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Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
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Apr 20, 2008

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bookshelves: virago, british-literature, authors-cd, 2008-read

This 1950 novel (republished by Virago) is the story of a naïve girl who marries and is plunged into a life of poverty. It's funny but sad, full of sensuous details of smell, touch, and taste, and often very distressing (the description of Sophia's first childbirth is simply horrifying). I generally liked it and would read more by Comyns. My problem with it, though, was that I liked Sophia so much that I wanted her to have a happy ending, but the one Comyns provides comes out of nowhere and so failed to convince me. It's clearly meant to be a sort of rags-to-riches fairy tale ending, but it just felt like an easy fix.
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Started Reading
April 19, 2008 – Finished Reading
April 20, 2008 – Shelved
April 20, 2008 – Shelved as: virago
April 20, 2008 – Shelved as: british-literature
January 16, 2012 – Shelved as: authors-cd
July 7, 2017 – Shelved as: 2008-read

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