4cats's Reviews > The Librarian
Oct 31, 2018
This is the first time I've read Sally Vickers and I must say I really enjoyed it. On the surface this is a novel set in 1950's Britain about a young woman who becomes a Children's Librarian, she moves to a small town, gets involved with a married man and more importantly becomes involved in the lives of her neighbours. However, this novel is really about the love of books, the importance of reading, the importance of libraries (and how the Tory Government has destroyed this socially important institution), it is a commentary upon how society was changing at the end of the 50's, young women had the opportunity to work, working class children had the opportunity to go to Grammar school and go on to higher education. So reviewers didn't like her portrayal of some of the central characters, however I think they are there to highlight the double standards and attitudes that existed at the time.
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