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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408827026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408827024
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The subject - an ordinary woman seized by love for a younger man in the middle of her life - supplies just the right material for Mr Moore's tender, probing technique. It is uncanny: No other male writer, I swear (and precious few females), knows so much about women' (Sunday Telegraph)

'The novel is near perfection. The elegance and clarity of style rides in perfect harmony with the subtlety and depth of feeling. The dialogue is perfect- the author's ear sharp for the cadences of ecstasy, self-pity, love and anger. The feeling for mood and background is perfect... a novel of mature assurance and brilliant insight that must make it one of the outstanding works of fiction of the year.' (The Times)

'Nightmare images of tanks cruising down empty night streets, feverish erotic couplings with a stranger in foreign hotels; a married woman from a provincial backwater breaking out on a trip abroad; a concerned sibling observing a rebellious sister; the palpable absence of God in the central characters' lives and the notion that art and sex might replace Him... a splendidly bracing experience.' (New Statesman)

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Shortlisted for The Booker Prize

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Anniesmum on 20 May 2012
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This is a very good read. It may seem dated to younger readers although the theme of unfulfilled potential and pent up frustration is timeless. Many women may identify with the main character and her wasted potential. In its time it must have been quite controversial with its subject matter and explicit sex scenes. Personally I found it hard to sympathise with the doctors wife. She had spent many years floating along as the domestic goddess letting her husband support her financially then suddenly everything was his fault. Her wrong choices and lack of ambition and drive were suddenly his fault and her mothers fault! Apparently she got married in order to leave home.
Definitely a book to be read with its era in mind. An era where appearances mattered more than anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cmac on 22 Jan 2013
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I read several of Brian Moore's novels as they were published in the seventies and remember how true a description they gave of life in Ireland at that time. I enjoyed The Doctor's Wife in spite of its grim portrayal of the selfishness of family relationships but I wonder is the novel so much a product of its time that a younger reader may find it difficult to relate to the situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reman3082 on 5 Jan 2013
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A really good read, with some well-handled erotic passages. A good sense of period and the social and moral expectations of the time. I did not find it easy to empathise with the central character, but she was well-drawn. A hard-to-put-down story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Ferris on 30 Dec 2012
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A well written story, quite refreshingly different to the normal family account of life and strife.
I did not want to end but could not put it down anyway, so a contradiction.
Well done and thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Dec 2012
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Read it from cover to cover and enjoyed every page. Sorry to have to stop reading at the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Ballard on 8 Dec 2012
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This is not a difficult book to read, but it could hardly be said to be enjoyable. It's a devastating account of the end of a marriage, written like a slow motion car crash. At the end there's not much left but misery and some emergent wisdom. Which I suppose, from my own past experiences and from those of people around me, is not far from the way it is.

The characters are not particularly likable. However, it does become more and more clear what lies behind the events being portrayed. While she remains unapproachable, it becomes more and more clear why the central character acts as she does, and even has to act as she does. But enjoyable - no!

For me, the sex was too graphic and too frequent. As another reviewer said, less can be more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane H on 26 Nov 2012
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Rip-roaring yarn & a real page-turner but Brian Moore should realise that less is more when it comes to writing about sex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Wood on 8 Dec 2012
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Promised well initially but disappointed in the unfolding - difficult to empathise with main character & ultimately unconvincing generally, particularly in terms of motivation of those involved.
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