Essay about The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

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"The Woman Who Walked Into Doors"

"The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" is a novel written by Roddy Doyle, set in Ireland in the early 1990s. This story combines love and violence and shows how the two can go together in one marriage.

The story is written like a diary of Paula Spencer's good and bad memories in her life and gives the reader the impression that Paula is sharing her life story with us and she is also narrating her life as we read.

The story begins with a prison guard arriving at Mrs Spencer's door to give Paula the unfortunate news that her husband, Charlo has died. Then Paula explains the marital status between her and her husband, which is that they are separated. She talks of their wedding, their children and
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I found the story difficult to understand and feel comfortable with at first because of the jumps throughout the years in Paula's life – it was hard to understand what was happening and when it took place. It's not until the eighteenth chapter that we actually find about her and her life. I think the structure Roddy Doyle chose spoils this novel. For "The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" to be successful, I think it should have to be read by adults and possibly mature adolescents because I don't feel that anyone younger would understand the plot in the correct order with much ease.

Once I understood the novel, I found it quite enjoyable and I thought it was a really good book. It was touching and emotionally a good read. Eventually I got involved in the text and felt compassion for Paula when she was going through her extremely painful torment. The novel reaches out to the heart of the reader, or at least, it did mine, and this helps the novel to be successful. I found it very realistic and this is probably why I think the story appealed to me. Roddy Doyle has produced a great novel and an excellent read, showing how a loveless marriage really can destroy someone's self-esteem, feelings and, most importantly, their

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