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5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's Gone A-Hunting, 8 July 2008
This review is from: Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (Paperback)
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting, written in the late 1950s, is a deeply harrowing and moving insight into the mindset of a desperate woman, trapped as much by her class and sex as by her overbearing and critical husband. Penelope Mortimer skillfully pulls the reader into her protagonist's unhappiness and her haunting refrain of 'I don't know' remains timeless and poignant for the modern reader.
A generational difference (and the bitter note of hope in this novel) is neatly portrayed through the parallels between the protagonist, Ruth, and her teenage daughter, Angela, who is able to break out her mother's pattern only through a distinct lack of sensitivity and casual selfishness, shown through her relationship with her mother. I would strongly recommend this book on the grounds of its sensitive and deeply moving portrayal of a lonely and isolated woman. It is a book, which, although written fifty years ago, has lost none of its relevance and addresses many delicate issues, such as identity and independence, which are still being struggled with today.
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Daddy's Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer (Paperback - 24 April 2008)
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