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Herself Surprised

By Joyce Cary

Herself Surprised is the story of Sara Monday, a former housemaid who tells of “her grand days” and of all her “coming down days” since.

Looking back from a prison cell on a life that covers the first half of the twentieth century, Sara introduces a gallery of vivid characters: her timid and doting husband, Mr. Monday; Rozzie, her hard-boiled friend; her various lovers, including the brilliant but dangerously violent painter Gully Jimson, and the miserly lawyer Tom Wilcher. 

In Sara, an irrepressible, sexually magnetic woman, at once manipulated and generous to a fault, Cary has created a complex and wonderfully realised character – one of the most memorable in twentieth-century fiction.

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