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The Pure Gold Baby Jessica Speight a young anthropology student in s London is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother Anna is a pur

  • Title: The Pure Gold Baby
  • Author: Margaret Drabble
  • ISBN: 9780544158900
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Pure Gold Baby By Margaret Drabble, Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, wJessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble s characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit.Drabble once wrote, Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary it is, perpetually, a dangerous place Told from the point of view of the group of mothers who surround Jess, The Pure Gold Baby is a brilliant, prismatic novel that takes us into that place with satiric verve, trenchant commentary, and a movingly intimate story of the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.

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    1. somehow, this is my very first margaret drabble novel i knowd while i can look at it objectively and see the strength of its craft, it never really grabbed me as a reader part of that is due to the shape of the book it is ostensibly about jess and her pure gold, developmentally disabled baby anna, but it is told at a remove, through a friend of jess named nellie nellie seems to have quite a lot of access to jess and her thoughts and actions, but still at the end of the day there is a barrier bet [...]

    2. There are two kinds of rambling I have come across in literature the good kind of rambling wherein the narrator jumps from one topic to another quite abruptly, dwelling on one subject for a good many number of pages before attempting to make a point of some sort and succeeding in that endeavour And the bad kind of rambling wherein a reader realizes, with a growing certainty, that the author s intention has been merely to dawdle and haphazardly branch out into topics with little to no substantial [...]

    3. Even minor Drabble is still Drabble The exquisite delineation of character, s, setting and nuance is still there, as is the deft taking of the long view showing how things have changed, or not, in recent human history And that Drabble specialty that I love the magpie like picking up of broad and assorted bits of knowledge here, twinned themes of explorers missionaries and the changing characterization and treatment of humans who deviate from the norm, whether it be physical, mental or psychologi [...]

    4. Some of the writing in this stops me in my tracks because it is so beautiful or so utterly apt a description Here is one example It was one of those grey monochrome February days when the road and the skies flatten and join and spread to a discouraging infinity The story is told from the point of view of Nellie who is friend to Jess As a result of her affair in the 1960s with a married man, her professor, Jess becomes pregnant and ends up single parent to Anna But Anna is not the same as other c [...]

    5. Story with an AgendaI love Margaret Drabble I didn t love Pure Gold Baby It s about a mother daughter relationship beginning in the 60 s Jessica is a professional woman and unmarried when she has Anna which was unusual at the time Also unusual is that she doesn t immediately reveal who Anna s father is and seems to delight in single parenthood And then there s Anna s situation She s mentally challenged Drabble uses this to explore the history of mental health care in Britain beginning with the 6 [...]

    6. This is my first Drabble and I am disappointed I have had her on my to read list for a while and was excited to pick this up off the e shelf while browsing the other day didn t even need to use e reserve And after having just finished Lessing s The Fifth Child interested to see that Drabble mentions Lessing in this novel and says that Lessing had a mentally handicapped child, this is trivia of which I had not been previously aware , the topic seemed relevant Unfortunately, I was not impressed Th [...]

    7. It s quite a while since I read a Margaret Drabble book and I d forgotten just what a good writer she is, and with this her latest novel she s certainly on top form Jessica Speight is a young anthropology student in 1960s London, all set for a successful career, when an affair with her professor leads to an unwanted pregnancy The arrival of Anna inevitably transforms her life, the so as Anna is a special baby, a pure gold baby , a child who makes particular demands and who brings both much joy [...]

    8. Publicado en lecturaylocura la nina de La ni a de oro puro de Margaret Drabble Secretos de vidaSiempre es de agradecer que alguien se atreva a publicar algo distinto en el mercado editorial tan previsible en ocasiones tal es el caso de la ltima novela de la escritora inglesa Margaret Drabble, hermana peque a de la grand sima A.S Byatt, y a n menos conocido que esta por aqu de hecho si busc is libros suyos solo podr is encontrar, posiblemente, La piedra de moler, una obra temprana que public Alba [...]

    9. A beautifully written book but somehow a little unsatisfying, indeed perhaps deliberately so.The main character Jess gives up her anthropology career to care for her child with development problems the Golden Baby Anna She instead becomes, as another character describes her, a social anthropologist of the area of North London in which she lives And the best part of the books is Margaret Drabble s observations as told through the narrator and indirectly Jess of the changing life in London over th [...]

    10. Wanna know the best way to land on my one star list Easy Just take a subject that s near and dear to me e.g the parenting of special needs children , title your book with something catchy like The Pure Gold Baby to fish in suckers like me who think they re going to read a moving and affecting story about a special needs child, insert an annoying protagonist i.e Mom, Jessica Speight, an anthropologist whose maternal instincts were, we re led to presume, sparked while on assignment in Zambia by wi [...]

    11. Me quedo, con diferencia, con la Drabble de los relatos cortos.Completamente frio y aburrido me ha dejado este libro

    12. In a novel that spans 50 years, from the early 1960s to the present, Margaret Drabble follows the lives of Jess and her daughter Anna, the pure gold baby of the title Jess was a budding anthropologist planning on doing field work in Africa when she became pregnant by a married man Putting her career aside, she becomes instead a free lance writer so she can stay home and support and raise her child At first Anna is seen as a perfect child never cranky, never colicky, always cheerful In a few year [...]

    13. I should have a shelf called I didn t like it when I started it and then I couldn t put it down This would be on that list It s not really a novel,it s an elderly women getting things out of her system.

    14. I have followed Margaret Drabble s novels over the course of her career She is just a little older than I am and each of her books has spoken to me at the age she was writing and I was reading them To go back now and read an earlier novel, however, does not work for me.This recent novel tries to be both contemporary and historical or historical in a personal sense The narrator tells the story of Jess and her daughter Anna the pure gold baby The narrator was a friend to Jess and to Anna when they [...]

    15. I kept getting the feeling that Margaret Drabble made a bet with her publisher that she could write a book in which NOTHING HAPPENS so well that I would eventually finish it She won I hope the stakes were big This is a book about a single mother with a developmentally delayed disabled what s the correct term these days daughter, the sunny, good natured pure gold baby of the title It s told by a close friend, and sometimes reads like an erudite conversatione friend tells about how Jessica did C, [...]

    16. Finally, A Margaret Drabble Book I Could ReadI have tried to get into a book by Margaret Drabble a few times over the years Finally, I found one that I could follow to the end The Pure Gold Baby, as a title, is a strange choice since Drabble only lets Anna, the baby with some kind of strange cognitive and a bit, physical disability inhabit a minor part of the novel Anna appears to function as a part of a way way of letting an adventuresome young women, Jessica Jess have a part of a life narrated [...]

    17. Margaret Drabble is so well known that I am embarrassed to confess that I have read only two of her extensive oeuvre of 17 novels, just The Millstone published in 1965 and unsurprisingly still in print because it is brilliant and The Witch of Exmoor 1996 which I wasn t so keen on Still, it didn t put me off buying The Seven Sisters 2002 and The Red Queen 2004 and snapping up everything on offer at the Op Shop The Realms of Gold 1975 The Radiant Way 1987 and A Natural Curiosity 1989 The Red Queen [...]

    18. I can t make up my mind if I thought this book was ok or if I actually liked it I think I m leaning towards the ok side at the moment It s my first Margaret Drabble, and I wish I d taken up something with a better following than this one No matter there was nothing in the writing itself that put me off It was the story and the characters I understand that it s a poignant enough story, the book makes the point academically But it just never grabbed hold of me or touched me in any meaningful way [...]

    19. F 25x33 Ruth Margaret Drabble is clever, she is so clever This is a book written at many levels On the surface, a friend, Nellie, tells the life story of Jess and her somewhat disabled daughter, Anna People on this forum who read the book at this level hated the book.ly with a passion Although I am tired of the navel gazing novels about the writing process, I loved this one The further into the book I got, I realized the book is about narration Nellie, the narrator, is the epitome of an unreliab [...]

    20. Margaret Drabble s worst is much better than most people s best Well, what do I know this is only my second time to read Drabble Here s the thing this book is meandering and plotless It has hardly any dialogue I dislike all of that about it I think Drabble did it on purpose in a sly, knowing way, but that doesn t mean it succeeds Here is a quote Anna has we have seen made no progress at all She was becalmed There was no story to her life, no plot The concept of progress did not apply to Anna The [...]

    21. On the surface, this is a novel about a woman with a retarded child But, as with all Drabble s books, the plot is incidental Her magic is to admit us seamlessly into the lives of her characters their actions, thoughts, ruminations, griefs, and the asides she shares with their brilliantly apt insights Drabble could write the phone book and I would read it with pleasure.

    22. After dropping her into the bath tub and many days of careful attention spent drying her out in the fresh air with absorbent papers in between the pages after all, it is within my powers of an art collection Registrar to know how to care for objects that have received a soaking I finally finished reading this wee book the glue along the spine has released a bit, but it s still hanging in there It is packed full of gems, and it was a quiet book, reflective, and much like a contemplative walk, I e [...]

    23. Argumento express Jess, una joven antrop loga con un futuro prometedor deja de lado su trabajo de campo para dedicarse al cuidado de Anna, una ni a de necesidades especiales , una ni a de oro puro.Argumento real la historia la relata Nellie, una amiga de Jess, lo que da a la narraci n un estilo original, no lineal, con elipsis, suposiciones, saltos en el tiempo A ra z de la trama de Jess, la narradora aprovecha para tratar m ltiples temas, sobre todo c mo compaginar maternidad y trabajo y c mo l [...]

    24. While studying in Africa, young Jessica Speight, an anthropology student, was struck by the vision of children with lobster claws, children whose abnormalities would haunt her In the midst of these impressionable moments, Jessica would ponder her feelings and wonder if their impact on her was a foreshadowing of things to come.When she has an affair with her married professor, the consequences would be far reaching The child born changed Jess s academic future, but also took her into a whole new [...]

    25. What she felt for those children, as she was to realise some years later, was a proleptic tenderness So begins Pure Gold Baby, a novel of lyrical prose that leaves you questioning the reliability of the narrator to great effect.Nellie has known Jess and her child, Anna, for all of Anna s life Drawn together by motherhood, proximity and shared acquaintances, their friendship grows over time It is Nellie who narrates Jess s story, often going deep into her friend s thoughts and perhaps anticipatin [...]

    26. Anthropology student Jessica Speight is at the start of a budding anthropology career when she has an affair with her professor that leaves her a single mother Though she has an irresistible charm and sweet demeanor, it soon becomes clear that Jessica s young daughter, Anna, is developmentally behind her peers The Pure Gold Baby spans several decades, from the 1960 s to the present, and examines motherhood, friendship, love and family life through Margaret Drabble s signature prose The Pure Gold [...]

    27. Description Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble s characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit.Drabble once wrote, Family life itself, that [...]

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