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The Operator: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, 10 March 2020
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"The Operator is irresistible!"
-- "Kathryn Stockett, New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Gretchen Berg was born on the East Coast, raised in the Midwest, and spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq and has traveled to all the other continents. A graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Operator is her first novel.
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (10 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1094116270
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094116273
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 1.52 x 17.02 cm
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From backward glances to life during the Depression to the present days of the novel Gretchen Berg really skewers the details and mindsets of the time. Particularly enjoyable is the vicious hypocrisy of Betty Miller - the young matron - who can piously assert herself at church while meanly plotting against Vivian. Central to the story is the embezzlement of $250,000 from the local bank run by the Mayor and the successful absconding to Canada by the two employees who pulled it off. Also important is the rivalry between Vivian and her older sister Vera. Small town life with its wholesomeness and narrow-mindedness is wonderfully evoked. Later in the novel we get glimpses of the underbelly of this seemingly serene society, where women pattern themselves on movie stars and stoic men bring home the bacon. The betrayals of trust, the forgiveness, the new beginnings are actually quite Shakespearean. Note: the recipes and much else are from Berg’s grandmother. 4.5 stars.
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The story centres on Vivian who works at the switchboard. Vivian is obsessed with being seen and being values in society but when she listens in to a switchboard phone call and finds out a secret that is about her Vivian begins to understand the adage be careful what you wish for. Her small town world is about to be completely rocked.
Whilst this is a fascinating look at the lives in a small town in America – one that demands social etiquette and rules – I did find the whole thing rather boring and slow placed, however, it is arguable that given the time frame things didn’t work at a speedy pace, it wouldn’t make sense to do so.
Either way, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted too. I think that the cover oversold the story which is a shame.
The Operator is an interesting read but it did not blow me away.
In late, 1952, Vivian Dalton was working for Bell as an operator. Bell had decided to hire woman to answer the telephone with the well known phrase of the time "Number, please". Then she connected your land line phone to that number and if your call was answered she moved on to her next call. Or at least that was what she was supposed to do. But Vivian had decided that she would listen in on some conversations to hopefully learn the latest news in the small town of Wooster, Ohio. Now most of us knows that if you succumb to eavesdropping eventually you will hear something about yourself that you will not like. And this is what happened when Vivian Dalton overheard Betty Miller talking to someone about Vivian's husband.
The story that follows has so many twists and turns that I almost got whiplash reading the intoxicating tale as it was dished out. There were plenty of roads to go down and plenty of teasers to solve and for that reason I really recommend this read. And the prose is funny and the plot well thought out. You might even find a new recipe or two.