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An Experiment in Love
An Experiment in Love: A Novel | Hilary Mantel
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year It was the year after Chappaquiddick, and all spring Carmel McBain had watery dreams about the disaster. Now she, Karina, and Julianne were escaping the dreary English countryside for a London University hall of residence. Interspersing accounts of her current position as a university student with recollections of her childhood and an ever difficult relationship with her longtime schoolmate Karina, Carmel reflects on a generation of girls desiring the power of men, but fearful of abandoning what is expected and proper. When these bright but confused young women land in late 1960s London, they are confronted with a slew of new preoccupations--sex, politics, food, and fertility--and a pointless grotesque tragedy of their own. Hilary Mantel's magnificent novel examines the pressures on women during the early days of contemporary feminism to excel--but not be too successful--in England's complex hierarchy of class and status.
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andrew61
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Final bk of 2021 is for 1st rdg grp of 2022 + was a really good read. Told with Hilary Mantel's cutting wit + brilliant prose this is a story of 2 girls who form an unlikely relationship in childhood +into Catholic grammar school where their background is at odds with more affluent pupils. Skip to their going to London uni in 1970 where they drift+deal with sex,new friends, religion, rivalry,food issues,+more. A great story by a wonderful writer.

Ruthiella I love Mantel. Not read this one yet, but I hope to become a completist of her work someday! 11mo
andrew61 @Ruthiella I think you will enjoy it, hope to see your review at some point. 11mo
CarolynM I've had a copy of this on my shelf for years but never got around to it. You've encouraged me to put it on my list this year🙂 11mo
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Peaslady
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Argh, I love Mantel, but find her books very hit or miss depending on her editor's ability to reign in the literary for the sake of the story. This one was compelling, but I found the poetry references somewhat ostentatious and was irritated by the lack of delivery on what felt foreshadowed in the childhood story. To me it was never clear what bound Carmel and Karina in the first place. And I didn't recognise love anywhere in this book.

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A new Neil Gaiman novel, a novel by Hillary Mantel that you might not have heard of, free places on a writing course for BAME authors, & we say goodbye to Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy. https://britlitblog.com/2017/02/17/today-in-brit-lit-news-17th-feb-2017/

TrishB Read Miffy with both my kids 😔 6y
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