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The title of this book is Wives of Bath and is written by author Susan Swan. The book Wives of Bath is published by Granta Books. The ISBN of this book is 9781862071377 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Wives of Bath by Susan Swan.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781862071377
ISBN-10: 1862071373
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 21-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » From the Canadian author of The Last of the Golden Girls (1991): a fantasia on the theme of gender (especially the adolescent variety), set to the tune of a macabre tale about a young girl with a severe case of penis envy. The whole megillah takes place at Bath Ladies College, a boarding school near Toronto, where one Mary Beatrice Bradford is dumped by her unloving doctor father, Morley, and her gin-swizzling stepmother, Sal. Nicknamed "Mouse" for her shyness, girl is a very smart 14-year-old hunchback ("I don't look like Quasimodo, but when children notice me coming, that's who they see"). Meanwhile, the school is ruled by a frumpy but good-hearted lesbian named Miss Vera Vaughan (called "The Virgin" by the girls), who has a dwarf named Sergeant and a lover in-house - the "torpedo-breasted" English teacher, Miss Peddle. A strange crew - but harmless. Actually, though, it's Mouse's fellow students who are round the bend - most especially Pauline Sykes, a charity case who rooms with Mouse and who spends most of her time dressed like a boy. Indeed, Paulie has a mind to turn Mouse male, too, putting her through a series of tests, including killing a pigeon and feeling up a girl - while cross-dressed, of course. But in the end Paulie goes much too far - leaving Mouse behind to contemplate what is so compelling about a penis. A wild reach for the territory of Fay Weldon and Elizabeth Jolley that goes way off the mark. Unpurposeful and silly. (Kirkus Reviews)


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