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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster Sigmund Freud's daughter Anna also a psychoanalyst stated The most sophisticated defense mechanism I ever encountered was becoming a psychotherapistIt is a common belief among those of us in psychiatry I am a pediatric psychiatric

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster Often a title illuminates a book and that’s certainly true here Julia the central character of The Unknown Bridesmaid is indeed unkn

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster “There had always been in her this meanness which every now and again got out of control”Ignore the sweet looking hints of the cover The Unknown Bridesmaid by Margaret Forster is the story of Julia a strangel

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster I managed to devour all 234 pages of Margaret Forster's The Unknown Bridesmaid at one goso riveting was her story and told as always in a crisp straightforward style that stays refreshing precious and memorable to the sensesAlso the beautiful part to a classic Forster novel is in taking comfort that not all family relationships are

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster Well written but I struggled all the way through The main chatacter grew and unpleasant Really sorry

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    summary ð eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Margaret Forster Margaret Forster ☆ 3 summary free read The Unknown Bridesmaid I will begin by admitting that I have my share of regrets in the past As this novel beautifully illustrates this does not necessarily mean I am a less ideal person andor that I have per se things that I should feel guilt for An overanalyzer as well as someone who fails to let go of things in all areas of life I find myself simmering in regret remorse guilt sometimes for things I logically see are not worthy; often not even of m

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster Margaret Forster ☆ 3 summary This is a wonderful book about how a child experiences growing up in a family where the mother is emotionally unavailable and the father is absent but the child doesn't understand why It's really about the possible results of childhood deprivation The tone is strangely calm but there's an undercurrent of fear and the Ju

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster The Unknown Bridesmaid is the newest novel from prolific author Margaret Forster Its premise is intriguing and rather mysterious ‘Julia was the only person who knew what happened that day But she didn’t tell

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster Growing GirlsThis is one of those intriguing novels that change before your very eyes starting brightly on the surface before plunging into moral depths that will keep you thinking long after you have closed the last page I won't say it is a case of the unreliable narrator for it is told in the third person and everything we lear

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    [PDF FREE] (The Unknown Bridesmaid) author Margaret Forster Margaret Forster ☆ 3 summary The Unknown Bridesmaid is Margaret Forster’s 26th novel the most famous of which is Georgy Girl 1965 I’ve read seven of these and enjoyed them all so I pounced when I saw this one at the library even though I have two of hers on the TBR including her award winning biography of Daphne du Maurier Well strike while the iron is hot eh?It’s an intense claustrophobic novel centred on Julia the unknown bridesmaid of the title when she was

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review The Unknown Bridesmaid Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB free read The Unknown Bridesmaid When Julia was eight she was asked to be a bridesmaid at her beautiful cousin Iris’s wedding Her mother saw this as a chore – expensive inconvenient – but Julia was thrilled When the time came even the fact that her bridesmaid’s dress didn’t fit and was plain cream rather than the pink she’d hoped for couldn’t ruin the day But after this things. There had always been in her this meanness which every now and again got out of control Ignore the sweet looking hints of the cover The Unknown Bridesmaid by Margaret Forster is the story of Julia a strangely disaffected child who becomes a successful child psychologist It s Julia s job to explore the hidden corners of culpability in her patients anti social self destructive and sometimes deviant behaviour and yet this is the very thing that Julia sidesteps so neatly in her own past and present The Unknown Bridesmaid the twenty sixth novel from the author is subtle and intelligent but far than that this is a dark tale of self deception and motivation in which the murky impulses of the main character lurk just beneath the surface of her actionsJulia is just eight years old when she s invited back to Manchester to be a bridesmaid for her cousin Iris Julia s mother is surprised by the invitation as she and her sister Maureen aren t close Even Julia recognizes that her mother and her aunt were engaged in some sort of complicated battle and there s the sense that Maureen s life took a turn for the better while Julia s mother s did not We re given an impression of Julia s mother and it isn t pleasant Julia s mother did not immediately accept the invitation for Julia to be a bridesmaid she waited three days and then she rang her sister up saying she doubted whether Julia could accept because of the expense involved There would be the dress the shoes the flowers and she had no money to spare for any of those things She reminded her sister that she was a widow on a small a very small pension Her sister was furious but she tried to keep the anger at Julia s mother boasting of her poverty which is how she regarded it out of her voice She reminded herself that her sister had had a hard time and was indeed uite poor whereas she herself was comparatively well off and ought to be magnanimous She said her sister was not to worry about the expense She said that of course she would pay for Julia s outfit and everything that went with it She had always intended to and should have made this clear If Julia s measurements were sent a dress would be made and shoes boughtJulia as a bridesmaid is not the main gist of the story but it is a pivotal event in which we see Julia for the first time She s an odd child If we want to be kind we d call her uiet and if we dislike Julia we d call her sneaky It s at Iris s wedding that we first grasp the idea that Julia has a certain emotional disconnect from the people around her Iris is a wonderful young woman warm kind loving and much loved and joyful yet Julia much like her own dreary joyless mother holds back and sees how everyone was in thrall to her cousin The wedding is just the first event in a chain of tragedy that binds Julia to her relatives in Manchester Financial circumstances and a dark secret involving Julia s father bring Julia and her mother back to Manchester to live and so the lives of the two sets of relatives twine together initially through the wedding and then through death A horrible incident occurs involving Julia and she may or may not be responsible She was the one who had always as a child wanted to ask uestions but had been trained not to She liked being asked them too or thought she did until the uestions became tricky and she began to worry about what her answers were revealing to herself as much as to the uestionerJulia shoves aside her involvement and the hint of guilt and plunges ahead into a childhood and adolescence full of emotionally disconnected acts of casual cruelty towards the other people in her life As she grows into her teens the acts becomes increasingly serious and focusedThe Unknown Bridesmaid maintains a uietly restrained narrative tone while exploring how a close knit group of people deal with a young girl who s emotionally disturbed As the narrative goes back and forth in time between the past and the present there s a fine film over all these events which covers obscures Julia s culpability and intentions Julia s childhood of increasingly abhorrent acts is spliced with her present as she counsels children with various emotional and behavioral problems As a psychologist Julia recognizes that it was tempting to confuse a child s evasion of the truth with a calculated piece of lying She s good at uncovering the motivations behind various children s destructive actions and while this talent may spring from her own emotionally difficult past the clarity Julia shows with her patients stops there Her insight is towards others not herselfThe Unknown Bridesmaid primarily a character study is a stunning novel and perhaps part of my admiration for the book comes in no small part to the fact that it plays into one of my pet theories those of us who give the most to strangers give nothing to our families and those we are supposed to love It s a version of Mrs Jellyby s telescopic philanthropy Structured differently let s say chronologically the plot would not contain as much mystery but the plot goes back and forth with the past and the present so we see Julia as a damaged child and later as a well functioning adult But as Julia s present unfolds we begin to uestion just how well functioning she really is As for Julia s past how should we judge the intentions of children when they don t understand their own impulses Julia very much remains an enigma to herself and her relatives especially Elsa a girl who once adored Julia and yet found herself the target of Julia s malicious spite Julia also remains a mystery to the reader partly due to the novel s clever structure and brilliant characterizations but also due to the novel s wonderful ending which while deliberately anticlimactic brings only deeper uestions involving the elusiveness of the truth and multiple versions of events

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review The Unknown Bridesmaid Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB free read The Unknown Bridesmaid Began to go wrong for Julia starting with an episode involving her cousin’s baby a pram and a secret trip round the block A lifetime later Julia is a child psychologist who every day deals with young girls said to be behaving badly Some are stealing some are running away from home some are terribly untidy some won’t eat or get out of bed Julia has a speci. I managed to devour all 234 pages of Margaret Forster s The Unknown Bridesmaid at one goso riveting was her story and told as always in a crisp straightforward style that stays refreshing precious and memorable to the sensesAlso the beautiful part to a classic Forster novel is in taking comfort that not all family relationships are perfect that they are likely to be sadly mutilated damaged and definitely frayed at some point at the edges The solution would lie in survival the art of plodding through everyday motions with cautious ferocity and grim fortitude In fact the novelist goes to great pains to exhibit that noisy or colourful clamour in a home may be regarded as anything but cosy There may just be one skeleton too many locked in a closet to be revealed a little at a time and that superficial pretensions to social relationships and the fragile threads that hold unlikely people together whether they be tiresome family aunts or misunderstood friends may actually prove to be of a necessary evil when measured in the bigger scheme of thingsIn The Unknown Bridesmaid Forster sketches a profound childhood story of a successful 48 year old child psychologist Julia whose job it is to counsel troubled children with expert ease The children that are summoned at different times to Julia s side all open painful little windows that gently reveal the lack of real understanding that adults especially those caught in difficult aspects of a crisis often appear to have over their own children already laden with complicated temperaments Mothers often appear to be brittle in tone are easily reproachful and many a time a confused lotBut Julia s story is itself not perfect Without giving anything away and through various episodes Julia harbours a strange guilt and fear that may be held similar to those of the children she so kindly talks to As a reader I found Julia s childhood character hardly endearing This deliberately made so by Forster But Julia wrestles well with her demons and becomes extremely likeable in adulthood as Forster takes us on Julia s clandestine journey of loneliness and detachment As the story progresses there is a clear touch of inspiration Like building blocks the exposition scenes where the past interjects with the present all fit neatlyone into the otherI particularly liked the major scenes that depicted the volatile relationship between Julia s middle aged mother and the girl s aunt The earlier hostility and grumblings that are tossed back and forth between the two grudging sisters would later translate through unexpected family troubles into a rough kindness a series of comforting dialogues and the confirmation of a faithful kinship The Unknown Bridesmaid is a perfect novel for any reader who appreciates complete honesty in family relationships

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review The Unknown Bridesmaid Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB free read The Unknown Bridesmaid Al knack with these girls She understands which really are troubled and which are at the mercy of the way they are seen by the adults around them But one day Julia’s own troubled past starts to creep into her present And as she struggles to understand her childhood self she must confront the possibility that the truth may not be as devastating as she feared. Growing GirlsThis is one of those intriguing novels that change before your very eyes starting brightly on the surface before plunging into moral depths that will keep you thinking long after you have closed the last page I won t say it is a case of the unreliable narrator for it is told in the third person and everything we learn about the protagonist Julia is true even though she may lie to others But it is most certainly a situation where you gradually discover that you have not known the character at allIt starts in two time frames roughly forty years apart Adult Julia is a child psychologist specializing in young girls with behavioral problems and we immediately see that she is very good at it firm when she needs to be but surprisingly understanding in cases that need little than a mediator between parent and child Child Julia living with her widowed mother in the north of England is to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin Iris in Manchester But the two mothers sisters do not get along so the experience is shadowed by family tensions Eventually Julia and her mother move to Manchester for reasons that are not explained to the little girl and Julia will spend most of her school years in close proximity to her aunt and uncle her cousin Iris and the latter s growing familyAt first Forster switches fairly rapidly between the two periods Julia s development as a child nonetheless forms a continuing thread whereas the descriptions of her various cases occur in short vignettes I found myself wanting of these enjoying Julia s remarkable insights and eager to follow through further on the outcomes At about this time I began to notice that these cases each paralleled some similar temptation or misdemeanor in Julia s childhood and wondered if Forster was not being a little too obvious in her construction But then some of the temptations are not resisted and the misdemeanors become rather serious What had seemed a normal childhood with a few ups and downs now begins to seem a deeply troubled oneThe adult Julia is appointed a magistrate one of those lay judges that sit in panels on lower courts in Britain I could not help thinking of Ian McEwan s novel The Children Act written at around the same time which shows how the decisions of a female judge in Children s Court are affected by what is going on in her private life Margaret Forster s book is similar except that Julia s decisions remain as judicious as ever and it is her earlier life that comes into uestion not her present one I find this even fascinating As the young Julia grows older and the two time periods converge we look for some epiphany some conversion moment that will explain how this increasingly mean little girl turned into the compassionate Solomon The longer we wait the we are forced to realize that professional wisdom and personal goodness need not go hand in hand and indeed that a bad person can still perform good acts What is so amazing is that even as we like Julia less and less even as an adult now we become and mesmerized by her The reviewer in The Independent had it absolutely right in the uotation printed on the back of this astonishing book The stringent control with which Forster denies absolution is remarkable and while disturbing believable That Julia remains unknown to all not least to herself is fascinating I could not put it better

  • Hardcover
  • 240
  • The Unknown Bridesmaid
  • Margaret Forster
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9780701188054