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Class wars !!,
This review is from: Jerusalem the Golden (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
An excellent story about a young womans journey from an oppressed childhood in a working class northern town to a hedonistic bohemian life with the Denham family in London. Clara is a language student nearing the conclusion of her studies in London when she meets Clelia whose life is the antithesis of hers, Claras life had , up until then, been dominated by her strict overbearing mother and she finds the freedom she experiences when she meets Clelias family refreshing.
Claras frienship with Gabriel , Clelias brother, gives her a taste on how the upper middle class conduct their affairs and she finds it refreshinly new and exciting when compared to her own upbringing.
I think Claras opinion of her mother may be unfair as towards the end we are led to believe that her mother, prior to her marriage, had entertained thoughts of escaping her "lot" but was afraid to do so for fear of going against her own strict moral sense of duty.
Clara demonstrates that if you have enough confidence it is possible to make the jump.
All in all a thought provoking and entertaining read.