The Microcosm

The Microcosm At the House of Shades Matt a bar room philosopher tries to make sense of the disparate lives which cross here of Judy who saves herself and her finery for a Saturday night lover of Steve the gym

  • Title: The Microcosm
  • Author: Maureen Duffy
  • ISBN: 9780140162158
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the House of Shades, Matt, a bar room philosopher, tries to make sense of the disparate lives which cross here of Judy who saves herself and her finery for a Saturday night lover, of Steve the gym teacher who dreads a chance encounter with a pupil in this twilight environment, and of Matt herself, who needs these vicarious exchanges despite the security of her relatiAt the House of Shades, Matt, a bar room philosopher, tries to make sense of the disparate lives which cross here of Judy who saves herself and her finery for a Saturday night lover, of Steve the gym teacher who dreads a chance encounter with a pupil in this twilight environment, and of Matt herself, who needs these vicarious exchanges despite the security of her relationship with Rae and her sense that this lesbian sanctuary is a prison too, enforcing the guilt and estrangement of the city streets beyond Elsewhere there are women such as Marie, trapped within an unwanted marriage and unable to admit her sexuality, and Cathy, for whom the discovery that she is not the only one in the world is an affirmation of her existence With its innovative structure and style, perfectly mirroring the voices and experiences of women forced by society to live on the margins, The Microcosm remains as powerful today as when originally published in 1966.

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    About "Maureen Duffy"

    1. Maureen Duffy

      Maureen Patricia Duffy born 21 October 1933 is a contemporary British novelist, poet, playwright, nonfiction author and activist.Duffy s work often uses Freudian ideas and Greek mythology as frameworks 1 Her writing is distinctive for its use of contrasting voices, or streams of consciousness, often including the perspectives of outsiders Her novels have been linked to a European tradition of literature which explores reality through the use of language and questioning, rather than through traditional linear narrative 2 James Joyce in particular, and Modernism in general, are significant influences on her fiction, as is Joyce Cary 3 Duffy has inspired many other writers and proved that the English novel need not be realistic and domestic, but can be fantastical, experimental and political 1 Her writing in all forms is noted for her eye for detail and ear for language 4 and powerful intense imagery 5

    187 thoughts on “The Microcosm”

    1. If I had read The Microcosm when it was first published, in 1966, I would probably have been put off by the difficulties of the narrative technique. Duffy presents the lives of many women through stream of consciousness and dialogue, shifting registers with class and time period. Even the central device of the House of Shades nightclub doesn't connect all the characters. The influence of James Joyce is most evident in the lowercase thoughts of Marie, struggling to find her own identity in a love [...]


    2. I'm giving up on this one for awhile. The style was just too literary. Sometimes a book has a really great style that throws you further into the world of the characters (Reynolds, Gaskell, Kerouac) and sometimes it just seems to put you at a distance from what's happening. That seemed to be the case here. I thought it sounded fascinating but I just ended up not being interested in any of the characters, except the first bartender. May try it again at some point or something else by her. But qui [...]



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