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E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster

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Diary of an Ordinary Woman Read & Download Þ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Margaret Forster ✓ 0 Free download Summary Diary of an Ordinary Woman By war tragedy and money troubles From bohemian London to Rome in the 1920s her story moves on to social work and the build up to another war in which she drives ambulances through the bombed streets of LondonHere is twentieth century woman in. I picked up a used copy of this in the UK in Blackwell s in Oxford I think solely on the basis of having liked Lady s Maid and Forster s biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning I m glad I picked it up because it s very good and happened to hit exactly the mood I was in The novel is in the form of a diary kept by a woman born in 1901 whose life spans almost the entire twentieth century Forster writes a long introduction in which she meets Millicent King and agrees to edit her diary for publication This is so convincing that apparently some readers haven t realized that the book is fiction rather than non fiction until they reach the author s note at the very end Millicent begins her diary as a teenager just before WWI and stays with it through her whole life until 1995 when she can t physically write any The characterization is excellent of Millicent and also of her friends and family as seen through her eyes Forster shows us just how unordinary an ordinary woman can be

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Diary of an Ordinary Woman Read & Download Þ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Margaret Forster ✓ 0 Free download Summary Diary of an Ordinary Woman 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 tr. Like many other readers I initially thought Diary of an Ordinary Woman was a real diary and I was disappointed to discover that it is in fact a novel After I recovered from this disappointment I enjoyed the book a lot but as it got closer to the end it started to drag for me The author has done a wonderful job of tracing the major events of the twentieth century through the experience of one woman and she explores many of the issues and changes that women faced over this time convincingly The futile destruction and devastation of war is a major theme running through the book and the final sentence sums up what Ms Foster was attempting to do which was to give voice to the ordinary people who live and die in uiet obscurity To me she is as symbolic in her way as the unknown solider The Unknown Woman of her timesMillicent 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 never 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 mostI also didn t like the fact that it became all about Connie rather than Millicent towards the end and again I was left with uestions 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 Connie and Daphne got it all wrong and it s really those with a traditional family life like Harry and his wife who are happiest If Toby took on Millicent s anti social tendencies then it could be argued that Connie took her independence and ambivalence towards marriage to an extreme The book reflects on the changes of the past century and the freedoms women have gained and in my interpretation decides that they haven t really been worth it It s almost as if the author is saying See girls this is what happens when you value your freedom and independence so highly you end up alone as Millicent would have if Harry hadn t stepped in and bitter or in Daphne s case dead from lung cancer as a result of her irresponsible lifestyle It was a very conventional ending for an unconventional woman in my opinion but it s still an interesting book and well worth reading despite its flaws 35 stars

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Diary of an Ordinary Woman Read & Download Þ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Margaret Forster ✓ 0 Free download Summary Diary of an Ordinary Woman Margaret Forster presents the 'edited' diary of a woman born in 1901 whose life spans the twentieth century On the eve of the Great War Millicent King begins to keep her journal and vividly records the dramas of everyday life in a family touched. I absolutely adored Margaret Forster s Have the Men Had Enough when I read it back in 2017 and think that her biography of Daphne du Maurier is superb It has been a surprisingly long time since I picked up another of her novels but I selected the rather chunky Diary of an Ordinary Woman as my next Forster because it sounded splendid It sounds on the face of it as though it has rather a lot of themes in common with Have the Men Had Enough and I was intrigued to compare the two Diary of an Ordinary Woman spans an entire century from the birth of its protagonist in 1901 to her old age in 1995 It is presented as the edited diary of Millicent King who takes the decision to keep her journal just before the outbreak of the First World War In it she vividly records the dramas of everyday life in a family touched by war tragedy and money troubles Of Forster s decision to include such a vast time period in her novel The Guardian writes 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 The diary begins with an introduction written by an overseer an anonymous author who has been asked to read Millicent s many diaries by her great niece by marriage and assess their literary worth The author comments I pointed out that it is uite dangerous letting a writer loose in a field of very personal material I might run amok and trample on sensitive areas However upon reading the earlier diaries they note The writing was fluent and lively and seemed driven by some sort of inner energy which though the content was mundane enough gave it a sense of drama If she could write with such vigour at 13 how would she write at 23 33 right up to 93 Millicent shows her diaries with some satisfaction Inside a cupboard there were three shelves packed with hardback exercise books most of them red but some black She stood back and surveyed them telling me that whenever she looked at them like this she felt her life must against all the evidence have amounted to something after all The introduction of this anonymous author cum editor ends as follows there was nothing ordinary about this woman Indeed I now wonder if there is any such thing as an ordinary life at all To continue with this idea of Millicent s diaries being edited entries are sometimes interspersed with comments from the anonymous author which give background to the social climate or which explain why several months or sometimes years have been omitted from the edited diary From the beginning one really gets a feel for Millicent s uite prickly character As a young lady she certainly feels hard done by particularly with regard to her position in the family I am most unfortunately placed in this family coming after Matilda and before the twins and Baby I am special to nobody and that is the truth Her humour which is not always deliberate comes through too in the earliest entries When she stays in Westmorland for a family holiday in 1915 she comments There is no place or time to read and in any case I must be sparing with what I have to read because there is no hope of getting to a library I have made Lorna Doone last for ages and I do not even like it I found Diary of an Ordinary Woman immediately compelling Forster has perfected an intelligent but accessible writing style which seems to give us access to Millicent s every thought however dark Due to the span of almost the entirety of the twentieth century Forster has allowed herself to engross one in the details creating such depth for Millicent and the changing world in which she lives There is little which is remarkable in Millicent s life but the very fact that such a huge chunk of it has been recorded by herself is remarkable One is really given a feel for the huge shifts which occurred during the twentieth century and the impacts which this could and would have upon one individual Her life unfolds against the century her childhood lived in the First World War the role of fascism in Italy where she later works as a teacher the Mass Observation Project which she takes part in and the Korean War amongst others In many ways having a career deciding not to get married or have children and even wearing trousers in the early 1930s Millicent subverts what was expected of a well bred womanThe element which I found a little tiresome in this novel is the emphasis placed upon Millicent s romantic conuests Whilst mildly interesting at first these soon begin to follow the same pattern and the men whom she falls so wildly for become uite similar figures This detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the novel Had this part been succinct or less spoken about I imagine that I may well have given Diary of an Ordinary Woman a five star ratingMillicent King is a singular woman but she is also presented as Everywoman here Forster makes it clear that Millicent shares a lot of her concerns with women living within the twentieth century Of Forster s protagonist the Independent on Sunday stresses the whole hearted belief which we have in Millicent and the element of heroism within her that George Eliot would recognise Whilst there were some later decisions in which I found myself uestioning Millicent s judgement I could not help but warm to her She feels realistic particularly for all her foibles and complaints In Diary of an Ordinary Woman Forster has created something uite remarkable Whilst in some respects the novel does feel rather long there is so much within it which both fascinated me and sustained my interest Evidently to span an entire lifetime there must be a lot of detail included and the novel is certainly richer for it


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    E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster Margaret Forster ✓ 0 Free download Summary ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Margaret Forster I absolutely adored Margaret Forster's  Have the Men Had Enough? when I read it back in 2017 and think that her biography of Daphne du Maurier is superb  It has been a surprisingly long time since I picked up another of her novels but I selected the rather chunky  Diary of an Ordinary Woman as my next Forster because it sounded splendid  It sounds on the face of it as though it has rather a lot of themes in common with  Have the Men

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    Summary Diary of an Ordinary Woman Margaret Forster ✓ 0 Free download E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster I picked up a used copy of this in the UK in Blackwell's in Oxford I think solely on the basis of having liked La

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    E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster A life chronicled in a lovely way Covers the two momentous world wars and life in an independent English woman during these times Covers the whole of the nineteenth century A life well lived and well told

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    E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster It started off well but after the diary passes the second world war years it uickly peters out There are lots of family members who feature prominently for long periods and then are rarely mentioned again Whilst this may happen in real life it was unsatisfactory in a novel as there were lots of things left unexplained The central character c

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    E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster I did not have high expectations of this book the title and the author's reputation persuaded me in advance that it would be light reading And indeed it was However I have to admit to enjoying it far than I expected The author claims

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    E–book [Diary of an Ordinary Woman] ↠ Margaret Forster Margaret Forster ✓ 0 Free download Summary ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Margaret Forster Like many other readers I initially thought Diary of an Ordinary Woman was a real diary and I was disappointed to discover that it is

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  • Paperback
  • 416
  • Diary of an Ordinary Woman
  • Margaret Forster
  • English
  • 01 May 2019
  • 9780099449287