Decades (20th Century, #1)

Decades (20th Century, #1) Alternative Cover Edition For B004H1TCXO Nothing except to say that it is still highly relevant and an extraordinary testimonial to the harrowing role model changes women went through after World War II the baby boomer era Three decades, each crucial in its own way, calling in the next with the usual give and take, push and pull, destroy and
Originally published in 1974 by Simon and Schuster, Decades gives you a glimpse into the romantic lives of three women in another time Nat Baum has three important women embroidered into his life Evelyn his wife, Barbara his lover, and Joy his daughter Decades covers their stories of a woman Evelyn who loves her husband despite his shortcomings Barbara, a divorcee who finally finds her equal and fights to claim him even though he s married to someone else and Joy Nat s and Evelyn s da Originally published in 1974 by Simon and Schuster, Decades gives you a glimpse into the romantic lives of three women in another time Nat Baum has three important women embroidered into his life Evelyn his wife, Barbara his lover, and Joy his daughter Decades covers their stories of a woman Evelyn who loves her husband despite his shortcomings Barbara, a divorcee who finally finds her equal and fights to claim him even though he s married to someone else and Joy Nat s and Evelyn s daughter , who is very close to her indulgent father while having a strained relationships with herconservative mother.In this novel there is no harsh judgment of right and wrong No one emerged to me as the hero Each character had faults and the path to right and wrong wasn t always clearly illuminated Nat was a complex character, deeply faulted, and ultimately very self indulgent, but haven t we all known people like that and loved some of them anyway Nat als
This engaging Novel explores the lives of three very different women who evolved in three very distinct eras The glue that binds these women together is Nat, husband to Evelyn, Father to Joy and Lover to Barbara These three women find themselves joined by their connection to Nat Each woman deals with their conflicting needs and the moral values they grew up with Their struggles lead to a stunning clash that will leave each one of them struggling with their own beliefs and judgments.Barbara w This engaging Novel explores the lives of three very different women who evolved in three very distinct eras The glue that binds these women together is Nat, husband to Evelyn, Father to Joy and Lover to Barbara These three women find themselves joined by their connection to Nat Each woman deals with th
Businessman Nick Bains thinks he has it all A loving wife, a mistress, and a daughter he s increasingly close to A phone call from his mistress to his wife, however, triggers a change in all four lives Set from the 1940 s to the 70 s, Decades is a story about love, relationships and change not only for the main characters but in the world Divided into four parts, the protagonist in Part I is the mistress, Barbara Part II features the wife Evelyn, and Part III features Nick and Evelyn s daug Businessman Nick Bains thinks he has it all A loving wife, a mistress, and a daughter he s increasingly close to A phone call from his mistress to his wife, however, triggers a change in all four lives Set from the 1940 s to the 70 s, Decades is a story about love, relationships and change not only for the main characters but in the world Divided into four parts, the protagonist in Part I is the mistress, Barbara Part II features the wife Evelyn, and Part III features Nick and Evelyn s daughter, Joy.The novel s strength is in showing us the characters struggles to adapt to an environment with rapidly changing values and roles The author presents an interesting dichotomy in that the women are the ones who struggle at first, but with women s liberation andchoices, Nick is the one who begins to struggle.The writing style and tone is
I ve only just begun part two, but the main male character in my eBook version is named Nick Bain, not Nat e Baum curious. Loved everything about the book from the cover to the last page I could not put it down A very well written look at the lives of three women , all from different decades, and the man that connects them Spot on with the events of the time periods and super chara
Enjoyable readEnjoyable read but slightly disappointing ending Would definitely recommend it as a book worth reading and female readers will not be disappointed. This a very enjoyable read and very relevant to women today It captures your attention from the beginning and leaves you wantingAs a reader, you are immersed in the characters world and experience the different time periods through their points of view The ending, however, is abrupt and doesn t tie
The writing style of Ruth Harris, in this novel, reminds me of Valley of the Dolls clear, direct and episodic But, alas, that s about it I guess I m not a chick lit reader As we go through the events of each era, starting with post WWI, we are also introduced to various voices The one I understand the most was Barbara She, from the 50s to the 60s, represents what happened to woman and their daring attachment to their careers She works as a successful peripheral artist to the glamorous The writing style of Ruth Harris, in this novel, reminds me of Valley of the Dolls clear, direct and episodic But, alas, that s about it I guess I m not a chick lit reader As we go through the events of each era, starting with post WWI, we are also introduced to various voices The one I understand the most was Barbara She, from the 50s to the 60s, represents what happened to woman and their daring attachment to their careers She works as a successful peripheral artist to the glamorous world of the stars, yet her husband does not take her seriously, even when her salary sky rockets Her family and in laws aren t too supportive either For example, she offers her salary
Boring, flat characters The book reads like a bunch of fact assembled into a story You can read one or two sentences per page and not miss any of the story.