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The Holiday (VMC) Paperback – 16 Apr 1979

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New edition edition (16 April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860680673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860680673
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extraordinary handling of conversation always fascinating and recounted with a perfect ear... (GUARDIAN)

Those who find them [Stevie Smith's novels] entrancing ... find themselves on a hook which won't let go (PUNCH)

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beautiful...richly melancholy like those hot summer days when it is so full of that calm before the Autumn, it quite ravished me. When I read it, the tears stream down my face.' STEVIE SMITH

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this a difficult book to get to grips with. It doesn't take long to read, but the writing, although beautiful, is unstructured and it was difficult to get a sense of what exactly was going on. The era evoked is quite queer - it is set after WWII, but in fact it was written before it, with some revisions after the fact - and there are long discursive stretches about society that didn't mean much to me here in 2002. The writing is definitely that of a poet rather than a natural prose writer - I have come away with disparate images lodged in the mind rather than any sense of a complete narrative.
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By escorial on 26 Sept. 2014
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moves around and repeats herself continuosly...repeats herself .....poor
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. V. Wiles on 8 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
'The Holiday' was a disappointing read for our book group. It has a reputation as a feminist classic but we all found it tedious, pretentious and a struggle to finish. We ended up reading bits aloud to each other with mocking laughter. I think Stevie Smith named it as her favourite of her novels, presumably because it's autobiographical. It may work for some readers as a record of the preoccupations of the upper middle classes post Second World War, as long as you don't mind characters being called Tiny and Caz and lots of talk about working at `The Ministry' and unrequited love.
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