Jun 04, 2020
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
Posted by Barbara Comyns

Marry in haste, repent at leisure Sophia is twenty one years old, carries a newt Great Warty around in her pocket and marries in haste a young artist called Charles Swept into bohemian London of the thirties, Sophia is ill equipped to cope Poverty, babies however much loved and her husband conspire to torment her Hoping to add some spice to her life, SophMarry in haste, repent at leisure Sophia is twenty one years old, carries a newt Great Warty around in her pocket and marries in haste a young artist called Charles Swept into bohemian London of the thirties, Sophia is ill equipped to cope Poverty, babies however much loved and her husband conspire to torment her Hoping to add some spice to her life, Sophia takes up with the dismal, ageing art critic, Peregrine, and learns to repent her marriage and her affair at leisure But in this case virtue is than its own reward, for repentance brings an abrupt end to a life of unpaid bills, unsold pictures and unwashed crockery

  • Title: Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
  • Author: Barbara Comyns
  • ISBN: 9780860683537
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Comyns, Barbara, Gould Nov , Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Comyns, Barbara, Gould, Emily on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns Our Spoons Came From Woolworths is about year old Sophia who gets married to Charles, a young painter, in the s in London After only a few weeks of post marital bliss reality sets in when Sophia gets pregnant and it turns out that Charles is a lazy, ego centric narcissist who doesn t even dream of getting a job and rather sends his pregnant wife to work so that they can buy milk and bread Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Kindle edition by Comyns Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Kindle edition by Comyns, Barbara, Gould, Emily Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns About Our Spoons Came from Woolworths I told Helen my story and she went home and cried So begins Our Spoons Came from Woolworths But Barbara Comyns s beguiling novel is far from tragic, despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Paperback Porter So begins Our Spoons Came from Woolworths But Barbara Comyns s beguiling novel is far from tragic, despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures Sophia is twenty one and nave when she marries fellow artist Charles. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Paperback Third Place So begins Our Spoons Came from Woolworths But Barbara Comyns s beguiling novel is far from tragic, despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures Sophia is twenty one and nave when she marries fellow artist Charles. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Walmart Our Spoons Came From Woolworths is Sophia s story It is set in the thirties, but told, some years later, to a good friend who didn t know Sophia then It was a simple, and very well executed, framing device. Barbara Comyns, Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Jan , Barbara Comyns, Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Posted on January , by Simon Lavery Barbara Comyns novel Our Spoons Came from Woolworths first published in has attracted considerable critical attention recently, much of it a consequence of reissues by various publishing houses of several Comyns novels notably NYRB Classics in autumn . Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns, Maggie Jul , Buy Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns, Maggie O Farrell from Waterstones today Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over Buy Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns, Maggie O Farrell from Waterstones today

    Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Marry in haste repent at leisure Sophia is twenty one years old carries a newt Great Warty around in her pocket and marries in haste a young artist called Charles Swept into bohemian London of the t

    Nate D

    Read entirely aloud over Skype with Maya while we re on different continents Probably the slightest of Comyns novels I ve come across yet but it s just her second Even so, she has such a perfect yet completely unaffected and conversational turn of phrase that she s always a pleasure Plus Social realism the precise details of class and place and social atmosphere in depression era England are spot on and create a vivid portrait She crams the pages with perfect particulars Right down to the title. [...]


    Diane Barnes

    I love these Virago Modern Classic books Anytime I see these distinctive green or black spines with beautiful artwork on their covers at book sales, I pick them up without looking at the titles, because I already know how good they ll be By women authors sometimes long out of print, they are rescued by Virago and brought back into circulation for a new generation Novels by women, about women, of all ages and walks of life I haven t read one yet I didn t like.From a note by the author on the titl [...]


    Debbie Robson

    One of my pet hates and my followers will know this is a writer who writes outside their characters sensibilities For instance, we think we know a character but then the author uses observations, allusions and metaphors beyond that character s thought processes Thankfully this isn t the case with the very quirky and unconventional Our Spoons Came From Woolworths.Sophia is a young commercial artist who marries, in haste, an artist called Charles The novel begins quite simply I told Helen my story [...]


    Sarah

    I was quickly drawn into this strange novel It is narrated by Sophia in her youthful, passive voice She meets a man called Charles on a train, they are both carrying artists portfolios, and they soon decide to marry We are given an insight into the life of 1930 s bohemian London and their personal decline into financial despair and poverty Sophia and Charles marry in haste and live a chaotic and ungrounded life It is written in a chatty, conversational way as she describes happy and sad events T [...]


    Josh

    Things one dreads usually are it s only the things we look forward to that go all wrong There seemed no point in being good or bad everything was so dreadful in any case At times, sad and pessimistic, and at others, quirky, comical and entertaining, Comyn s Spoons was my introduction to her work I m not entirely sure if I appreciated this as much as many have on here due to reading it in small doses on a long flight to and from a very distant location, but as I rated this a 3 , I can say that I [...]


    James Murphy

    On the copyright page of Our Spoons Came from Woolworths is the italicized comment The only things that are true in this story are the wedding and Chapters 10, 11 and 12 and the poverty Despite the disclaimer I suspect many dimensions of this novel are autobiographical There are some parallels in Sophia Fairclough s story of a bohemian and artistic life between the wars and that of her creator, Barbara Comyns I believe the poverty, especially, is real I think of this as a novel about poverty It [...]


    Mij Woodward

    One of the best reads I ve had in a very long time Added it to my favorites bookshelf.Hard to put this book down Just wanted to stay in the world that Barbara Comyns took me to, and the woman whose story it was Sophia.Wonderful comical moments that made it hard for me to keep my composure when reading this book down at Starbucks.This should be required reading for any women s studies class about feminist ideas, and what was expected in former times by a lot of men about the women in their lives, [...]


    Ape

    I absolutely loved this book, and have enjoyed everything by Comyns thus far I m just sorry that I ve come to the end of the three pack of her books that I bought and I currently don t have anything else by her in the house to read.Having read little bits about her, it sounds as though this tale is in part inspired by her own life She sounds like she was a fascinating person This is the tale of Sophia, and possibly also the tale of why in many cases 20 is too young to be married and having kids [...]


    Melissa

    This book is narrated by Sophia Fairclough, the main character of the book and deals with her rather difficult life during the 1930 s in London The language is very simple and straightforward, which is so fitting for Sophia it s as if we are reading her diary or sitting and listening to her story over an afternoon cup of tea.Sophia meets Charles and they instantly fall in love and decide that they want to get married Even though they are only twenty one years old and his family does not approve [...]


    Georgie

    Poignant, funny More people should read and love this.Sophia plunges into marriage with the man of her dreams, but poverty emotional and actual takes its toll There is a happy ending and a second chance at love, but the emotional heft comes in the painful disintegration of Sophia s first marriage What s special about this book written in 1950 is that Comyns relates all the truly awful things that happen to the naive heroine with a Brief Encounter style of dry detachment that can, on the one hand [...]


    Snort

    I m a sucker for the naive, eternally optimistic protagonist in the coming of age novel Sophia walks the tightrope between innocence and worldliness, as she survives through beastly poverty and some not very nice men Whimsical and at times brutal, but never melancholic, this is another book I found myself rationing over the last week While I was swept away by The Vet s Daughter s strange gothic current, this lesser known gem was like a delightful babbling brook but don t look too close, or you [...]


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    Daniela

    Our Spoons Came From Woolworths is about 21 year old Sophia who gets married to Charles, a young painter, in the 1930s in London After only a few weeks of post marital bliss reality sets in when Sophia gets pregnant and it turns out that Charles is a lazy, ego centric narcissist who doesn t even dream of getting a job and rather sends his pregnant wife to work so that they can buy milk and bread and pay rent From then on things don t really get better for the heroine until the very end.Sophia te [...]


    Eileen

    While I liked this very much, I think the sense of plotlessness would probably irritate many people On the other hand, the plotlessness is set up in parallel to the subject matter in a way that looks effortless spontaneous, so I think it works very well The only thing that bothered me was the frame of the narrative, which is pat and easy The whole story is funny and engaging, maybe even an off kilter brand of charming The library doesn t have any Barbara Comyns and I find that unfortunate.


    Pickle Farmer

    Really enjoyed this A hysterical portrait of a bohemian marriage.


    Cleo Bannister

    A young woman tells her story as a young mother in 1930 s London The poverty is almost overshadowed by this young woman s grit and her conversational tone when underplaying with a light touch some equally delightful and heart wrenching events I couldn t help feeling that she would be appalled by the social media age where every day occurrences seem to be blown into a major drama.Here the part which is used for the title perfectly sums up the style used throughout the novel I had hoped they would [...]


    Teri

    This is the very strange story of a young 21 year old Sophia, living in London just after World War II Life was hard in Europe at the time, it is the middle of a depression and many people were struggling to get by Sophia meets Charles, who she falls in love with Against the wishes of his family, Charles marries Sophia in a quiet ceremony The two lived a very bohemian lifestyle as artists grasping for their next opportunity to paint or model But times were hard and the two often found themselves [...]


    Runwright

    This starts off being the story of a young couple Charles and Sophia, the first person narrator who is recounting the story of their lives eight years later Charles and Sophia are both artists and they meet when they are 20 and decide to get married a year later As young artists, they have very little money and even less family support to start their marriage The title refers to them furnishing their matrimonial home on a budget and hoping that the jeweler would give them some real silver teaspo [...]


    Kathleen

    This is the end of my book, but not the end of my story, which will go on until I die but now we have come to such a happy part of my life there is very little to say about it At first, because I wasn t used to happiness and freedom from worry, I would be terrified that disaster was coming round the corner at any minute I expected that Rollo would suddenly say he didn t love me any , or that the house was mortgaged up tot he hilt and we must sell everything we had got and go and live in one room [...]


    Ali

    My third read for All Virago all August and so far I am really enjoying reading my lovely green VMC s and having the chance to get to grips with authors I know less well, or as in the case of Barbara Comyns not at all Like the last book I read Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane this novel also seems to divide opinion a bit I can see why There is much misery and things do seem relentlessly grim for most of the novel The blurb on the back cover of my VMC edition promises the reader a very happy ending [...]


    Georgiana 1792

    I miei anni a rincorrere il vento narra la storia di Sophia, dietro la cui identit si cela la stessa Comyns, che, giovanissima e orfana di entrambi i genitori, parte per Londra e gi prima di scendere dal treno ha impulsivamente deciso di sposare Charles, un giovane artista che ha appena conosciuto una giovane ingenua Sophia, incosciente, avventata, che non sa niente del mondo perch figlia dei suoi tempi ci troviamo infatti nel primo dopoguerra, in un periodo di crisi economica e in un ambiente b [...]


    Laura

    I came to this book because Maggie O Farrell recommends it in an interview as a good one about motherhood and life with young children, not a very common thing to find of course, you can only find the time to read it if your children are not quite so young any But it is many things a Cinderella story, a depiction of the artistic, Bohemian scene in Soho in the thirties, and mostly, that very unusual thing, a funny book about poverty.I still feel ambivalent about the poverty issue It feels morall [...]


    Literary Relish

    Sophia Fairclough is a hopelessly na ve young woman pretty, foolish and all too trusting Falling for and promptly marrying wannabe artist Charles, Sophia s world plummets rapidly from carefree Bohemia into abject poverty, rarely managing to scrape the money together even to feed the baby not that she could ever bear to admit it to her friends and neighbours Relayed as a reflection from the past told to a friend, Sophia s early twenties are full of quirky friendship, hardship and frightfully disa [...]


    Beth Bonini

    At the end of March, I went to a book talk on Virago Modern Classics at the wonderful Daunt Bookshop Author Maggie O Farrell championed this particular book and two things that she said about it really stuck with me First, she said that it had a wonderful sense of place the place being London, the bohemian, artsy bit of it, during the Depression of the 1930s The other thing she emphasised was the voice of the narrator distinctive, without any obvious literary influences, like no other Having rea [...]


    Jessica

    I loved this novel Published in 1950, the narrator Sophia is a young artist in London and falls in with a fellow artist they marry and in doing so, he loses his allowance She writes in first person about marriage, poverty, and giving birth There is a note at the beginning of the novel that most is fiction, but chapters 10 12 are true Well, those chapters are about giving birth in a pre war London hospital and they are terrifying I wanted to hug and hold Sophia so many times while reading She doe [...]


    Liz

    Loved everything about this The pet fox, the asshole husband, the horrors of giving birth in public hospitals, the never ending scramble for extra shillings I read the public hospital passages out loud to my pregnant friend in order to traumatize her UPDATE Re read Sept 21 2017Was able to pound through this in a day It really is an enjoyable read The narrative style is so flat sometimes it definitely reads like a monotone list of things that happened But that helps make all the grotesque parts t [...]


    Leonie

    Barbara Comyns s heroines are rather like Jean Rhys s in their drifting vulnerable passivity, especially to men, and the way in which this vulnerable passivity doesn t crowd out some sharp observation of others They tend to be ready and hopeful for things to go well, though This is the story of Sophia, married very young to a very young self absorbed artist called Charles They are both very unready for marriage and housekeeping and children but while Sophia struggles and does her best Charles r [...]


    Alun Williams

    When the green Virago Modern Classics first came out I used to buy one regularly frequently judging them by the picture on the cover Many struck me as being dull and worthy This little novel is one of the few of them that I have kept and re read several times It is an excellent book to cheer oneself up with Sophia, the young mother who tells us part of her life story, mostly set in 1930s Bohemian London , is an endearing, childlike, and rather foolish heroine with a fondness for newts Her impuls [...]


    Roberta

    Our Spoons Came From Woolsworth I miei anni a rincorrere il vento nella traduzione italiana l autobiografia romanzata dell autrice, Barbara Comyns, che a ventun anni e negli anni Trenta si ritrova a Londra, velocemente sposata ad un artista povero in canna e in possesso di un orribile carattere, la cui famiglia la incolpa di averlo irretito, abbassato al suo livello, e quando rimane incinta del primo figlio, anche di averlo incastrato con una famiglia quando la sua arte richiede tutta la sua att [...]


    Ann

    I ve discovered the fresh voice of an author who was born in 1909 and died in 1992 Barbara Comyns introduced me to the Bohemian scene in London in the 1930s and I feel like I was there A simple story of one woman s hasty marriage at 21 and the resulting drama Lack of funds, a husband who almost doesn t notice he is being kept by her modelling fees and is extremely disapproving when Sophia finds herself expecting Heartbreak is told in the same voice as celebration and it is up to the reader to di [...]



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