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Book Title: Casualties Of Peace|
The author of the book: Edna O'Brien
Edition: Jonathan Cape
Date of issue: 1966
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Well this was a quare little book, the story of an emotionally bruised and battered young woman, an artist who works in glass. No coincidence that Willa's medium is as brittle and fragile as her emotional state. She shares a house (somewhere in Britain) with an Irish labourer and his wife—Tom and Patsy—who provide domestic services and security as well as some companionship in return for free rent. But all is not well in this self-created dysfunctional "family": Willa is having an "affair" (of sorts, as she's a technical virgin) with a married Jamaican fellow; Patsy is having an affair with ginger-headed Ron; and Tom is clue-less. How could it be well? On the verge of walking out of her marriage, Patsy's raunchy "love" missives to Ron are discovered, and all hell (aka Tom) breaks loose.
Written in the mid-'60s, after The Country Girls trilogy and August is a Wicked Month, the text, structure and plotting of the book are what may once have been called "experimental". While still exploring her early themes of female alienation and sexual repression, O'Brien's style in this slender volume reminded me of Elfrida Jelinek's work. Take that as a warning, if you will. I'm not sure if the book is still in print; I bought it at a second-hand shop on Fourth Avenue. The cover price of the Penguin paperback was 60p.
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Read information about the authorEdna O’Brien (b. 1930), an award-winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light of Evening (2006). O’Brien lives in London.
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