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Union Street❮Epub❯ ❧ Union Street Author Pat Barker – Varanus.us Vivid, bawdy and bitter The Times , Pat Barker s first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world There s Kelly, at Vivid, bawdy and bitter The Times , Pat Barker s first novel shows the women of Union Street, young and old, meeting the harsh challeges of poverty and survival in a precarious world There s Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant Old Alice, welcoming her impending death Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris.

Union Street Kindle µ Mass Market Paperback
    Union Street Kindle µ Mass Market Paperback world There s Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant Old Alice, welcoming her impending death Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Union Street
  • Pat Barker
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 0345315014

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    Union Street Kindle µ Mass Market Paperback world There s Kelly, at eleven, neglected and independent, dealing with a squalid rape Dinah, knocking on sixty and still on the game Joanne, not yet twenty, not yet married, and already pregnant Old Alice, welcoming her impending death Muriel helplessly watching the decline of her stoical husband And linking them all, watching over them all, mother to half the street, is fiery, indomitable Iris."/>
  1. says:

    Different women facing different life struggles and the only thing they have in common is the street they all occupy This was dark and it was really depressing to see what these women are going through my god Pat Barker took me there, she didn t hold out the punches when it came to discussing the subject matter It was realistic and that made it even scarier, it was fascinating to see how different individuals live their day to day lives The book in itself reads like a sho Different women facing different life struggles and the only thing they have in common is the street they all occupy This was dark and it was really depressing to see what these women are going through my god Pat Barker took me there, she didn t hold out the punches when it came to discussing the subject matter It was realistic and that made it even scarier, it was fascinating to see how different individuals live their day to day lives The book in itself reads like a short story compilation but the characters are connected one way or another through gossip, close relations etc We follow a bunch of different women who live in Union Street which is stricken with poverty and they have to survive a harsh winter The author spends time with each woman in each chapter as they face very difficult situations from Rape, Abortions, Early Marriages, Abusive relationships, Racism, complex family drama, death and so muchI was in love with the way the story was told because we focused on a character and magnified their personality that you could feel them through the pages It was a bit weird to transition from one character to another but once you understood what the author was doing the book flowed so well This doesn t follow the trope for the happy ending or problems solved sort of contemporary This was dark and realistic each character had a heart and a complexity that rarely comes across in most books It was a clear and horrific picture of what normal women go through and they still persevere because of the strong love for family, themselves and the community in general and I was so happy to finally read this I can t wait to readof this author I HIGHLY recommend it


  2. says:

    WOW What an amazing book Union Street should be required reading for men of all ages 16 Seriously I dare any man to read a book like this and then give shit to a woman Why are books like these not part of compulsory reading in curriculums around the world And why the hell is this book notpopular on Goodreads Raw, bleak, gritty the heroines of this book are the down and out women dealing with the hardships of everyday life, often with nothingthan having to survive day by day WOW What an amazing book Union Street should be required reading for men of all ages 16 Seriously I dare any man to read a book like this and then give shit to a woman Why are books like these not part of compulsory reading in curriculums around the world And why the hell is this book notpopular on Goodreads Raw, bleak, gritty the heroines of this book are the down and out women dealing with the hardships of everyday life, often with nothingthan having to survive day by day The book is made up of the individual stories of seven women, each taking up a chapter The chapters are uneven in length, which is perfect because they are only as long as needed to be Barker has a talent for showing her characters from the first word to the last The chapters are organized by the ages of the working class women, starting with Kelly Brown at eleven years old, and ending with Alice Bell in her seventies The poverty and abuse rampant in these women s lives because of men is staggering and bone chilling The structure of the novel works well, with different characters sometimes appearing in different chapters, often in passing, giving the individual stories a full roundedness It is never easy to construct stories in this way, it requires finesse and a sharp mind, but it really is a gift to a reader when done well.I do not want to go into the individual stories because it would not be possible to do so without spoilers, and as I am hopingpeople will read this book, I want you to experience it unaware as I did Trust me, these are women s stories written by a woman who I cannot help but feel has shared some of the difficult themes covered like poverty, hopelessness, and abuse The writing is concise and urgent The voice is sober and stark The effect is profound.It had been decided that the child should be brought up to regard its grandmother as its mother, and its mother as its sister At first this seemed to work well Lilian went to the cake factory to work Her mother, with no apparent reluctance, stayed at home to take care of the child It was a little girl, very pretty unlike Lilian who had never been attractive, even as a child, and who now became increasingly slovenly The grandmother doted on the child The three of them could often be seen walking down Union Street together an elderly woman with hair crimped into neat, stiff waves like corrugated iron the child skipping on ahead, her hair worn, as Lilian wore hers, in little bunches at either side of her head and Lilian herself, bringing up the rear This situation dragged on for some years It was obvious to everybody that there was no longer a place for Lilian in the home to everybody, that is, except Lilian herself She hung on, desperately, fawningly, trying to ingratiate herself Then, suddenly, she was pregnant again Nobody knew who by This time her mother s attitude was entirely different She refused to even look at the baby When it became clear that this time she would not accept the child, Lilian gave it up for adoption, almost casually it seemed, and returned home alone But now her exclusion from the family group becameobvious The child, without understanding anything of what had happened, knew nevertheless that her big sister was in disgrace Her little voice could be heard, piping censoriously, whenever Lilian did something wrong, which was certainly not seldom From the moment she returned from the hospital without the second child, Lilian began to deteriorate


  3. says:

    These are the stories of eight women, all of whom lived on Union Street Though I had hard times when my children were young, I never had it as hard as the women on Union Street Her last house had had a bathroom and an indoor lavatory, with a little strip of green out the back She d had a bay window in the front room, too.You take these things for granted till you haven t got them The descent to Union Street was bitter.Some of the women had moved up to Union Street from Wharfe Street, the wor These are the stories of eight women, all of whom lived on Union Street Though I had hard times when my children were young, I never had it as hard as the women on Union Street Her last house had had a bathroom and an indoor lavatory, with a little strip of green out the back She d had a bay window in the front room, too.You take these things for granted till you haven t got them The descent to Union Street was bitter.Some of the women had moved up to Union Street from Wharfe Street, the worst street in town Each of the chapters could be read on their own, but this is a novel and the stories are inter connected with some of the characters seen in the other stories the Wilsons lived a few doors down from the Browns on the other side of Union StreetMuriel Scaife was the mother of Sharon, a friend of Kelly Brown Iris King was a home worker who visited Alice Bell Everyone knew everyone else s business it was its own small town in the midst of a city.This is the Pat Barker who authored the award winning series, Regeneration The prose of this debut novel is just as good as those The characterizations are also quite good, though perhaps the novel s construction didn t allow her as much room for development as they might have needed For this reason only, I m not going to give it 5 stars


  4. says:

    Union Street is absolute gold Wikipedia says that Pat Barker shopped this novel around to publishers for 10 years and was rejected by all until she finally sent it to Virago Press who knew the value of an honest book about women I think the other publishers rejected it because the women and girls in these inter connected stories don t act the way publishers assume we want them to act A case in point is Iris, who I guess is the character on whom the movie Stanley and Iris is based, but very lo Union Street is absolute gold Wikipedia says that Pat Barker shopped this novel around to publishers for 10 years and was rejected by all until she finally sent it to Virago Press who knew the value of an honest book about women I think the other publishers rejected it because the women and girls in these inter connected stories don t act the way publishers assume we want them to act A case in point is Iris, who I guess is the character on whom the movie Stanley and Iris is based, but very loosely This is one tough cookie She has a couple of the most quotable lines in the book First comes this one when she finds she can earn her own money instead of relying on her pig of a husband But that first pay packet, it was wonderful They needn t starve, now Whatever Ted did there would be some money in the house You think on it, she d said to her two older girls when they got married It s nice to have a good husband but it s a hell of a lot nicer to have your own money A fiver you ve earned is worth ten of anybody else s You can do what you want with it and regarding her habit of helping those in need All this was meat and drink to her She loved life She loved to feel life bubbling and quickening all around her, and took it for granted that life included old age, suffering and death. Lest that make her sound like the Jane Fonda Iris character, I assure you she s not She has a strong violent side In fact Iris Kelly Brown, the young girl who starts the book and Blonde Dinah, the old prostitute and Alice Bell who provides the perfect ending are probably the reason publishers didn t want to take a chance on these harsh, surprising and realistic stories Mothers don t always mother in the way Norman Rockwell says they should, children don t always appreciate them, husbands can be cruel, caring men can be discarded, life is not a bed of roses on Union Street


  5. says:

    This was one of the toughest books I ve ever read Actually I didn t finish it, I found it too depressing I come from the North East and am old enough to just about recognise the general street scene portrayed but I would have had only glimpses of the lives of working class women of the era Looking at it with political spectacles on, while I m not doubting that there are women with lives like that nowadays, it felt like a bygone era and I felt like a voyeur In contrast, in the same week I rea This was one of the toughest books I ve ever read Actually I didn t finish it, I found it too depressing I come from the North East and am old enough to just about recognise the general street scene portrayed but I would have had only glimpses of the lives of working class women of the era Looking at it with political spectacles on, while I m not doubting that there are women with lives like that nowadays, it felt like a bygone era and I felt like a voyeur In contrast, in the same week I read it I saw I, Daniel Blake at the cinema The film portrayed similar lives in the same North East setting a few decades on It was inspiring Suggest see the film rather than read the book


  6. says:

    This was like Dubliners, if Dubliners was written in the 1980s about English women living in poverty in the 1970s, and it didn t suck Ahaha, Joyce fans, shoot me now But there s no love lost between me and James Joyce.Moving on it was very interesting structurally The writing was peppered with some colloquial syntax diction, but not so much that it overpowered the story it wasn t like trying to read Trainspotting which I had to read out loud to myself But the structure it told the s This was like Dubliners, if Dubliners was written in the 1980s about English women living in poverty in the 1970s, and it didn t suck Ahaha, Joyce fans, shoot me now But there s no love lost between me and James Joyce.Moving on it was very interesting structurally The writing was peppered with some colloquial syntax diction, but not so much that it overpowered the story it wasn t like trying to read Trainspotting which I had to read out loud to myself But the structure it told the stories of seven different women who all lived on Union Street, and went in order from youngest to oldest, sort of tying the stories together as the characters ran into each other in minor situations in the supermarket, finding something on the street another character had left behind, etc But what really links them is the way their stories blend, almost seamlessly, in the squalor of everyday poverty and in the downtrodden, desperate roles that are the only life available to the women Their choices don t matter because really, they don t have any choices they are inevitably going to end up pregnant, forced to marry the father, abused, poor, and they ll eventually die The end, that s all, go kill yourself now See why it reminds me of Dubliners Well, that s not entirely fair I m not doing justice to this story It s actually incredibly good, presenting some really challenging issues, and the structure that s what blows me away Don t let my hatred of Dubliners deter you from reading this It s definitely worth a look, especially if you re interested in contemporary fiction or postmodern realism oxymoron that it is


  7. says:

    I don t like the word meh but I m finding myself wanting to use it in this review Union Street is the second Pat Barker book I ve read, and probably the last So much of it felt like a rehash rework of Blow Down Your House which I liked pretty well I understand other books by Barker are different, but for right now I just don t care to investigate them.Barker has a message, of sorts, but whatever it is is not very startling and it gets across pretty quickly, so that the rest of the book I don t like the word meh but I m finding myself wanting to use it in this review Union Street is the second Pat Barker book I ve read, and probably the last So much of it felt like a rehash rework of Blow Down Your House which I liked pretty well I understand other books by Barker are different, but for right now I just don t care to investigate them.Barker has a message, of sorts, but whatever it is is not very startling and it gets across pretty quickly, so that the rest of the book feels like a slog The message, if you can call it that, is something like Women have it really terrible in the crummy Yorkshire streets Wow, that s breaking news.And Barker pushes this message too hard, so that all her female characters are pathetic and all the male characters are evil, except one, and she kills him offl Come on, let s evolve a little bit.And her unflinching descriptions of rape, childbirth, and amateur abortion lack the impact that they should have, because you get the weird feeling that Barker is not so much using the images to color the story, but that she s sneering at what she believes is a pearl clutching, sheltered reader.I don t know about you, but I don t like being taken for a fool by an author


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I had a hard time deciding between three and four stars on this, but ended up settling for the latter Why Well, this is an extremely captivating and genuine feeling book about the struggles of seven very different working class women Even though their background is very different from the place I come from, I could empathize with their feelings very well and bring up sympathy even for the most difficult character At times it was hard to read though, not even for the subject matter which I I had a hard time deciding between three and four stars on this, but ended up settling for the latter Why Well, this is an extremely captivating and genuine feeling book about the struggles of seven very different working class women Even though their background is very different from the place I come from, I could empathize with their feelings very well and bring up sympathy even for the most difficult character At times it was hard to read though, not even for the subject matter which I knew about going in but for the many mentions of bodily fluids, wounds and a very questionable abortion happening in a kitchen However, these were elements of things happening that have to be talked about, despite not being pleasurable enough for people from a privileged background All in all, this book is a really great read and makes you think it raises awareness that even today and in the Western World , there are people who got the very short end of the stick and that they still are trying to make the best of what they have


  9. says:

    Excellent book The story is about a half a dozen women living in the same street All are at a different stage in their lives consequently their problems are different From the young teenager who is raped, to the old lady who is very sick expects to die soon Pat Barker seems to get inside the minds of all of her heroines has an easy stile that is very readable Excellent book The story is about a half a dozen women living in the same street All are at a different stage in their lives consequently their problems are different From the young teenager who is raped, to the old lady who is very sick expects to die soon Pat Barker seems to get inside the minds of all of her heroines has an easy stile that is very readable


  10. says:

    A bleak but moving book Pat Barker s first novel explores the lives and struggles of a group of women in the same ordinary street Each chapter tells the story of one woman, and these stories are loosely linked.

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