Friday, January 07, 2011
Books - Book Review - After Leaving Mr. Mackensie - Jean Rhys
This book counts for the 2011 International Book Challenge.
A young woman constantly asks old lovers for money. She goes to bars by herself, and the men keep asking her to go back to their apartments or hotel rooms with them. She looks for sugar daddies and her life style is scandalous to the family.
I had to look at the copyright year to find out why I wasn't really shocked; it was originally published in 1931, and proper young women didn't do these things!
Julia Martin lives in Paris. She is getting older; she is now in her 30s. She finds it harder to get money, she drinks too much, and she must find cheaper quarters as each year passes due to the drop of income.
After meeting another guy and deciding to go back home to London to see her family, she finds that her francs don't go far after the exchange rate. She tries to be a better daughter and sister but discovers that she just can't do it. Her sister has an idea of Julia does for a living and is jealous that Julia doesn't seem to care too much about responsibility.
This novel is a bit dark and depressing.
But, it still applies today. Many women still want have the easy life, and they don't realize that youth won't last. There will always be someone younger!
(I gave the lady on the cover a bikini :})