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PublisherFaber & Faber
Release date 01.04.1991
Pages count334
File size7.1 Mb
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St. Aubin de Teran, Lisa (ed.).INDISCREET JOURNYS.(1990).***1/2.I picked up this collection of short stories because it had a short story by Sylvia Townsend Warner in it, “But at the Stroke of Midnight.”It’s the story of a married woman from a small village who suddenly changes identity and loses herself in a trip to London.She becomes temporarily mentally unhinged and takes on the identity of her best friend who had recently died.She begins to do all the things that her friend did and might do, leaving her old identity behind.She doesn’t remember her old identity!There’s an odd twist at the end worth reading on for.The other stories in this collection all are about women travelling, in some form or another, on their own – even if they are with a man, where the man becomes a negative factor and forces them to be even more alone.There are lots of well-known women writers here, including:Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather, Colette, Louise Erdrich, Katherine Mansfield, Edna O’Brian, Dorothy Parker, et al.There were a few I didn’t know, like Heanette Winterson, Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Maria Ortese, etc.There is even an excerpt of a short passage from a book by Box-Car Bertha.This was another one I hadn’t heard of, but I learned that her real name was (is?) Bertha Thompson, and that she was a hobo by birth and vocation.By the age of fifteen whe was already on the road.She was, by turns, one of a gang of shoplifters, an associate of socialists and anarchists, a prostitute in a Chicago brothel and a research worker for a New York social service bureau.Her autobiography, Sister of the Road, the Autobiography of Box-Car Bertha, wa published in 1937.It was filmed by Martin Scorsese in 1972.I’ll have to see if I can find it.This was an OK anthology, but nothing to write home about – primarily because the quality of the selected pieces was relatively uneven.You had some very good ones, and, then some very ho-hum ones.You do get to meet some interesting writers, however, although they might not be represented by their best work.

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