The Book of Eve

The Book of Eve First published in The Book of Eve has become a classic When Eva Carroll walks out on her husband of years it is an unplanned completely spontaneous gesture Yet Eva feels neither guilt nor

  • Title: The Book of Eve
  • Author: Constance Beresford-Howe
  • ISBN: 9780771011061
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1973, The Book of Eve has become a classic When Eva Carroll walks out on her husband of 40 years, it is an unplanned, completely spontaneous gesture Yet Eva feels neither guilt nor remorse Instead, she feels rejuvenated and blissfully free As she builds a new life for herself in a boarding house on the wrong side of Montreal, she finds happiness anFirst published in 1973, The Book of Eve has become a classic When Eva Carroll walks out on her husband of 40 years, it is an unplanned, completely spontaneous gesture Yet Eva feels neither guilt nor remorse Instead, she feels rejuvenated and blissfully free As she builds a new life for herself in a boarding house on the wrong side of Montreal, she finds happiness and independence and, when she least expects it, love.

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    1. This is an amazing little book with a very large story about a woman, Eve, who walks out on her husband after 40 years of marriage. She has not had a quarrel, nor an upset, she simply sets down is breakfast tray (he is somewhat of an invalid) and walks out the front door with one suitcase and very little money. She finds a room on the wrong side of Montreal in a boarding house and begins a new life journey without an ounce of regret or the least want to return to her old life.I especially loved [...]

    2. Spare language, irony, bare bones and poignant wisdom: this story of a woman who flees her comatose suburban marriage the day she gets her first pension cheque is one of literature's finest moments. Set in Montreal. I am trying to find the author's whereabouts because I want to send her a letter. Anyone here know where I can reach her?

    3. Ex-Bookworm group review.The most interesting thing about this book was that Ray chose it. It seems at first glance to be such a "woman's book", though I ended up thinking it was a "human book". All credit to Ray for having the guts to recommend a book many men might not admit to having read (even if they had). The Book of Eve reminded me quite a lot of "The L-Shaped Room" . I saw similarities between the two stories of women who had done something to make themselves social outcasts and found fu [...]

    4. Loved this book. Perhaps one needs to be of "a certain age" to appreciate the courage it took for Eva to leave her comfortable, secure but emotionally abusive situation.

    5. ayearofbooksblog/2018/02/In a time of #metoo, as the media highlights far too many stories of abuse, misogyny and inappropriate behaviour, it is interesting to read a book first published in 1973 and reflect that, in many ways, not much has changed. The Book of Eve is the story of Eva, a girl, a woman, a wife, a mother and a grandmother who struggles through relationships, an unhappy marriage, motherhood and then suddenly picks up and leaves it all behind.Eva suddenly grabbed a few things in a s [...]

    6. (French below)How annoying for God (not to mention Adam) after all, if Eve had just walked out of Eden without waiting to be evicted, and left behind her pangs of guilt, as it were, with her leaf apron? The Book of Eve is another little treasure found in a garage sale around 2002. The illustration dragged me: an obviously happy and carefree older woman with a cat. A 65 year Westmount old woman decide to walk out on a sick husband, with she had been taking care of for 40 years, feeling invisible. [...]

    7. The beginning of this book intrigued me. An older woman just decides to walk away from her life, including ailing husband, & does it---that very day! Set in Montreal, she has no plans, no suitcase, very little money, etc. Sometime during a city bus ride, she decides Montreal's a big enough city for her to relocate by merely living across town. She's close to being homeless, but manages to find a shoddy basement apartment to rent. From there, we're in her thoughts of idleness, no demands (the [...]

    8. Eva's just turned 65 in the late 1960s, has received her first old-age pension cheque, and decides one frosty October morning to leave her husband, Burt, to whom she's been miserably married for over 40 years. They've lived a materially comfortable, spiritually stifling suburban life in Montreal. She's had enough.She leaves after setting out Burt's usual paltry breakfast: an apple and a cup of cocoa. She leaves with one small valise that contains "Wuthering Heights and a poetry anthology from my [...]

    9. The Book of Eve is an enjoyable Canadian novel telling a feminist story of an old woman who leaves her husband in order to find a sense of happiness and independence in her life. It makes bold statements about the traditional nature of western marriage, when a woman was more subservient, dependent, and lacking choice. This novel is about Eva's quest, irrational as it often is, for autonomy. She gives up stable living and forever alters her familial relationships in order to find herself at age 6 [...]

    10. Much courage is required to end an unhappy marriage and to pay the cost independence exacts. At first, Eve leaves a servile situation - but later learns that compromise can be made to welcome new happiness in her life. Eve softens into an admirable wisdom. Engaging read!Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer

    11. "It's not every day you offer to sacrifice your life, after all, only to find that nobody's interested. Embarrassment like that can be quite traumatic."Set in Montreal in the 60's this Canadian classic was completely a new title to me when chosen as a pick for a Good Reads monthly read. Funny with ironic sarcasm, old lady Anglo humour and quips. The best (most ironic) part is Eve is a well educated feminist, yet true to her generation, she would never define herself, her actions or thoughts as s [...]

    12. I see how this book would have been cutting edge for the 1970's in Quebec, so I appreciate that point.Pretty much every single man in her life is a misogynist jerk. The ending of this book infuriated me, and I would have loved to have seen her end up alone than with that man who bossed her around endlessly. The feeling I got was that she was not good enough on her own and needed a man in her life to push her to do things and help her.

    13. Surprisingly lovely little novel that may seem dated but it still can speak to women today, as it voices voicing the continuing ways women are controlled and held back from true equality in being human.

    14. A very moving story about a woman trying to overcome a suffocating relationship and find herself. However, I couldn't help but feel Eve was a bit selfish, especially in her relationship with her son.

    15. I was rooting for Eva Carroll, the novel's protagonist, hoping she would finally create the life she wanted. As I read on, however, I found myself baffled by some of her choices. The story is a poignant reminder that life and relationships are complex and messy, and that even when one gets what they want--or what they think they want--it is no guarantee of happiness.

    16. I found this book really hard to get into. I didn't have a real connection to the main character and for the most part found that she just annoyed me while reading this. I felt like this book started to get going but really went nowhere. The only parts that I can say "saved" this book where the flashback parts which had some interesting parts. I wouldn't read this unless you have to.

    17. When I first read this book, a million years ago when divorce was shocking, the story seemed so daring, adventurous, and fun. Having just re-read it, it seems more like the story of courage born of desperation, like being a refugee. Bless you, Constance, for leading the charge out of marriages to miserable old men. I hope your book earned you enough money to get by.

    18. This book appears on my list of books read (kept quite religiously from 1982 until 2006), but I really don't remember it at all. Another reader's review just jogged my memory, and I've upped my rating.

    19. Loved this little book. Story of an older woman who leaves her abusive husband with only her pension for income, goes to live in a squalid basement apartment, takes dumpster diving and fixing up her finds to a new high. Finds love - but no happy ending.

    20. It was quite an interesting book. I read it for a Canadian Literature class and would likely not have picked it up otherwise. The main character acts completely out of character and walks out on her life. Novel takes place in Montreal in the 1970's.

    21. An important book for to me read in my early teens, picked up randomly on a library search. I still think about it from time to time and I am happy with the mark it left.

    22. I read this back in the 80s, and I remember it vividly 25 years later. I have never understood why the author is not better known.

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