(Lire ☆ Patience) Auteur John Coates – gh4crew.co.uk
Patience was first published in 1953 At first glance it seems to be a light comedic romp as the reader watches twenty eight year old Patience who is a mother to three and stuck in a lifeless marriage of seven years experience a sexual awakening But underneath the humor and the oh so many darlings John Coates writes a satire about love and marriage the duties of a submissive wife and the views of the Catholic church I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the world through Patience s eyes No summary of the plot of this book can give even an inkling of its charm Patience is a strict Catholic who has produced 3 daughters in less than 7 years of marriage to Edward an older man chosen for her by her mother even though he is not a Catholic The novel starts when Patience s repressed brother Lionel informs her that Edward has a mistress On the rebound from this shattering revelation Patience sleeps with a penniless musician Philip with whom she has her first orgasm ever Discovering all at once what love and sex are all about Patience decides to get rid of Edward and make a life with Philip a daunting prospect for an observing Catholic However when ransacking Edward s desk for evidence of his affair she finds proof that his first wife is still alive Therefore although Edward was legally divorced when he married her in the eyes of the Catholic Church he should not have married her There is never any doubt of where this fairytale is going of course Patience finds true happiness after managing to push Edward in the arms of his mistress without him suspecting that she has a lover of her own What makes this novel utterly delightful to read is the author s lightness of touch Patience s sexual awakening and gradual reconciliation of her religion with her newly gained agency are described with gentle humor Patience gets wise to the ways of men without losing anything of her sweetness and innocence in the best sense of the word In the end although she reassesses a number of the tenets of her religion she keeps her faith in a loving God intact Deceptively simple and in an odd way timeless I was intrigued by this book The summer before last when I heard Nicola Beauman speak at my library she mentioned that she was delighted she had found a comedy that would bring something
NEW SOMETHING THAT SHE FELT WASsomething that she felt was from the Persephone list It was too early for her to share any of the details but I m uite sure that this is it It s the story of 28 year old Patience Gathorne Galley She s a good Catholic girl independently wealthy with a husband Edward and three little girls Star Sue and
Sal But Patience is an innocent hopelessly naive She relies on her siblings for advice Lionel is a good devout CatholicBut Patience is an innocent hopelessly naive She relies on her siblings for advice Lionel is a good devout Catholic wife s desertion hasn t shaken his faith one iota Helen on the other hand is a lapsed Catholic living in sin with an Anglican solicitor Ah yes SIN That word is writ living in sin with an Anglican solicitor Ah yes SIN That word is writ in all their lives Lionel takes the avoidance of sin terribly seriously Helen is rather sanguine but she hasn t completely lost the values she was raised with And Patience knew that it was a very bad thing that she really should avoid She really was that naive a young woman passed directly from her parents to her husband with no chance at all to look at the world around her She was surprised when Lionel told her that Edward had a mistress He was a good reliable husband and why ever would a woman Jeune naïve olie et satisfaite de son existence uotidienne Patience a été pendant sept ans une épouse soumise et une mère de famille parfaite Tout cela sans amais éprouver le moindre plaisir physiue Subissant le devoir conjugal en bonne catholiue et avec le sourire s'il vous plaît Patience passe le temps en pensant à autre chose
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The subtitle is A Proper Girl Improperly in Love so I obviously loved this Patience 28 years old and already the mother of three daughters is an obedient and submissive wife in the upper middle English style She defers to her husband Edward and Nanny and has a generalised well being due mostly to her own beauty and wealth her happiness in her small children and an ability to take pleasure in small things She rarely has a serious or analytical thought and is or less wafting through life a serious or analytical thought and is or less wafting through life she stumbles upon evidence that her husband Edward not only has a mistress but even inconveniently a first wife who is still alive As Patience is a practicing Catholic the presence of this wife seems to indicate that her own marriage is invalid When Patience falls in love with Philip a concert pianist the situation devolves into a bit of a muddle Having ust experienced love and lust for the first time Patience is both losing her innocence and becoming worldly in the sense of managing men Sin and the strictures of the Catholic churchThe tone of this novel is drawing room comedy light arch satirical The protagonist is a bird brained well brought up girl who is perhaps not as dumb as she seems It all moves along at a fast clip and was hugely readable but didn t make much of an impression on me Perhaps I read it in the wrong mood but it SOS Schlank ohne Sport - just seemed a bit silly What a powerful indictment of religion s singular ability to impede us from being fully human from experiencing our freedom and theoy of incarnation The protagonist Patience is surprised by her sudden ability to experience human love in an otherwise comfortable but passionless life She deems its pursuit to be worth the possible scorn of family and friends She is fortunate to have a sister who had provided a model for self realization and the financial means to facilitate a new life Patience doesn t precisely lose her Catholic faith but rather in the meaning of innocence and virginity and Sin and in the importance of behaving as she was meant to behave In so doing she becomes fully herself which is what we are all meant to do in the short time allotted us I really enjoyed this light hearted and funny story of a naive wife and mother who discovers that her husband is having an affair but doesn t mind because it gives her the chance to explore an awakening of her ownI don t think it s meant to be realistic Everything s far too providential and exaggerated Just an enjoyable romp I was charmed and amused by Patience but I didn t really care for her I found her naivety cartoonish really over the top but I m not sure if that was because this book was written in the 1950 s or because the author is male I very much appreciated the English humor and I ust delighted in reading a Persephone novel I admit I did laugh often and even though it s been a few days I m still thinking about this book Patience is described by Persephone books as being a sophisticated and delightful novel it is also a gentle little comedy I m not sure I would use the word sophisticated myself but novel it is also a gentle little comedy I m not sure I would use the word sophisticated myself but do think there is a surprising sharpness to this novel which lies submerged beneath the gentle humourpatience2Patience Gathorne Galley is a perfec Then who wants you tenderly I don t know Whom you talk to whom you love whom you laugh with Who gossips and uarrels and teases and laughs Who satisfies you All those things The daily lo. R avec son époux tenir son rôle d'épouse le our et d'amante la nuit pendant ue lui même vaue à ses occupations Si seulement tout cela ne la condamnait pas au Péché Si elle veut vivre pleinement cet amour naissant et passionnel Patience devra affronter mille difficultés et de terribles – mais réjouissants – affres de conscience. Ant to go to bed A MAN WHEN IT WASN T man when it wasn t marital duty Yes there was a story waiting to happen here And happen it did Patience met a man Phillip She fell in love And in lust She understood in a sort of flash of revelation almost everything Lionel had ever told her It really was different getting into bed with someone who wasn t your husband And no wonder Lionel was so anxious no one should begin because once having begun and knowing how lovely it was one would find it very difficult to stop When she confided in Helen her sister assured her that it wasn t Making India Work just the fact that Phillip wasn t her husband that made the difference And then Patience knew that her future had to be spent with Phillip and her babies But however could she disentangle herself from Edward and not fall into sin Patience s attempts to do that to reach her happy ending make this a charming comedy of manners It sails along beautifully with lovely dialogue batted back and forth by beautifully drawn characters I could see them and I could hear their voices I could imagine actors on a stage having wonderful fun with this material too John Coates captures the feminine psyche extraordinarily well I am inclined to believe that he was brought up with sisters and that maybe he had a colourful aunt or two But that sust speculation so let s Everwar (Cal Leandros, just say he understands women He writes beautifully too with a light touch with a lovely turn of phrase and withust the right amount of wit I found that I could even forgive Patience s habit of addressing everyone as dear Patience s faith and the problems created by the differences between church and secular law provided a serious thread that counterbalanced the comedy and the romance uite beautifully There were some very nice twists and turns along the way Moments of comedy and moments of oy deftly handled I turned the pages uickly and stayed up rather later than I had planned because I so wanted to know what was going to happen And yet my feelings were mixed There were times when I found Patience irksome It is one thing to be a simple soul but even the simplest souls have some awareness some concern for the feelings of others But Patience didn t she was utterly oblivious thinking only of what she wanted It was wonderful that her discovery of love and passion swept away everything save her maternal love but I found it hard to believe that any grown woman could be uite so insensitive to other people s feelings Maybe that says about me than the book I ve often been told that I m too serious and that I over think things But I m afraid that near the end when Patience said that she had grown up and all that it meant that she was forceful in getting her own way I was bitterly disappointed I ust needed some little acknowledgement that she might have been thoughtless or some little sign that she had sympathy or understanding for others But it never came And an afterword revealed that Patience never really grew up at all Seeing love conuer all was delightful and the way that the story played out was a No Way Home joy But to me this looks like a flawed gem I saw the beauty and the flaws but I suspect some will see only the beauty and others will see only the flaws I d like to read it again soon because I don t rule out feeling differently on a different day and I m going to be very very curious to find out how other readers react when they meet Patience. Es menus de la semaine la sortie au parc avec ses trois adorables filles Mais unour deux événements viennent bouleverser sa vie alors u'elle apprend ue son mari entretient une liaison Patience rencontre le beau Philip et ne tarde pas à découvrir les Sequins and Spurs joies de la chair dans une fulgurante révélation ue faire Ne pourrait elle s'arrange.