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message 1: by Nigeyb (last edited Feb 05, 2017 07:44AM) (new)

Nigeyb | 3787 comments Mod
I just read a very tempting article about 'The World my Wilderness' by Rose Macaulay on the London fictions website which inspired me to start this thread, and read the book.

Here's the article...

Here's the opening paragraph..

Rose Macaulay (1881—1958) published her penultimate novel, The World My Wilderness, in 1950, at the age of sixty-nine; yet she chose to place an adolescent at the centre of her narrative. This anticipates Colin MacInnes’ decision, in Absolute Beginners (1959), to explore a teenage perspective upon London, although if we examine the novels alongside each other, the gulf between them—in terms of characterization, atmosphere and cultural context—is striking. Where MacInnes portrays a late-fifties world in which the teenager represents a new Britain, consumerist, sexually liberated, scornful of traditional social divisions, and multicultural, Macaulay’s heroine, Barbary, is burdened by the trauma of the war (the novel is set in 1946). She can be seen as an embodiment of fears that are characteristic of the wealthier classes she comes from: that the war has destroyed deferential social structures which previously maintained order; that the new ‘post-war settlement’ will give the working classes a far stronger voice and influence than ever before.

Anyone read this?

Or anything else by Rose Macaulay?

'The World my Wilderness' by Rose Macaulay

It is 1946 and the people of France and England are facing the aftermath of the war. Banished by her beautiful, indolent mother to England, Barbary Deniston is thrown into the care of her distinguished father and conventional stepmother. Having grown up in the sunshine of Provence, allowed to run wild with the Maquis, experienced collaboration, betrayal and death, Barbary finds it hard to adjust to the drab austerity of postwar London life.

Confused and unhappy, she discovers one day the flowering wastes around St Paul's. Here, in the bombed heart of London, she finds an echo of the wilderness of Provence and is forced to confront the wilderness within herself.

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Andrew Mackay | 84 comments It is indeed a wonderful novel, and it successor, Macaulay's final novel "The Towers of Tebizond" is a masterpiece. Some of her much earlier novels like "Orphan Island" are also hugely enjoyable.

message 3: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 3787 comments Mod
Thanks for your encouraging words Andrew

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