All Passion Spent

All Passion Spent

eBook - 2017
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"Irreverently funny and surprisingly moving, All Passion Spent is the story of a woman who discovers who she is just before it is too late. After the death of elder statesman Lord Slane--a former prime minister of Great Britain and viceroy of India--everyone assumes that his eighty-eight-year-old widow will slowly fade away in her grief, remaining as proper, decorative, and dutiful as she has been her entire married life. But the deceptively gentle Lady Slane has other ideas. First she defies the patronizing meddling of her children and escapes to a rented house in Hampstead. There, to her offspring's utter amazement, she revels in her new freedom, recalls her youthful ambitions, and gathers some very unsuitable companions--who reveal to her just how much she had sacrificed under the pressure of others' expectations"--
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2017.
Edition: First Vintage classics edition.
ISBN: 9780525433989
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 01, 2019

This must be one of the first feminist books written, very emotional for me. The main character gave up her dreams of being an artist when she got married and had children and subsumed all her natural wants for those of her family. She was never really happy but knew that in early 1900's that was what was expected of her what she could realistically expect from her life. After her husband dies, she deliberately moves away from her adult children, tells them she doesn't want them or god forbid! her grandchildren and great-grandchildren bothering her. Then she lives a life where she determines her schedule, activity, who she wants to socialize with and has plenty of time to think about her life. Some very interesting things pop into her life to amuse her and test her and allow her to fulfill the last few years of her life. This book is enjoyable but must be read slowly so you can think along with her and examine your own life, are you living life on your own terms or that of society?

Oct 05, 2017

This wonderful book was recommended to me by a friend who loved it and I recommended it to another friend who loved it. There is so much philosophy and so much knowledge about the way that women can get lost and then found in life. I highly recommend it, especially to women.


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