Readathon: Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner

willowes03Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner is about a spinster aunt who goes to live alone and becomes a witch after making a pact with the devil. I thought it sounded fascinating, but the book ended up being very badly structured. The first 100 pages or so just talk about this woman’s family history. The next hundred pages transitions her from living with family to living alone. The last 50 pages are when the plot finally happens, and the whole witch/devil thing was really cheesy. The only part of this book I liked was about 10 pages right before the witch part where Lolly is upset because her nephew wants to come live with her and she’s losing her new-found independence. That part actually felt like the book was going somewhere. But then it changed into deals with the devil and witchcraft and Sabbath dances. I don’t know. It just didn’t work for me and I really thought it would. Ah well.


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