. - Summary by Expatriate

An amusing but deeply poignant story, “The Last Ditch” describes the wartime experiences of a British aristocratic family who gradually realize that their old feudal perquisites are passing away in the trenches of the Great War and that unprecedented new forces are pushing out the comfortable old ways. Lady Arles is the matriarch determined to resist to her last breath. Her bohemian young daughter Venice is set on a career as a poet and even dallies with a Socialist lover, but in some ways is the family member who seems the most helpless without her old aristocratic privileges. Another daughter Ilsa brings scandal after scandal to the family because of her endless sexual flings, incorrigible almost to the last page. Audley Bar, beloved by at least two of the Ladies Arles, is the ennui-laden aristocratic adventurer, determined despite his middle age to go forth to war and do his bit, especially after one young friend after another dies on the Western Front. Author Violet Hunt pokes ironical, affectionate fun at her old-fashioned cast of characters, but as an ardent feminist and free-thinker finds ways to show her profound sympathies for the rising poor of England, the previously unprivileged who were finding some new freedoms in the passing of the Old Order. Her novel published while the seemingly endless War was still in full force, Hunt deftly sketches a portrait of a very human family, harrowed by loss and adrift in a new world. - Summary by Expatriate
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

An amusing but deeply poignant story, “The Last Ditch” describes the wartime experiences of a British aristocratic family who gradually realize that their old feudal perquisites are passing away in the trenches of the Great War and that unprecedented new forces are pushing out the comfortable old ways. Lady Arles is the matriarch determined to resist to her last breath. Her bohemian young daughter Venice is set on a career as a poet and even dallies with a Socialist lover, but in some ways is the family member who seems the most helpless without her old aristocratic privileges. Another daughter Ilsa brings scandal after scandal to the family because of her endless sexual flings, incorrigible almost to the last page. Audley Bar, beloved by at least two of the Ladies Arles, is the ennui-laden aristocratic adventurer, determined despite his middle age to go forth to war and do his bit, especially after one young friend after another dies on the Western Front. Author Violet Hunt pokes ironical, affectionate fun at her old-fashioned cast of characters, but as an ardent feminist and free-thinker finds ways to show her profound sympathies for the rising poor of England, the previously unprivileged who were finding some new freedoms in the passing of the Old Order. Her novel published while the seemingly endless War was still in full force, Hunt deftly sketches a portrait of a very human family, harrowed by loss and adrift in a new world. - Summary by Expatriate

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

11h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

26:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

28:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

21:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:07