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message 1: by Janet M (last edited Mar 19, 2018 06:31PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Janet M (pianogal) | 10 comments Re The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, I have copy of front and back inside flaps (with book summary) from book jacket of original 1955 version which were pasted inside my library book; I assume because the rest of the jacket was destroyed.
How can I put that blurb on goodreads? It is much more descriptive of the story than what the cover of the newest paperback shows.
Thank you!
Janet M

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Melanie (mvalente89) | 1757 comments If you post the description here in a comment, a librarian can add it to the book record.

message 3: by Janet M (last edited Mar 19, 2018 06:27PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Janet M (pianogal) | 10 comments The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

[From original book jacket inside flaps, 1955]

The world is full of Judith Hearnes, people who for one reason or another never make the frontal attack on life. Sometimes they are men, sometimes they are women, but always they are waiting: waiting for Mr. or Miss Right to round the corner; waiting for someone to offer them a better job; waiting for someone else to suggest a diversion.

Sometimes, like Judith Hearne, they grow tired of waiting. In her lonely forties, Judith clutches at the last lights of her spinster’s existence in a cheap roominghouse – the landlady’s American brother, religion, and whiskey. In her mirror, Judith’s plainness turns to beauty; her timidity becomes conversational brilliance; distinguished people like her company; men find themselves violently, too violently, attracted; James Madden, the landlady’s brother, wishes to marry her. The tight-lipped inhabitants of her Belfast boardinghouse raise prudish eyebrows. Other antics between the landlady’s overgrown schoolboy son and a maid disturb their complacency.

The story of Judith Hearne could have been made into one of shallow comedy or of tearful sentimentality. Brian Moore chose neither course in writing "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne". Instead, he produced a portrait of a person who, for all her self-delusion and weakness, her foolish fear of being thought improper, nevertheless retains true dignity. She even acquires a kind of grandeur when, summoning all her meager courage and relinquishing her pride, she makes a last great effort to establish a link of communication and love with someone else, man or God.

The Belfast in which she moves, its dingy landmarks, its boardinghouse life, is powerfully recreated. One feels it as one feels the Dublin of Joyce’s short stories. Here is a novel of uninhibited clarity of vision, rich humor, and above all, compassion.

Janet M (pianogal) | 10 comments Melanie wrote: "If you post the description here in a comment, a librarian can add it to the book record."

Thanks for your help, Melanie!

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Melanie (mvalente89) | 1757 comments Added description to 1955 edition.

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