5 thoughts on “Basic Black With Pearls

  1. The more I think about this book, the better I like it. Who knows, by Monday, I may be ready to give it a five-star rating!

    This author, apparently one of CanLit’s hidden gems, was mentioned on a radio programme last year. This title (one of only two novels which this author published) is purported to be the first Canadian feminist novel. Intrigued that I had never heard of her, I furtively sought out the book — and I do mean furtively.

    Three months after I had requested the book from a local l

  2. This book is like a Toronto version of Ulysses! Assuming your idea of Ulysses is a story of an insane woman aimlessly wandering around the streets and buildings where you live.

  3. From the outset I just need to say that this book had several things going for it:
    – a Canadian feminist writer who had this work published in her 50s
    – the authour was an immigrant to Canada
    – the novel is considered ‘lost classic’ & was reissued to commemorate the 35th year of it’s publication

    The story is told from the POV of a middle-aged woman awaiting her lover, a spy. He has directed her to Toronto, the city where she lives. This is unusual and once in her home city it sets her on a chain

  4. I really did not know what to think. The writing was great but the story left me confused.Shirley Kaszenbowski is searching for her lover but is he real? Her search takes her from her past to the present. I won this book fro Goodreads First Reads.

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