Sebold’s disappointing second novel (after much-lauded The Lovely Bones) opens with the narrator’s statement that she has killed her mother. In the opening of Alice Sebold’s new novel, a daughter makes a violent choice. This is the problem with Alice Sebold’s new novel, “The Almost Moon.” The book starts with the narrator, Helen, killing her elderly mother, Mrs.
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She made an early bid for normality by going away to university, marrying and having two kids; but then she chose craziness, moving a thousand miles to look after Clair. Dec 05, Ann rated it liked it Recommends it for: In summary, I would never recommend this book to anyone. Dec 31, Alison rated it liked it Recommends it for: The subject matter was hard at the start, but it got easier as the book progressed, because I started to really dislike the main character.
Devo dire che Alice Sebold mi ha abituato a incipit che non si perdono in giri di parole, incipit fulminanti e senza preamboli.
Helen and her father bare the strain of her mother Claire’s sebolf seems like undiagnosed, untreated mental instability and agoraphobia for decades.
Melanie Klein realized this and worked on it seriously, making matricide central. Oct 27, Yennie rated it really liked it. And yes, she tried a short stint at therapy only to stop for the most superficial reason – she didn’t like the sculptures in her therapist’s office. View all 14 comments. Helen, the narrator, opens the book by describing how she’s killed her aging, mentally ill mother. Disturbed, genetic criminal, if we put it bluntly. Don’t bother reading this one. Do u think she didn’t connect these details to show how flawed the character is?
I enjoyed this novel, though not as much as Sebold’s ‘The Lovely Bones’. It was a bizarre read but it kept my interest. Was it because the story was about an unsympathetic narrator who kills her aged mother in the first chapter?
What we see is an almost moon or a non-quite moon. And Sebold takes us into this quite unpoetic mindset. And why did she do it?
Instead, she is full of excuses and paper thin explanations. Let me start off by saying that I love Alice Sebold. The novel received mixed reviews from literary critics. The book, told in Helen’s voice, is about the 24 hours that follow the matricide. Yes, Alice Sebold has a great command of the English language and is very poetic at times After I realized that I truly did not like this woman, anything about her, it was even harder to plod through her narcissism over her figure realizing that if she had not taken such good care of her figure she wouldn’t have had the strength to murder her mother, nor be attractive to her friend’s son–oh GAG me!
I think this happens to us all the time, but not on such a major scale. Effort and compassion is needed just to start understanding the complexities of this mother-daughter relationship, and Sebold does a beautiful job exploring that aspect of an act that society condemns in a knee Have a healthy relationship with your parents? Clitennestra accorre, una madre che corre per aiutare sua figlia: E, forse, perfino pietas. Helen g I am very troubled by this book.
I like to think that your mother is almost whole, he said. Jun 12, Carin rated it really liked it.
I do find Helen to be a believable character. Sebold weaves between mother and daughter brings to the surface what most families fight to bury in their histories.
Great imagery, as one comes to expect from Sebold and her friends including Aimee Bender.
Review: The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold | Books | The Guardian
May 27, Carrie rated it it was ok. I am shocked that this is from the same author who wrote The Lovely Bones.
She realized her daughters were her strength and she would do the right thing and accept the judgement that came thw her …more No she did not kill herself. And, well, I genuinely dislike plenty of selfish and weak people who have done real-life bad things to me and others, so I just don’t want to invest my recreation time to it, too.
There is a small section of the book that gives the reader an idea of what it was like for Helen to be a daughter of a mother like hers and how the title of the book relates to the story. I didn’t think it was stellar, but I thought it was solid.
This was just not worth the effort it took to get through it, at all. Then you akice won’t relate to Helen, the protagonist who confesses to killing her mother in the first sentence of the novel.
So why does Sebold’s name sound so familiar, you’re thinking? There’s a similar alertness to the ways in which everyone’s a victim and everyone has murderous feelings, and outlandish acts again come out of a need to love and feel loved.
I have no clue why anyone would want to tell aluce story. It was all I could do not to drop her, bringing both of us to the ground. So I’m still waiting for the book that fully engages with a daughter psychically married to her emotionally witholding mother; or a novel about an adult child’s identification with and fear of an aged, demented parent that comes close to Alice Munro’s portrayal of living with a spouse with Alzheimer’s in “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”.
Sebold is such a talented writer that what she’s done with this book is nothing short of a travesty. Books by Alice Sebold.
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The political news journalists like to focus on big city or inner city crimes when in all actuality a lot of the time it’s in the suburbs of small town middle America zlmost behind the picket fences and down the block of identically manicured lawns in a normal looking house lives a person who is crazy as hell.
This is the case with agoraphobic Claire and poor Helen. The Almost Moon is unrealistic, but it’s leavened with realistic description, much as the previous novel’s hard-to-swallow heaven is made semi-palatable by the ordinary community and family scrutinised from it.