The Book of Eve

The Book of Eve

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First published in 1973, The Book of Eve has become a classic. When Eva Carroll walks out on her husband of 40 years, it is an unplanned, completely spontaneous gesture. Yet Eva feels neither guilt nor remorse. Instead, she feels rejuvenated and blissfully free. As she builds a new life for herself in a boarding house on the "wrong" side of Montreal, she finds happiness and independence - and, when she least expects it, love.
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 2001, c1973.
ISBN: 9780771011061
0771011067
Characteristics: 211 p. ;,22 cm.

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Interesting story line and excellent writing skills. Very thought provoking ending "be careful what you wish for". I wonder if a well educated middle class woman in today's society would feel equally trapped or have marriage laws changed enough to protect people in unhappy relationships? But Eva herself is culpable for not demanding more of her husband. She admits this when she talks about the long-term cost for being "grateful" for the sun room he built and for all that Burt had done for her as a husband in the 50's and 60's.
It would be interesting to compare this book to "Stone Angel" and the tragedy of the aging Hagar

samdog123 Nov 21, 2010

66 year old Eva up and leaves her husband after many years of marriage. With nothing but a small pension cheque, she rents a room in a boarding house in a seedy section of Montreal. There she discovers freedom for the first time in her life. An easy read, and very enjoyable. Good writing and characters. This book was made into a movie, which has been highly recommended. The verdict--my bookclub folks loved it and it's been suggested for an OPL bookclub suggestion for the future.

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