#Novella 2022 Elizabeth Jolley
- Author: Elizabeth Jolley (1923-2007)
- Title: The Newspaper of Claremont Street (pg 128)
- Genre: novella
- Published: 1981
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- The story is about a woman (“Weekly”)
- who works cleaning houses for people
- ..but who has a life long wish.
- Strong point: tension
- Ms Jolley creates tension in the story because the reader
- …WANTS to know what the wish is!
- Strong point: relatable character
- The major character Margarite Morris is relatable.
- Ms Jolley creates vulnerability in her character by
- …giving her a burning desire for something.
- Will this desire overcome “Weekly” and
- …drive her to extremes…to a disaster?
- Strong point: structure
- Ms Morris’s life revolves.
- The story is not in chronological order.
- Just like many women…while busy cleaning house your thoughts drift
- off and “Weekly” revisits her family situation,
- siblings, and her clients
- …on Claremont Street.
- I enjoyed the wit and life lessons Ms Jolley revealed in Margarite.
- She is lonely and emotionally alienated from their surroundings.
- Margarite lives in an imaginatively friendlier world
- ….saving her money for her big wish.
- Ms Jolley also describes how
- “She is trapped.”
- She was overcome by the unfairness in the world.” (pg 154)
- The reader is waiting for the moment when “Weekly”
- …will break the unchangeable pattern that is her life.
- This novella really packs a lot into a short space.
- It is dense enough to allow the reader to
- fully inhabit another world,
- …but short enough to be read in one sitting.
- What’s not to love?
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