| 3.2/5 |
1966 (UK), 1967 (US)
| Jonathan Cape (UK)
Simon & Schuster (US)|
A Pagan Place, Mrs Reinhardt and other, House of Splendid Isolation, A fanatic heart, August Is a Wicked Month
Casualties of Peace, published in 1966, is Irish writer Edna O'Brien's fifth novel.
Casualties of Peace Wikipedia
Casualties of Peace is dedicated to 'Rita Tushingham, whose coat it is'. Rita Tushington starred in the 1963 film, Girl with Green Eyes which was written by Edna O'Brien; a fur coat plays a crucial role in the plot of the novel.
Set in London it concerns Willa McCord, an artist in glass (who is starting an affair with Auro, a married Jamaican) and her best friend and housekeeper Patsy (who lives with her violent husband Tom) Patsy decides to leave Tom but her plans are thrown into disarray when she finds she is pregnant...Kirkus Reviews is positive: 'Edna O'Brien manages to commit the reader and transmit a sense of life in a remarkable fashion. Few writers achieve this much'.
The New York Times was mixed, praising the authors 'extraordinary style': 'The novel pulsates with her racy, exuberant, nervous prose, a prose that often achieves the intensity of a unique shorthand' but then identifies a conflict between this style and the structure of the novel as being 'especially damaging'.
1966, UK, Jonathan Cape, ISBN 0-224-60216-0, Pub date Nov 1966, Hardback
1967, US, Simon & Schuster, Hardback
1968, UK, Penguin, Paperback
1970, UK, Penguin, ISBN 0-14-002875-7, Pub date 28 May 1970, Paperback
1970, US, Ballantine, ISBN 0-345-01977-6, Paperback