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A Totally Absorbing Novel About Twelve Year Old Christina Who Is Sent To Live With Her Fierce Uncle And His Two Sons In Their Decaying Mansion, Flambards Christina Discovers A Passion For Horses And Riding But Finds Herself Part Of A Strange Household, Divided By Emotional Undercurrents And Cruelty

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    Description A totally absorbing novel about twelve year old Christina who is sent to live with her fierce uncle and his two sons in their decaying mansion, Flambards Christina discovers a passion for horses and riding but finds herself part of a strange household, divided by emotional undercurrents and cruelty.https watch v vlRoiNot the best of quality, yet it is a lovely story

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    3.5 5 StarsFlambards is a YA novel by K M Peyton, first published in 1967 Alternatively, Flambards is the trilogy 1967 1969 or series 1967 1981 named after its first book The series is set in England just before, during, and after World War I A twelve years old Cristina Parsons has been shunted around the family since she was orphaned at the age of five Now she is sent to live with her uncle Russell and his two sons in their decaying mansion, Flambards Her uncle is a fierce man drinks pretty heavily He was a horse rider and loves to hunting fox until he broke his leg in an accident He is deeply obsessed with horses.His elder son Mark is like his father and the other son William is kind and has a great interest in flying machines but hates horse riding and hunting When Cristina will turn 21 she will get money which her parents left for her But uncle Russell has a plan to get that money for finance the upkeep of the Flambirds estate.There, Cristina forced to ride horse, later on she starts to like it, also she feels a little bit crush on a stable boy.I felt like this book is weak at the point of unfolding Cristina s relationship with William It feels like just told, rather then describe.But I appreciate this book because it s really engaging to read Cristina s arrival at the Flambards, her attachment with her mare which she rides, William s passion about flying machines and friendship with Cristina, Cristina s feelings and crush, and also this book end for new beginning.

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    Another of my re reads Once again, I still like it very much, but I had not remembered that the chapters were sometimes years apart This is historical fiction that takes place just before the beginning of World War I, in idyllic, semi rural Great Britain, where the gulfs between the classes are large and no one seems to see anything wrong with the system Christina, who is twelve when we first meet her, is an heiress, who will have no money of her own until she is twenty one She has been sent to live with her uncle Russell, who was a major fox hunter until he was injured in a fall Now, he drinks pretty heavily It is generally accepted by everyone, except Christina herself, that she will ultimately marry Russell s oldest son, Mark who is very like him , and thus use her money to finance the upkeep of the Flambards estate Russell s younger son, Will, hates fox hunting, and is mad for machinery cars and the fledgling aeroplanes Since it s Flambards, it goes without saying that Christina must learn to ride and to fox hunt Her teacher is the stable boy, Dick, who is a better rider than Mark, and much gentle with horses and people, and also totally dependent on the Russells for his livelihood Fortunately for Chirstina, she learns to love riding.The people are fully rounded, the social s acurately depicted and the resolution very satisfying And it s even better when you realize that there are three books in the series, taking you through a great deal of the history and social changes of the times This one is well worth reading and re reading.

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    It s hard to put my finger on why I didn t want to give Flambards stars, but I felt lukewarm at the end rather than enthralled There were a lot of elements I liked For instance, the way Christina arrives to a house in turmoil because her cousin William has been thrown from a horse also the way she is treated almost like a servant, and forced to ride when she s not sure she wants to I liked the way the plot forged bonds between Christina and William, and there is plenty of invention in the story of William and his desperation to escape his father s tyranny Christina s crush on the groom Dick was well executed, and KM Peyton managed to hint at instincts the characters didn t themselves understand but knew were wrong Complications are heaped on top of complications so the plot is always juggling a couple of troubles at once There s a nice sense of time passing and the characters growing up.All of this is good, but I felt overall Christina was passive and ineffectual, lurching from one crush to another That may be an artefact of the time perhaps now we expect our heroines, of whatever era, to be proactive and to have in their heads than a far off notion of who they will marry But there was a deeper problem I felt rather uninvolved in the characters relationships When Christina realises she loves William it is told rather than shown He disappears for a week and Christina faces humiliation if he doesn t return to take her to the ball a clever device to externalise her feelings but I didn t feel his absence very keenly, I knew only that Christina was fretting I felt rather uninvolved with the unfolding relationship, and so I didn t believe that this was the love that would form a fitting end to the book Or perhaps she is meant to be uncomplicated at this stage of her life after all, she s only a teenager and there are several books to go Am I judging Flambards by today s standards, where we expect to be involved with the characters and their relationships Certainly I kept imagining what the writers of Buffy would have done with this material to bring these characters to life and you could say that is unfair But I also kept imagining what Jane Austen would have done with little moments that show how the characters spark I didn t see much spark and genuine bonding between the characters here and that seems to be what the book lacks.In conclusion, I enjoyed Flambards, particularly the world it evokes But I don t think it s the towering classic that its reputation suggests.

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    Orphaned Christina is forced to go live with her Uncle Russell, and his sons, Mark and Will, at their home, Flambards, in the early 1900s Mark and his father are obsessed with horses while Will is obsessed with machinery and aviation To her surprise, Christina becomes deeply attached to Flambards, although her relationship with these three strong willed men is unpredictable and stressful.

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    For starters this is not a horsey book so if that s what you re looking for, based on Peyton s other works, you might be in for some disappointment Personally I also didn t find it to be the great and multi layered classic it s lauded as It might be that this is a book it s better to have come to as a child or if you haven t already found the themes it encompasses done better and with sympathetic characters elsewhere So if you ve read Eva Ibbotson s adult books or you watch Downton Abbey for example, this might be a bit unsatisfactory Still, it was a quick easy read and I basically enjoyed it apart from two areas where I became so disgusted with the characters behavior that I was fuming in that sense perhaps the book did do well in representing the social injustices of the time The horses are there as a comparison with the air craft neither are given too much depth although I could have done with about a quarter of the description of fox hunting tbh not a supporter Great British past time my a e but they serve to represent the old ways of the gentry and country side in comparison to the new coming ways of social equality, technological advancement and comparative freedom There s no clear winner and there s a definite sense of sorrow for the passing of the times when a semi feudal state meant a land owner looking after his land and people and lived close to the land that supported him Not that the Russel family are great representatives of this but that is the beau ideal this aspect of a nation already being pulled in two directions pre WWI was done well I enjoyed the start orphans are rich fodder for stories of course and Christina couldn t have had a worse start at Flambards I liked her practicality and resilience And that s where it stopped because after that first hunt she falls into the same lazy way of thinking and acting as the rest of the family She has moments of I ought to do something but she doesn t follow through In the end her willful ignorance, complete inability to show a hint of spine and flashes of gross cowardice nearly made me put the book down I think she only appeared to advantage compared to the other other characters her uncle a bitter, broken drunkard who is violent and intractable, her brutish and stupid cousin Mark and her arrogant and thoughtless cousin William I m sure the point was to show how a great family gone to seed had allowed the dark ages in which gave the new ways a foot hold but they were all equally detestable And yet I was engaged and did keep reading until the end, and will probably read the other books There s definitely something here but a lot of Peyton s other books are much, much better.

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    Christina Russell s arrival at Flambards is overshadowed by her cousin William being stretchered to his room with a badly broken leg after riding accident Moving from the genteel security of her aunt s home in London, to a faded country mansion, she finds herself in a household dominated by her drunken and embittered uncle himself crippled in a riding accident and a family obsessed with hunting and riding In order to survive at Flambards, Christina is forced to take up riding and forms a strong friendship with Dick, one of the grooms working at Flambards who is assigned the task of teaching her to ride Dick is kind and under his tutelage, she becomes a competent rider William s accident is met with derision by his father and brother, Mark, and Christina discovers William s hatred of riding and the cruelty and dark reactionary values prevailing at Flambards William is a disappointment and scapegoat to his father and Mark and considered a family misfit Model flying machines hanging from the ceiling of William s room give Christina a clue that her cousin is harboring a secret which she later discovers.Set at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in the years preceding the First World War, Mark and William symbolize the feudal and outdated values of the old century stubbornly opposing the promise of new ideals and progress of the new I will definitely be reading Flambard s sequel

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    Set within the grounds of a slowly aging Essex Manor Flambards , Peyton s novels sets the grounds for the end of an era and celebration of a class and the age of a new dawn which heralds cars and planes but also war When twelve year old Christina Parsons is sent to live with her uncle and two sons she feel that her destiny has already been written When she comes of age, she will run into her family s fortune and will be expected to marry Mark, the eldest of the Flambard family who is as cold, brutal and selfish and his drunken father Yet the horses of the manor, and a stablehand, Dick as well as the youngest Flambard, William offer her hope of escape and a sense that her life could be different should she choose to escape that which has already been written for her What comes across in the novel, for me, is the physicality The horses, their tempers and the physical challenges of the characters set a power and strength in here that I find fascinating There is also, in Christina, a sense of a young woman steadily challenging the gendered norms that her society expects It is slight but it is there I am left to wonder how much is grows in other Flambards novels.

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    I found the story so charming It reminded me very strongly of Anne of Green Gables, and I m sure it would have been one of my favorites if I d read it when I was reading Anne I love the passages about the hunt, horse riding, and the passages about flying These beautiful scenes romanticize both sports Though, of course, with riding the romanticism is curtailed by the inclusion of Will s and Mr Russell s accidents In the first book, flying is definitely the safer sport It won t stay that way through the series, but the first book seems to be saying, Yes, flying might be dangerous, but look at how dangerous our ancient and beloved sport of hunting, or horseback riding is And how much damage it has wrought The story is also very isolated and lonely First, Christina lives with her Aunt Grace Then she is unceremoniously packed off to her Uncle Russell s There is no point where she is seen to have any girl friends or to even know any girls her own age except Violet, the kitchen maid, who is beneath Christina socially and a rival even if only temporarily for Mark s affections So it s very much a story about a girl whose life is framed by men and boys, and whom it seems, is only waiting to be married off She has little or no power over anything and she s penniless until she s twenty one, and if she s married to Mark, presumably he ll have control over her estate at that point And it just seems so tragic.It s refreshing when she runs away with Will even though they are so responsible about it This is definitely a novel about restraint Christina always acts so properly She d probably even marry Mark without complaint except that she s so smitten with Will s newfangled ideas and willingness to fight his father s authority, and perhaps she s afraid without some leverage that Mark will treat her just like Uncle Russell treats her a means to her money with no regard for her own wishes.

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    I first read this book when I was about 12, the age of the heroine Christina and loved it My feelings for the story further intensified when Yorkshire Television thoughtfully produced an adaptation in 1979 I m not sure what made me order a copy on my kindle 30 years later but after I devoured it in one sitting, I realised I still love this story and can t recommend it highly enough This book has everything from horses, to orphans to love interest a plenty I was going to say it s the perfect foil for the current vogue for dystopian fiction Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, et al However, it is set in the stifling confines of pre war Edwardian Britain and maps the trials of an oppressed adolescent Christina is an orphan who has been handed around the family until sent, at the beginning of this story, to the eponymous crumbling manor in Essex Poor girl has to put up with the family s obsessive behaviour and try to find her place in this world without any say in what happens to her.The book really stands up and is a lovely read whether you are child or adult I m surprised that people don t know it Maybe it s time to rerun the 79 telly series