The Dean's Watch

by Elizabeth Goudge | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1473656338 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingelstapladorwing of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on 7/22/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingelstapladorwing from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 22, 2021
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Journal Entry 2 by wingelstapladorwing at RABCK, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Released 2 mos ago (7/22/2021 UTC) at RABCK, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases

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Sending to the winner of the Home Sweet Home sweepstakes. This book is set in a fictionalised version of Ely, my current home town.

Journal Entry 3 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 26, 2021
Woo, and I must be the decoy winner! Thank you very much elstaplador. I look forward to reading it.

I visited Ely with a somewhat exuberant and eccentric friend very briefly perhaps about 15 years ago now. We only had a few hours in the city and he was desperate to buy me a scone with gooseberry jam for some reason, but none of the cafes were open yet. In the end he knocked on the door to one where the owner was bringing fresh hot scones out of the oven and begged her to sell us twelve of them on the spot despite not being open yet. She did, and they were delicious. Good memories :-D.

Journal Entry 4 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Oh this was really, really lovely. Goudge's writing and storytelling is enchanting.

The Dean's Watch focuses on a long-serving cathedral dean whose keen social conscience and innate shyness has always been masked by his intimidating and forceful presence. An unexpected friendship with an atheist clockmaker indirectly leads him to carry out many kindnesses towards some of his fellow townspeople, and the novel follows the impact of these on both him and others. Somehow the book manages to pull this storyline off without being schmalzy (in my opinion) and instead has an almost mystical tone. Religion is present as a theme, but Goudge adamantly demonstrates how its importance rests on the ways it inspires individuals to act and create. As an atheist myself, I found the religious bits fine to read, and lovely in their own way.

One thing that did annoy me was the error on the blurb stating that the story is set in the eighteenth century, when it's clearly in the latter half of the nineteenth, but I suppose that's a small thing to complain about!

Journal Entry 5 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Released 1 wk ago (9/16/2021 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Sent to Bookfrogster as I thought it might be a book she’d like.

Journal Entry 6 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, September 18, 2021
And this has made it safely across the Meadows to my side of Edinburgh. Thanks so much LittleSuz!

Journal Entry 7 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Well I just loved this. How utterly lovely to read about such a kind character as the Dean. I really like that he is a real social justice warrior. Fave parts include the description of him getting stuff sorted out when he first moves to the town. Thank you so much for sending me this one LittleSuz, it was the perfect choice for me.

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