Afternoon of a Good Woman

Afternoon of a Good Woman Penelope has always done her best to be a good wife a good mistress a good mother and a good magistrate Today she is conscious than usual of the thinness of the thread that separates good from bad

  • Title: Afternoon of a Good Woman
  • Author: Nina Bawden
  • ISBN: 9781860495267
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Penelope has always done her best to be a good wife, a good mistress, a good mother, and a good magistrate Today she is conscious than usual of the thinness of the thread that separates good from bad, the law abiding from the criminal Sitting in court, hearing a short, sad case of indecent exposure and a long, confused theft, she finds herself simultaneously examiniPenelope has always done her best to be a good wife, a good mistress, a good mother, and a good magistrate Today she is conscious than usual of the thinness of the thread that separates good from bad, the law abiding from the criminal Sitting in court, hearing a short, sad case of indecent exposure and a long, confused theft, she finds herself simultaneously examining her own sex life, her own actions and intentions A tour de force, Nina Bawden s ingeniously constructed novel counterpoints public appearance with private behavior The result is a marvelous picture of a not always admirable but engagingly complex, very human heroine.

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    1. From the back cover; “Penelope has always tried to be a good woman: as wife, mistress, mother and magistrate. But today – the day she has decided to leave her husband – she sits in the Crown Court listening to a short, sad case of indecent exposure and a long, involved incident of theft, and mentally reviews her own convoluted private affairs. And wonders how they would stand up in court.”The novel takes place over the course of one day in the life of Penelope with lots of flashbacks and [...]

    2. 'Today, Tuesday, the day that Penelope has chosen to leave her Husband, is the first really warm day of Spring!'We follow Penelope as she looks back on her life and through her last working day as a Justice of the peace.A role which she loves but begins to question with the morals of her own life.What unfolds is startling and a very gripping read.I loved it!

    3. Nina Bawden’s 1976 novel Afternoon of a Good Woman, is a slight, serious novel about a woman’s self-examination and guilt.As the novel opens we learn that Penelope has decided to leave her husband.“Today, Tuesday, the day that Penelope has chosen to leave her husband, is the first really warm day of spring. Her decision, last-minute but well researched, happens, through some chance (or perhaps characteristic) ineptitude, to coincide with her sitting, at ten o’clock in the morning, in jud [...]

    4. What a sweet little book. In just one afternoon's thinking and reminiscing, the author summarises all that it is to be 40 something and not sure what you should be doing. And then does something about it. Although she's not entirely likeable, I admire her gutspa. You go girl! Awesome!

    5. So much uncertainy within the narrative and questions raised that in the end even I was confused. Saying that it was a good read.

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