The Shuttle

The Shuttle The Shuttle is about American heiresses marrying English aristocrats by extension it is about the effect of American energy dynamism and affluence on an effete and impoverished English ruling class S

  • Title: The Shuttle
  • Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Anne Sebba
  • ISBN: 9781903155615
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Shuttle is about American heiresses marrying English aristocrats by extension it is about the effect of American energy, dynamism and affluence on an effete and impoverished English ruling class Sir Nigel Anstruthers crosses the Atlantic to look for a rich wife and returns with the daughter of an American millionaire, Rosalie Vanderpoel He turns out to be a bully, aThe Shuttle is about American heiresses marrying English aristocrats by extension it is about the effect of American energy, dynamism and affluence on an effete and impoverished English ruling class Sir Nigel Anstruthers crosses the Atlantic to look for a rich wife and returns with the daughter of an American millionaire, Rosalie Vanderpoel He turns out to be a bully, a miser and a philanderer and virtually imprisons his wife in the house Only when Rosalie s sister Bettina is grown up does it occur to her and her father that some sort of rescue expedition should take place And the beautiful, kind and dynamic Bettina leaves for Europe to try and find out why Rosalie has, inexplicably, chosen to lose touch with her family In the process she engages in a psychological war with Sir Nigel meets and falls in love with another Englishman and starts to use the Vanderpoel money to modernize Stornham Court.The book s title refers to ships shuttling back and forth over the Atlantic Frances Hodgson Burnett herself traveled between the two countries thirty three times, something very unusual then.

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  • Frances Hodgson Burnett Anne Sebba

    Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee Here Hodgson began to write, in order to supplement the family income, assuming full responsibility for the family upon the death of her mother, in 1870 In 1872 she married Dr Swan Burnett, with whom she had two sons, Lionel and Vivian The marriage was dissolved in 1898 In 1900 Burnett married actor Stephen Townsend until 1902 when they got divorced Following her great success as a novelist, playwright, and children s author, Burnett maintained homes in both England and America, traveling back and forth quite frequently She died in her Long Island, New York home, in 1924.Primarily remembered today for her trio of classic children s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy 1886 , A Little Princess 1905 , and The Secret Garden 1911 Burnett was also a popular adult novelist, in her own day, publishing romantic stories such as The Making of a Marchioness 1901 for older readers.

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  • There’s a lovely passage in Frances Hodgson-Burnett’s childhood memoir – ‘The One I Knew the Best of All’ – that recalls the joy of imagining what wondrous stories might be inside the books on the highest shelf that she couldn’t quite reach. ‘The Shuttle’ is exactly the right book for that child to have written when she became a grown up author. An author who understood the magic of the story; the very special kind of magic that captures children and makes them into life-long r [...]


  • I chose to read this book for an author birthday challenge because, in 2014, I had read To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started and had become interested in the period of history when many wealthy young American women had married British aristocrats, purportedly because the women wanted the title and the men needed the wealth. I had hoped that this fictional perspective of the period, published in 1907, might be a good complement to the non-fiction work.To my surprise, the [...]


  • The best part of this book was the story of a smart and determined young woman who travels overseas to rescue her sister from the husband who broke her spirit with deliberate, methodical cruelty. The best (and most surprising) writing in this book is the examination of his cruelty and exposure of the methods of psychological warfare that are used to subjugate one’s partner. It was surprising, because this novel was written in the first decade of the 20th century, long before terms such as “g [...]


  • Reading this book, I couldn't stop feeling that it is some kind of a lesson or a summary of the life. I felt that Frances Hodgson Burnett told me about the life and times she knew in the way that would teach me something. Definitely, it isn't just a novel nor just a story. I think it is a great book for a young people, for those who are on the threshold of adulthood.The story (plot) itself is also interesting and engaging. There are many different characters, there is a drama. Most of all there [...]


  • There are moments in this novel when it feels as if we have returned to the secret garden, as adults, and are allowed to step amongst the ruins of a wonderfully, dilapidated garden that is crying out for a make over. In fact, the whole book could be read as such. Not only do we find a garden that needs a make-over, but there is an entire English village and its inmates that have been completely neglected. along with its local artistocracy, Mount Dunstan and Lady Anstruthers who are veritible Mis [...]


  • Who knew that Frances Hodgson Burnett had written books besides The Secret Garden and A Little Princess? I had never heard of The Shuttle, but after this I will certainly be trying some of her other works of fiction. The characters were drawn extremely well and leave very strong impressions. It's a story full of romance and drama, and despite what sounds like a depressing storyline (girl goes to rescue her sister from an abusive husband), there is actually quite a bit of hope and positivity in i [...]


  • I wasn’t sure what to expect from ‘The Shuttle’, because Persephone Books editions look lovely but have no blurb. It turned out to be an involving family drama and social commentary in three acts. Act I: a rich American girl marries an impoverished aristocrat, who turns out to be horribly abusive. Act II: after many years, her younger sister comes to visit in the abusive husband’s absence. Act III: husband and sister become locked in a battle of wills. Inevitably, the most fascinating an [...]


  • A remarkable Librivox read by tabithat. It took me about a chapter to get really involved, and once I did, there was no stopping. Of course, one might say that Rosalie was too much of a ninny, that Bettina was a tad too perfect, but never mind that, Sir Nigel was the absolute villain, and The Shuttle to me was a real page-turner. I wholeheartedly recommend it.


  • The Shuttle could have easily gotten four stars from me. The beginning is strong, and the ending is compelling. The middle, however, gets a bit laborious with condescending vignettes in which characters from backgrounds of wealth or nobility feel ever so edified in interacting with characters from more humble backgrounds. The story could have been a bit more economically crafted. The protagonist, Betty Vanderpoel, seems to have virtually no flaws. She's repeatedly referred to as having "genius," [...]


  • In the 19th century, it became fashionable for American heiresses to marry titled Englishmen, but the marriages didn't always work out. At the beginning of this novel, sweet and innocent Rosalie Vanderpoel is courted by Sir Nigel Anstruthers, who has come to New York seeking an injection of cash for his rundown estate. He whisks Rosy off to England, where he bullies her and isolates her from her family. Twelve years later, her newly grown up sister Bettina sets out to rescue her.Frances Hodgson [...]


  • I've been working my way through best selling books from 1900s and so far this has been my favorite. Whereas women in other books I've read from this period have been weak willed or oppressed or simpering, Betty was strong minded and respected. She didn't make endless bad decisions (like Lily in House of Mirth) or require rescuing by a man (like pretty much every other book I've read in this time period). You felt the entire time that she was going to do the right things and do them well, at lea [...]


  • Un romanzo che, nonostante qualche lentezza, mi è piaciuto molto. Rientra in quello spaccato di letteratura che celebra, con le sue opere, il confronto fra le culture del vecchio e del nuovo mondo: l'aristocrazia del sangue VS l'aristocrazia degli affari che avveniva per lo più tramite matrimoni tra aristocratrici decaduti e ricche signorine americane. Su questo tema, molto in auge tra la metà dell'800 e gli inizi del 900, la Burnett tesse la storia di Betty Vanderpoel, una ragazza americana [...]


  • I was looking forward to reading this after having heard good things about it on the Persephone group on Librarything. I wasn't disappointed. This is an engrossing, page turner. Frances Hodgson Burnett hightlighted the sad plight of many large houses at this time, which being entailed couldn't be sold, but whose owners where so impoverished they were unable to properly maintain them. Her love of the English countryside is obvious in her decriptions of it and the enthusiam of her American charcte [...]



  • As the twentieth century begins, a sweet young pliable American heiress marries Sir Nigel Anstruthers, an impoverished English gentleman. To her ill-luck, he proves to be a manipulative bully, and he makes her life miserable. A dozen years later, the heiress's younger sister Betty, who has more wits and pluck than most, arrives to rescue her sister.Betty is an intoxicating character: cool and self-possessed, smart, perceptive, unfailingly kind, and inquisitive. When she's first introduced she's [...]


  • Era da tempo che 'corteggiavo' questo romanzo. Nel 2011 ho letto The Secret Garden e l'anno successivo A Little Princess. Poi mi sono un po' persa, ma non per mancanza di buona volontà. Sono stata a lungo indecisa se acquistare l'edizione Persephone di The Shuttle (costosetta, ma bellissima persephonebooks/the-) oppure sfruttare la versione gratuita di Gutenberg Project (gutenberg/ebooks/506). Alla fine ha vinto l'edizione gratuita. Quello che non sapevo è che l'edizione Persephone è abridged [...]


  • In the first hundred slow-moving pages of this book, I considered giving it up. I'm so glad I didn't. I devoured the last half of the book and it was certainly good reading, the increased proportion of action to words over the first half being greatly appreciated.Roaslie Vanderpoel, daughter of a fabulously wealthy New York millionaire, marries English aristocrat Sir Nigel Anstruthers, who just wants her for her money and makes her life miserable. Twelve years later, her sister Bettina is grown [...]


  • I love Frances Hodgson Burnett. When I pick up her adult novels, I worry a little that I will be disappointed, but I never am. This is a novel about the way America and England shuttle back and forth for commerce and marriage, as well as the way the shuttle of fate weaves lives. There are heiresses and a villain so awful you can't believe in him until the heroine calmly says to him, "You are behaving like the villain in a melodrama." She is Betty Vanderpoel, and she is my new best literary frien [...]


  • Another Persephone hit!I've long been interested in the wave of US millionaires marrying Brit aristocracy, and have read and enjoyed biographies of Vanderbilts, Catons and Randolphs - and as a dedicated Downton fan, I'm also looking forward to Fellowe's upcoming drama on the Gilded Age. all of which is a long winded way of saying I thoroughly.enjoyed this book. I downloaded it to read on holiday and it was a total page-turner complete with baddies, goodies and romance. If that makes it sound tra [...]


  • My copy is from Persephone, and you just can't qo wrong with that publisher. I've loved Burnett for years, but never read an adult novel, even though one of them has been on my shelf for years. This was a classic Victorian novel, with a dastardly (and truly horrifying--a real mixture of realism and ridiculousness) villian and spunky heroine. It was a wonderful examination of American money and British class issues, set alongside a good bit of women's history. And it was a page turner. Yes, in pa [...]


  • inghilterra e america- due mondi che, inevitabilmente, entreranno in contatto, non solo attraverso i matrimoni e le cui differenze si attenueranno anche grazie all'intraprendenza femminile. una protagonista sfavillante, i cui pregi riusciranno a salvare la sorella (scema e piagnucolosa) da un legame infelice con il cattivissimo di turno, una storia d'amore non troppo melensa, tante belle descrizioni della campagna inglese, qualche lungaggine di troppo. fra tutti i romanzi della hodgson burnett [...]


  • The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The "shuttle" is a weaving metaphor. I'd forgotten entirely about that kind of shuttle until FHB described it clicking and clacking figuratively back and forth across the loom like a steamship or a telegraph wire between England and America, bringing saucy Americans and the staid British closer together as a recurring theme in a Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, along with gardens, a crippled child, rags to riches, twists of fortune, and obvious villains. I l [...]


  • I read both A Little Princess and The Secret Garden as a tween and LOVED them. This book started out better than either of those I thought. Or, maybe that's just because I'm older and I can more appreciate certain aspects of her writing. I need to re-read those two books.Her descriptions in The Shuttle are amazingly vivid. I could see (and still can when I close my eyes) the English countryside, hear the beat of the horses hoofs and practically feel the rain! Her prose is also entertainingly inf [...]


  • I absolutely loved this novel. I can't explain very well why, but I'll try.First of all there's the period that is brought to life, with its stately mansions slowly falling to ruin, and in some cases being built up again beautifully. The English countryside really breathes from the pages, very well-written and described.Then, there's the characters of Betty and Mount Dunstan. They're great. Betty is strong-willed, intelligent, and does not take shit from anyone. She's a positive depiction of the [...]


  • In many ways an appealing novel. Modern readers will enjoy the romantic plot and the superbly competent heroine. Betty, endowed by the author with every possible advantage you can imagine, invades Britain the way Sherman went through Georgia. Everyone surrenders without a fight except her evil brother-in-law, who inevitably comes to a bad end.Alas, all the discussions about the difference between Brits and Americans, and all the analysis of the importance of transatlantic relationships, are very [...]


  • A romance novel about the interaction of Americans and Europeans in the 19th century. The heroine is a beautiful, intelligent, business-minded American daughter of a multi-millionaire. (I kept thinking Ayn Rand would LOVE her.) She travels to the rescue of her older sister, a less hardy girl who married a conniving nobleman that has used what money he could extract from her to finance his life of vice. In England, the wealthy beauty discovers that she loves the country and the ability she has to [...]


  • Susan and Tyra suggested this book as a part of the Persephone collection. I enjoyed it, but I didn't really find it to be the page turner I was expecting it to be. It was a nice read with an interesting story line. The book centers around two heiresses from New York. One sister, Rosalie, marries an English duke who proceeds to make her miserable. The younger sister, Bettina, goes to England after many years to save Rosalie from her torturous husband and help her to turn her life around. The gir [...]


  • First of all, what a RELIEF this was to listen to after finishing 'Middlemarch'. It was like having life pumped back into me. It was like I was an English manor being revived by one Betty Vanderpoel, Reuben Vanderpoel's daughter, if you will.Secondly, the Librivox reader for this is fantastic. It was an absolute treat to listen to.Also, yes, Betty's perfection is a bit tedious. I wish I could find out if it were originally a serial because otherwise some of the repetition is inexcusable. We get [...]


  • In its time, a bestseller. Sort of "Secret Garden" for grown-up readers--both Burnett books were inspired by author's restoration of an old English estate.Slow-moving in the beginning (for many "modern" readers, anyway), but I found very interesting contrast between two daughters of American self-made millionaire--what today would at least be a billionaire: delicate older sister Rosie is typical mid-Victorian passive, petite "ideal woman"; her younger sister Bettina (wonder if that's where Maud [...]


  • I made it to 54% and can't motivate myself to go further. While I very much enjoyed the first part of the book, about American bride Rosie Vanderpoel and her awful British husband and MIL, once the book switched to her younger sister Bettina, things started going downhill for me. Bettina is beautiful, brilliant, charming, etc, and not a single character she encounters fails to tell her so and basically fall in love with her. Ugh. The men have silly conversations with each other essentially about [...]


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