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Faster! Faster!

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
'Faster! Faster!' is a novel that tells of the mid-life crisis of Claudia Winsloe, who finds herself trapped by the dual responsibilities of her career and her family. The harder she pushes herself the more she becomes out of touch and increasingly isolated.
ebook, 324 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader (first published 1936)
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Pru Sly
Having read "The Diary of a Provincial Lady" more than 50 times since I was a teenager, I recently decided to explore more of E.M. Delafield's work.

Whilst not exactly disappointed in the two of her books I have since read (this being one of them), I can't avoid thinking how out of character "The Diary of a Provincial Lady" seems to have been.

This book however deals primarily with self-delusion in a fairly extreme form. The main character is utterly unaware of the effect of her constant perceived
Gareth Evans
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some respects it is perhaps a little odd to give 5 stars to an unremarkable and largely forgotten novel. Not to do so would be to underestimate the skill and craft that has gone into this post-Great War melodrama. The way in which the focus of the narrative shifts from character to character never losing the focus on the key protagonist is especially clever. This is a subtle and entertaining novel which has been executed with great skill.
I found this one in hard cover (I think 1st Amer ed) after reading several other Delafield works when I was on a kick. I read it some years ago, so I'm not real clear on specific details any more, except for the disastrous event that forms the pivot in the middle of the book. It's kind of a cautionary tale about speeding through life too quickly to relax and smell the flowers... and about how someone else might have to pick up the pieces after you.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating document -- really damning portrait of a woman who not only does it all for her family (sole breadwinner, caring parent, patient spouse) but has the gall to be proud of her achievements. She certainly gets her comeuppance in the end. Really makes me wonder what E. M. Delafield would have written if she'd been around today.
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Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, née de la Pasture (9 June 1890 – 2 December 1943), commonly known as E. M. Delafield, was a prolific English author who is best-known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper-middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a Devon village of the 1930s, and its sequels in which the Provincial La ...more
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