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I Sent A Letter To My Love (Abacus Books) [Paperback]

Bernice Rubens
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1 Jan 1988 Abacus Books

All her life, Amy Evans has struggled against that unkind gift of fate - ugliness. A squat nose stubbed like a plasticine afterthought on her face, a chin too long and eyes straining to meet each other, form a sad picture that dooms Amy to a life of solitude and lovelessness.

Now in her fifties, Amy lives alone with her crippled brother, both prisoners of the hopes and aspirations of their youth. Then Amy makes a final bid for happiness, a last ditch attempt to meet someone she can love ... who might love her. Suddenly her life takes on dizzying new dimensions as she explores untrodden paths of sexual awareness in an all-or-nothing gamble for dangerous and delicious success.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349130175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349130170
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A remarkable novel (Auberon Waugh)

Perfect mastered skill ... gentle and pungent style ... compassion and humour to modulate her often steely-eyed observation (SUNDAY TIMES)

From the first page to the last, this powerful and moving piece of writing sustains the reader s' attention with a gripping plot, well-drawn characterisation and a surprising climax. (DARTS)

Intensely dramatic...extraordinarily exceptionally original and disturbing achievement. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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Intensely dramatic ... extraordinarily funny ... an exceptionally original and disturbing achievement' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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When she was a child, Amy Evans would steal into the sweet shop on the way home from school and buy a stick of rock. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but superb 18 Oct 2011
This is a melancholic tale but one that I found deeply moving. It's very Welsh and yet it was the French who made it into a film (Chere inconnue). Rubens is a writer that seems to have fallen out of favour, but she was damned good - join the crusade!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Sent a Letter to My Love 25 Jan 2009
I've read all Bernice Rubens' novels and they all contain very clever twists and are very readable. Disfunctional families brought to life on the page with their anger and tenderness laid bare but not judged. I Sent a Letter to My Love is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine writing and an original, well-spun plot. 28 Aug 2010
Exposes the saucy secrets of three characters who appear very staid on the surface. The final tragedy leaves you with the feeling that the 'victor' might soon be sunk himself. I can imagine a contemporary situation such as this emerging through Internet-based communication, so ahead of its time and still relevant.

Clear, atmospheric prose. Original descriptions of seaside living.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sad and somewhat dispiriting 8 Jun 2009
A sad book which leaves a somewhat unpleasant taste. The author doesn't seem to like her characters and perhaps even despises them. Yes, you feel very sorry for Amy and her brother but ultimately you wonder what the author wants you to feel. Is it sadness/sympathy or contempt?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 6 Oct 2008
By Rose
Wonderfully sad, you want Amy (the main character) to succeed in life but know when reading that despite everything she's going to end up exactly as she does; fat and lonely, looking after her brother whom her mother loved more than her. Somehow avoids being depressing and remains a beautiful story. Worth a read!
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