Notes On A Scandal Zoë Heller

ISBN: 9780670914067

Published: June 5th 2003

Hardcover

244 pages


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Notes On A Scandal  by  Zoë Heller

Notes On A Scandal by Zoë Heller
June 5th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 244 pages | ISBN: 9780670914067 | 3.78 Mb

Zoe Heller juggles journalism and novel-writing successfully in Notes on a Scandal and manages to say something interesting and complex about moral panics and the people who get caught up in them. Pottery teacher Sheba lets herself be talked into anMoreZoe Heller juggles journalism and novel-writing successfully in Notes on a Scandal and manages to say something interesting and complex about moral panics and the people who get caught up in them. Pottery teacher Sheba lets herself be talked into an affair with 15-year-old pupil Connolly- part of what is admirable about this novel is that there is no real attempt to extenuate this--its wrong and she knows this from the start, enough to lie to herself and others about it.

Its an abuse of her very limited power--he is one of the few of her pupils interested in art, not interested in perpetually disrupting her lessons. Sheba is not alone in abusing power, though, and Heller forces us to confront this unpleasant truth about the moralising, managerial headmaster, the husband freed by Shebas action to seduce his own very slightly older students, and the relatives who never liked her much and can now disown her. Above all, she devotes most of the novel to Barbara, the older colleague who becomes Shebas confidante and slowly manipulates the situation to make Sheba entirely dependent on her.

This is a brilliantly gloomy study in obsession--and the obsession in question is not actually Shebas with her underage lover. --Roz KaveneyPublished as What Was She Thinking in the US.



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