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The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska

The Orchard

by Drusilla Modjeska

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This is a beautifully written, wise and complex book. I read it with my Book Club last year, and then went out and bought my own copy - it will be one of the few books that I shall read a second time. Truly unique, she interweaves fact with fiction, essays with storytelling, biography with intellectual and feminist theory. Covering areas such as identity, adultery, solitude, education and autonomy, it is not an easy read; but definitely worth the effort. ( )
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The stories included in this volume are meditations on adultery, girlhood, blindness, solitude, complicity and the choices women make. Through them the author examines the questions of being both a creative soul and a woman.
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"A beautifully written narrative, turning on the stories of four women at different ages, and through their self-analysis, the story of many more."

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Adultery, sight and the fear of blindness; hands, girlhood, paintings and gardens - these images and memories float moodily together, as much fiction as fact, telling the stories of the women that inhabit this narrative. The women, from the fifteenth century to the present, reveal their universal struggle to attain independance and fulfilment, in worlds of real and imagined danger.… (more)

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