- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: Mirador Publishing (21 Jun. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1912601281
- ISBN-13: 978-1912601288
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Worlds Apart Paperback – 21 Jun 2018
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Three themes dominate the book. One is what the ancient Greeks called 'philein' - except for them it was an exclusively male virtue - brotherly (or in this case sisterly) friendship. Faced with the pressure of events, the friendship between Dorothy and Jean almost founders.
A second major theme is the struggle for women's rights, not only for suffrage, but also to obtain a measure of independence. This is a topical theme once again in 2018, but the novel's strength is that it never gives us modern solutions to the perspectives of a hundred years ago. The characters are believably children of their time.
With considerable skill Helen Culnane weaves in another theme, namely the over-riding importance of personal loyalty, even in the face of political difference. Jean's politics are radical, and she influences Dorothy into supporting the same causes. The ill-educated, albeit intelligent, Dorothy will always gives priority to the needs of kin and those she cares for, even when they do not treat her well, or when they pursue other ends. She is an exemplar of 'agape' - the Greek word for disinterested spiritual love.
The book is well paced, and I did not find a single character who was not credible. Helen Culnane has an excellent command of the geography and history of the story. The Scots dialect spoken by some characters is not oppressive to a Sassenach reader, although there were two words whose meaning I never fathomed. It struck me that the book is crying out to be made into a film.
Worlds Apart is a historical novel opening on the day that the two main characters, Dolly and Jean, meet. Although they are from different social classes their circumstances have drawn them together. Many social issues of that time (some of which remain relevant today) are explored through the eyes and lives of these two women as they support the women’s vote and pacifism in the face of war and help ameliorate poverty and hardship and fight against unfair wages and exploitation of workers. However, they don’t always see eye to eye which introduces conflict in the friendship.
The characters are believable as is the course that their lives follow bearing in mind the constraints and social expectations in the early 20th century. There is much in the book to promote thought but this does not overshadow the storytelling.
Worlds Apart is an easy read and well-written. There is a great deal of Scottish dialogue and, despite being unconnected to Scotland, I found that I could follow the conversations without difficulty. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know what all the words meant. There were many breaks in time in order to span several years of story and this worked as it increased the pace by showing how the characters were affected after the onset of war without being bogged down with too much detail of life in between major scenes.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories set in the early 20th century and for anyone who is interested in the women’s suffrage movement and politics of that time period.