I'm pretty sure when I read Fight Club I didn't think I would act that way. As I first started getting into this my initial thought was that this was so absurd that I actually laughed. It also confirms that star ratings are ridiculous - or maybe that one star ratings are compliments in disguise. Also, as unreal as the events seem in the this story, they stem from the main character who grew up in a disturbed family making some minor poor choices under stress, then making a major poor choice I couldn't put this book down so I read it in two days. Con un incipit così traumatizzante comincia la storia di Helen, figlia di una madre psichicamente instabile aggravata da una vecchiaia demente e portatrice di un debordante sentimento di odio-amore che viene via esplicitato, capito e giustificato dalla storia che Helen stessa ripercorre. Alice Sebold doesn't expect you to understand what Helen has done-- even Helen doesn't quite understand it fully. This book is certainly well written and an accurate portrayal of a family gone bonkers but I want more from a book.
Helen kills her 86 year old mother and the book follows Helen through the events that occur after the crime, as well as, Helen's thoughts of her past. Another way that this novel surprised me is the way the story moves along, partly because the language is so beautiful and partly due to the narration style. I just don't like those kinds of books, I guess. Clitennestra accorre, una madre che corre per aiutare sua figlia: è allora che Elettra la uccide. Why someone who is clearly loosing it should act in a way a sane reader finds believable? I do confess the novel was slow engaging me, even after the surprising opening line and chapter.
First she murders her mother, and then she goes on to do other things that are just as cringe-worthy. There were carefully planned out sidewalks and roads, and these were the paths that, if you chose to go into someone else's reality, you had to be willing to walk. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page. 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? I do find how their is little to redeem Helen in our eyes believable. Some nugget of beauty and transcendence.
But I will also say it was not as terrible as the book reviews made it out to be. She has been chosen by the Village Voice as a Writer on the Verge and has written for the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. I kept reading in hopes that i This was just not worth the effort it took to get through it, at all. But, in my opinion, the plot itself was absurd. Helen grew up with a mentally ill mother and a father who turned out to be almost as ill. But when I thought about this premise more closely I realized it's not absurd at all. She came to motherhood late in life only after her lingerie modeling career became nonexistent.
All I really felt was annoyed. I was into it from the first page, and I couldn't help crying my eyes out. It is about restoration of a family after it is devastated. Per la madre, e, finalmente, verso se stessa. More information about her father's life.
It took what could have been a quirky person from a less-than-ideal upbringing, spun her around and turned her into a freak, instead of taking a person out of a horrible place and turning her into a hero. When my mother was broken and helpless, when her hard shell was stripped away and her spite and brittleness couldn't serve her. This is a powerful and passionate story, full of black humour. . It has a dark veil drawn over it, infusing most of it with an isolated and suicidal tone.
As I first started getting into this my initial thought was that this was so absurd that I actually laughed. The character was 49 at the time of the story, and in all those years, from the first spark of hatred of her mother when she was little, did she ever think that this was all unhealthy and wrong? I just thought she was selfish and a horrible person. Seems like a lot of people hated this book… I'm not one of them. I think this happens to us all the time, but not on such a major scale. I have enjoyed Alice Sebold's other 2 books and I enjoyed this one as well.
I loved and hated my mother at times. Helen's behavior, while at first difficult to comprehend, becomes more understandable as she narrates her story. I could understand how a 49 year old woman, a product of a dysfunctional, mentally ill family, could snap under extreme pressure and murder her elderly mother who suffered from dementia. This dark, serious novel, made me smile on more than one occasion by the author's use of clever writing techniques. Her success brought financial security, to be sure, but she also no longer felt compelled to explain her writing choices.
Helen grows into a teenager perceiving her family as normal. The average rating on Goodreads, with 1,655,999 ratings is currently 3. Oh yeah, that Alice Sebold! I come down on the higher end of the ratings, largely because I was amazed by what Sebold did with narrative time. Helen Knightly has spent her life coping with her mother's mental illness. But, as more of Helen's story is told, one sees how damaged she was by a childhood in which her parents' demons injured her. I always felt weird about as well, which is by the same author. You start off with the climax, so to speak and then you delve deeper into the characters as you go learning what made them tick.
I didn't think it was stellar, but I thought it was solid. Disgusted in the characters, disgusted in the plot, disgusted that I spent so many hours reading it. The writing itself drove me a mad, as well. Alice Sebold is the author of three 1 bestselling books, including Lucky, and the novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. Then you probably won't relate to Helen, the protagonist who confesses to killing her mother in the first sentence of the novel.