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What Does Mrs. Freeman Want?

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
While lying on a beach in Greece with an accommodating female companion, the narrator of this novel, Petros Abatzoglou (also the name of the author), describes the peculiar life story and marriage of Mrs. Freeman. By turns digressive, tender, humorous, and pedantic, the narrator interrupts his monologue only when he wants something from his companion, usually another drink ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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MJ Nicholls
From the reviews: “wonderful little page-turner” and “sweet and funny book.” This does not sound like the Dalkey Archive, and yet, the book formally fits the bill despite its unfortunate “readable” quality. The narrator, also named Petros Abatzoglou (see!), recounts the marriage of Mr & Mrs Freeman, from its teacher/student beginnings through its tortured sexual lows to its better-late-than-never mutual love and understanding. What makes the style curious is the narrator is “speaking” the st ...more
Asma Fedosia
Sep 09, 2010 Asma Fedosia rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Petros Abatzoglou (1931-2004) has a very conversational novel in "What Does Mrs. Freeman Want?", whose setting is a Greek beach on which Petros, as narrator and author, tells his seaside companion the details of Mrs. Freeman's courtship and marriage to Freeman.
Mrs Freeman, a student of the linguistics professor Freeman, though being hopelessly in love, and he likewise so, do not seem able to express their feeling in words. The reader, however, learns nearly everything about the Freeman's courts
Sweet and funny book about life from the point of discovering one's mate to the point at which one of you dies: passion, complacency, anger and resentment, boredom, frustration, loves furious and calm.
Lying on his bed of seaweed in the cool cave on a Greek beach, Petros tells his un-named companion the life story of Mrs Freeman, an English lady he'd met earlier in his life. Apart from the occasional break for food and drink and a dip in the sea, this is almost a single monologue telling how Mrs Freeman met, pursued and married her linguistics professor and their subsequent life together as she had once told it to Petros. It might sound tedious - it wasn't! A wonderful little page-turner, I wa ...more
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