Two Serious Ladies

Two Serious Ladies

Book - 2003
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Publisher: London : Peter Owen, 2003, c1943
Description: viii, 201 p. ; 19 cm
ISBN: 9780720611793
Branch Call Number: Bowl
Additional Contributors: Capote, Truman, 1924-1984


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Jan 10, 2019

*Warning - SPOILERS* (do not read if you do not want to know details about the book before you read it)
This was a bit disappointing considering the salacious-sounding blurb description online.
"Two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves, they go in search of salvation: Mrs. Copperfield visits Panama with her husband, where she finds solace among the women who live and work in its brothels; while Miss Goering becomes involved with various men. At the end the two women meet again, each changed by her experience. "
But obviously, considering it was published in 1943, everything had to be hinted at. I am sure it would have been much different if it had been written now or in the late half of the 20th century. A more accurate description would be "Two women leave their normal lives with disappointing results. One comes to realize she is a lesbian, and becomes enamored of a young woman who eventually takes up with a young man (Back in the bad old days, gay people weren't allowed to live "happily ever after". They had to come to some sad or tragic end to punish them for their "sin" of not being straight. TFG that those times are over!) and the other woman engages in non-marital relations (Gasp!) but really with only one man, but of course it's only implied, not stated. She too is "punished" for her poor choices by being left in the lurch by the last man (before anything really happens) who had assumed she was a prostitute despite her telling him she wasn't.
I actually hate to give an unfavourable review of this as I am sure I would have loved the author and been great friends with her and, as I mentioned, she was no doubt constrained by the very narrow-minded societal values of the time.

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