Babel Tower Social Concerns

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Babel Tower, sequel to The Virgin in the Garden (1978; see separate entry) and Still Life (1985), is set in the England of the 1960s and touches on a number of different social concerns. It brings up but does not emphasize fears about nuclear bombs, the Vietnam war, and damage to the environment; it focuses extensively on questions about the English school system, women's roles in society, and freedom of speech. The principal character, Frederica Potter, simultaneously undergoes a divorce from her traditionminded and abusive husband and observes the obscenity trial of a book which at least in part is drawn from the author's experience at a prestigious English public school.

The novel has two intertwining plots and several subplots. Frederica, who speaks several languages and has a First in English literature from Cambridge, leaves her husband, Nigel Reiver, because he does not allow her to work or to continue...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Babel Tower from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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