Girls in their Married Bliss,
Girls in their Married Bliss is the final chapter in Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls trilogy. Along with the other books, it was banned and, in some cases, burnt in her native Ireland for its unflinching portrayal of sex and marriage.
The story is told from the perspective of two very different women who marry two very different men. Kate, the more educated and romantic of the two, marries for love Eugene who is cold, intellectual, critical of every minor flaw, unforgiving and remorselessly cruel. Baba, on the other hand, is more streetwise and marries, it appears, mainly for money, the brash and unrefined businessman Frank. However, she also recognises a certain kindness in her husband uncommon in other men that proves something of a saving grace as events unfold. Entirely different in tone, both Baba’s comedic narration alongside Kate’s of increasing desolation flow seamlessly within one story.
Although, in many ways, Kate and Baba are women trapped by their time: as all their ambitions are centred on men rather than any thoughts as to what they could accomplish on their own, the need for love and the struggle for the sense of self, both inextricably entwined, are timeless themes.
The cover of the Penguin First Thus in the photograph was illustrated by Alan Aldridge.
Style: International Style Architecture
…..vanity fair-cover by Miguel Covarrubias……
Misha Black - designer, innovator and educator. Creator of the iconic London street signs still used today.
……Donald brun (1909/1999)…….
Ludwig Holwein - An amazing illustrator with a true appreciation of graphic style, working in the early twentieth century. I first became aware of his work through an old book of poster designs. His illustration work is mainly powerful watercolour, but the posters I first saw translated this into perfect silkscreen application.