- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (19 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782111123
- ISBN-13: 978-1782111122
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pure Gold Baby Paperback – 19 Jun 2014
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"Extraordinary and intriguing" (SADIE JONES author of The Outcast)
"The Pure Gold Baby is an unexpected gift from a great author. How do we treat the child who walks among us in a different way than most? In Margaret Drabble's hands the answer is with a depth of empathy few master. Fortunately for us, Drabble has spent a lifetime doing just that in exquisitely written prose" (ALICE SEBOLD author of The Lovely Bones)
"Moving and meditative" (MEG WOLITZER New Yorker)
"Superb ... a richly complex narrative voice achieves a choric magnificence hardly equalled in her earlier work" (Stevie Davies Independent)
"Involving and unexpectedly rich . . . a magnificent novel that confirms Drabble's status as a national treasure" (Daily Mail)
"Subtle . . . The cadences of the prose, the kind of language used, the words that are chosen, echo the passing of the years . . . absorbing" (Kirsty Gunn Financial Times)
"Its prose has an almost folkloric quality . . . Characters, plotlines and themes swirl and proliferate" (Alex Clark Observer)
"Drabble's intelligence and compassion make it a hugely rewarding read" (Mail on Sunday)
"A unique and profoundly stirring book" (Elizabeth Day Observer)
"Written with compassion and bathed in a poignant glow" (Stylist)
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I loved it. One of those books that I was sorry to finish I wish I could plunge back in and meet all the protagonists again. Jess Speight is the main character - an anthropologist with a mentally disabled child, in North London in the 1960s and on to (approx) present day. Not much happens, but everything happens, illness, love, death and friendship. I don't know how to tell if someone would like this, but I hope you try it, and become as absorbed as me - I'll certainly be trying out more by the author.
her "pure gold baby". Anna has learning difficulties and remains in a state of charmed innocence, as she grows alongside her mother.
The book is a gentle exploration of how Jess' life is moulded by her motherhood. She adapts her ambitions and expectations, often without realizing. In describing Jess' evolution, Drabble also captures how society has changed. Past certainties being overtaken by gentrification and globalisation. The reader gets to meet a cast of supporting characters sharing Jess and Anna's life - a failed poet, a carefree filmmaker and Jess' constant women friends.
The reader gets to learn a little bit about anthropology and how understandings of learning disability and mental illness have altered over one person's lifetime. This is not a dramatic family saga, instead it is a meandering journey with one mother and her child, who, in one sense, is destined never to grow up. Readers who enjoy human interest stories should find the trip worthwhile.
The narrator is the mother's friend and it's an interesting perspective, presented as only Margaret Drabble can, with disconcerting uncertainties. At first I hardly noticed this character, assuming that she is just a device but by the end of the book her voice had become a fascinating extra thread - I often found myself wondering if hers was Drabble's own voice.
I had been disappointed with 'The Peppered Moth' which I nominated for our book club and I rather wish I had suggested this book instead.
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