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Down Among the Women Paperback – 25 Oct 1973

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (25 Oct. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014003613X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140036138
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weldon's early novel was written in the early days of Women's Liberation, which may explain its polemical tone. It's basically an outcry against the age-old belief that women are happiest married, performing housewifely duties and raising babies. Weldon uses several case studies to illustrate her argument, and to show how women have suffered due to the chauvinism of society. Scarlet gets pregnant while at university (these are pre-Pill days) and has to drop out to raise her child. Her mother Wanda (a divorcee with scanty earnings from work as a supply teacher) can't really support her properly and has no desire to be a grandmother, her father Kim has re-married (to a girl younger than Scarlet) and his wife tries to stop him supporting his daughter. After several years living with her mother in a cramped Belsize Park flat (these were the days when the lower middle-classes could afford to live in NW3!) Scarlet agrees, in desperation, to marry a middle-aged man from a South London suburb and finds herself worse off than before. But at least Scarlet is a girl of spirit, who manages to fight against her probable fate, and her story (without giving too much away) gets much less bleak as it goes on. Most of her friends do a lot worse. Sporty Jocelyn marries an advertising executive and becomes a thoroughly bored, pampered wife, who expresses her distress by domestic carelessness (resulting in the gratuitous death of several pets, and a fire). Audrey gives up her interesting job in publishing to marry Paul and run a chicken farm in the country - she tries to become an earth mother but after several years finds herself running back to the big city and to a surprising new life. Scarlet's Mum takes up with a toy-boy who doesn't really appreciate her.Read more ›
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Amazing book, Fay Weldon is my favourite author.
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All ok.
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HASH(0x97bab138) out of 5 stars A good start 18 Jun. 2014
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I love Fay Weldon's books. They are honest, even devastating portrayals of the human condition. But this first effort was disappointing. I didn't finish it. I couldn't bear one more repetition of "down among the women."
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