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Mrs. Sartoris

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  5 reviews
An explosive first novel–Madame Bovary set in modern Germany–about a wife and mother whose failed love affairs have driven her to the edge of sanity, and to a startling attempt at vindication.

After being jilted by a rich boyfriend, Margaret Sartoris, eighteen and heartbroken, throws herself into a comfortable but stifling marriage to Ernst, a war veteran with a penchant fo
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Hardcover, 143 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2000)
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Evan
"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
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Vishy
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
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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
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Supneet
Very good novel. Not lengthy, finished in a day.
Carolyn
Good. Short. Somewhat strange.
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