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- Publisher: Open Road Media (April 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C54MKII
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Praise for Margery Sharp
“Sharp has a touch all her own when it comes to taking on social class, sex and its consequences, and the changes that the 20th century brought to both those arenas, most especially for women. She remained, always, both polite and biting, looking at the intoxications and delusions of life and love with wit and clear-eyed sympathy.” —The New York Times
“One of the most gifted writers of comedy in the civilized world today.” —Chicago Daily News
“Highly gifted . . . a wonderful entertainer.” —The New Yorker
“[Sharp’s] dialogue is brilliant, uncannily true. . . . She is an excellent storyteller.” —Elizabeth Bowen
“It is as natural for Miss Sharp to be witty as for a brook trout to have spots.” —The Saturday Review of Literature
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Finally, after 10 years of hard work and moderate success, Martha is ready for a Paris show, agrees le maître and Mr. Joyce. Mr. Joyce, now 80, had intended to accompany her, but had a stroke on the eve of their departure. So Martha goes alone.
She is a smashing success and becomes an instant celebrity; however, this also makes inevitable a collision with her past.
Eric finds her. She meets 10-year-old George who, although he still looks like Eric, certainly inherited some personality traits from Martha.
Her stay in Paris is abruptly ended when she receives a telegram that Mr. Joyce has had another stroke. She rushes back to England. She finally realizes that she truly loves Mr. Joyce. She tells him all about George. Mr. Joyce dies in her arms. She acknowledges that she will go back to Paris and bring George back to England with here.
Martha hasn't really changed. She is still as work-centered as ever. She has, however, perhaps softened just a bit - maturity, perhaps. She is a marvelously interesting character.
One thing I found so funny. Martha is described as "stout," "outsize," and her figure as columnar, without a waist. She is 10(!) stone which is 140 pounds. 140 pounds, unless one is 4 feet tall, is NOT fat!!!
I really enjoyed this novel. Martha should be a unsympathetic character, yet if she were a man, her dedication to living the life of a painter would not be unusual. It is because she is a woman and a mother that we judge her differently. This novel challenges our assumptions about maternity and careers, while entertaining us. One of Sharp's best.