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Down Among the Women

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Weldon paints a truer and harsher image of friendship, womanhood and the flaws of the feminine ideal in this novel than what we expect from novels depicting this period (at least I did). If we look upward, it’s not toward the stars or the ineffable, it’s to dust the tops of the windows. Questo perché il romanzo si presenta come un ritratto ironico della società inglese degli anni '50 del secolo scorso, con focus sul genere femminile; ti inganna, facendoti approdare a cuor leggero alle tragedie che attendono queste donne che (quando lo realizzi, è straziante) non sono neanche per un attimo le reali proprietarie delle loro vite. An icily funny account of a dawning feminist sensibility in a world where the romantic ideal of love and domesticity ruled.

They are at least reading copies, complete and in reasonable condition, but usually secondhand; frequently they are superior examples. The novel also follows the lives of Scarlet’s friends: Sylvia, a born victim; respectable Jocelyn, hopelessly trapped in her dull, bourgeois existence; Audrey, who finally breaks out of her conventional life; and Helen, beautiful, vibrant, and doomed. ONCE AGIN I AM SITTING AND LAUGHING AT THE ANTICS OF WOMEN WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER -NEEDLESS TO SAY THIS IS A GREAT READ. Once I started it, I was already halfway through the book; then, all of a sudden, I felt the need to slow down and absorb the events of the young female protagonists. The tension between mother and daughter is political as well as generational; the former is a tough pragmatist, worn hard by the work of the Second World War, with a bleak and cynical outlook of gender relations.

Fay Weldon CBE was an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. There’s Helen, who begins as a model working with artists known only as X and Y; an affair with X soon turns into a far more complicated sort of menage a trois.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. First American edition printed in United States (there was a previous American edition printed in Britain). Fortunately that wasn’t the case because I couldn’t keep my grubby little fingers away from this book.Una volta iniziato, ero già a metà libro; poi, d'un tratto, ho sentito il bisogno di rallentare e assorbire le vicende delle giovani donne protagoniste.

All of them tried to follow some sort of feminine ideal and great unhappiness resulted from squelching their own desires. We’re introduced to this circle of other women in an initial meeting at Scarlet’s bedside, and we follow them over the course of many years as they have affairs, marry, divorce, and sometimes die. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Follow Wanda, the tough 30s radical, her daughter Scarlet, unmarried, pregnant and frightened, and Scarlet's friends -- born victims, snobs, obsessive lovers -- in their absurd, nightmarish, often hilariously awful liaisons.Scarlet, on the other hand, simply wants to have a nice time in life -- hence her adoption of a constant stream of casual male partners -- but she’s starved for true affection at home. But things do not slot neatly into pigeon holes, and as the women negotiate around the events in their lives, they discover their real selves. All of these women, in whatever their own circumstances, are unhappy and bitter and although there are moments of relief and redemption, each of them are more than willing to throw one another under the (metaphorical) bus when suits. That because the novel presents itself as an ironic portrait of English society in the 1950s, with a focus on the women; it deceives you, making you land lightly at the tragedies that await these women who (when you realise it, it's heartbreaking) are not even for a moment the real owners of their lives.

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