'Paper Houses' is the memoir of a young woman who comes down from Oxford to London in 1970, determined to break free from a conventional middle-class, close-knit family. In the streets and houses of a dynamic, shifting London she finds alternative homes, alternative families and friendships that challenge, inform and shape her....
|Title||:||Paper Houses: A Memoir Of The 70s And Beyond|
|Number of Pages||:||337 Pages|
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Paper Houses: A Memoir Of The 70s And Beyond Reviews
I read this never having previously read any work by Michele Roberts and having heard her give a presentation. I was inspired by her creativity and search for life and meaning. This memoir can be read at many levels - its about friendship, houses, London streets, family relationships, growing up, catholicisim and sexual guilt, politics. It also provides an essence of who Michele Roberts is/might be and therefore is also interesting from the point of view of people who want an insight into the creative and inner life of writers and the writing process. Overall the book is powerful and thought provoking.
Goodness, what an exciting life! There's richness and substance, flavour and colour a-plenty here, mentioning loves and friendships, rivalries and feminist art and literary projects. A woman after my own heart, you can't help but admire her single-minded focus on her writing, even though that meant many years of poverty, peripatetic house-moves in grotty accommodation, discouragement, growing apart from family. And I think her richly enumerative style, much like a feast in the South of France, is catching!
I loved this - didn't want it to finish. Roberts tells her life-story through the houses she's lived in - whether communes in South London, poky little flats or Italian villas owned by ex-husbands - and this housing history parallels her search for a literary home, as a young feminist poet and author. Interestingly, the novel of hers which I have most enjoyed - Daughters of the House - was written at a time of relatively stability and calm, which may explain its confident structure etc.
Pretty good, brave, very honest bio. Extraodinary how MR was a fiesty bisexual feminist protester/communard/squatter wild child in the big city of London all through her 20's. Then she married a Consular type who took her away to live in foreign countries in her 30's and voila!...she morphed into a meek & frustrated housewife--cooking, cleaning & entertaining his Consulate contacts while she seethed inwardly. Did she leave him? Of course. Very interesting life story indeed.