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Private Life

por Jane Smiley

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Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post-Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He's the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer, a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret's mother calls the match "a piece of luck".… (mais)
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A repressed woman, Margaret early, whose character reminds me of Isabel Archer in Henry James' novel, "Portrait of a Lady", her husband, Captain Early, a self- prescribed genius, and in some ways similar to Gilbert Osmond of the aforementioned book, and in contrast to Margaret is Dora, a female novelist, whose character is similar to Henrietta Stackpole of Portrait of a Lady.

Am I the only one who sees these parallels in between the books? Yes, the story lines differ, as do the settings, but the theme of conflict between the protagonist desire for individual freedom and social custom are the same.

I enjoyed the book immensely. The plot of the book unfolds like an onion, although a bit slowly. The focus on minute details adds to the feeling of the mundaneness of Margaret's life, but this adds to the sense of frustration she feels as a human being stuck within a marriage that she eventually sees as daily torture.
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  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
In a fit of desperation, Margaret Mayfield weds an eccentric scientist. As her husband's obsessions with science take a darker turn on the eve of World War II, Margaret is forced to consider the life she has so carefully constructed.
  JRCornell | Dec 7, 2018 |
This book is the story of Margaret Mayfield who as an older woman (27) marries Andrew Early a peculiar man who is an astronomer and Navy captain. It is set during the time of approximately 1883 to 1942. The marriage takes her from St. Louis, Missouri to California. Her life is certainly one of private thoughts and she never becomes her own person until the end of the book. It seems that from the time of her marriage and throughout her life she is too accepting of everything. This type of life could be typical of the woman of that time period.
It seemed to be well researched for historical accuracy and touched on many of the issues facing the populace during that time period. I personally didn't care for the pace of the book. And I found it difficult to relate to Margaret's demure character. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
Again, this is probably one I would've given a 3.5 stars. I'm getting a little tired of these measly three...

Anyway, this book was...sort of odd. Very slow paced, character-driven novel about one women in the late 19th century and the bigger-than-life man she married. My biggest beef with the story was that I never really got a feel for the woman until the last quarter of the book. Granted, that was probably the point. The story was really about Margaret and Andrew's marriage, and all the restrictions placed on her by the culture, family expectations, and even what she let herself fall victim to. The husband, Andrew, is never abusive, but his personality dominates everything, including the story itself. And it ends so abruptly. Really extraordinary writing, though. Not sure I really liked the characters. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
1890 — WWII
women's life — sad things she accepted like a branch in the wind / Brilliant mad husband

Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post–Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer—a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret's mother calls the match "a piece of luck."

Margaret is a good girl who has been raised to marry, yet Andrew confounds her expectations from the moment their train leaves for his naval base in faraway California. Soon she comes to understand that his devotion to science leaves precious little room for anything, or anyone, else. When personal tragedies strike and when national crises envelop the country, Margaret stands by her husband. But as World War II approaches, Andrew's obsessions take a different, darker turn, and Margaret is forced to reconsider the life she has so carefully constructed.
  christinejoseph | Aug 1, 2017 |
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While not all marriages are as suffocating as Margaret Early’s, the novel reminds us that, for many, that holy sacrament was, and continues to be, a matter of solemn duty and agonising boredom'. Photograph: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

In these too public times, the notion of a private life seems both desirable and strangely exotic, but for the unhappy wife in Jane Smiley's brilliant new book, it is something altogether different. Thinking – but, characteristically, not talking, even to her dearest friend – about her relationship with her husband, Margaret Early comes to the conclusion that "their lives were mostly private now, lived side by side as necessary, but whatever there had been for them both . . . had dissipated the way certain qualities of light did."
adicionada por AlexDraven | editarGuardian, John Burnside (May 22, 2010)
 
Smiley plays these scenes out gradually, finessing the increments that build domestic anxiety to extend and enrich her central concern: a fully fleshed portrait of the conflicted loyalties of a woman raised to be a submissive wife, a constant support to her husband.
 
Ms. Smiley traces this change with such skill that reading about it becomes ever more gripping as her novel takes readers closer to that day at the racecourse. The author also follows "Middlemarch" in evoking a particular place at a particular time. She describes America as it pulled out of the Civil War into the Gilded Age, and then slid through blinding overconfidence into recession and a second all-consuming war.
adicionada por AlexDraven | editarWashington Times, Claire Hopley (May 14, 2010)
 
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Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post-Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He's the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer, a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret's mother calls the match "a piece of luck".

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