The Widow's Tale

The Widow s Tale A newly widowed woman has done a runner She just jumped in her car abandoned her very nice house in north London and kept on driving until she reached the Norfolk coast Now she s rented a tiny cottag

  • Title: The Widow's Tale
  • Author: Mick Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780571206230
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • A newly widowed woman has done a runner She just jumped in her car, abandoned her very nice house in north London and kept on driving until she reached the Norfolk coast Now she s rented a tiny cottage and holed herself away there, if only to escape the ceaseless sympathy and insincere concern She s not quite sure, but thinks she may be having a bit of a breakdown OrA newly widowed woman has done a runner She just jumped in her car, abandoned her very nice house in north London and kept on driving until she reached the Norfolk coast Now she s rented a tiny cottage and holed herself away there, if only to escape the ceaseless sympathy and insincere concern She s not quite sure, but thinks she may be having a bit of a breakdown Or perhaps this sense of dislocation is perfectly normal in the circumstances All she knows is that she can t sleep and may be drinking a little than she ought to But as her story unfolds we discover that her marriage was far from perfect That it was, in fact, full of frustration and disappointment, as well as one or two significant secrets, and that by running away to this particular village she might actually be making her own personal pilgrimage By turns elegiac and highly comical, The Widow s Tale conjures up this most defiantly unapologetic of narrators as she begins to pick over the wreckage of her life and decide what has real value and what she should leave behind.

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    1. Even though I'm not much like this woman, her thoughts resonate with me. Even though not much happens in the book, and we never learn details of what has happened in the past, a reader can be moved by her experiences. Discussion here:/topic/show/ has more detail & some quotes of the intelligent writing. I will read more by the author, and, since I had to buy this as none of my libraries did, I'm gonna keep it. It may not have universal appeal or be one the top books ever in history, but it's [...]

    2. Now, I have first to tell you that I have a little problem with this book, and that problem is that we are to believe that it was written by a member of the male species. You see, the author is given as one Mick Jackson. Now, is that a bloke’s name or what? Absolutely it is. You can almost imagine good old Mick in a navy singlet, well-worn jeans, perhaps a bit of plumber’s action happening at the back, a growing bald spot on top, goodness there may even be a tattoo of a stripper called Rosie [...]

    3. Oh dear. I'm afraid I had no sympathy or empathy with the narrator (we never know her name) of this book, the widow. By 1/3 of the way through I just wanted to give up but struggled on in case it got better. It didn't.The narrator is aged 60+ and recently bereaved, so drives off to Norfolk. Once there we endure page after page of random vignettes of things, almost none of which are to do with bereavement. The whole book is a relentless monologue of her views on many different things. There is al [...]

    4. Quite honestly I found the book simply boring. It's about a 63 year old woman, recently widowed, struggling through the first months of bereavement. She runs off to Norfolk, where she rents a little cottage and around the end of her stay, stalks a man she thinks is her ex lover. But the stalking begins in the last 50 pages of the book or so, and it is nothing adventurous really. The first 200 pages are basically her doing everyday things, from going to a walk to going to the supermarket; obsessi [...]

    5. I don't quite know the best way to put it, but this novel was very human. It's a woman's tale of the time she spent away from home a few months after her husband died. It's honest, touching, sad, and well human. One of the things that I love the most about it is that there are no knights in shining armour, best chums who lift you out of the muck, or kindly strangers who offer life changing words of wisdom. It's just a woman working things out (or, making things worse) and trying to find some e [...]

    6. Sadly this woman really irritated me. Talk about first world angst!. She had a kind and loving husband and an easy life, with a big house in London and a house in France. She has a fling with a much younger man whom she becomes obsessed about. When her husband dies, she appears to wallow in abject self pity, and sets out to stalk her previous lover, rather than actually grieving her dear departed. She is utterly self obsessed and selfish. sorry you do not get my vote of sympathy. Go have another [...]

    7. For a tale ostensibly about grieving, solitude and brushes with a breakdown, this is bizarrely enjoyable. The credit for this belongs to the voice of the narrator, a slightly caustic, eccentric woman in her early sixties. It's three months after the death of her husband John and she has surprised herself by fleeing on impulse to a lonely stretch of the coast, where she drinks heavily, goes on long walks and struggles both to sleep and to shut off her whirling brain. Her behaviour is erratic and [...]

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I had expected it to be more sombre in tone, or a little depressing and so was pleasently surprised by the wit of our caustic, nameless widow.This strong no nonsense narrative voice made me sit up for the first twenty pages or so - as it was so not what I was expecting, yet our narrator emerges as as strong quirky character, who I found brilliantly realisitic and often very funny. Having lost her husband around 3 months earlier she is somewhat lost, drinking too [...]

    9. This book was just okay. There wasn't any one thing wrong with it. The writing was good, stream-of-consciousness. There was just something about it that didn't grab me. That, and after I was about halfway through I got tired of listening to someone else's constant complaints about life - no matter how good of a story they told. That is, I would venture, one of the perils about writing a book about a new widow in the stream-of-consciousness narrator.

    10. Wonderful prose creating concise and insightful pictures of a mind travelling backwards and forwards into the state of marriage and widowhood.But while one can almost see and hear the same sights and sounds experienced by the widow, the thinnest of the story line begins to pall as the narrative continues to reveal too little, too slowly.The widow appears to be a feisty older woman; not backwards in coming forwards, and not lacking in self-belief. Yet on the other hand tears are constantly spring [...]

    11. I can't remember the last time I read a book where I hated the protagonist as much as I hated the unnamed widow in this book. She was selfish, mean-spirited and just insane -- and by her own choosing, so it seemed. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why she was so broken up about her husband's death when she apparently neither loved or even liked the man in life. She was a miserable person through and through and because of that, I had to give this just 1 star. Ugh.

    12. I really enjoyed it, I was expecting the denouement Wasn't expecting thatMick Jackson really is a very good writer.

    13. I loved this book. A recently bereaved widow goes on a pilgrimage to North Norfolk. She is still in shock and feeling grief and wants to make sense of what is happening to her, which is probably a breakdown. She walks across the Salt Marshes, examines a painting by Holbein she cares about, remembers a retreat she went on and thinks about the men she has loved. What is so fantastic about the book is the voice of the Widow. We never know her name but a sense of her comes through so strongly. This [...]

    14. This is not the book I read. Wrong authorThe one I read was about a husband who lost his wife and then went on with life w/his daughters and a making of a preschool out of his barn on his property which one of his daughters worked at.Can't remember the author offhand.R AdamsThe book I read is 'The Widower's Tale, Julia Glass , I did enjoy. Nice story of a widowed man continuing life with family and friends and new projects. Good read 3 stars

    15. I enjoyed the description of the north Norfolk coast in this book. Unfortunately I had little sympathy for this widow, crazed by grief though she was. I don't think the male author had got this woman right. For a little example, I know no woman who is happy to drink in a pub alone, let alone have a pint of beer with a whiskey chaser.

    16. It's not giving too much away to say that the narrator of The Widow's Tale has just lost her husband & Mick Jackson's book follows her attempts to cope with this loss. He has done a great job of creating a believable, eccentric & humorous character who is a joy to read. Not a whole lot happens in the novel, but it provides an interesting insight into bereavement, loneliness & ageing.

    17. I really liked the protaganist, would enjoy meeting her, however, she clearly does not enjoy people that much. She has such a dry humour, a light way of expressing really dark feelings and you feel for her in her pain. She is so human! Full of flaws, made many mistakes, not really done much that is constructive in her life, and still trying to find her way at 63.

    18. Written by a man this novel shows surprising insight into how a woman feels grieving and living with past mistakes.He writes with humour and sensitivity covering the first few months of widowhood. I'm sure many women could relate to the woman.whose name you never know, and do exactly as she did.

    19. I rather enjoyed the company of the widow. Winter on the N. Norfolk coast is accurately invoked - lonely and bitterly cold.

    20. Diverting but I grew so weary of the protagonist. Undoubtedly a failing in me as a reader but I could not like the book much when I had so little sympathy for her. Enjoyed the writing style though!

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