The Master Bedroom

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The Master Bedroom

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  • Title: The Master Bedroom
  • Author: Tessa Hadley
  • ISBN: 9780805080766
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hardback, excellent dust cover, binding, and pages clean inside

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    1. K on said:

      i started the master bedroom, hesitantly b/c i'd read other not so great reviews on a few other book sites, but i really really enjoyed it. the characters, while not exactly likable, were fascinating and real. the dialogue was snappy (i thought the lack of quotes would bother me but it didn't). i was prepared to dislike kate, who was entirely self centered and vain, yet she grew on me. i really enjoyed ms. hadley's writing, she envoked a sense of place very well. even tho some of the characters [...]

    2. Linda on said:

      flawed and introspective -- that's how I like the characters in a novel that I read sitting on the couch, too full of Thanksgiving dinner, to be. Yum.

    3. Lawrence on said:

      What you think you want turns out to be just as undesirable as what you had. And getting what you think you want only leads to regret. Enough said.

    4. Natalie on said:

      Tessa Hadley writes complicated, prickly people making complicated, prickly choices in lucid, precise prose. I may not always like her people but I always end up liking her books.

    5. Laura on said:

      From the reviews here, this book is clearly not for everyone. While Kate finds herself attracted to a son and father, there are no racy sex scenes. The attraction to a father and his son seems to be a mild taboo for some readers - or something they are not looking for in their fiction reading. I found the book to be a strong look at a woman who isn't thinking and the situations that come from not thinking. As others have noted, the quality of writing is strong. I was curious how the book would r [...]

    6. Nette on said:

      Well, this was a total waste of a Borders 30% off coupon. It's a high-brow, "literary" novel about a woman torn between having an affair with a married doctor or his 18-year-old son. What a dilemma! The heroine is so annoying that I kept hoping the other woman/mother would burst in and bean her with a frying pan, or whatever betrayed British houseives use on this occasions.Also, the author doesn't use quotation marks.-- Oh, darling, this is a terrible idea.-- But don't you see, we cannot fight t [...]

    7. Nina on said:

      I find myself agreeing with most of the other reviews of this book. Kate, the main character, seems so self-referential and full of ego that it's hard to like her. She moves back home to take care of her sweet old mother, Billie, in what sounds like a very unusual, old dwelling. Her antics are unamusing. Her actions only seem to be about her; she is very narcissistic in a low key way. I hate when an author doesn't put dialogue in quotes! I don't get it--it just ruins the dialogue for me. The onl [...]

    8. Cherise Wolas on said:

      In Kate Flynn, Hadley has created a refreshing protagonist, a woman in her 40s, who is not pining for a relationship or a child. Kate, a university professor, has abandoned London, her longtime home, and her career, to return to Wales to care for her aging mother, Billie, in the home in which both were born and grew up. Yes, Kate is there for Billie, but for herself as well. Tessa Hadley is a wonderful observer, and psychologically acute. I love reading her work, for sentences such as this: Kate [...]

    9. Bettye on said:

      Tessa Hadley is a new to me author. I have loved other books of hers and scooped this one up because of my love of her other books. In general, her characters are complex, her plots are not so much - which is exactly the mix I like. This novel is about a middle-aged daughter who moves home to Wales to take care of her aging mother. The daughter, Kate, might sound saintly in that description, but she is anything but. Not that she's evil or anything. Kate is complicated, like most of us. But, she [...]

    10. Kat on said:

      Kate, who has been teaching history at a university in London, returns to the mansion in Cardiff where she grew up to care for her mother, Billie, who has become "dotty." There she becomes infatuated with a married man and simultaneously becomes the object of infatuation for a young man half her age. Drawn gauzily through this novel of personal relationships are questions about class prejudice (seen from the elite POV, but not without some awareness) and whether there are supernatural moments or [...]

    11. Mickey Collins on said:

      Did not finish. I read about 80 pages of this before I realized: this is good writing but no story. At least not a story that captured my attention.

    12. Sigrun Hodne on said:

      I use to like Hadley's books a lot - but this one is rather disappointing - : it leaves me with a question (or maybe it's a feeling) anyway -- translated into words it is this: SO WHAT?!

    13. Emily on said:

      really excellent for what it is. tessa hadley is obvs hecka skilled, and this was a tight little novel -- characters, setting, plot expertly rendered.

    14. Annabel Price on said:

      Only just finished and not that impressed. It's story, a bit slow and not really engrossing. Seems to be one that I will quickly forget

    15. Dorian Thornley on said:

      Good writers observe, stare at and eavesdrop on other people, not because they find them attractive in any way but because they seem so alien and almost bizarre in their behavior. We all have similar hopes, fears, desires & particularly; motivations, but some of us just have such odd ways of navigating them. Why on earth would you say that? Wear that? Do that? Read that? Look at the crazy shit people get up to or think about when no ones watching or listening in. Hadley’s fiction feels mor [...]

    16. YoSafBridg on said:

      okay, so i finally finished reading this one: The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley, after i-don't-know-how-long, it seems i might have given up reading (for a nonce, anyway)~every time i pick up a book i can only read a page or two, which really sucks, because i have all of this idle time on my hands~not sleeping, and all~and with a semi-constant headache/migraine that cannot bear movement, or much light, or much sound~so household maintenance is definitely out of the question (oh so very sad, isn [...]

    17. Lisa Mettauer on said:

      As I’ve been thinking on what to say here about The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley, everything I come up with makes the book seem less than appealing. But I really liked this book. The main character, 40-something Kate Flynn, quits her college teaching job in London to go to Cardiff, Wales, to care for her aging and close-to-senile mom, Billie. She’s kind of mean to her. Though with Billie almost all the time, Kate bosses her around and is always trying to make her leave the room. Then, afte [...]

    18. Beth Bonini on said:

      I borrowed this book off of a communal shelf at Jane Austen's House -- and I didn't recognize the author, or expect much from it. It was one of those books, though, that proved to be a really absorbing read.The protagonist is a 43 year old woman (as am I), and I'm aware of being drawn to stories who feature someone like me -- a trait of children's reading, really. Anyway, I read this fact on the blurb on the back of the book -- and that's what made me pick out the book.In this case, the protagon [...]

    19. Karen on said:

      I received this novel as part of Library Thing's Early Reviewers program and truthfully would have given up on it about halfway through if I'd just been reading it for myself. At first, I found it quite engaging -- witty, well-written dialogue and Kate, a main character whose eccentricities I thought would be entertaining throughout. But as I got further in, the plot seemed stagnant and I realized there wasn't much to like to about Kate or any of the other characters.[return][return]Another revi [...]

    20. Karen Angelico on said:

      Tessa Hadley writes with incredible subtlety. The Master Bedroom is a novel about mid-life yearnings, family and life purpose. Hadley writes in a way that is simple and yet incredibly layered and thought provoking. I am always drawn immediately into Hadley's setting and characters; she puts a microscope on what seems to be very ordinary lives and brings out the passions, hopes, dreams, thoughts and fears that lie in all of us. Hadley never concludes stories with a nice tidy bow, and this novel i [...]

    21. Alison Hardtmann on said:

      Kate Flynn returns to her childhood home in Cardiff after many successful years in London to care for her aging mother. Jobless and lonely, she enters into a slow courtship with the married brother of her best friend, David, and then an affair with the man's teenage son.Kate is aimless and careless, pretentious and prickly. Neither she nor David are willing to expose themselves by overtly declaring affection for one another. David's wife removes herself emotionally from their marriage, but refus [...]

    22. Sara Habein on said:

      The trouble with The Master Bedroom is that while I found sentence after paragraph after page that made me want to start writing something new, I still found Kate rather unlikeable. She didn’t grow to any significant degree. She potters around her life, straining to feel like “herself,” though I was never quite sure who that was. Though she’s willing to vaguely complain to her friends, she expects her romantic interests to read her mind. She can’t be bothered to take charge, despite he [...]

    23. Jennifer on said:

      Mmm. I read this. I remember the main character, Kate. But the novel didn't stick in my brain - the internal lives of the characters were unaccessible, so I was left with the impression of watching their movements at a great distance - like watching modern dance nearsighted without one's glasses from the cheap seats in the balcony far, far from the stage. It's breezy, which made it a fun read in the moment but perhaps with a little ADD toss of the head at the end. You know, like -- "hey, now wha [...]

    24. Jane on said:

      I was stunned. So I guess that's good. I was completely surprised by the ending, not that Kate was pregnant, but that she cut off relationships after her mother died. My sentimental need for closure took over. I really like what Tessa Hadley does with relationships, particularly marriage relationships, but this was hard to take. I cared about Kate and Carol and Billie and Jamie and David so much. She created that empathy. And then, it seemed, she said, "Too bad dinosaurs, time to die." That's my [...]

    25. Dave Comerford on said:

      I stumbled across a strong short story by Tessa Hadley on the radio and wanted more of the same. The only trace of Tessa in my local library is this book, and I initially dismissed it on the basis of its cover art and title. It took me 5 seconds to realize that I was judging a book by its proverbial, and that thought sufficed to trigger an about-turn. I am not unhappy I pursued it. I found the lives depicted in the book believable and their struggles compelling. I looked forward to reading it at [...]

    26. Myer Kutz on said:

      I'm always on the lookout for contemporary British novelists who write for mature audiences. I read a New Yorker story (a good place to get introduced to a new writer) by Tessa Hadley and liked it well enough to give one of her novels a shot. I read The Master Bedroom in a couple of sittings. The prose is straightforward; Hadley never strains for effect. She does use an odd method of punctuating quotes, which breaks down now and then, but I got used to it. The characters are completely drawn, th [...]

    27. CLM on said:

      Even when she was a teenager she'd always known that this thing, this falling into a new obsession, was something you did to yourself. You chose to abandon yourself to it. Always, given that choice, Kate had gone in deeper and deeper still, as if the disorder were life itself.* * * I liked the way this started off but then it developed in a predictably self-destructive way, and while I was engrossed enough to read until I finished I decided I didn't like it very much.The heroine has a tuft of wh [...]

    28. Sandra on said:

      Probably merits 3.5 stars. Enjoyable, very well-written but did not really fulfill it's description (title and 'sexy read') which is less Tessa Hadley's fault and more the publishers. I found myself skipping the descriptions in order to get on with the story, which was thinner, and less believable than it ought to have been. And I remembered how I had luxuriated in the descriptive passages written by William McIlvannay, read them over just for the pleasure It probably merits a re-read some time [...]

    29. Pat on said:

      I definitely had to push myself to finish this book. I'm not sure why I did. The main character, Kate, returns to her childhood home to care for her aging mother, leaving behind her career and life in London. From the beginning, Kate is self-absorbed, caustic and generally unlikeable. Somehow these qualities attract her best friend's brother and his son. Her sexual relationship with the under-age son is odd (and illegal in the U.S.). The ending was quite surprising to me; at long last, her arrog [...]

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