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Sweet William

Sweet William Genteel passive Ann works for the BBC in London and is engaged to a successful academic fulfilling her mother s ambitions while the Swinging Sixties happen elsewhere to other people Then she meets

  • Title: Sweet William
  • Author: Beryl Bainbridge
  • ISBN: 9780715609279
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Genteel, passive Ann works for the BBC in London and is engaged to a successful academic, fulfilling her mother s ambitions while the Swinging Sixties happen elsewhere, to other people Then she meets William snub nosed and generous, cunning and protean She is first seduced then transfixed as William s past, present and future swirl around her kaleidoscopically, overwhGenteel, passive Ann works for the BBC in London and is engaged to a successful academic, fulfilling her mother s ambitions while the Swinging Sixties happen elsewhere, to other people Then she meets William snub nosed and generous, cunning and protean She is first seduced then transfixed as William s past, present and future swirl around her kaleidoscopically, overwhelmingly, and Ann herself is irrevocably changed.

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      Published :2019-08-03T06:59:21+00:00

    About "Beryl Bainbridge"

    1. Beryl Bainbridge

      Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge DBE was an English writer from Liverpool She was primarily known for her works of psychological fiction, often set among the English working classes Bainbridge won the Whitbread Award twice and was nominated for the Booker Prize five times In 2008, The Times newspaper named Bainbridge among their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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    1. 'Sweet William' by Beryl Bainbridge 4 stars/8 out of 10I have read several books by Beryl Bainbridge in the past, so was pleased to have the opportunity to read this novel.'Sweet William' tells the story of Ann, a rather naive young woman, whose life is turned upside down on meeting William, a self declared playwright. The story is told primarily from Ann's point of view, but the reader, again and again, suspects (and eventually knows) just how much she is deluding herself.Bainbridge writes with [...]


    2. ‘A Quiet Life’ convinced me to take Beryl Bainbridge’ out of the box marked ‘undoubtedly an excellent author, but probably not for me.’ We got along rather well.And now I have read ‘Sweet William’ we are getting along even better.I could describe ’Sweet William’ in many ways. Romantic comedy. Social satire. Black comedy. But, for now, let’s just say that it’s a very good book.Ann’s life seemed to be sailing along rather nicely. She had a good job, as a secretary at the BB [...]


    3. Ann is a young woman who works at the BBC in London and when we first meet her she is waving off her fiancé, academic who is flying to America to start a new life. Soon Ann will follow. Ann’s mother is very proud of the new life, less enamoured it would seem of Gerard, the fiancé particularly his carnal desires, in reality than on paper.I wonder how differently this story would play out if it was set now, and not in the midst of the sexual revolution. Why? Because Ann meets William, a marrie [...]


    4. In Sweet William, Beryl Bainbridge takes the darkly comedic tone that she previously used in her novel The Bottle Factory Outing and turns it into something even more bitingly ironic and disturbing. This marked change is in part due to the focused subject matter of this novel. The novel’s unassertive protagonist, Ann, finds herself swept up into a bizarre relationship with a playwright, despite being engaged to a professor. I think the comedy of this novel in part stems from the fact that Ann [...]


    5. For her sixth novel, Bainbridge returned to one of her favourite themes - the tension between the old world of traditional English values and Sixties 'permissiveness' (for want of a better word). Although an enticing era and one that was likely a whole lot more exciting to live in than our own of iPhones, JD Wetherspoon and Beyoncé, the 'open-mindedness' of the age was so often an excuse for men in particular to behave very selfishly - and so it proves with the eponymous figure that lends this [...]


    6. Found this Virago Classic at the library, and loved it. I had never heard of Beryl Bainbridge but I'll be searching out more of her books after reading this one.Ann lives and works in London, she has a fiancee and a quiet settled life. Onto the scene bursts William, and Ann's life is turned upside down. Suddenly two worlds collide and Ann, totally besotted, throws caution to the wind, gives up the job, the fiancee and her flat and hitches herself to the bohemian, creative William. A deceptively [...]


    7. I enjoyed this novel, originally published in the 70s, with it's engaging story lines and characters. Although, I strangely didn't like the characters - I thought Ann needed a good talking to to snap out of her silliness over a totally rubbish bloke. But, thank goodness we're not living in the 1960s/70s now with restrictive lives for women. I'm not sure why I've not given it 4 stars - maybe because I wanted the characters, or Ann and Pamela at least, to be stronger, more pro-active.


    8. I found this slim comedy at a secondhand book shop. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it seems that the author feels disdain for all of her characters and wants her readers to feel the same way. Once I accepted that the story was about lousy and weak-willed loser characters making bad choices (and that the book is satire) I really got into the story. An odd but funny and mean look at the aftermath of the Sexual Revolution in the 1970s.


    9. I read this years ago and may dust it down again and re-read. It is a story about a young woman's sexual awakening. I remember the film with Jenny Agutter which I also enjoyed. I like Bainbridge's writing and would read anything she had written in good faith.




    10. Very much of its time but very enjoyable. I wanted to shake Ann all the way through but suspect that's the point. The early Bainbridge is the stuff I really love


    11. Beryl Bainbridge was a skilled and powerful writer. "Sweet William" is told through the eyes of a naive young woman named Ann. William almost hounds her into having a complicated romantic relationship with him. Ann also has an overbearing mother to contend with so that she often feels like she's bouncing from one person to another trying to please all of them. Of course this isn't possible especially with the changing mores of the '60's.Booker nominated Bainbridge creates a complete if somewhat [...]


    12. I would like to say that I enjoyed this book. It was a fast read, and I didn't have any problems finishing it, but it just wasn't my idea of an inspiring read. I was hoping that one of the main characters would finally do something that would prove that they had learned something about life. Sadly, it was just about the back and forth of a bad romance. I am left with very little to recommend in this title. I found the characters too obviously obsessed with themselves and willing to use others an [...]



    13. I really enjoyed this story of Ann, a young woman whose mother doesn’t approve of her permissive life-style. Ann left her claustrophobic home in Brighton to live in a rented flat in London. Soon after her fiance, Gerald, left for America, she meets William and falls in love with him. But William is fickle and married and Ann can’t resist him, he wraps her round his little finger and does just want he wants. Ann tries to get rid of him but although she knows he is a liar and a cheat, just lik [...]


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