The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

Book - 1996
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By the author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, winner of the 1993 Booker Prize, this is the life history of Paula Spencer - her contented childhood, her romance with Charlo, and her sad marriage. It is the story of a working class woman in her 30s who is both vulnerable and strong.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 1996
ISBN: 9780224042727
Branch Call Number: DOYLE
Characteristics: 226 p


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Paula Spencer is an a working class Dublin office cleaner who looks back on her relationship with her late abusive husband.

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Jun 30, 2015

Such a sad tale but really gives a glimmer of understanding on why women put up with violence. Well-written but hard to read. Only a little hope offered at the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

Step into the mind, body and soul of Paula. This book is written with simplicity yet takes the reader through the complexity of a woman's dark life. The most amazing aspect of this woman's story is that it is written by a man.

debwalker Nov 26, 2010

J. K. Rowling: "It is the most remarkable book. Roddy Doyle gets inside the head of his character so utterly, so completely. I don't think I've ever encountered such a believable, fully rounded female character from any other heterosexual male writer in any age. I should emphasize that I would feel the same way about the book if it had been written by a woman; I would still think it was the most remarkable achievement. But when I sit back and think, 'A man wrote this?'—phenomenal. He has created a woman who, you imagine, will go to the bathroom and defecate. He also leaves her with her dignity, even though what she's going through is a horrific thing. And he does it all in such a subtle way. I do think he's a genius. His dialogue is irreproachable. And your're totally drawn into his books. I'm very passionate about Roddy Doyle, and I've never met him, which is a frustration to me."

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