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A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life

by Beryl Bainbridge
     
 

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In the shabby, cluttered confines of their small house in an English seaside village just after World War II, a family of genteel poverty struggles daily, unremittingly, with itself. To escape the endless quarrel, the romantically disappointed mother spends half the night reading novels in the railway station, while the melancholy father weeps in front of the radio

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In the shabby, cluttered confines of their small house in an English seaside village just after World War II, a family of genteel poverty struggles daily, unremittingly, with itself. To escape the endless quarrel, the romantically disappointed mother spends half the night reading novels in the railway station, while the melancholy father weeps in front of the radio. The fifteen-year-old daughter sneaks off after dark to meet a German P.O.W. in the woods, and her brother, Alan, through whom we experience the domestic nightmare, suffers the family he tries to ignore and cannot alter, at least not until it has been destroyed.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Told largely in flashback, Bainbridge's low-key novel follows the relentless lives of a British family toward the end of World War II. The parents, son, and daughter employ their own methods to escape the reality of their monotonous existences. (LJ 3/1/77) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Julia O'Faolain
Bainbridge's new novel works with the sly precision of a trip. She is a subtle and protean writer.
The New York Times Book Review, 1977

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786706358
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Bainbridge, Beryl
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Beryl Bainbridge is the author of such critically acclaimed novels as the bestselling The Birthday Boys, Every Man for Himself, and, most recently, Master Georgie. Five times a nominee for the Booker Prize, she is twice a recipient of the Whitbread Prize for fiction. She lives in London.

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