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A rich engrossing novel,
This review is from: Jerusalem the Golden (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
First published in 1967 "Jerusalem the Golden" tells the story of Clara, a student living in London trying to escape a loveless childhood and a monstrous mother. Clara is a compelling character: when we first meet her she seems shy and unsure of herself, but as the novel progresses Drabble reveals more and more until we see her in all her wonderful frightening complexity.
The novel's other focus is the large bohemian Denham family. Clara falls in love with them and their rambling art-filled Highgate home. Their environment is so unfamiliar, intense, and loving that Clara is physically sick after spending time in it. Regarding the fraternal love on display in the home, Drabble writes: "She had read of it in the classics, as she had read of human sacrifices and necrophilia and incest".
I enjoyed every moment of this rich and sometimes disturbing book. Although the novel is very much of its time, the vivid and real depiction of Clara's inner life never feels dated.