Diary Of An Ordinary Woman (Anglais) Broché – 29 mars 2004
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"Not only is the background of social and political change meticulously accurate...but there is everything one would expect from a well-kept diary. This is fiction: yet it is true" (Guardian)
"A beautifully crafted novel about the cost of war... Forster is as distinguished a biographer and memoir-writer as she is a novelist. She is an old hand at making a story out of the fragments of a life" (Daily Telegraph)
"We believe in Millicent whole-heartedly and come to love her - she has a heroism that George Eliot would recognise. It may be fiction, but it's also - convincingly, tragically and often exhilaratingly - real life" (Independent on Sunday)
"A richly textured, skilfully structured and highly enjoyable novel by an experienced writer at the peak of her powers" (Times Literary Supplement)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Here is twentieth-century woman in close-up coping with the tragedies and upheavals of women's lives from WWI to Greenham Common and beyond. A triumph of resolution and evocation, this is a beautifully observed story of an ordinary woman's life - a narrative where every word rings true.
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Millicent King has a very engaging voice at the start of the novel and I think her childhood entries are among the strongest. As she ages her voice changes accordingly and she always seems realistic, but there was one glaring problem with this character that I found it difficult to get past: her lack of personal relationships. If she is meant to represent the ordinary woman then I feel it was vital to capture the full gamut of emotions and ties that most ordinary people experience over a lifetime, and this book doesn't do that. Daphne is Millicent's only close female friend throughout her entire life and she doesn't even like her much of the time! It was inconceivable to me that someone could have so many interesting life experiences and not meet any other like-minded people to form friendships with.
Daphne herself is a problematic character because when Millicent meets her she is very serious about study and interested in politics and social justice, but then for no apparent reason she metamorphoses into a party girl who wishes the war had never ended because she was having so much fun! She becomes merely a foil to show how responsible and self-sacrificing Millicent is in comparison to her. Although she's involved seriously with Robert, Millicent can't even decide if she really loves him and the two children she raises after her sister's death both eventually lose touch with her despite the fact that they'd adored her so much growing up. This lack of warm relationships really marred the book for me, and Connie does make reference to this when she points out that maybe Toby became so unsociable because of Millicent's influence. I wondered if the author is trying to show how Millicent's aloofness has hurt those she loves the most?
I also didn't like the fact that it became all about Connie rather than Millicent towards the end, and again I was left with questions about the author's intention: Was she implying that older people's lives are so uninteresting so they have to live through others, or was it Millicent's own fault for refusing to take part in life? I found Connie's turn to radical feminism to be heavy-handed, and the final message seemed to be that independent women like Millicent and Connie got it all wrong and it's really those with a traditional family life like Harry and his wife who are happiest. So it was a very conventional ending for an unconventional woman, but an interesting book and well worth reading despite its flaws. 3.5 stars
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