The Woman Who Walked into Doors Paperback
by Roddy Doyle
This is the heart-rending story of a woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after a violent, abusive marriage and a worsening drink problem.
Paula Spencer recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo, and the marriage to him that left her powerless.
Capturing both her vulnerability and her strength, Doyle gives Paula a voice that is real and unforgettable.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780749395995
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Review by lmichet
Really, this is a magnificent book. It's got a whirling sort of evasive repetitiousness to it, a language and a tone and a manner of delivering itself, that seems to perfectly capture the mind and personality of a real woman-- a real abused housewife, someone who truly experienced all of this. I can't think of a better example of an author so inhabiting a character so different from himself in such a perfect way.Disturbing, but definitely worthwhile. I read it in a single day. It's not a book with a strong through-plot-- it's a woman recalling her life. It's a peep into someone else's mind. It's quite tremendous.
Review by Vivl
It's sad, nay tragic. It's funny. It's so very, very real. I adored it.<br/><br/>One of my favourite quotes: "He loved me and he beat me. I loved him and I took it. It's as simple as that, and as stupid and complicated. It's terrible."<br/><br/>Wow.