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Book Title: A Five Year Sentence|
The size of the: 1.12 MB
Date of issue: December 31st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780349102238
The author of the book: Bernice Rubens
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Another one from the 1978 Booker shortlist. This book is bleak, relentless, full of savage humour, and undoubtedly memorable. At the start of the book we find Jean planning a suicide on the morning of her final day at work. A product of a strict and loveless orphanage, she has spent a life of duty working in a sweet factory, and as a leaving present her colleagues give her a five-year diary. This becomes another form of duty, as she sets herself tasks and ticks them off, taking her outside the simple limits of her experience - initially towards a form of fulfilment, but ultimately towards a disastrous denouement.
The 1978 shortlist was such a strong one that I can't place this one any higher than fifth on my list, but reading them has been an intriguing project.
Read information about the authorBernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year Sentence. Her last novel, The Sergeants’ Tale, was published in 2003. She was an honorary vice-president of International PEN and served as a Booker judge in 1986. Bernice Rubens died in 2004 aged 76.
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