Un romanzo senza tempo che racconta la straordinaria potenza della maternità, che riesce a cambiare le donne ben oltre ogni loro immaginazione. Rosamund, una single poco più che ventenne, rimane incinta e decide di tenere il bambino e di crescerlo da sola. Ma non è un libro sulla rivoluzione sessuale, l'illegittimità o la Londra degli anni cinquanta. È la storia di una giovane donna cresciuta con una buona educazione socialista unita a una vita di privilegi - economici, intellettuali, sociali - che la portano a vivere tutto in termini piuttosto astratti. Con la nascita di Octavia i sentimenti diventano qualcosa di palpabile e concreto: prova rabbia, rancore, gratitudine e le sfumature di prima si dissolvono. La realtà entra con prepotenza nella sua vita, obbligandola a fare i conti con riserve limitate di forze e illimitate di emozioni, a fare i conti con un'esistenza non più autonoma.
- ISBN: 889691941X
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 214
A “millstone around your neck”. It’s a common enough idiom, meaning a heavy burden weighing you down; inescapable, and probably self-inflicted. It comes from the Holy Bible, Matthew 18:6: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better that a millstone were hanged a Leggi tutto
Seen as a crucial novel on feminism and motherhood during the British 60s, The Millstone is told in the first-person by Rosamund Stacey, a well brought up Londoner, and well educated daughter of middle-class socialists. She is working on a PhD at the start of the novel and her sentences reflect her
This is the story of a young academic in the mid 1960s who finds herself accidentally pregnant, and single. I first read this covertly in my early teens, having been shocked to find it on my (very conservative) mother's shelves. I remember being very moved by it, though too naive and inexperienced to Leggi tutto
I have wanted to read this for years, but was alwasys hoping that one day I would find it in a library to save me buying it. When I discovered that King's College's library had fiction (!) this was one of the first books I found - and how glad I was! This was a fantastic read. Funny, full of despair Leggi tutto
For a book written as long ago as 1965 this story of an intelligent single woman who finds herself pregnant is surprisingly modern and sympathetic, with a refreshing lack of traditional moralising. Its heroine Rosamund has an academic background similar to Drabble's and is cushioned by being able to Leggi tutto
This was just an ok read for me; I found it very dated, although can imagine that it raised a few eyebrows in its day.
I think I'm among the few who read this and got upset with the ending. While the novel is readable and - at least for the four-fifths of its length - manages to be largely inoffensive for such a subject (single motherhood in the 60s), it ends with the kind of run-of-the-mill writing one associates w Leggi tutto
“My career has always been marked by a strange mixture of confidence and cowardice: almost, one might say, made by it.” Rosamund Stacey is an unmarried, academically brilliant young woman living rent-free in her parent’s spacious London apartment while they are away in Africa. She has come of age Leggi tutto
For my full review: http://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/2... My main awareness of Margaret Drabble has always been that she is the sister of A.S. Byatt, who wrote Possession, one of my very favourite books, and that the pair of them have had some sort of long-running feud which may or may not have be Leggi tutto
London in the early 1960s is a place where casual sex is becoming acceptable, but having a child out of wedlock is not. Twenty-six year old scholar and doctoral student Rosamund Stacey is dating two men whose company she enjoys, but she’s really not interested in getting physical with either one. Sh Leggi tutto
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