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An Innocent Gentleman

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Henry and Muriel's life on the new estate is relatively harmonious, despite the vulgar neighbours (the Tonkettes), the Second World War and the regular Sunday visits from Muriel's mother (who believes her daughter has married far below her station).

The accidental(?) appearance of Mr Hawthorne - Muriel's student - at their house one Sunday afternoon brings unexpected uphea
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Hardcover, 257 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Viking (first published 2001)
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Lisa
Sep 08, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
In a Jolley novel, every character, every plot development, every page is what it seems, and yet not what it seems. An Innocent Gentleman seems at first such a simple story, mere domestic happenings against a backdrop of WW2 which seems remote and irrelevant. But then the oddity of events piles up, and the irony of the title provokes one puzzle after another. Who can the innocent gentleman be if it certainly isn’t Mr Hawthorn? Is anybody innocent in this complex web of relationships, seemingly p ...more
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May 27, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
An odd, but sort of enjoyable book, set in 2nd World War English midlands, about the relationship between a married couple and an older 'gentleman'. Written in an unusal manner. Initially referring to 'the husband' and 'the wife'. Probably lots of symbolism that I missed, and got to the end wondering what it was really about.
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Monica Elizabeth Jolley was an award-winning writer who settled in Western Australia in the late 1950s. She was 53 years old when her first book was published, and she went on to publish fifteen novels (including an autobiographical trilogy), four short story collections, and three non-fiction books, publishing well into her 70s and achieving significant critical acclaim. She was also a pioneer of ...more
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