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The Vinegar Jar [Kindle Edition]

Berlie Doherty

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Book Description

From childhood on, Rose Doran’s life has been one of lovelessness and loneliness. Left by her parents, she falls prey to the tawdry charms of the smooth-talking, tap-dancing William who abandons her, along with his baby, Edmund. Rose seeks comfort in an unsatisfactory marriage to Gordon, but instead find herself isolated and imprisoned by the banality of existence.
Then she meets Paedric, her mysterious neighbour, and her colourless life is transformed by the power and exoticism of her imagination – with disturbing consequences.
“Doherty’s second ‘adult’ novel is proof that she can spellbind a reader of any age… She delights, surprises, disturbs and moves the reader, and does it with admirable finesse” – Time Out
“The novel is compelling as an account of the dangerous development of a compensatory imagination” – The Times Literary Supplement
“Doherty’s novel has a strange hypnotic strength and dramatizes powerfully the dangers of blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality” – Sunday Times
“Doherty’s fable warns that the journeys of the mind can be more perilous than the real thing, especially for those setting out without a ticket home” – She

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Billyworks (17 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #540,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Berlie Doherty was born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, the youngest of three children. She always wanted to be a writer, but when she was little there were many things she wanted to be - a singer, ballet dancer, air hostess, librarian... Her serious writing started at university, where she trained to be a teacher. Now she lives in an isolated cottage in the country and writes in a barn overlooking the Pennines. She says of her writing: "After I finish a book I'm quite sad because I feel grieved that I have lost someone close; a great deal of myself is in my books."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 18 Aug. 2001
By "insectwings" - Published on
This book sat alone on the library shelf, amidst books of thrillers and mysteries. I rescued it, entranced by the title.
From page one, Berlie Doherty takes the reader through the mind of a woman, alone and abandoned by the world.
Here is a story of Rose, seeking something her parents failed to give her. Instead, she finds two loves gone wrong and a child that is not hers. Caring for the child begins to invade on Rose, who in turn begins a word affair with her eccentric neighbor.
Doherty leaves the reader turning page after page to discover the secrets of Rose and Paedric, Gordon and Edmund.
The longings of Rose combined with faerie tales and make-believe, 'The Vinegar Jar' is a soothing ride through the madness of being alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlie Doherty has captured the sorrow of loneliness. 12 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
In her novel "The Vinegar Jar" Berlie Doherty has captured the loneliness of solitude. Rose is alone and does not want to be alone. Like the old woman who lived in the vinegar jar and was never happy, Rose is unsure of what she is missing but knows there is more to life. She looks for happiness first with William, then with Gordon but neither can give her the commitment and fulfillment she is yearning for. She turns to mad Paedric and for a time is happy, but her insane ecstasy is shattered when she is made to realise that her world is built of cobwebs and delusions. Berlie Doherty has written a brilliant and insightful novel that questions the meaning of life and reality. A sensitive and thought-provoking book.
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