- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby; First Thus edition (26 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749008628
- ISBN-13: 978-0749008628
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fountain Paperback – 26 Jul 2010
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About the Author
Born in Singapore, Mary Nichols spent most of her life in East Anglia. She wrote short stories and articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines, but later turned to writing novels. Mary died in 2016.
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What I got was a very enjoyable novel, which was easy to consume but I cannot fit into the correct genre. It is not really a family saga in the 'aga saga' category although it is based around a family. It certainly is not 'chick-lit' but I think would be enjoyed more by women than men. It is sort of romance fiction but then it is not. It is just simply a story and once I had stopped trying to pigeonhole the book I enjoyed it.
The book focuses on two main characters. Barbara who as a student in the Nineteen Twenties has the world at her feet but she is slowly swept off of them by George. Barbara throws away all her ambitions, her dreams and goals and to some extent her own existence and becomes George's wife. Mary Nichols does a good job in showing the domestic side to that era, and where a women's place should be and what they should do and how they should behave.
For the men though, it was a different existence. George has ambition and what he wants he gets. However it needs to be done and 'oiling wheels' where necessary this is his greatest strength and also his greatest weakness and you know as a reader we will see his empire build but also burn. What a lot of clichés! But this is how Nichols portrays this character and whilst she shows us Barbara's role she makes it quite clear that she is just another part of George's empire and property.
There are contrasting characters to show how life could have been for both Barbara and George but in my opinion none of them are worth a specific mention as they are not strong enough.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters very real and believable and although the ending was clear from the beginning I enjoyed the storyline that allowed the reader to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs. B. Cormican
the fountain, my mum said what a good book andread it was, it came on time and in good condtionPublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by sandra west