100 Scenes from Married Life: A Selection - Giles GordonHutchinson, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with loss at the head of the spine and creasing to the flaps with a sticker remnant to the upper panel. Top corner of the first blank clipped. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
From the cover: “Take a man, middle-class, married with three children, living in London in the mid-1970s. A rising young executive, comfortable, feeling the first twinges of middle-age — the raw material of thousands of television plays, novels and articles. From the outside Edward Parkes is a sociological abstraction, a figure so anonymous as to stand half in the realms of the surreal. Yet in his ordinariness Edward is utterly true. Through his hopes and desperations, and those of his wife, Ann, Giles Gordon has captured the reality of a certain kind of urban marriage, and made it come alive in a way no sociologist can.
Readers of About A Marriage, Giles Gordon’s second novel, will be familiar with the terrain of100 Scenes from Married Life. But this later book reveals the same characters in far greater emotional complexity, and is written more ambitiously. What Giles Gordon has attempted in this book is nothing less than a model of the external and internal chaos of two human lives. His theme, brilliantly realized, is the complete extraordinariness and emotional depth of what we are accustomed to take for granted as ordinary.”