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What Does Mrs. Freeman Want?

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  8 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
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Christiana Hadji
Mια καυτή καλοκαιρινή μέρα ο αφηγητής της ιστορίας, ο Πέτρος (Αμπατζόγλου;) ξαπλωμένος σε μια παραλία της Άνδρου, ζαβλακωμένος από το πολύ ούζο και τις δροσερές βουτιές στο νερό, πιάνει ψιλή κουβέντα με την (ανώνυμη) κοπέλα του. Για κάποιον λόγο φέρνει στο μυαλό του την κυρία Φρίμαν, μια ηλικιωμένη Αγγλίδα κυρία που κάποτε του είχε εξομολογηθεί την ιστορία της ζωής της: από την γνωριμία της με τον καθηγητή της γλωσσολογίας, την περιόδο του φλερτ και τον γάμο τους, μέχρι την ασθένεια και το άδοξο ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Lucy Somerhalder
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up in the library on a whim cos it was short and I quite liked the cover. And what a little gem it turned out to be! Full of sex and dishonesty and games and loneliness and all that other stuff that makes for a great read.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: greek, european
Disappointing, especially given the good reviews I'd read about it. Boring story told by boring narrator. Also yet another book that really misunderstands what linguistics is. One of the main characters is supposed to be a professor of linguistics, but the author is confusing etymology and semiotics for linguistics. (Of course, some linguists do study those topics, but linguistics is far more than that.) It's hard to get into a book that gets so much wrong about its setting and characters.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Ένα υπέροχα γλυκό ερωτικό αφήγημα, πασπαλισμένο με ούζο, φύκια και με λανθάνουσα αγάπη για το φαγητό. Η ίδια η αφήγηση είναι ισχυρότερη της ιδεάς ή της ιστορίας.
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