The Matron

The Matron A perfectly measured narrative of a lonely woman who desperate for love and the means of assuaging her sense of guilt slides inexorably toward her own destruction In the mid s lonely middle age

  • Title: The Matron
  • Author: Dawn Garisch
  • ISBN: 9781905802616
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A perfectly measured narrative of a lonely woman who, desperate for love and the means of assuaging her sense of guilt, slides inexorably toward her own destruction In the mid 1950s, lonely middle aged spinster, Phyllis, has spent much of her adult life caring for her ailing mother After her mother s death she takes a position as a matron at an exclusive Cape Town boardinA perfectly measured narrative of a lonely woman who, desperate for love and the means of assuaging her sense of guilt, slides inexorably toward her own destruction In the mid 1950s, lonely middle aged spinster, Phyllis, has spent much of her adult life caring for her ailing mother After her mother s death she takes a position as a matron at an exclusive Cape Town boarding school, and begins to keep a journal of her daily encounters and experiences something she has not done since the age of 16, before becoming pregnant by her cousin and being forced to give the child up for adoption As she tries to settle into her new life, Phyllis remains haunted by the shame she brought on her family When a new boy is enrolled into the school, Phyllis becomes convinced he is her grandson Michael, small and vulnerable, quickly becomes a victim of bullying, and Phyllis finds a renewed purpose in seeing to his comfort and protection But the purpose she has found for herself will have consequences devastating than she could have ever imagined.

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    1. My copy is titled "Trespass", published by Kwela Books (South Africa, 2009). It is very well written; a complex and subtle characterisation of a woman both manipulative and manipulated. Her myopic, self-absorbed view of the world is for me a perfect metaphor for 1950s white South Africa.

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