This Side of Glory

This Side of Glory

by Gwen Bristow

Sequel to The Handsome Road -- authentic background, good conflict in ways of life, full bodied characterization, and a thoroughly readable tale. Once again there is the conflict of the "poor whites" versus the genteel, ineffectual aristocrats.

  • Series: Plantation Trilogy
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Rating: 4.02
  • Pages: 280
  • Publish Date: April 1st 1996 by Buccaneer Books
  • Isbn10: 0899660266
  • Isbn13: 9780899660264

What People Think about "This Side of Glory"

I delayed reading this last in the Plantation trilogy because, as the most modern, I believed the time period would not interest me as much.

Life and people are all equations to her, and everything can be solved by moving ahead, not being sentimental and never wasting time or money on pleasing people. By force you take what you want, leaving your victim hating you: by tact you take it also, but with your victim happy in the belief they wanted to give it the whole time." I like Eleanor, there's nobody better to get things done than her. Which is good considering her husband lacks motivation to finish things. It's one thing being efficient and not clinging to out of date ways, it another to entirely remove them from an ancient home. When his father handed Ardeith plantation down to him it was encumbered by debts. I learned quite a few things some I'd never heard of before in any way shape or form.

In the first book in what is known as her Plantation Trilogy, Deep Summer, Bristow began the story of Phillip Larne who brings his new bride to carve a new life out of the steaming jungles of Louisiana. Which brings us to the last book in this trilogy - This Side of Glory begins in 1912, as Eleanor Upjohn works as secretary for her father Fred, who despite a poorer birth has made a successful career as a builder of river levees. She meets plantation owner Kester Larne and it's love at first site - but can they overcome the huge gaps in their two social classes and build a successful marriage?

If you adore southern belles like me, you'll love the whole series.

As I have pointed it out in my review of The Handsome Road we should have: interesting historical information which doesn't overload a reader a good fictional story and a philosophical and psychological level. I feel that I have learnt (about those times) less from this book than from the others. The fictional story is original in my view because I seldom read novels about relationship after a marriage. But this time (contrary to The Handsome Road there seems to be a more powerful line of communication, a bond: love. Why is it that we cant think of any higher destiny for the people we love than that they become just like ourselves? Read some quotes: "We think olden times were simple because we know how grandpas problems were solved, and any problem is simple when you can look up the answer in the back of the book." If they had behaved with a decent sense of responsibility toward each other and toward the children they had no right to have until they were ready to stop being children themselves, this would not have happened. And we should repeat a prayer after Eleanor: Help me to understand people who arent like myself.

Eleanor meets and falls in love with Kester Larne, the son of Denis Larne also from Handsome Road. Eleanor and Kester fall passionately in love and get married against the strong objections of both their families. Blacks are used in the story predominately as compliant happy little sub beings.

Und auch wenn Kester Larne ein durchweg sympathischer Geselle ist, es soll sich herausstellen, dass er da nicht ganz Unrecht hat. Gegenstand dieses Buchs sind vornehmlich die Beziehung zwischen Eleanor und Kester sowie die Schwierigkeiten, die sich für sie aus ihrer so unterschiedlichen, wenn auch letztlich gemeinsamen, Herkunft ergeben. (Achtung, kleiner Spoiler) Mit dem Ende dieses Buches schließt sich der Kreis, in den Kindern von Eleanor und Kester haben sich die beiden Zweige der Familie und ihre Eigenschaften und Erfahrungen wiedervereint und auf diesen Menschen baut sich schließlich das moderne Amerika auf. Ein würdiger und stimmiger Abschluss der Louisiana-Trilogie, der nicht ganz mit den ersten beiden Teilen mithalten kann.

From the first story as they dug out a living from the wilderness that was Louisiana, there was the aristocratic landowners, the 'poor white trash', and the slaves. Eleanor's ancestors came from the poor white trash becoming part of the more well to do working class due to her father's hard work and determination.

American author and journalist.