In 2006, David Hare wrote that "Pinter regularly offers actors what will become the opportunities of a lifetime: to Meryl Streep, obviously, in The French Lieutenant's Woman; to Peter Finch and Anne Bancroft in one of the most over-looked of all British films, The Pumpkin Eater; and, unforgettably, to Dirk Bogarde, both in Accident and The Servant. Her marriage is a wreck and she’s discovered that having one child after another hasn’t given her the fulfilling life she wanted. I had been aware of this novel for years, but really can’t think why I haven’t read it till now. An inability to develop into a fully actualized human pushes a woman into an endless string of pregnancies and half-wanted children and, ultimately, insanity. It also depicts anxiety and depression and what it is to be a woman, aside from being a wife and a mother, aside from bearing children, what happens when you no longer feel like you are succeeding at this? This was…peculiar. The Armitages live in the city, but they are building a great glass tower in the country in which to settle down and live happily ever after. The worries, the anger, the stress she feels is all familiar. Unlike the - otherwise excellent - film version which was scripted by Harold Pinter and is consistently downbeat, in her book Mortimer allows the authorial voice to add her sense of irony and sly self-deprecation to modulate the conversations and narrative. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. . The question of Jo's fertility is first broached by her psychiatrist. I'm wary as the next man of over-sentimental, over-dramatic, over-personal semi-autobiographical novels, but this one is funny and upsetting at the same time, w. I found this book to be pretty amazing. A companion to Mortimer's slightly earlier novel Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (re-issued by Persephone Books) which is also highly recommended. But could that dream be nothing more than a sentimental delusion? I reread Penelope Mortimer's 1962 novella. The Pumpkin Eater is a surreal black comedy about the wages of adulthood and the pitfalls of parenthood. What, I wondered, could the wife of such a philanderer have to say beyond bean-spilling and bitter recrimination? The used book was in fine shape. Please try again. The Pumpkin Eater is a 1964 British drama film starring Anne Bancroft as an unusually fertile woman, and Peter Finch as her philandering husband. The following morning, Jake and their children arrive at the windmill with food. I had been aware of this novel for years, but really can’t think why I haven’t read it till now. Jake reacts irrationally and unconvincingly to Jo's questioning after the children tell her the woman fainted into Jake's arms. Quite an odd book, but I really enjoyed it.
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