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  • 15 February 2019

10 thoughts on “Decades

  1. says:

    Nothing except to say that it is still highly relevant and an extraordinary testimonial to the harrowing role model changes women went through after World War II the baby boomer era Three decades, each crucial in its own way, calling in the next with the usual give and take, push and pull, destroy and rebuild that characterizes all human relationships For this is a fast paced novel full of suspense Because for a woman to move to the next role model as the forties folded into the fifties, sixties and ultimately seventies, didn t come without pain and doubt Each major female character in this book impersonates one of the typical role models the good wife of the 40s and 50s, the liberated and ambitious professional career woman of the 60s and 70s, and the young daughter who is poised between the two, suffers from an over permissive education that too was typical of the times and is uncertain about which way to go, what role model to follow Because the novel ends on a question mark making you want to read the next book in the series.This is a highly polished novel, the work of a master wordsmith and it comes as no surprise that it should be considered a classic It is the work of an author who is a typical baby boomer, self questioning, highly observant, and therefore able to deliver a full panoramic overview of those transformative times, as women moved from submission to their husbands to full liberation as equals And losing some pieces on the way as Ruth Harris does not fail to note.Just to be clear on one aspect since the author is a baby boomer herself This cannot be considered a Boomer Lit novel as such though it does portray the travails of boomer generation women as they approach adulthood, marry, divorce and start a career of their own Thus, like many Boomer Lit novels, it does investigatge inter generational relationships and issues But it does not deal with what is central to Boomer Lit how do you handle the so called third act in life Instead, this book has at least one of the main characters focused on her own coming of age issues the daughter, a young adult and none of the other characters, though they are mature, are really dealing with third act in life issues They are still in their forties fifties, deeply involved in their second act , trying to complete what they have started or not managing to do it, as the case may be, one of the characters indeed does face a tragic ending.But this book proves one thing that authors who were born in the boomer generation are able to express, perhaps like none other, the peculiar and unique aspects of what it meant to live through the mid 20th century upheavals of a society hit by rising expectations from people climbing out of their minority status, whether due to race, gender or sexual inclination Ruth Harris will not disappoint I highly recommend this book.

  2. says:

    Originally published in 1974 by Simon and Schuster, Decades gives you a glimpse into the romantic lives of three women in another time Nat Baum has three important women embroidered into his life Evelyn his wife, Barbara his lover, and Joy his daughter Decades covers their stories of a woman Evelyn who loves her husband despite his shortcomings Barbara, a divorcee who finally finds her equal and fights to claim him even though he s married to someone else and Joy Nat s and Evelyn s daughter , who is very close to her indulgent father while having a strained relationships with her conservative mother.In this novel there is no harsh judgment of right and wrong No one emerged to me as the hero Each character had faults and the path to right and wrong wasn t always clearly illuminated Nat was a complex character, deeply faulted, and ultimately very self indulgent, but haven t we all known people like that and loved some of them anyway Nat also struck me as a bit of a chameleon the women in his life were all very different but he easily won over all of them.The writing style itself was extremely engaging Ruth Harris has a clear voice that shines through the pages From reading the parts of the book from the three different women s perspectives, I expected it all to be tied back together in a neat little package at the end, but there was no fairytale ending just like in real life This is a novel that will stay with you after you ve finished reading it the sign of a great book

  3. says:

    This engaging Novel explores the lives of three very different women who evolved in three very distinct eras The glue that binds these women together is Nat, husband to Evelyn, Father to Joy and Lover to Barbara These three women find themselves joined by their connection to Nat Each woman deals with their conflicting needs and the moral values they grew up with Their struggles lead to a stunning clash that will leave each one of them struggling with their own beliefs and judgments.Barbara was married in the 50 s and became the mother of two children Her marriage was very traditional in the sense that she was expected to be devoted to her husband her children and her home Barbara felt that there was something she needed to be fulfilled She ends up divorced from a husband whose top priority is work She strives to become a single mother and a force in the workplace She struggles with relationships and trust issues until she meets Nat and becomes his mistress.Evelyn is a classic product of the 40 s and is married and extremely devoted to Nat Her goal is to please him and make him and their home as comfortable as possible They have a daughter and their differences in how to raise a child are a point of contention Evelyn suffers from issues that were not talked about openly at that time and cause her to wrestle with her feelings and feel very isolated.Joy is the daughter of Evelyn and Nat born in the 60 s She is very rebellious and her mother has a hard time dealing with her Her father encourages her manipulative and outrageous behavior and also her hatred of her mother Joy finds herself trying to deal with the permissiveness of her generation and searches for a way to find a life of happiness and satisfaction.This book clearly interprets the role Women played, or were expected to play, during these turbulent times The challenges and struggles that women faced in the past were considered taboo subjects and therefore the support and encouragement they needed was minimal at best Ruth Harris presents a style or writing that will connect you to each character and feel the emotions and struggles that they face The story is fascinating and you will find yourself contemplating the characters in this book well after the last page is read I recommend this book to all readers who wish to be engrossed in a story that has the power to transport you to the lives and expectations of women past and present.

  4. says:

    Businessman Nick Bains thinks he has it all A loving wife, a mistress, and a daughter he s increasingly close to A phone call from his mistress to his wife, however, triggers a change in all four lives Set from the 1940 s to the 70 s, Decades is a story about love, relationships and change not only for the main characters but in the world Divided into four parts, the protagonist in Part I is the mistress, Barbara Part II features the wife Evelyn, and Part III features Nick and Evelyn s daughter, Joy.The novel s strength is in showing us the characters struggles to adapt to an environment with rapidly changing values and roles The author presents an interesting dichotomy in that the women are the ones who struggle at first, but with women s liberation and choices, Nick is the one who begins to struggle.The writing style and tone is a throwback to earlier times, which isn t surprising given that this isn t a recently written novel about that period in time but one that was actually written in the 70 s Despite the tumultuous times and conflicts, the book lacks an edge It s also difficult to feel sympathy for Nick who thinks that affairs are okay and that a man can go after whatever he wants at someone else s expense Hardly the stuff of heroes I had hoped for from this book, but it merely reminds me how sexist and constrained most of the 20th century was, and still is in some ways.

  5. says:

    I ve only just begun part two, but the main male character in my eBook version is named Nick Bain, not Nat e Baum curious.

  6. says:

    Loved everything about the book from the cover to the last page I could not put it down A very well written look at the lives of three women , all from different decades, and the man that connects them Spot on with the events of the time periods and super character development Ruth Harris hit the mark with this one

  7. says:

    Enjoyable readEnjoyable read but slightly disappointing ending Would definitely recommend it as a book worth reading and female readers will not be disappointed.

  8. says:

    I got so much out of this book than I did the first time that I had read it I found the paperback version sometime around 1980 I remember it distinctly due to the dark blue cover that captured my attention I was going to garage sales that day with a friend of mine who was also a reader She said that it looked like a waste of time, but once I dug it out of the box I could not let it go for anything It made such an impact on me that I am rereading it 37 years later It makes me wonder what a modern version of this book would be like Would I like it Or would it hit too close to home for comfort For the record, after reading it and finding parts of it way over my head I sold it at my own garage sale the next year After all I was only thirteen at the time 4.25 stars

  9. says:

    This book was interesting in the way each part of the book was about one of three women who all had Nick Bain in common Evelyn his wife Barbara his mistress and Joy his daughter The three women were the central characters, but their lives were wound around his and in the 40s, 50s, 60s 70s, women were trying to find their own power in relationships Nick married Evelyn because her family had money and he grew up poor After 20 some years of marriage, they grew apart and he started affairs that he didn t hide too well And, as Joy grew up, she learned it was her mother, not her father who had the strength of the two I like the way the author brought it all around in the end 8 Stars 4.7 to 4.17.18

  10. says:

    I wanted to strangle the passive protagonist well before the end of the book Please read if you enjoy women who choose to be victims of their own bad choices.

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