- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd; First Edition edition (June 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140106693
- ISBN-13: 978-0140106695
- ASIN: 0370303121
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,624,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Other People's Worlds Hardcover – June, 1980
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In Other People's Worlds, 47 year old widow Julia Ferndale has fallen in love with and is set to marry 33 year old Francis Tyte. Francis is a bit-player actor, his face recognizable from television tobacco commercials, who has a very tawdry past. In a word he is a true scoundrel, with a trail of human wreckage, the result of his self-centered manipulative opportunism.
Julia's elderly mother, with her maternal radar, is more than a little concerned about her daughter's matrimonial decision. She ineffectually drags her two young adult grand-daughters within her web of anxiety - passing the buck, but solving little. Meanwhile Francis' lies and his past are stalking him, in the person of Doris, an old-flame - who provides the book's most pathetic, and darkly humorous scenes. (There is also a Ferndale housekeeper whose actions cause a chuckle or three.Read more ›
The good and healthy people that he contaminates suffer greatly, and each, in their own way, are forced to come to terms with their own inner demons. These involve religious and characterological myths and failures of faith. There are primarily the overly compassionate and easily conned, led by Julia and Doris, and the more cynical but equally pained people who love them.Read more ›