What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Now the Major Motion Picture Notes on a Scandal Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit... show more
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Now the Major Motion Picture Notes on a Scandal Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense--and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.
Publish date: June 1st 2003
Pages no: 258
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
Ok, this read was for my book (and also watch the movie) club. It started slow, and never really grabbed my attention. The premise was a bit like [b:Tampa|17225311|Tampa|Alissa Nutting|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1393784199s/17225311.jpg|23731028] and that didn't go well for me. After being pr...
I kind of hated this book when I first read it, but even then I couldn't deny that it was, of course, very well-written. Actually, I kind of (to use a phrase from HBO's GIRLS, which I never thought I would) "love-hate-read" this book. I was really interested in the premise, but I thought the execu...
The Blurb: “From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St. George’s history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced she has found a kindred spirit. Barbara’s loyalty to her new friend is passionate and unstinting and when Sheba is discovered to be having an illicit affair w...
Personally, I prefer this translation over the much-publicized, "Oprah's Book Club" Pevear and Volokhonsky.
Notes on a Scandal is a multi-layered story. While keeping up with the pretense of titillating readers with the lurid details of a much older woman's romance with an adolescent boy, it skilfully but subtly exposes the hypocrisy practiced by each one of its characters. How each one of them remained s...