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A Good Place To Start

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The Realms of Gold 1
The Radiant Way 1

A Bad Place To Start

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The Needle's Eye 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Margaret Drabble

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Marian January 27th, 2006 03:04 PM PST

Many years ago, my father sent me a copy of THE REALMS OF GOLD, and having read it, I decided to read every novel by Margaret Drabble, in the order they were written. (There's a chronological list at http://www.redmood.com/drabble/bibliography.html - and chronological is a good way to go because characters from one book will turn up in another, older and wiser.)

Later, the tables turned. My father stopped after REALMS OF GOLD, but when I had read them all, I told him: If you're only going to read one more Drabble novel, it must be THE GATES OF IVORY. (He did, and then decided to read earlier ones to learn the previous history of two characters in it.)

So there are two excellent starting points.

AFTERTHOUGHT - Best not to begin with ICE AGE or NEEDLE'S EYE. Deep admirers of Drabble tend to share a certain ambivalence about those two.

editor July 1st, 2006 06:26 AM PST

Drabble's "The Millstone" was made into the 1969 film "Thank You All Very Much."

wijmlet August 26th, 2008 01:46 PM PST

"Millstone" is my favorite: very relevant today.

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There is a very thorough but short biography of Margaret Drabble at: http://www.redmood.com/drabble/biography.html

It has a link to a NY TIMES article about her and her husband, the biographer Michael Holroyd.

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