(PDF) [A uiet Life] ´ Natasha Walter
Ves that she has a secret boyfriend so as to slip out to Party meetings Then she meets Edward a sophisticated chap who works at the Foreign Office he turns out to be a spy They marry Now Laura is a spy too Edward and Laura go to Washington
after the war then edward s double life the war then Edward s double life uncovered they return to England and Edward lees his house in Surrey and his pregnant wifeThis could have been so much better than it was Laura seems to have little personality and no real direction She overhears various damning comments about herself but if she s upset or angry we don t see it She is also oblivious to her husband s homosexuality and to her own romantic sexual impulses towards Florence and other women of her acuaintance Which is not to say that Edward and Laura have a platonic relationship on the contrary sex is the glue that holds them together though it is presented in a transactional way did they both climax Did they climax togetherWalter may have heard the axiom show don t tell but she is having none of it Far too many conversations are summarised rather than given in ull in their comments on her which moved Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley from the admiring to the moralising they hinted at their own desires After that the conversation led on to other things but theyelt warmly now towards one another This techniue makes Laura eel distant I don t know how much of her behaviour is in service of the mask she must present the pretty silly American wife but there doesn t seem to be anything much behind the mask True there s a secret that she s kept since her teenaged years I m not sure if the nature of this secret was ever indicated though I suspect it is something to do with her amily rom whom she attempts to distance herself throughout the novel Only once abandoned by Edward is she orced to accept that
Her Mother S Fidelity Is In Fact Love It S mother s The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse fidelity is inact love it s clear whether Laura reciprocates at allI did like the descriptions of wartime London and there are occasional lashes of excellence like the description of London seen rom a Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: fast car rolling past the windows with a kind of emphatic repleteness On the whole though I would rather have read an actual biographyI may have missed something much positive review Soar the irst 50 pages are disappointing Slow and overly descriptive a polemical agenda clearly being pushed not hugely atmospheric of the time nor is there much narrative tension and the characterisation of Laura eels a bit weak I m beginning to skim read already Lovely cover though I will keep trying or a while longer mainly because I read a review somewhere that it begins to pick up later on hope it does soonI m up to page 87 and struggling to keep up with so many characters Ok Laura not too difficult though she s still non 255The attempted integration of a narrative heavy on espionage wartime romance and marital strife with the predominant theme social constraints on women in the mid 20th century doesn t work well here Perhaps Walter author of two uite successful books on eminism was overly concerned about being too discursive or didactic in addressing her concerns With the upshot being that she kits out the story in a lot of cliched material loses sight of character development and buries her terrific insights in a baggy narrative Frustratin. Y of the Cold War The story of a wife whose part will take her The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small from London in the Blitz to Washington at the height of McCarthyism to the possible haven of the English countryside Gradually she learns what is at stakeor herself her husband and her daughter; gradually she realises the dark conseuences of her youthful idealismSweeping and exhilarating alive with passion and betrayal A uiet Life is the irst novel rom a brilliant new voice in British ictio. .
Therefore too stupid to bother being cautious around uiet is also an interesting portrait of wartime London a grey city strangely muted despite all the turmoil and the upper class set who see WW2 as either an incovenience or a chance or valourThat s what s good about uiet What s bad is how stultifying it is most of the timeListen literary realism is not my NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC favourite genre but I can appreciate the way that say Tessa Hadley imbues the everyday with meaningBut uiet isn t just a uiet story it s a boring onePersonally I think the seeds of this are inirst novel itis Laura is a damp suib of a protagonist Passive and prickly she seems to have little inner life and her dour demeanour makes her an unpleasant person to spend time with over the course of the novelDespite being tightly ocused on Laura the POV keeps her at arm s length As a result there s little emotion evoked The decision to render 75% of the dialogue as reported speech is
"Verging On Bizarre And Again "on bizarre and again to push the reader away rather than draw her into the thick of the narrativeThere s a hedging uality to the prose that s rankly cringey Filter words she The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 felt she realised she started to weigh down the sentences Worst of all the author never commits to a damn thing Run a search and you dind the phrases seemed to and seemed almost to number hundreds if not thousands I realise this is granular stuff that کاروان امید few readers would pinpoint but it really does affect the narrative in a negative wayThis is the type of novel that wears its boringness like a badge of honour as if real readers don t go inor cheap thrills Yet subtlety doesn t have to be boring drama can be drawn out of the everyday I bristle at the way Natasha Walter has been compared to Curtis Sittenfeld because Sittenfeld at her best makes the mundane eel Walter never comes closeDespite its inherant dullness I did ind uiet absorbing places but it was also incredibly irritating in places It s the type of book where you always know what the weather is doing and you never know how the characters are eeling The author has written a detailed historical story about double lives and spying Clearly a lot of meticulous research
Has Gone Into It Andgone into it and draws on a number of real life cases In 1939 Laura moves to England rom the United States Over time she acuires a secretive life and she has the perfect character to do so She is a buttoned down personality who easily takes on the layers of secrecy reuired It is a well plotted novel that has exuisite descriptions You get a real Tempting Faith Di Napoli feel of theear that real life spies must have elt A great and suspenseful read Many thanks to the Borough Press or an ARC she has been cleverer than all of them she thinks to herself No one suspects her Valance even thinks that she will work The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way for him if he needs her Even Mother even Ellen even Winifred nobody thinks that she was anything but an innocent wife Her mask has been a good one Has herace stayed intact behind itBased on the life of Melinda Marling the wife of Donald McLean A uiet Life tells the story of Laura Leverett who travels rom America to London just before the outbreak of the Second World War On board ship she meets some Communists including the charismatic Florence in London she pretends to her relati. Boat In London she begins to move between two different worlds – rom the urbane society of her cousins and their upper class The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life friends to the anger of those who want toorge a new society One night at a party she meets a man who seems to her to combine both worlds but who is hiding a secret bigger than she could ever imagineImpelled by desire she inds herself caught up in his hidden life Love grows but so do ear and danger This is the warm blooded stor.
Free read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ñ Natasha WalterI really loved the cover of this book but unfortunately the story did not live up to expectations The story was very slow with ar too many domestic details and very little of the spying A real disappointment I ound this novel to be a definite page turner The characters were interesting the action engrossing There were many things I liked about it one the author tells the story without judgment or taking sides two I ound it intriguing that violence and abuse in the protagonist s history was vaguely hinted at without being explicitly stated or described It struck me as a look into the life of someone like spies undercover operators et al who has to live a lie and the terrible toll it can take The only thing I would ask or is a little a lot of the characters thinking and inner dialogue Written in the third person it lends itself naturally to that Would that have taken away The Way of Women from the compellingorce of the narrative Good uestion I was surprised and intrigued to see that the eminist and humanitarian Natasha Walter who previously only wrote nonfiction has published her irst novel The blurb or A uiet Life explains how
It S About As about a spy during WWII and I wasn
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"Thrilling Plot Like This Would "plot like this would alongside the author s compelling ideas about eminism As turns out the main character Laura is not a The Slammer: The Crisis In Canada's Prison System feminist or especially an intellectual She doesn t become a political subversive and spy delivering crucial government secrets to an underground communist networkor the Soviet Union because she has particularly high ideals Rather she takes on this highly dangerous and controversial work because she s influenced by a passionate The Great Race femaleriend and a man she alls in love with However the way in which Walter captures the subtlety of Laura s psychology the prevailing ideologiessocial attitudes of the era and the crisis of an individual s political consciousness during times of international conflict is absolutely compelling It makes Laura a dynamic subject and her story engagingly complex than if Walter had chosen to write a whole novel about Florence Laura s ardent communist riend Reading A uiet Life The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World felt to me like reading a novel by Doris Lessingor the way it wholly commits to A Rapariga que Lia as Estrelas faithfully representing Laura s experience in times of political turbulenceRead myull review of A uiet Life by Natasha Walter on LonesomeReader V slow Wasn t engaging Disappointed Ambitious Eric Ambler meets Curtis Sittenfeld thing with all the difficult bits spy novels miss out motherhood emotions other than tense plus all the difficult bits non spy novels miss out spying SPIES amirite It s all poison tipped umbrellas and silly wigs Er well A uiet Life is a subtle portrayal of mid 20th century spying The Color of My Words focusing on the psychological toll of secrecy and the everyday social manipulations that I imagine were the realityor most Soviet spies in the WestIt was these social manipulations that I loved most within the novel the small changes in personality that protagonist and spy Laura would use to exert information 84, Charing Cross Road from people Haven t we all wondered how others see us This is the uestion that preoccupies Laura and it sascinating how she s able to change the perceptions of her so called riends convincing them she s an airhead and. A double life is no life at allSince the disappearance of her husband in 1951 Laura Leverett has been living in limbo with her daughter in Geneva All others see is her conventional charming exterior; nobody guesses the secret she is carryingHer double life began years ago when she stepped on to the boat which carried her across the Atlantic in 1939 Eager to learn and eager to love she ound herself suddenly inspired by a young Communist woman she met on the.