By A. S. Byatt
A Whistling Womanportrays the antic, exciting, and hazardous interval of the overdue ‘60s as visible in the course of the eyes of a lady whose lifestyles is ceaselessly replaced through her times.
Frederica Potter, a sensible, lively 33-year-old unmarried mom, lucks right into a task internet hosting a groundbreaking tv speak convey established in London. in the meantime, in her local Yorkshire the place her lover is concerned with educational learn, the collage is making plans a prestigious convention on physique and brain, and a bunch of scholars and agitators is setting up an “anti-university.” And within reach a healing neighborhood is starting to take the form of a non secular cult lower than the impact of its charismatic spiritual leader.
A Whistling lady is a super and thought-provoking meditation on psychology, technological know-how, faith, ethics, and radicalism, and their results on traditional lives.
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So we strike a dead-end there. ” Shelby sighed. ” “If we knew, we might have a reasonable clue. Now as to your alibi, Mr. Carpenter . ” Shelby groaned. “I won’t make you go through it again. I’ve got the details. You had dinner at the Myrtle Cafeteria on Forty-Second Street, you walked to Fifth Avenue, took a bus to a 146th Street, bought a twenty-five-cent seat for the concert . ” Shelby pouted like a hurt child. “I’ve had some bad times, you know. When I’m alone I try to save money. ” “There’s no shame in saving money,” Mark reminded him.
His attention wandered to the bookshelves. “She had a lot of books. ” He shrugged. ” He clamped his teeth hard upon his pipestem and glanced at me with an air of urchin defiance. ” I pleaded. He answered dryly: “I’ve had plenty in my life. ” “A doll in Washington Heights got a fox fur out of me. And I’m a Scotchman, Mr. Lydecker. ” “Ever know one who wasn’t a doll? ” He went to the bookshelves. While he talked, his hands and eyes were concerned with a certain small volume bound in red morocco. “Sometimes I used to take my sisters’ girl friends out.
He’s got all the physical requirements. ” “And fancy him in a uniform,” I added, my imagination rollicking. “I can see him on the corner of Fifth Avenue where Art meets Bergdorf Goodman. What a tangle of traffic at the hour when the cars roll in from Westchester to meet the husbands! ” The comment, while uttered honestly, was tinged faintly with the verdigris of envy. “The trouble is that they’ve been brought up with ideas of class and education so they can’t relax and work in common jobs. ” “I’ve seen many of them break under the strain of intelligence,” I agreed.
A Whistling Woman (The Frederica Quartet, Book 4) by A. S. Byatt