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Book Title: Ich warte darauf, daß etwas geschieht|
The author of the book: Margaret Forster
Date of issue: 2007
ISBN 13: 9783596172238
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Millicent King was a woman ahead of her time. Feisty and independent from a very young age, she refused two proposals of marriage because she wanted to do something "important" but nonetheless embarked on a long-term, secret, and passionate affair with one of her suitors -- a very "liberated" woman for the early 20th century.
After having abandoned short-lived jobs as "shop-girl" and school teacher, Millicent trained for employment as a social worker, a profession still in its infancy at that time, and embarked on her career filled with both optimism and trepidation. Through this work, she met Robert, the only man she ever loved and wanted to marry. Sadly, he was a married man whose wife refused to divorce. Nonetheless, their professional relationship evolved into a long love affair and eventual open co-habitation.
Millicent bore the scars of two world wars. (view spoiler)[From World War I, her elder brother George returned a mere shadow of himself, a tragedy which weighed heavily on her entire family. During World War II, she lost her beloved Robert in a Japanese POW camp. (hide spoiler)] Millicent was fiercely loyal to those she loved and, during the Second World War, her career in social work was sacrificed in favour of service to her country and her family.
Although a self-described "ordinary woman", Millicent lived life in a most extraordinary way. She, of necessity, spent many years doing the traditional "women's work" of homemaking and child-rearing, but her radical spirit survived the drudgery. Her horrific war-time experiences fostered her embryonic sense of social justice and, from mid-life through to old age, she surprised even herself by participating in peace marches and demonstrations along with her "career activist" niece, Connie.
As the story of Millicent's life progressed, I found myself wondering if this was really historical fiction, or perhaps biography. Millicent is a truly fascinating and inspiring woman and at the same time truly human, with a full range of moods and emotions. Her story is so uniquely-presented, so exciting, so convincing that I found it difficult to believe that this "diary" was imaginary.
This book is a serious contender for my own personal "best book read in 2016" award and is highly recommended!
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Read information about the authorMargaret Forster was educated at the Carlisle and County High School for Girls. From here she won an Open Scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford where in 1960 she was awarded an honours degree in History.
From 1963 Margaret Forster worked as a novelist, biographer and freelance literary critic, contributing regularly to book programmes on television, to Radio 4 and various newpapers and magazines.
Forster was married to the writer, journalist and broadcaster Hunter Davies. They lived in London. and in the Lake District. They had three children, Caitlin, Jake and Flora.
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