The Pattern in the Carpet
A Personal History with Jigsaws
By Margaret Drabble
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780547241449, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.
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- In the Introduction, Drabble begins the book by saying it is not a memoir, though it might look like one. What are the implications of this statement? What sorts of expectations do we bring to a memoir? How does this book defy or fulfill those expectations?
"Drabble''s nuanced and revealing jigsaw of vivid memories, little-known facts, and astute observations is both mind-expanding and mood-elevating."
"A charming homage...Readers unafraid of doing some extra work will be richly rewarded."
"...a fascinating journey...Drabble charms...One of the true pleasures of the book is following Drabble''s insatiable curiosity, her scholarly zeal for research and love of knowledge for the sake of knowledge to see where she ends up."