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The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door summary Û 8 G hedge and hostility which they prune with a zeal that belies the fact that they are both over eightyBut one day an unforeseen event forces the women together And gradually the bickering a This is one of those literary fiction novels where the main characters are female And it s about the subtleties of how women relate to each other Especially from different social economic and cultural backgrounds Marion and Hortensia are both strong women They ve had successful businesses Have opinions and not afraid to state them or stand up for them Both are strong willed and sometimes stubborn Hortensia especially so They ve been living next door to each other in a suburb of Cape Town South Africa for going on 20 years And have had a bitter feud for the whole time As the novel begins both are now retired Have little to do with their days which means the feuding is even stronger than ever Yet eventually everything must change and it begins in this novel with their husbands dying only a short period apart from each other The deaths are the rocks thrown into the pond and now their lives are rippling and crossing each other It s very well written I really appreciated the subtle insights given to the characters Like this one The problem with shame Marion thought to herself is that it breeds unproductivity It is such a crippling thingAnother one They ate and Hortensia thought about how intimate eating with someone was How you might not ever really know a person until you took soup with them listened to them slurp or try not to slurp listened to them swallowIn the small details that we take for granted Yewande has reaped interesting new insights and perspectives For me Yewande has become another author to watch for Highly recommended Easy 5 stars from me Thank you to the publisher for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

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The Woman Next Door summary Û 8 Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours One is black one white Both are successful women with impressive careers Both have recently been widowed And both are sworn enemies sharin Hortensia James 85 small with a bad leg bitter and angry waits for her husband to die releasing her from sixty years in a wrecked marriage She lives in Katyerijn a housing colony in Cape Town Constantia in post apartheid South Africa She is the only black owner in the colony Her next door neighbor is Marion Agostino a recent widow facing financial ruin and her racism She s also an architect who designed the home Hortensia lives in one she always coveted for herself but could never purchase whenever it came up for sale And now Hortensia has decided to make some changes to that award winning floor plan which was Marion s first project and the jewel in her career crown What follows is the deconstruction and reconstruction of not just a house but of a relationship between these two women who though very different on the outside may have in common than they know I read this novel for my book club which often challenges me to sample books I d never choose on my own some of them to my liking and uite a few not So when I first started reading this book which featured two very disagreeable main characters who seemed to care only about themselves I was sure which category it would fall into I groaned inwardly at the thought of having to endure them for an entire book which I predicted I d never rate than two stars But something happened along the way I didn t exactly grow to like Hortensia and Marion who at the beginning appalled me but I became fascinated by them and their outrageousness and enjoyed their prickly conversations wanting to know how they came to be as they were and if they d ever grow and change This isn t a book to read for its historical elements on post apartheid South Africa since it barely touched upon it It s of a book about human nature and the nature of racism as the reader learns the history of these two women and what has brought them to their present state individually and collectively when they finally sit down and truly talk Hortensia left out stories of what she called the freeze Hard stares from fellow students and lecturers alike stares from people who looked through you not at you stares intent on disappearing you and stares you fought by making yourself solidMarion had avoided history Or she d invented her own After all what was history but a record of what gets noticed Noticing it seemed to Marion was what life was really about Noticing and not noticing remembering and forgetting You say I m a hypocrite I have to be I have to pretend it happened somewhere else that I read it in a book I would not be able to get out of bed otherwise Surprisingly there was much humor in this book as well and many insightful lines that made me stop and think Here are some of the ones that stood out for me The medication took turns making Hortensia feel like a superhero and making her want to punch everyone In other words it had little effect on herMarion the Vulture was repairing her nest I don t see him as black Of course you don t That s what makes you racist Agnes s face had always surprised Marion Two eyes a nose and mouth yes but the composure Where does someone especially without much money buy that kind of peace Life was much too glaring without the shade of lots of cashShe tied a block of concrete to her ankle and let it drag her down Hating after all was a drier form of drowningConversation flapped about looking for deep waters Was time here she thought in the room with them Had time sat down for a short whileNight was the real measure of love Hortensia thought Anything can sparkle in the daylight But night that was when humanity got testedRecommended for book clubs and anyone who enjoys uniue characters and thought provoking lines like those included in this review

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The Woman Next Door summary Û 8 Nd sniping softens into lively debate and from there into memories shared But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship Or is it too late to expect these two to change Also available on the WondrousBooks blog Country BarbadosThe Woman Next Door is a story about the years long feud between two neighbours Marion and Hortensia living in post apartheid South Africa While Hortensia is a woman of color grumpy and angry at life Marion is a racist white snob Both are successful in their careers both are strong willed and don t like backing down The sum of all of these characteristic creates a bitter relationship between them which looks like it could not be overcomeI would not say that this central story that I told you above is the most important one for me in the book Ultimately The Woman Next Door narrates the development of the relationship between the two women but what I enjoyed the most is their separate back stories which were not connected to their relationship At least on the surface Because looking back at their pasts one can make sense of what made them who they wereThe back stories were ones of struggle of marriage of dreaming even I was mostly touched by both of their respective marriages and love lives That being said I don t necessarily say I was touched in a good way Mostly I felt saddened even scared to read about how their marriages fell apart became empty loveless passionless I don t even think there would have been any development between Marion and Hortensia in terms of companionship if they hadn t been this lonely and this sadWhich brings me to what I didn t like about the book First it was very gloomy upsetting almost I felt hopeless not only for the characters future but for the future as a whole Because the message The Woman Next Door sent was you will grow old your partner will stop loving you your children will abandon you life will screw you over time and againBetween the two main characters I preferred Marion as rude as this might sound Because at the end she was the one who managed to overcome her flaws a lot than Hortensia did Both were high level bes don t get me wrong But Hortensia was too stubborn to even try to change in the slightest And she was much too bitter Marion was fooling herself into believing she was right and she was doing good Hortensia wanted to be mean she wanted to make people feel bad to offend them to be cruelHowever and this is something that won points for this book it also seems to be a somewhat realistic picture of the lives of some old people I ve seen The bittermean part so it was interesting to see how the entire thought process goes that leads to such meanness

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  • The Woman Next Door
  • Yewande Omotoso
  • English
  • 04 August 2018
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    summary The Woman Next Door PDF/EBOOK (The Woman Next Door) I received a copy of The Woman Next Door from its publishers Chatto and Windus via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Hortensia James and Marion Agostino have been rivals for decades though they’ve lived on the other side

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    PDF/EBOOK (The Woman Next Door) download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Yewande Omotoso summary The Woman Next Door I was really excited about this book I would have preferred some of the backdrop as to Hortensia's character been revealed much earlier By the time the author revealed the root of her bitterness the character was so cold and unsympathetic the reveal didn't make her any of character I should invest in To the author's credit I enjoyed placing two female elders at the center of the story While I was reading I pondered how t

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