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The Burden ❦ [KINDLE] ❁ The Burden By Mary Westmacott ➡ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Laura Franklin bitterly resented the arrival of her younger sister Shirley, an enchanting baby loved by all the family But Laura s emotions towards her sister changed dramatically one night, when she Laura Franklin bitterly resented the arrival of her younger sister Shirley, an enchanting baby loved by all the family But Laura s emotions towards her sister changed dramatically one night, when she vowed to protect her with all her strength and love While young Shirley longs for freedom and romance, Laura has to learn that loving can never be a one sided affair, and The Burden of her love for her sister has a dramatic effect on both their lives For too long she had stayed quietly in the background of her stunning sister Now there was a man that knew that Laura could love as passionately as her beutiful sister if only she were given the chance A story of consequences when love turns to obsession.

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  • Paperback
  • 223 pages
  • The Burden
  • Mary Westmacott
  • English
  • 05 May 2018

About the Author: Mary Westmacott

Pseudonym used by Agatha Christie to write her dramatic novels about relationships.



10 thoughts on “The Burden

  1. Jackie Jackie says:

    Is love a burden Is it better to love than to be loved Those are some of the questions this book asks Overall the first two parts were better than the second half but still a really good look at human nature.

  2. Moonlight Reader Moonlight Reader says:

    The Burden is the first of the books written by Agatha Christie under her Mary Westmacott nom de plume that I ve read, although it was the last one published It was published in 1956, the same year she published Hickory Dickory Dock and

  3. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    This has been sitting half finished on my e reader for a while, so I m accepting that I may just not finish this bizarrely, since I ve had the e reader I ve been finishing all sorts of dreck that I would have tossed aside if they had been in paperback form This book starts of as bleak sinister, then turns into dull mundane Just couldn t work up the interest to keep reading see if it goes back into sinister This has been sitting half finished on my e reader for a while, so I m accepting that I may just not finish this bizarrely, since I ve had the e reader I ve been finishing all sorts of dreck that I would have tossed aside if they had been in paperback form This book starts of as bleak sinister, then turns into dull mundane Just couldn t work up the interest to keep reading see if it goes back into sinister

  4. Dish Wanderer Dish Wanderer says:

    Since I was introduced to the wonderful world of Mary Westmacott by my Best Friend, I have always enjoyed reading her books, which of course made me, determined and want to read all six of her works What is extremely delightful is the fact that a writer who wrote such intelligent and thrilling crime novels could also write such lovely books on human relationships Everyone usually talks about how amazing a writer Agatha Christie was and that she is even today considered the Queen of Crime Ficti Since I was introduced to the wonderful world of Mary Westmacott by my Best Friend, I have always enjoyed reading her books, which of course made me, determined and want to read all six of her works What is extremely delightful is the fact that a writer who wrote such intelligent and thrilling crime novels could also write such lovely books on human relationships Everyone usually talks about how amazing a writer Agatha Christie was and that she is even today considered the Queen of Crime Fiction but hardly anyone ever talks about her Mary Westmacott novels andis the pity as the readers don t know what they are missing out on Her Mary Westmacott novels display her deep understanding of human nature I think she would put even Freud to shame What is most amazing in her novels is the fact that everything is grey with a capital G There is no black and there is certainly no white Morality is a matter of interpretation, as are matters of right and wrong This particular book deals with love, the various shades of love and how sometimes too much of love can also be a burden In Shirley and Laura s relationship we see the burden of love that Shirley has to carry as her sister smothers her with too much of love While Shirley is further burdened by Richard s love and Llewellyn feels the burden of God s love and finally Laura starts feeling the weight of love for the first time It is interesting to also see how Westmacott also tries to grapple with the eternal question of How much is too much Is it alright for someone to interfere in a loved one s life to the point of changing the course of their life How can someone be a bystander when one s loved one is not taking the right decisions, but the question is what are the right decisions Right according to whom Do we have the right to decide for the ones we love, what is right and wrong for them It is quite wonderful to see that Westmacott realizes that there are no easy answers to these questions and, that human relationships are extremely complicated and intricate and well, Grey However, much as I enjoyed reading the novel and the questions it raised, I did not particularly enjoy a few things The first being that I did not quite understand why she had to put in the character of Llewellyn in the novel When the part on Llewellyn started, it seemed as if I was reading another book altogether, it seemed entirely disjunct and unnecessary from the rest of the novel What wasunnecessary was to give a fairy tale ending to Laura It seemed pretty melodramatic and soap operatic sic to me Sure, someone can have a second sight and have a clear vision as to who he she loves but that does not mean the object of affection shall understand this kind of love or else respond in the first meeting itself Suddenly the nun like figure of Laura is transformed suddenly in to this lipstick wielding Fatal Apple Laura Another contention that I have with the novel is the fact that it becomes a little too action packed for lack of a better word after the first part of the novel Mary Westmacott s novels are supposed to be an interrogation inside the inner recesses of the mind and are a journey into the deeper psychological processes of humans, case in point being her novel Absent in the Spring This deeper interrogation of the human psyche, as it were, is missing in this novel to such an extent and that is a tad disappointing as this is the defining point of her Westmacott novels and to have it missing in this novel was a definite letdown We get to knowabout what the main protagonists of the novel Shirley and Laura are doing rather than thinking We don t get a very clear picture of Laura and Shirley, as the novel is overcrowded with too many characters and that is why I have a particular grudge against the character of Llewellyn Instead of giving us Llewellyn s story etc we as readers would have preferred to knowabout the two sisters Westmacott s novels are always about the inner journey of the characters rather than their physical journeys which is sadly missing in this novel to a large extent A word here about the racism in the book I love Mary Westmacott dearly and she has been and always will be one of my favourite authors, however, one cannot be blind to a writer s faults I never noticed her racism until I read this book I quote pgs 133 136 It had none of the exotic languor of the tropics There would be poverty here, and pain, and the various ills of the flesh, The girls were beautiful with a proud dark beauty that would probably not outlast youth I guess it is some Caribbean island that Westmacott seems to have described in the book however the way she has described not only the place but the natives gives her away The island and the inhabitants are clearly the Other and the East with all the stereotypical trappings of being not only exotic and sensual but also lazy and poor Well, that made me obviously angry and upset that I have finally realized that one of my favourite author can also be a mild racist, if ever there was a term for this Food for thought If one casts that aside, then I must say it is an enjoyable read and it deserves four stars for it simply being a Mary Westmacott novel.p

  5. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    In this novel Agatha Christie, writing under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott looks at the complex relationship between two sisters In many ways it is a psychological analysis of behavior and motivation of two protagonists A doting but over bearing elder sister and her much younger care free sister The end is quite un orthodox and you are left wondering if finally justice is delivered Brilliant read.

  6. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws says:

    The Burden deals with a really dark plot revolving around the bond of sisters The book had me engrossed from the beginning till the end The characters were so well drawn up that I had no trouble believing in them, flaws and all They were real to me throughout the book.

  7. Laila Khan Laila Khan says:

    Loved it

  8. Stasia Stasia says:

    Self pity is practically a full time occupation.

  9. LobsterQuadrille LobsterQuadrille says:

    2.5 stars for the strong first half At first I was really getting into The Burden The chapters with Laura s childhood were engaging and well written, and so were the chapters up to about the time Shirley met Richard But after that point, the story suddenly shifts to the viewpoint of an apparently unconnected character, a famous preacher named Llewellyn Knox He ends up being connected to the two sisters in a strange way, but up until then his presence in the story seems superfluous With the a 2.5 stars for the strong first half At first I was really getting into The Burden The chapters with Laura s childhood were engaging and well written, and so were the chapters up to about the time Shirley met Richard But after that point, the story suddenly shifts to the viewpoint of an apparently unconnected character, a famous preacher named Llewellyn Knox He ends up being connected to the two sisters in a strange way, but up until then his presence in the story seems superfluous With the arrival of this character the story progression slows and is replaced by a series of religious discussions, culminating in the story s unusual but poorly explained theme, the titular burden The ending feels confusing and not wholly satisfying The Burden has an excellent first half, but was let down by the rest of the story I didn t hate this book, but for me it was mediocre and took a completely different direction than the beginning seemed to indicate I may tryof Agatha Christie s work under the Mary Westmacott pseudonym, so hopefully this book is not representative of all of them

  10. Ria Ria says:

    A fascinating tale of how love can go wrong, how it can turn inwards on itself to the point of obsession.Laura always wanted to be the child most beloved but it was always Charles, when he sadly died Laura thought now was her chance to shine and be her parents all but it was not to be as her little sister Shirley was on the way.At first Laura hated her with a passion believing her to the usurper of her parents new found love for her due to Charles passing.This situation carries on until a dire A fascinating tale of how love can go wrong, how it can turn inwards on itself to the point of obsession.Laura always wanted to be the child most beloved but it was always Charles, when he sadly died Laura thought now was her chance to shine and be her parents all but it was not to be as her little sister Shirley was on the way.At first Laura hated her with a passion believing her to the usurper of her parents new found love for her due to Charles passing.This situation carries on until a dire accident brings Laura s love to the fore and so starts her utter obsession with making Shirley s life perfect just as she wished for herself but it was never to be

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10 thoughts on “The Burden

  1. Jackie Jackie says:

    Is love a burden Is it better to love than to be loved Those are some of the questions this book asks Overall the first two parts were better than the second half but still a really good look at human nature.

  2. Moonlight Reader Moonlight Reader says:

    The Burden is the first of the books written by Agatha Christie under her Mary Westmacott nom de plume that I ve read, although it was the last one published It was published in 1956, the same year she published Hickory Dickory Dock and

  3. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    This has been sitting half finished on my e reader for a while, so I m accepting that I may just not finish this bizarrely, since I ve had the e reader I ve been finishing all sorts of dreck that I would have tossed aside if they had been in paperback form This book starts of as bleak sinister, then turns into dull mundane Just couldn t work up the interest to keep reading see if it goes back into sinister This has been sitting half finished on my e reader for a while, so I m accepting that I may just not finish this bizarrely, since I ve had the e reader I ve been finishing all sorts of dreck that I would have tossed aside if they had been in paperback form This book starts of as bleak sinister, then turns into dull mundane Just couldn t work up the interest to keep reading see if it goes back into sinister

  4. Dish Wanderer Dish Wanderer says:

    Since I was introduced to the wonderful world of Mary Westmacott by my Best Friend, I have always enjoyed reading her books, which of course made me, determined and want to read all six of her works What is extremely delightful is the fact that a writer who wrote such intelligent and thrilling crime novels could also write such lovely books on human relationships Everyone usually talks about how amazing a writer Agatha Christie was and that she is even today considered the Queen of Crime Ficti Since I was introduced to the wonderful world of Mary Westmacott by my Best Friend, I have always enjoyed reading her books, which of course made me, determined and want to read all six of her works What is extremely delightful is the fact that a writer who wrote such intelligent and thrilling crime novels could also write such lovely books on human relationships Everyone usually talks about how amazing a writer Agatha Christie was and that she is even today considered the Queen of Crime Fiction but hardly anyone ever talks about her Mary Westmacott novels andis the pity as the readers don t know what they are missing out on Her Mary Westmacott novels display her deep understanding of human nature I think she would put even Freud to shame What is most amazing in her novels is the fact that everything is grey with a capital G There is no black and there is certainly no white Morality is a matter of interpretation, as are matters of right and wrong This particular book deals with love, the various shades of love and how sometimes too much of love can also be a burden In Shirley and Laura s relationship we see the burden of love that Shirley has to carry as her sister smothers her with too much of love While Shirley is further burdened by Richard s love and Llewellyn feels the burden of God s love and finally Laura starts feeling the weight of love for the first time It is interesting to also see how Westmacott also tries to grapple with the eternal question of How much is too much Is it alright for someone to interfere in a loved one s life to the point of changing the course of their life How can someone be a bystander when one s loved one is not taking the right decisions, but the question is what are the right decisions Right according to whom Do we have the right to decide for the ones we love, what is right and wrong for them It is quite wonderful to see that Westmacott realizes that there are no easy answers to these questions and, that human relationships are extremely complicated and intricate and well, Grey However, much as I enjoyed reading the novel and the questions it raised, I did not particularly enjoy a few things The first being that I did not quite understand why she had to put in the character of Llewellyn in the novel When the part on Llewellyn started, it seemed as if I was reading another book altogether, it seemed entirely disjunct and unnecessary from the rest of the novel What wasunnecessary was to give a fairy tale ending to Laura It seemed pretty melodramatic and soap operatic sic to me Sure, someone can have a second sight and have a clear vision as to who he she loves but that does not mean the object of affection shall understand this kind of love or else respond in the first meeting itself Suddenly the nun like figure of Laura is transformed suddenly in to this lipstick wielding Fatal Apple Laura Another contention that I have with the novel is the fact that it becomes a little too action packed for lack of a better word after the first part of the novel Mary Westmacott s novels are supposed to be an interrogation inside the inner recesses of the mind and are a journey into the deeper psychological processes of humans, case in point being her novel Absent in the Spring This deeper interrogation of the human psyche, as it were, is missing in this novel to such an extent and that is a tad disappointing as this is the defining point of her Westmacott novels and to have it missing in this novel was a definite letdown We get to knowabout what the main protagonists of the novel Shirley and Laura are doing rather than thinking We don t get a very clear picture of Laura and Shirley, as the novel is overcrowded with too many characters and that is why I have a particular grudge against the character of Llewellyn Instead of giving us Llewellyn s story etc we as readers would have preferred to knowabout the two sisters Westmacott s novels are always about the inner journey of the characters rather than their physical journeys which is sadly missing in this novel to a large extent A word here about the racism in the book I love Mary Westmacott dearly and she has been and always will be one of my favourite authors, however, one cannot be blind to a writer s faults I never noticed her racism until I read this book I quote pgs 133 136 It had none of the exotic languor of the tropics There would be poverty here, and pain, and the various ills of the flesh, The girls were beautiful with a proud dark beauty that would probably not outlast youth I guess it is some Caribbean island that Westmacott seems to have described in the book however the way she has described not only the place but the natives gives her away The island and the inhabitants are clearly the Other and the East with all the stereotypical trappings of being not only exotic and sensual but also lazy and poor Well, that made me obviously angry and upset that I have finally realized that one of my favourite author can also be a mild racist, if ever there was a term for this Food for thought If one casts that aside, then I must say it is an enjoyable read and it deserves four stars for it simply being a Mary Westmacott novel.p

  5. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    In this novel Agatha Christie, writing under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott looks at the complex relationship between two sisters In many ways it is a psychological analysis of behavior and motivation of two protagonists A doting but over bearing elder sister and her much younger care free sister The end is quite un orthodox and you are left wondering if finally justice is delivered Brilliant read.

  6. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws says:

    The Burden deals with a really dark plot revolving around the bond of sisters The book had me engrossed from the beginning till the end The characters were so well drawn up that I had no trouble believing in them, flaws and all They were real to me throughout the book.

  7. Laila Khan Laila Khan says:

    Loved it

  8. Stasia Stasia says:

    Self pity is practically a full time occupation.

  9. LobsterQuadrille LobsterQuadrille says:

    2.5 stars for the strong first half At first I was really getting into The Burden The chapters with Laura s childhood were engaging and well written, and so were the chapters up to about the time Shirley met Richard But after that point, the story suddenly shifts to the viewpoint of an apparently unconnected character, a famous preacher named Llewellyn Knox He ends up being connected to the two sisters in a strange way, but up until then his presence in the story seems superfluous With the a 2.5 stars for the strong first half At first I was really getting into The Burden The chapters with Laura s childhood were engaging and well written, and so were the chapters up to about the time Shirley met Richard But after that point, the story suddenly shifts to the viewpoint of an apparently unconnected character, a famous preacher named Llewellyn Knox He ends up being connected to the two sisters in a strange way, but up until then his presence in the story seems superfluous With the arrival of this character the story progression slows and is replaced by a series of religious discussions, culminating in the story s unusual but poorly explained theme, the titular burden The ending feels confusing and not wholly satisfying The Burden has an excellent first half, but was let down by the rest of the story I didn t hate this book, but for me it was mediocre and took a completely different direction than the beginning seemed to indicate I may tryof Agatha Christie s work under the Mary Westmacott pseudonym, so hopefully this book is not representative of all of them

  10. Ria Ria says:

    A fascinating tale of how love can go wrong, how it can turn inwards on itself to the point of obsession.Laura always wanted to be the child most beloved but it was always Charles, when he sadly died Laura thought now was her chance to shine and be her parents all but it was not to be as her little sister Shirley was on the way.At first Laura hated her with a passion believing her to the usurper of her parents new found love for her due to Charles passing.This situation carries on until a dire A fascinating tale of how love can go wrong, how it can turn inwards on itself to the point of obsession.Laura always wanted to be the child most beloved but it was always Charles, when he sadly died Laura thought now was her chance to shine and be her parents all but it was not to be as her little sister Shirley was on the way.At first Laura hated her with a passion believing her to the usurper of her parents new found love for her due to Charles passing.This situation carries on until a dire accident brings Laura s love to the fore and so starts her utter obsession with making Shirley s life perfect just as she wished for herself but it was never to be

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