[Reading] ➶ A Quiet Life ➽ Natasha Walter – Anguillais.us

A Quiet Life A Double Life Is No Life At All.Since The Disappearance Of Her Husband In 1951, Laura Leverett Has Been Living In Limbo With Her Daughter In Geneva All Others See Is Her Conventional, Charming Exterior Nobody Guesses The Secret She Is Carrying.Her Double Life Began Years Ago, When She Stepped On To The Boat Which Carried Her Across The Atlantic In 1939 Eager To Learn, And Eager To Love, She Found Herself Suddenly Inspired By A Young Communist Woman She Met On The Boat In London She Begins To Move Between Two Different Worlds From The Urbane Society Of Her Cousins And Their Upper Class Friends, To The Anger Of Those Who Want To Forge A New Society One Night At A Party She Meets A Man Who Seems To Her To Combine Both Worlds, But Who Is Hiding A Secret Bigger Than She Could Ever Imagine.Impelled By Desire, She Finds Herself Caught Up In His Hidden Life Love Grows, But So Do Fear And Danger This Is The Warm Blooded Story Of The Cold War The Story Of A Wife Whose Part Will Take Her From London In The Blitz, To Washington At The Height Of McCarthyism, To The Possible Haven Of The English Countryside Gradually She Learns What Is At Stake For Herself, Her Husband, And Her Daughter Gradually She Realises The Dark Consequences Of Her Youthful Idealism.Sweeping And Exhilarating, Alive With Passion And Betrayal, A Quiet Life Is The First Novel From A Brilliant New Voice In British Fiction.

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➶ A Quiet Life ➽ Natasha Walter – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    The author has written a detailed historical story about double lives and spying Clearly a lot of meticulous research has gone into it and it draws on a number of real life cases In 1939, Laura moves to England from the United States Over time, she acquires a secretive life and she has the perfect character to do so She is a buttoned down personality who easily takes on the layers of secrecy required It is a well plotted novel that has exquisite descriptions You get a real feel of the fear The author has written a detailed historical...


  2. says:

    2.5 5The attempted integration of a narrative heavy on espionage, wartime romance, and marital strife with the predominant theme, social constraints on women in the mid 20th century, doesn t work well here Perhaps Walter, author of two quite successful books on feminism, was overly concerned about being too discursive or didactic in addressing her concerns With the upshot being that she kits out the story in a lot of cliched material, loses sight of character d...


  3. says:

    I was surprised and intrigued to see that the feminist and humanitarian Natasha Walter who previously only wrote nonfiction has published her first novel The blurb for A Quiet Life explains how it s about a female spy during WWII and I wasn t sure how a thrilling plot like this would work alongside the author s compelling ideas about feminism As it turns out, the main character Laura is not a feminist or especially an intellectual She doesn t become a political subversive and spy delivering I was surprised and intrigued to see that the feminist and humanitarian Natasha Walter who previously only wrote nonfiction has publishe...


  4. says:

    SPIES, amirite It s all poison tipped umbrellas and silly wigs Er, well A Quiet Life is asubtle portrayal of mid 20th century spying, focusing on the psychological toll of secrecy and the everyday social manipulations that, I imagine, were the reality for most Soviet spies in the West.It was these social manipulations that I loved most within the novel the small changes in personality that protagonist and spy Laura would use to exert information from people Haven t we all wondered ho SPIES, amirite It s all poison tipped umbrellas and silly wigs Er, well A Quiet Life is asubtle portrayal of mid 20th century spying, focusing on the psychological toll of secrecy and the everyday social manipulations that, I imagine, were the reality for most Soviet spies in the West.It was these social manipulations that I loved most within the novel the small changes in personality that protagonist and spy Laura would use to exert information from people Haven t we all wondered how others see us This is the ...


  5. says:

    I found this novel to be a definite page turner The characters were interesting, the action engrossing There were many things I liked about it one, the author tells the story without judgment or taking sides two, I found it intriguing that violence and abuse in the protagonist s history was vaguely hinted at without being explicitly stated or described It struck me as a look into the life of someone like spies, undercover operators, et al who has to live a lie and the terrible toll it c I found this novel to be a definite page turner The characters were interesting, the action engrossing There were many things I liked about it one, the author tells the story without judgment or taking sides two, ...


  6. says:

    Ambitious Eric Ambler meets Curtis Sittenfeld thing, with all the difficult bits spy novels miss out motherhood, emotions other than tense plus all the difficult bits non spy novels miss out spying.


  7. says:

    I really loved the cover of this book but unfortunately the story did not live up to expectations The story was very slow, with far too many domestic details and very little of the spying A real disappointment.


  8. says:

    V slow Wasn t engaging Disappointed.


  9. says:

    So far the first 50 pages are disappointing Slow and overly descriptive, a polemical agenda clearly being pushed, not hugely atmospheric of the time nor is there much narrative tension and the characterisation of Laura feels a bit weak I m beginning to skim read already Lovely cover though I will keep trying for a while longer mainly because I read a review somewhere that it begins to pick up later on, hope it does s...


  10. says:

    I have not read either of Natasha Walker s non fiction books, but her articles are pertinent, concise and incisive, so it was a disappointment that her debut novel is none of those things It is the story of a woman caught up in espionage and left wing politics from 1939 to 1953 and the effect of keeping parts of her life secret Everyone assumes Laura is an innocent dupe, unable to understand what is going on she isn t From Laura s first arrival at no identifiable UK port the closest perhaps I have not read either of Natasha Walker s non fiction books, but her articles are pertinent, ...

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