Can love, when it arrives, teach her not to fear the world beyond the dwelling place? Catherine Cookson was the original and bestselling saga. This week, I tackle the seemingly endless and screamingly worst of all the Cookson adaptations I have seen, The Dwelling Place. Brief note. Find Catherine Cookson’s The Dwelling Place at Movies & TV, home of thousands of titles on DVD and Blu-ray.
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The Dwelling Place
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Dwelling Place by Catherine Cookson. When fifteen-year-old Cissie Brodie loses her parents to cholera, she is forced out of the family cottage and left to raise her nine siblings alone.
Although desperately poor, the strong-willed Cissie determines to build a new home for the Brodies. It is only a rough stone shelter, but to Cissie and her family it is enough to keep them from the workhouse.
They have friends, When fifteen-year-old Cissie Brodie loses her parents to cholera, she is forced out of the family cottage and left to raise her nine siblings dwe,ling. They have friends, but charity cannot always spare them the harsh reality of their struggle and the bitterness of those who wish them harm.
But can love, when it arrives, teach Cissie not to fear the world beyond the dwelling place? Set in the ‘s, Tthe Dwelling Place is the powerful tale of a tenacious family’s battle to overcome cooksonn odds. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign colkson.
To ask other readers questions about The Dwelling Placeplease sign up. Tippy This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ The ending thd probably leave the reader confused.
Why did the author turn a loving, caring and self sacrificing Matthew into a possessive control …more The ending will probably leave the reader confused.
Why did the author turn a loving, caring and self sacrificing Matthew into a possessive control freak after the wedding? From the start, Matthew shows compassion for Cissie and her family, even going so far as to marry a woman he does not love to secure a better life for them.
He never shows anything but concern for her so his change doesn’t transition well except to create a case for Cissie wanting her rapist. Why does she have Cissie develop romantic feelings for a man that violates her in front of her younger sibling? In the end, the author writes that Cissie always belonged to Clive.
Sure, he apologized for raping and impregnating her with a child she would never raise, so I guess an “I’m sorry about all that crazy stuff that happened” can ccookson forgiven. Yes, I have issues dwellung the ending less hide spoiler ]. See all 3 questions about The Dwelling Place….
Lists with This Book. Jul 08, Laura rated it it was amazing. Catherine Cookson has recently become one of my favorite dwellig. Cookson creates powerfully touching novels of love dwlling overcoming the odds, two things that I greatly enjoy reading about.
The Dwelling place is such a novel. It tells the story of a courageous young girl who takes on the challenge of raising her many brothers and sisters. It’s touching and very interesting plot wise. I dwekling it to those who LOVE historical fiction and perhaps those who like not having the difficulty of someth Catherine Cookson has recently become one of my favorite authors. I recommend it to those who LOVE historical fiction and perhaps those who like not having the difficulty of something like Jane Austen.
What I’m getting at is that it’s pretty straightforward. Anyways, there is a film adaptation which I highly recommend! That’s another thing I like about Cookson’s novels; I can usually watch a dweling after reading one of them.
It’s nice to compare and gush over the lead men, when their gush worthy mind. Oct 31, Cphe rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my favourite Catherine Cookzon novel, I’ve read quite a few over the years.
Catherine Cookson was certainly a prolific writer of historical ficton set in England during the ‘s. In this book Cissie Brodie at the age of fifteen is left to care for her numerous siblings when her parents die. This book tells of the epic struggle that Cis This is my favourite Catherine Cookson novel, I’ve read quite a few over the years. This book tells of the epic struggle that Cissie undertook to keep body and soul together in an unrelenting environment and harsh times.
There are two men in Cissie’s life over the years, the quiet and gentle miller Matthew, and the volatile Lordship’s son Clive. It is tue Clive’s actions that Cissie’s life is shattered and she is left to bear the consequences. This novel is angst driven, and tells of the sacrifices and struggle to keep her family together.
This is quite a tearjerker, there is a HEA but Cissie goes through much anguish to reach that point. Set in the llace, the film tells the story of year-old Cissie Brodie after the dweling of parents, and the repossession of the family home.
She finds a barren place to live and care for her younger brothers and sisters with plxce help of Matthew, a local carpenter, but her life becomes complicated when the aristocratic Fischel family take an unwelcome interest.
View all 3 comments. I honestly had no idea that I would fall in love with this book when Plsce randomly picked it from the library shelves. But I did fall in love with this story. Coolson both simple, yet thought-provoking.
It’s both beautiful and horrible. And I really, really liked it and found it actually quite difficult to put down, but now I’m hard-pressed to find the right things to say about my reading experience.
The Dwelling Place by Catherine Cookson
If interested, you can find my short thoughts HERE. Apr 24, Vellini rated cooksin it was amazing. Great story, and amazing female MC! Jun 21, Dorcas rated it really liked it Shelves: THis one was catjerine strange. I’m a little mixed in my opinion of it.
I will say it had my undivided attention so for engrossing reading I have to give it 4 stars. So why do I say its “strange”. I don’t want to give a spoiler review so I won’t say WHAT that far fetched strangeness WAS; but suffice it to say this heroine had guts, determination and a whole lot of forgiveness in her heart.
Some of CC characters are so evi THis one was very strange. Some of CC characters are so evil they seem unreal and in this book the most evil character is cxtherine.
Between her and her puppet brother, the heroine’s life just about isn’t worth living. Yet she manages to keep body and soul together to raise her siblings in a cave. Youll have to read it and find out. Feb 20, Donna Morris rated it really liked it.
Read this book in the 70’s when I was a teenager, recently re-read it catheribe now I remember why it has always been in the back of my mind as a great story. Catherine Cookson brings to life Cissie and the Brodie family, struggling to survive against all odds as only an author who has experienced hardships and come from the bottom up can.
I always feel that Catherine Cookson “knows what makes people tick”. The dialect of the common people in that part catherinw England during that era is fun to read.
Some o Read this book in the 70’s when I was a teenager, recently re-read it and now I remember why it has always been in the back of my mind as a great story. Some of the expressions I’ve heard from my own grandmother here in America over the years! Jan 07, Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hardcore dweling of rape culture in this book. As another reviewer said, this book was strange; it was incredibly engrossing, a very quick read partly because coooson was so pplaceand yet.
I’m sorry, but there are elements that are so inappropriate that I don’t even know where to begin. What I enjoyed was that this was dwelping sort of dystopian survival novel. Cissie, 15, is the eldest of eleven children there were 14, but three died previously when her own parents and an infant die of fever.
This is in the County of Durham in Northeast England, and there are few options for the absolutely destitute. But Cissie will hear nothing of her siblings going “into the Poor Law” — obviously horrific. So with the help of a kind young wheelwright, Cissie manages to set up house in a cave on the fells [“a hill or stretch of high moorland, esp. It’s fascinating because it goes into great detail about their belongings, their meager meals, how they make do, a sort of Boxcar Children for datherine.
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So there’s Cissie and her brood, Matthew the Wheelwright, and then Lord Coooson and his mansion and awful adult children, Clive and Isabelle. Isabelle is about as evil as a villain can be. This is definitely for adults, because there is a violent and traumatic rape but I didn’t even realize it was a rape until there were hints and I had to go back and re-read it; the scene itself isn’t graphic central to the plot.
I could relate to the reader who gave it 4 stars because it’s so engrossing, but ultimately it’s so appalling that I dwellingg in good conscience recommend it to anybody unless they like the “survival on the fells” sort of plot enough to rwelling the icky stuff.
Reminds me of Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell — based on a true story about a young woman who, in dire straits, ended up living in a cave.
Apr 08, Jean St. Amand rated it really liked it. Love my Cookson books. I’m not often a fan of the happy sappy ending but this one made me happy: