The Millstone review ✓ 103



10 thoughts on “The Millstone

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    A “millstone around your neck” It’s a common enough idiom meaning a heavy burden weighing you down; inescapable and probably self inflicted It comes from the Holy Bible Matthew 186 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones who

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    Seen as a crucial novel on feminism and motherhood during the British 60s The Millstone is told in the first person by Rosamund Stacey a well brought up Londoner and well educated daughter of middle class socialists She is working on a PhD at the start of the novel and her sentences reflect her brainbox intelligent fluent and meaningful but there’s also a shy stiffness in them too She was once told that sex i

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    This is the story of a young academic in the mid 1960s who finds herself accidentally pregnant and singleI first read this

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    I have wanted to read this for years but was alwasys hoping that one day I would find it in a library to save me buying it When I discovered that King's College's library had fiction this was one of the first books I found and how g

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    For a book written as long ago as 1965 this story of an intelligent single woman who finds herself pregnant is su

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    This was just an ok read for me; I found it very dated although can imagine that it raised a few eyebrows in its day

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    I think I'm among the few who read this and got upset with the ending While the novel is readable and at least for the four fifths of its lengt

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    “My career has always been marked by a strange mixture of confidence and cowardice almost one might say made by it” Rosamund Stacey is an unmarried academically brilliant young woman living rent free in her parent’s

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    For my full review main awareness of Margaret Drabble has always been that she is the sister of AS Byatt who wrote Possession one of my very favourite books and that the pair of them have had some sort of long running fe

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    London in the early 1960s is a place where casual sex is becoming acceptable but having a child out of wedlock is not Twenty six year old scholar and doctoral student Rosamund Stacey is dating two men whose company she enjoys but she’s really not interested in getting physical with either one She interested in Elizabethan poets and her academic career Then a chance meeting with a likable radio announcer leads to an invitation to

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summary ß eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Margaret Drabble

By motherhood'Rosamund is marvellous a true Drabble heroine what spirit is here' Sunday Times'One of our foremost women writers' Guardian'The novelist who will have done for late twentieth century London what Dickens did for Victorian London' The New York Time. I think I m among the few who read this and got upset with the ending While the novel is readable and at least for the four fifths of its length manages to be largely inoffensive for such a subject single motherhood in the 60s it ends with the kind of run of the mill writing one associates with Mills and Boon romances Rosamund Stacey the Cambridge postgraduate is so bland one can hardly associate her with anything concerning gasp sexuality Somehow she manages to beget an illegitimate child with a man who has as much debonair charm as Mr Ronald MacDonald I won t give the ending away except to say that it reads like a meretricious pretence to profundity And this book is said to be amongst Drabble s best I think I can safely chuck her with the likes of Barbara Cartland

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A celebration of the drama and intensity of the mother child relationship published as a Penguin Essential for the first timeIt is the Swinging Sixties and Rosamund Stacey is young and inexperienced at a time when sexual liberation is well on its way She concea. This is the story of a young academic in the mid 1960s who finds herself accidentally pregnant and singleI first read this covertly in my early teens having been shocked to find it on my very conservative mother s shelves I remember being very moved by it though too naive and inexperienced to relate to much of it Nearly 30 years and one planned child later I found it an excellent piece of writing albeit for somewhat different reasonsTimes may have changed in terms of the social acceptability of single parenthood but it all rings very true for its time and many of her feelings around the time of the birth are pretty universalIt is a good mix of funny thoughtful and sad and avoids moralising sentimentality or tidy plottingIt is interesting to compare it with Lynne Reid Banks The L Shaped Room which is a similar situation written and set at roughly the same time my review HERE and also McEwan s On Chesil Beach my review HERE which is a very different story but which also features a woman struggling with sexual intimacy against the zeitgeist of the swinging 60s

summary ß eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Margaret Drabble

Ls her ignorance beneath a show of independence and becomes pregnant as a result of a one night stand Although single parenthood is still not socially acceptable she chooses to have the baby rather than to seek an illegal abortion and finds her life transformed. This was just an ok read for me I found it very dated although can imagine that it raised a few eyebrows in its day