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Notes on a Scandal We Don T Have Secrets, Sheba And IFrom The First Day That The Beguiling Sheba Hart Joins The Staff Of St George S, History Teacher Barbara Covett Is Convinced That She Has Found A Kindred Spirit Barbara S Loyalty To Her New Friend Is Passionate And Unstinting And When Sheba Is Discovered Having An Illicit Affair With One Of Her Young Pupils, Barbara Quickly Elects Herself As Sheba S Chief Defender But All Is Not As At First It Seems In This Dark Story And, As Sheba Will Soon Discover, A Friend Can Be Just As Treacherous As Any Lover.


10 thoughts on “Notes on a Scandal

  1. says:

    An unforgiving, cold eyed, wickedly beautiful little book A warning if you have ever been crushingly lonely particularly if you have, on occasion, feebly attempted to rationalize that loneliness as a burden of your superior and isolating intelligence then I suspect that you, like me, will feel personally filleted by certain passages in this book.Here s an example of Heller s brutally precise understanding of this manner of loneliness what strikes me in this passage is how elegantly, how unsentimentally Heller limns Barbara Covett s outcast state It s always a disappointing business confronting my own reflection My body isn t bad It s a perfectly nice, serviceable body It s just that the external me does so little credit to the stuff that s inside I always wonder, what must it be like to have a beautiful body A body you don t want to escape Several years ago, I saw a woman dancing on the bar in a little bistro in Montmartre She was very pretty and very, very young All the men in the place were dribbling slightly It was a silly thing really, but for just a moment, as I watched them watch her, I remember feeling that I would give anything be s...


  2. says:

    Move over Stephen King, now this is scary shit.I ll admit, it s frightening that Sheba, a grown woman with children, can abandon her senses to the point of having a sexual affair with her 15 year old student, putting her whole privileged life at risk The consequences of such a scandalous relationship bring nothing short of disaster for Sheba s family, her career, her reputation Even when the reader can see these consequences advancing as though in slow motion, we shield our eyes from the impending doom.But what really filled me with horror is Barbara, the prim, perfectly respectable older woman in the shadows, taking notes and keeping score She lives alone, with no one but an ageing cat to care if she is dead or alive Her painful, brutal aloneness drives her in perpetual need to be seen, to rank, to prove she exists It s what turns her into a sinister succubus for attention, and, ironically, is what sets her apart from everyone around her.Before you go and feel sorry for her, imagine this emotional vampire, insidious as invisible ink, inveigles her way into a position of trust, wielding her power in order to satisfy her greedy, endlessly deprived appetite for validation A secret agenda colours her every action She s the penny that keeps turning up The smell that won t go away She s there every time you turn around, offering help and friendship She hasn t fo...


  3. says:

    4.5 Stars.This is so good Passion,Jealousy,Loneliness,Friendship,Forbidden relationship,Manipulation,And brilliant story telling.I watched the film years ago and the book is even better I m not sure I could categorize what this is People always want to boil these things down, don t they I want to recapture my lost youth He wants experience I m forcing him into it He s forcing me into it He feels sorry for me I feel sorry for him But it s never that simple, is it One woman s secret,Is another woman s power.https m.youtube.com watch v yqHyge7The synopsis might lead towards a forbidden love affair and that does happen but the story really is about Barbara..Barbara is in her sixties,a history teacher.Never married,no children.She s about to develop a rather unhealthy fixation on a fellow teacherSheba is seemingly happily married,she s concentrated on raising her family but when she starts to feel desired again,she s powerless to resist and embarks on an affair with a 15yr old pupil.Barbara watches,and she waits,and she gets and infuriated as she thinks Sheba is not valuing their friendship.Was her fixation sexual Other reviews have hinted at her being a Lesbian and the film definitely goes slightly in that direction but this book doesn t really explore her sexuality..it s of an obsession.She wants Sheba to only rely on herI loved this story.There s nothin...


  4. says:

    Wonderfully written, brilliantly drawn characters who each vie for the title of most detestable person in the book as they live through a most despicable situation of a middle aged teacher having an affair with a young pupil and the Machiavellian machinations of an older, bitter teacher who is a represse...


  5. says:

    In the US, this was published as What Was She Thinking , with Notes on a Scandal in brackets, as a subtitle Having just read Lolita see my review HERE , I thought it would be interesting to read a modern take on such a difficult subject, albeit with sexes reversed It s the story of Sheba, a married middle class middle aged pottery teacher who has an affair with a 15 year old pupil It is told by Barbara, a sixty ish spinster who teaches in the same school, in a voice that could easily have been written by Alan Bennett except that she s far nastier than any protagonist of his Innocence and NotUnlike Humbert in Lolita, there is no premeditation on the part of the Sheba instead she succumbs through weakness not that that s a justification and excitement In many ways she is the most childlike character, having married very young and been babied to some extent ever since, first by her husband and recently by the manipulative Barbara Although Steven is a victim, he is also predatory sexually assertive like Lolita , and Sheba is prey to both him and Barbara described as a succubus, by Sheba s husband The ...


  6. says:

    Glorious fun The story is so much than the surface scandal of the teacher and the student, which really just provides the backdrop.Written in diary form, the story teller a friend of the teacher s is retelling the events of the past months, leading up to the present day ending The diary writer is a delicious character to unravel You love her, you feel for her, yet at times she creeps you out Are her reactions to the events in the story typical and human Or is she perhaps leaning a bit psychopathic She s a real trip.This book is...


  7. says:

    Taut, cleverly written and gripping, Notes On A Scandal is a thought provoking and disturbing book Dealing with an illicit affair between a teacher and a student, the book is a great study of human nature Heller wrote complex and intriguing characters, not at all likeable but still somewhat ...


  8. says:

    I actually enjoyed this a lot than i thought i would.Interesting being told from Barbara s point of view But i really hated Barbara.


  9. says:

    Notes on a Scandal is an extremely sordid story, narrated by a totally unlikeable and unreliable narrator dealing with an illicit sexual affair between a frustrated middle aged schoolteacher and a disadvantaged teenage student with learning difficulties Almost all of the dramatis personae are despicable and there is not a single ray of hope in the whole sorry episode That it makes a gripping read speaks volumes for Zoe Heller s mastery of the written medium.Barbara Covett is a middle aged spinster, a history teacher at St George s School in Archway, North London The school is a sort of catchment area for disadvantaged students who cannot afford posh schools and as such, it is not the ideal temple of learning Into this school comes the new pottery teacher, the naive and sexy Bathsheba or Sheba Hart Barbara is initially attracted to her, but she keeps herself aloof until one day she helps her control a pack of unruly students, something which Sheba has no flair for Their friendship grows, when Sheba confides in Barbara about her affair with Steven Connolly Barbara is aghast and advises her against it but Sheba ca...


  10. says:

    Notes on a Scandal is a multi layered story While keeping up with the pretense of titillating readers with the lurid details of a much older woman s romance with an adolescent boy, it skilfully but subtly exposes the hypocrisy practiced by each one of its characters How each one of them remained so painfully aware of Sheba s perversions while being stubbornly dismissive of their own Zoe Heller also forces us to rethink what we consider moral and immoral and ask ourselves whether we can really patronize Sheba Hart for what she did.At the heart of the story is a theme of social deviance but there s also a tender love story at its core, albeit entirely one sided.The story of the scandal is narrated from Barbara s point of view who scribbles down whatever she feels about Sheba and her life in her notes while occasionally giving the reader a glimpse into her own sad little existence Although she may come off as a woman with slightly sociopathic tendencies, keeping tabs on Sheba and meddling with almost every aspect of her life right from the time of their first meeting, one also feels for the profound loneliness she suffers from She takes pleasure in watching Sheba s picture perfect famil...