misstreebc (misstreebc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

# 71 Diary of an Ordinary Woman

Diary of

an Ordinary Woman

Margaret Forster

Millicent King was just an ordinary woman who lived through two world
wars and the devastating loss that entails, into the age of
anti-nuclear, anti-war, feminist protests and marches of the 1960's and
1970's and even beyond. She was an early feminist, in her own way, who
lived an unconventional, independent life, having a few lovers, and a
long-term relationship outside the bounds of marriage. She seems to
have been an incredibly strong woman. In other words, not so ordinary,
but extraordinary.

This is a novel, yet feels completely authentic. According to the
author, it is based on a set of actual diaries that captured her
imagination, yet, which she never got to see. The way the book reads,
it's very hard to believe that she never did see the diaries.

I think that one reason that I loved this book so much, and one reason
it feels so real and authentic is that it was written entirely in the
character's voice. The author never forced her own voice into the

I absolutey loved this book! I definitely want to read more of
Margaret Forster's work, and have added this to my rapidly expanding
list of favorites.


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