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The Realms Of Gold
Margaret Drabble
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The Realms Of Gold

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  357 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Florence Wingate, a successful archeologist, is a divorcee with a family. She has been separated from her married lover, Karel Schmidt, for several years, but now realizes that she truly loves him. She writes to him but the post card gets delayed. Unhappily she goes on with her family and professional life, discovers some unknown relatives in the English Midlands and tries ...more
Published (first published October 1st 1975)
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Jul 13, 2007 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-20
I've always liked Margaret Drabble's work more than that of her (more successful?) sister, A.S. Byatt. This may be just a residual consequence of having "met" her while I was in college. She had been invited to lecture by someone in the English department, and at the time I used to hang out with some of the women in English lit, so we ended up after the lecture having tea and biscuits in Josephine's flat with the eminent speaker, who was totally charming.

I think the reason I enjoy her fiction is
Feb 01, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of my love affair with Margaret Drabble's work, and precedes her other opus: The Radiant Way. Realms of Gold is the kind of book that will always evoke the memory of where you were and what you were doing when you first read it. Intelligent writing and an intelligent but flawed heroine whose thoughts and corresponding narrative weave through her relationships and the British class/economic system of the later 20th century. This is not chick lit., it is Women's Literature!
Apr 28, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read "the Margarets" - Lawrence, Drabble, and Atwood.
This one was published in the '70's and shows it a bit. The main character, Frances Wingate, is
a well-known archaeologist yet also the mother of four children, divorced, and having a serious
affair with a married man. This is a character driven book. Drabble has made Frances an intriguing woman, and I enjoyed being inside her head. The plot meanders somewhat but does a good job of taking you through ordinary liv
Apr 03, 2009 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read nearly everything MB has written, she's like the book equivalent of sinking into a hot bath - stimulating but relaxing. All her books are very much of their time - this one written in the mid 1970s revolves around a divorced archeologist discovering her family roots.
Shellye M.
Aug 03, 2014 Shellye M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Margaret Drabble when this book was assigned for a class my last quarter in college. And it was a transformative novel -- it was like pulling back a curtain and flooding a room with sunlight. Even though I'd read novels by women writers throughout my undergrad years, this was a serious, contemporary novel by a woman and featured a complex, distinctive, female protagonist and it ROCKED my world! When I talked to my professors about serious contemporary writers, here's who came up -- ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Lauma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Autore viennozīmīgi prot rakstīt, valoda baudāma, stāstījums saistošs un gribas lasīt vēl un vēl. Bet tie galvenie varoņi!!! Nu lai cik interesanti, man aptecējās dūša lasot galvenās varones amorālos spriedumus un rīcības un no tām izrietošās neticamās situācijas. Kkā pat negribējās lasīt līdz kādai agonijai tas viss tiks novests pirms apsolītajām laimīgajām beigām. Kopumā tas viss radīja ļoti savādu iespaidu. Bet es pilnīgi ticu, ka izlasot visu grāmatu, varb
Aug 04, 2015 Hugh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit
Another book picked up on a whim in a second had shop. This was a slow burner - I found the first half hard work, and struggled to maintain an interest in the central character Frances Wingate, a divorced archaelogist. The next section, though bleak, was more interesting - an analysis of a bored housewife, Frances's distant cousin Janet and her life with an unsympathetic husband and her attempts to come to terms with this limited existence. This section also introduces us to Tockley, a town in t ...more
Oct 29, 2012 zespri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. I think Margaret Drabble must have a lot of fun writing, as i just find her books so enjoyable in a quirky, off-beat sort of way.

This one written in 1975 is the story of Frances Wingate, an archaeologist with a major find under her belt, who seems to travel the world on speaking tours and conferences, leaving her 4 children behind to sort of fend for themselves. All very liberated woman stuff, but Frances still is hankering for more. How the author thinks of the odd situations Frances
May 10, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. Sometimes bogged down. Would like to read more by her. I didn't realize that she was AS Byatt's sister.
Annis Pratt
This is only one of Margaret Drabble's wonderfully detailed (often like the interior of a Dutch painting) and funnily conceived tragi-comic novels about life among intelligent women loving and living in England during the last decades of the twentieth century. These novels (see also The Middle Ground and The Radiant Way) have marvellous plots, a lot of deep thinking that only underlines her deft characterization. My all time favorite novels.
Apr 30, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not quite perfect - the narrator stepped in too often, the plot was tidier than it needed to be - but pretty close. I loved Frances Wingate, her messy glamorous life, her family and lovers, but I love Margaret Drabble more, for writing something that feels more interesting and honest than anything I've read recently.
Rachel Jones
Jun 18, 2013 Rachel Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-gave-up
This was recommended to me by a The World According to Garp fan and I'm such a John Irving fiend that I thought for sure I'd love this novel.

I got 15 pages in and I had to give up. The never-ending neurotic inner monologue of an average, middle aged woman? Not exactly compelling material.
Jan 07, 2009 Seraphina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
I couldn't finish this book. Perhaps it was due more to the incredibly small type face than to the very slowly developing plot. Perhaps I'll try another day.
May 04, 2012 Fay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most most of her books a very long time ago.....just remember enjoying them.
Nov 20, 2008 Cicy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been able to finish it... it just doesn't move fast enough for me
Aug 25, 2009 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-novel
Enjoyed this. It rings true and avoids the obvious. Also fun to read.
Sep 04, 2011 Emma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Same isbn Penguin different cover
Dec 27, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book in college and read it many times since. I especially appreciate Drabble's empathetic view of her characters and her juxtaposition of the beauty of the mundane with the difficulties of living in a modern world.
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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.

Drabble has famously been engaged in a long-running feud with her novelist sister, A.S. Byatt, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea-set in one of her nove
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