|Liza Campbell Dancing.|
Friday, February 10, 2012
A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The last child to be born in Macbeth's castle. Originally named Cawdor Castle, the castle is somewhat of a natural landmark as it was the featured castle in Shakespeare's Macbeth. But what was it originally, why would Shakespeare base a play on it. This beautifully written, stunningly harsh and fluid novel tells of a child's avant-garde lifestyle growing up in such a historic house.
Liza Campbell, descended from the Thane of Cawdor watched and reported her life, through the life and death of her strict grandfather, through the finical ruination her father erected after his fathers death, and through his affairs, wasteful spendings and the very closure of the castle. From the outside her life and that of her siblings where regarded as fairytale, but the intimacy of her family was thwarted by the sheer weight of it all. She spares no details, digging in the historical background of the castle and how her family came to own - and eventually lose - control over it.
When her grandfather - Thane of Cawdor - her father inherited everything, as Liza explains clearly, her father was not the sort of person to run a large estate such as Cawdor castle and because of it he slowly slipped into lunacy. Her mother upper-class born and bread society lady suffers under the weight her husbands affairs, of their finical ruin and in the end divorces him.
Liza gives her reads the exactitude of how it was to be raised underneath the oppression of upper-class society, as diamonds cut they as children were expected to be seen not heard, to be compliance to elders, to be respectful and prompt at all hours, to be honorable and because of such, wistful, they were expected to be elegant and knowledgeable so that if an elder asked for your opinion you did not disgrace your family name in any sort of way.
The book was so thick with