The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

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From the Booker Prize winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Commitments: the story of an ordinary woman whose extraordinary character will stay with you long after reading.

He loved me and he beat me. I loved him and I took it. It’s as simple as that

Paula Spencer is thirty-nine, the mother of four and learning to live without Charlo, her violent, abusive husband.

Paula’s started drinking more and dreaming more, taking herself back to her contented childhood and audacious teenage years. Everything was better then, not least the music, the soundtrack to her romance with Charlo. As the past floats by and mingles with the present Paula Spencer finds herself coming alive, in all her vulnerability and her strength.

‘Roddy Doyle's unsparing examination of a brutal marriage transcends the boundaries of class and nationhood’ The Times



Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 1998
ISBN: 9781407072838
1407072838
Characteristics: 181 p

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JCLMELODYK Nov 26, 2018

The absolute tragedy of delayed action is hard for a bystander to observe. The years wasted - the sudden freedom too late. The cold bitch or the whore, the grooming from girlhood on that you are the cause of every insult and act of violence. That love is how much hate you can absorb.

This is the life of Paula Spencer the woman who walked into doors.

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santiano9
Jun 30, 2015

Such a sad tale but really gives a glimmer of understanding on why women put up with violence. Well-written but hard to read. Only a little hope offered at the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

Step into the mind, body and soul of Paula. This book is written with simplicity yet takes the reader through the complexity of a woman's dark life. The most amazing aspect of this woman's story is that it is written by a man.

debwalker Nov 26, 2010

J. K. Rowling: "It is the most remarkable book. Roddy Doyle gets inside the head of his character so utterly, so completely. I don't think I've ever encountered such a believable, fully rounded female character from any other heterosexual male writer in any age. I should emphasize that I would feel the same way about the book if it had been written by a woman; I would still think it was the most remarkable achievement. But when I sit back and think, 'A man wrote this?'—phenomenal. He has created a woman who, you imagine, will go to the bathroom and defecate. He also leaves her with her dignity, even though what she's going through is a horrific thing. And he does it all in such a subtle way. I do think he's a genius. His dialogue is irreproachable. And your heart...you're totally drawn into his books. I'm very passionate about Roddy Doyle, and I've never met him, which is a frustration to me."

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