Our Spoons Came From Woolworths

Our Spoons Came From Woolworths

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"I told Helen my story and she went home and cried" begins Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. But Barbara Comyns's beguiling novel is far from maudlin, despite the ostensibly harrowing ordeals its heroine endures. Sophia is twenty-one when she marries fellow artist Charles, and she seems to have nearly as much affection for her pet newt as she does for her husband. Her housekeeping knowledge is lacking (everything she cooks tastes of soap) and she attributes her morning sickness to a bad batch of strawberries. England is in the middle of the Great Depression, and in any case, the money Sophia earns at her occasional modeling gigs are not enough to make up for her husband's lack of interest in keeping the heat on. Predictably, the marriage begins to falter; not so predictably, Sophia's optimistic artlessness is the very thing responsible for turning her life around"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, New York Review Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©1950
ISBN: 9781590178966
Characteristics: x, 196 pages ; 21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

Looking for something different? A simple style and absolutely unique voice illuminate this and other Comyns novels which have been reissued in recent years. This one is the tale of a hapless, "Well-bred", poverty stricken young woman going from crisis to crisis in Bohemian London of the 1930's.


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