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The Way Things Are (Bloomsbury Reader) Paperback – 29 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448204283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448204281
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born to Count Henry de la Pasture and his novelist wife, Delafield (1890-1943) was brought up according to strict Late Victorian precepts, but failing to ensnare a husband, she entered a convent in Belgium the moment she was 21. Having recovered from this experience she became a VAD, (voluntary nursing for the war effort) and wrote her first novel. Delafield started publishing in her mid twenties and the year her fourth novel Consequences was published, she married Paul Dashwood, a civil engineer turned land agent; three years in Malaya was followed by life in rural Devon. Many of her novels and short stories are semi-autobiographical or stem from her experiences living abroad and in the rural countryside.


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But this one is not nearly as amusing as EMD's later and far more famous creation. Laura is 34 and has been married to Alfred for seven years, and although she is a moderately successful writer, she can't think of anything to say to him other than chat about their children.
Nicola Beauman, in her introduction, wonders if this novel can be appreciated by readers other than middleclass married women with children ... and as I fall outside this group, maybe that's why I struggled with it. Like the other provincial lady, Laura has a large house and not enough money to keep up appearances; she struggles to keep servants and is worn out if she has to mind her own children for even a few hours. She realises that she was never in love with her husband, but she wanted the status of being a married woman. She appreciates what Alfred has done for her - but then a whole new vista opens up when she meets Duke Ayland who offers not sex, but emotional engagement.
Nicola Beauman obviously feels that women readers will sympathise with Laura: 'We can laugh at Alfred; we can smile wryly; or we can absolutely loathe him,' she says.
Actually, it was Alfred for whom I felt sympathy ... Laura is shackled by middleclass respectability, but it can't have been much fun for the men who were married to women like this! No wonder they'd sooner finish the crossword than have sex!
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I really enjoyed reading it, following on from the Diary of a Provincial Lady. It's rather sadder, and despite the passage of time, there are still many women (and men) caught in a passionfree long term relationship and unexciting lifestyle, who yearn for attention, romance, and a different kind of fulfilment. Some reviewers sympathise with Alfred, the good but mostly unresponsive husband. I have more sympathy for the wife who is desperate for more personal attention and someone she can talk to. She ends up in a situation which can be seen as reprehensible, but through her narration we understand how someone can be led astray quite easily. For an old-fashioned book, it is remarkably modern (apart from the problems with maids, cooks, housekeepers etc!). The depiction of the mother/child relationship and the children's behaviour could apply to any era. A satisfying 'domestic' novel, probably more suited to female readers.
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Rather a sad little story about Laura who finds what she hopes is love, after years of marriage and two children. Her life has become dull and unexciting and her biggest interest is finding the right staff. She felt she had nothing to look forward too. I did feel sorry for her, but I felt her situation was possibly quite common, and if it hadn't been Duke Ayland then any man who made her feel someone and alive she might easily have fallen for.
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If you want a really good E.M.Delafield read it has to be The Diary of a Provincial Lady which is so funny and witty. This is the more serious story of Laura and her unfulfilled marriage. However, I enjoy her style of writing and the gentle language of the time is good to read.
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