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Women by Mihail Sebastian, John Banville

Women

Mihail Sebastian, John Banville

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1 review

Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 28 May 2020
ISBN: 9780241442906
4 stars out of 5
7 Jan 2021

"the collection feels fully coherent by the end"

Perhaps, though, the unkindness in his descriptions is an effort to soften up the reader, as Emilie’s story manages to acquire a tragic grandeur, incorporating birth, marriage and death within its skimpy extent. That, together with the more traditional narrative arc here than in the first story, shows us the first signs of Sebastian’s larger plan: to show love from all angles, not just in subject but in structure. First close up, then at a distance.

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