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Mrs Sartoris

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  90 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Mrs Sartoris is a provincial German woman, a bourgeois wife and mother. Yet she harbours secrets and enmities which have been simmering since her teenage rejection by a well-born lover. She is calculating, narcissistic, passionate and deadly, but remains within a grey, conventional existence.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Faber & Faber (first published 2000)
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"It didn't require much courage, but more than I had."

Nearly finished and very anxious to see how she wraps up this fucking fantastic book. There's a major plot tangent that she's left hanging, and I have to see how she handles it before I can pass final judgment.

Overall this is a super-concentrated, perfectly written novel. She's given herself 143 pages and because of that she does not dicker around, which is not to suggest that it's fast-paced; rather, it's perfectly paced, as befits the story
Nov 26, 2013 Vishy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Elke Schmitter’s ‘Mrs.Sartoris’ through a friend's review of it.

‘Mrs.Sartoris’ is narrated by Margarethe, a forty-year old woman, who is the Mrs.Sartoris of the title. She is married to Ernst and has a teenage daughter, Daniela. The whole book has two story strands. In the first of them, which starts the book, Margarethe talks about how one evening it was raining and she was driving and she saw a man in front of her trying to cross the road and deliberately hit him and killed him o
Хасан Жамус
I really enjoyed this book. i read it on a holiday in an afternoon, and it's a really good choice for a quick read for a holiday. Although i didn't like the last 10 pages of the book, but the overall however is very powerful and the story totally pulls you in it.
Kris McCracken
Two books to have a look at this Good Friday (not a bad day weather-wise). The first is German author Elke Schmitter's Mrs Sartoris. A subtle, but very dark, novel that explores the life of an ordinary - but spurned - titular character. For a text that revolves around the boredom of suburban life in a small German city, it is surprisingly engaging.

As an exploration of marriage, motherhood, sensuality and bourgeois morality in the post-war period, this is a well-composed and balanced novel about
Mar 29, 2014 Supneet rated it really liked it
Very good novel. Not lengthy, finished in a day.
Dec 24, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Good. Short. Somewhat strange.
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