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review The Men and the Girls ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Lifelong friends now in their sixties James Mallow a teacher and Hugh Hunter a television personality are both enjoying happy relationships with women twenty five years their junior James's partner of eight years Kate Bain appears devoted though she will not marry him HugClockwork The men and the girls seem wonderfully suited But the age difference is a time bomb ticking away at the heart of both relationships The first signs of difficulty coincide with the appearance of an older and fiercely independent woman who unintentionally fuels the discontent already brewing in both girls Kate's suppressed hunger for a li. This is the second Trollope novel I’ve read and she does not disappoint The main thing I have loved about both the books I’ve read from her is that the ending is not the cliché “happy one” In a lot of women’s so called “chick lit” although fun to read you can guess the outcome before you have even begun but not with Trollope Her characters are so wonderfully rounded that you really find yourself caring about them and wanting to know how it all works out for them And it won’t spoil it to say – it doesn’t all work out rosy for everyone involved – as it probably wouldn’t in real life But one thing that does happen for most characters is that they grow psychologically with you during the novel She doesn’t leave you in limbo at the end feeling like you have been cheated but she doesn’t spoon feed you either you learn and live with the characters themselves

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Fe natural to her age suddenly boils over; Julia meanwhile has to cope with her own blossoming career while watching Hugh's wither before their eyes With warmth and wisdom plus the acerbic sense of humor for which the English are so well known Trollope takes a long hard look at the gaps between generations and how very much we can learn from them. Both Kate Bain and Julia Hunter have found happiness with men who are significantly their senior – or so it seems Kate who has been with the academic James for eight years but refused to marry him finds herself restless and unhappy for seemingly little reason She lives in James’ big house working part time as a waitress and volunteering at a shelter for abused women but she sees a need for independence To have a space that is hers or hers and her daughter Joss’ She knows that she’s making James unhappy with her retreating but she can’t really think about other people right now All she wants is a chance to be on her own and make her own way Her daughter Joss has other ideas though At fourteen James’ house is her home she has lived there since she was six She has no desire to move out of her nice bedroom into a bedsit or rooms rented from someone else She wants to stay with James and his cantankerous uncle Leonard who lives in the house also no matter what her mother saysJulia married TV presenter Hugh and gave up work to deliver two cherubic twins At just over sixty Hugh’s career in presenting is starting to wane – he’s reaching an age where most are shown the door and Julia finds that her career is starting to rise just as Hugh’s goes into decline She has always known that by marrying such an older man she would have to go back to work when he could no longer earn in order to educate the twins and pay the bills Julia is happy and excited when she is offered a rather lucrative presenting contract but this is marred when she’s told that they can only offer his by letting Hugh go Although she knew that Hugh would always take such news hard the extent to which he is affected by his enforced sort of retirement takes them both by surprise Julia is lovely and patient and understanding and sympathetic but that only adds to Hugh’s misery and his reluctance to face the fact that he no longer has work and his pretty young wife is the breadwinner for the familyWhen James knocks an elderly lady off her bicycle one night coming home from work it sets forth the chain of events that shape this novel One moment will incite in Kate the frustration and unhappiness and urge her to leave James and Hugh lifelong friends had once congratulated themselves on how lucky they were to have found love and happiness with young beautiful smart and happy women Now both of their comfortable happy lives are in upheavalA little while ago I bought 4 Joanna Trollope books within a couple of weeks and I thought to myself that I’d better actually read one to see what it was like before I went and acuired her whole backlist or something I had heard lots of people complimenting Daughters In Law which I also own but I picked this one to read firstBoth Kate and Julia are in their thirties and their partnerhusband are over sixty I found the title of The Men and the Girls a touch patronising as lets face it at thirty something they’re not exactly girls The book opens with James knocking an elderly woman off his bike due to his forgetting his glasses and the darkness of the night Instead of a sympathetic reaction from Kate he gets scorn and it sets in motion the feeling of restlessness in Kate the highlighting of the age difference Her partner is someone who knocks old ladies off their bikes because he can’t see them She’s also frustrated by James’ desire to make right with the old lady who becomes a rather prominent part of the book which merely seems as a vent for her feelings an excuse and something to focus on She’s not jealous in the romantic sense as the lady is probably into her 80s but she seems jealous irrationally because she resents James going to see her and spending time with her but she’s not particularly interested in spending time with James herselfKate’s daughter Joss is a typical sullen teenager black clothes combat boots badly cut hair piercings etc At first she seems a bit typical but throughout the book she grows and evolves and actually becomes one of my favourite characters I fully sympathized with her desire to stay in the house she has lived in for such a large portion of her life and not move out into rooms Kate has rented in someone else’s house She doesn’t want things to change and although her and James have had a relatively distant relationship her desire to stay with him makes them realise just how important they are to each other Although never morphing into sunshine and lollipops her relationship with James and with his Uncle Leonard is well written believable and lovely I have stepchildren and it’s a tenuous relationship alwaysI found myself less interested in Hugh and Julia’s story line but I think the author herself was less interested in it also as it always seems to take a bit of a backseat to the story of James Kate Joss and Beatrice Bachelor the spinster that James knocks off her bike I liked them both well enough but they seemed less flawed less involving than the chaos happening in the other story Although I found it difficult to relate to both of the issues within the relationships after all I’m not 60 and haven’t lost my job nor am I discontent with my situation I could relate to many of the interactions between the charactersI found this novel a pretty good introduction to a new author and I will be definitely reading the others I have soon well soon ish My TBR pile is out of control

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The Men and the GirlsLifelong friends now in their sixties James Mallow a teacher and Hugh Hunter a television personality are both enjoying happy relationships with women twenty five years their junior James's partner of eight years Kate Bain appears devoted though she will not marry him Hugh's perfect wife Julia runs him her career their house and their twins like. Many years ago I read lots of this author's books In fact I have a whole shelf of them sitting waiting in case I ever fancy a reread one day However I found I had never read The Men and the Girls so I decided to give it a try I am glad I didTrollope's greatest talent has always been her character development and there are a few real delights in this book The main character James is an absolute charmer and his almost step daughter Joss is fascinating I rather liked the twins too Oh and Beatrice of course Kate on the other hand is the kind of person I dislike but I still would not wish what happens to her on anyoneI enjoyed the lovely setting of Oxford England a truly beautiful city and I found the story intriguing Relationships broke up some people fell in love with the wrong people others made life changes sometimes positive sometimes negative Nothing was over romanticised or perfect just like real lifeThe ending is sudden sharp and very real yet not disappointing This book has reminded me how much I enjoy Joanna Trollope's writing Perhaps I should do some of those rereads soon