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The Stillest Day: A Novel

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The most powerful and daring novel yet by the bestselling author of "Damage," this compelling and painfully beautiful novel looks at a young woman at the turn of the century who transgresses -- both in life and art -- the limits set for her. Bethesda Barnet is an artist and a teacher. Her village life with an invalid mother is ordered and calm until the sudden vision of a ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Overlook Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Feb 28, 2015 Orsolya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rarely do we get to see the intimate thoughts and ever-consuming emotions of others causing us to believe that we are unique with our own feelings. Yet, humans all share a dark edge, inescapable even if avoidable. Josephine Hart explores this depth in her psychological novel, “The Stillest Day”.

On the surface, “The Stillest Day” is a simple novel in terms of plot: the pages merely profile the range of emotions and compulsions of Bethesda Barnet, whom lives a routine life broken by her sudden ob
Apr 12, 2011 Katherine rated it it was ok
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“We put down each day carefully, as though it were linen already pressed, which fell back into its folds and was carefully returned to its proper place” (13).
“Man’s naked feet were nailed when I first saw them as a child. It is the same for many children” (70).
“ ‘Anyone who requires less than daily absolution is simply suffering from moral cataracts’” (77).
“We permit authority. And the rustle of rules as we brush against them creates the illusion of a silken cradle” (151).
“The identification of
Jan 06, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
The strangest of Josephine Hart's very strange books. The writing is compelling, but the story is weird as if there is no story.
Dec 09, 2007 Trish rated it really liked it
Bethesda Barnet lives in a small town with her invalid mother. She teaches art. She is courted, in desultory fashion, by a local farmer. So modest is Bethesda that even when she bathes she does not bare her entire body.

Each Thursday afternoon, Bethesda meets with Lord Grantleigh in his conservatory. Do the two simply discuss art? She says that the local patron's "admiration of [her] work" led to the meetings, and she alludes to prints of shocking modern works with which Grantleigh confronts her
Aug 08, 2007 Ericka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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another symphony of schadenfreude, gem of hardened bile! i found josephine hart in my local library in seattle (alaska! next to the mortuary) while hating, again, everything. josephine Hart taught me that i could hate harder.
Jul 06, 2013 Eena rated it really liked it
very artistic in her play of words and the plot is just as intriguing as her writing. I don't have any complaints to it, and I like how the story was unpredictable throughout my read. Overall, it's worth reading.
May 22, 2012 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. Captures the power of the human mind, and the extremes of obsession one can go to.
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Josephine Hart was born and educated in Ireland. She was a director of Haymarket Publishing, in London, before going on to produce a number of West End plays, including The House of Bernarda Alba by Frederico Garcia Lorea, The Vortex by Noel Coward, and The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch. She was married to Maurice Saatchi and had two sons. She was the author of Damage. Hart died, aged 69, of ...more
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