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The pumpkin eater

The pumpkin eater

Mortimer, Penelope, 1918-1999, author

One of the many achievements of this novel is that it manages to find universal truths in what was hardly an archetypal situation: Mortimer peels several layers of skin off the subjects of motherhood, marriage, and monogamy, so that what we're asked to look at is frequently red-raw and painful without being remotely self-dramatizing

Paperback, Book. English. Classics.
Published London: Penguin Classics, 2015
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Penelope Mortimer
ISBN: 0241240107, 9780241240106
Physical Description: 160 pages ; 20 cm

Author note

Penelope Mortimer was born in 1918 in Rhyl. At nineteen, she married a Reuters correspondent and had two daughters with him, as well as two more from other relationships. Her first novel,Johanna, was published in 1947. She re-married two years later, to John Mortimer, the barrister and author of the Rumpole novels; they had two children together and later divorced. Mortimer wrote many books, includingThe Pumpkin Eater(1962), which was adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter and made into a film starring Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch. Penelope Mortimer died in 1999.

Reviews

Beautiful ... almost every woman I can think of will want to read this book||A strange, fresh, gripping book. One of the the many achievements ofThe Pumpkin Eateris that it somehow manages to find universal truths in what was hardly an archetypal situation: Mortimer peels several layers of skin off the subjects of motherhood, marriage, and monogamy, so that what we're asked to look at is frequently red-raw and painful without being remotely self-dramatizing. In fact, there's a dreaminess to some of the prose that is particularly impressive, considering the tumult that the book describes||Mortimer's style, spare and singular, cuts through the decades like a scalpel ... Will Penguin's new edition ofThe Pumpkin Eaterencourage people to look again at Mortimer? I hope so. She is so good. I can't think of a writer more attentive to emotional weather
The Observer||One of those novels which seem to be written with real knowledge of the brink of the abyss, taut almost beyond endurance
The Sunday Times||A seriously good writer
Telegraph||A subtle, fascinating, unhackneyed novel... in touch with human realities and frailties, unsentimental and amused... So moving, so funny, so desperate, so alive... [A] fine book, and one to be greatly enjoyed
The New York Times||Guardian||The themes in this short novel are timeless. There are lessons here for us all
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