Isabelle Field's story all but faded into nothingness by the book's end. All in all, can't recommend it under any circumstances. Apr 14, Audrey rated it really liked it. Always wanted to read Hilary Mantel. Wish I hadn't waited so long. Now I have lots of good stuff ahead of me. This was an odd book and reminded me a bit of the late, great Ruth Rendell's psychological portraits of really strange English families. I'm looking forward to reading some of her newer books. Aug 06, Mike rated it it was ok.
The first book by one of my favorite authors is a nasty piece of work. Practically all the characters are ugly and horrible, and I was pleased that the book was only pages, as that was about all I could take of their company. It left me feeling appreciative that at some point in her career, the author stopped trying to be Martin Amis and started being, well, Hilary Mantel. Nov 01, Grace rated it liked it. Sep 11, Martinxo rated it it was ok Recommends it for: A mostly grim book with one or two comic moments.
I only read the book because I was on holiday and had run out of novels. Recommended if you enjoy misery. Jul 20, Odoublegood rated it really liked it. Aber wie soll sie mit Muriels Schwangerschaft und dem Kind, wenn es denn mal da ist, u Kurzbeschreibung: Aber wie soll sie mit Muriels Schwangerschaft und dem Kind, wenn es denn mal da ist, umgehen?
Und hat ebenso viele Probleme: Sie scheint ganz offensichtlich ein eigenes Leben zu haben, von dem weder ihre Mutter noch die Sozialarbeiter etwas ahnen. Und man fragt sich, ob Muriel wirklich so behindert ist, wie alle glauben. Hilary Mantel wurde in Glossop, England, geboren. Sie lebte in Botswana und in Saudi-Arabien. Zu guter Letzt stellt sich heraus, dass Muriel schwanger ist. Der Vater ist seit geraumer Zeit verstorben, Evelyn verdingte sich als Medium, was sie aber aufgegeben hat.
Seine Frau Sylvia hat in der Familie das Sagen und seine drei Kinder tanzen ihm nur auf der Nase herum, was in mancher Situation schon fast erschreckend wirkt.
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Jan 31, Uli Vogel rated it really liked it. A whole community full of not really likeable individuals. I was sort of relieved when that horrible Evelyn went Do not read this book if you think misanthropy is a vice. I continue with its sequel.
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Seitdem scheint im Haus die Zeit stillzustehen. Evelyn lebt mit ihrer vermutlich geistig behinderten Tochter Muriel zusammen. In ihrem ersten erschienen Roman erzeugt Hilary Mantel eine beklemmende Situation mit grotesk bis boshaft gezeichneten Figuren. Mar 26, Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it. I like to think of myself as well-read but somehow she had slipped through the cracks. So I only recently became interested in her as a person and in her work.
I read her memoir, Giving Up the Ghost, which I'll talk about in another post when I get my emotions and opinions about it under control. When I read a post on dovegreyreader about her first novel, Every Day Is Mother's Day , I decided to read all of her books in order. There are only a dozen or so mostly short novels, some novellas, and two memoirs and for someone who regularly reads authors like Anthony Trollope and Frances Hodgson Burnett, who both wrote more than 50 very lengthy books, Mantel's oeuvre will be easy to handle.
This first novel is brilliantly written, as one would expect even from Mantel's earliest work. It is also disturbing, with deeply dislikeable characters. It is about a social worker, Isabel, and the vicious young girl and her mentally confused mother whom the social worker tries to help.
Isabel has problems of her own, mired in an unworkable affair with Colin, another deeply dislikeable character. His wife and sister are not much better. All these characters are warped and tangled in the lives of the others. I do not like the book, but I appreciate it. In fact, I am about to buy a copy because it's a novel that needs re-reading. Mantel's next work, Vacant Posession, is a sequel.
For an excellent review of the book, go to the dovegreyreader review. By the way, the only seller offering the first edition on abe. I think mainly the end wasn't completely satisfying to me, it got a little ghost storyish and I didn't think that was necessary. I think mantel is probably always worth reading. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this dark and sinister book. Mantel reminds me of O'Connor or Shirley Jackson with her flawed characters and dark, dank, creepy settings.
Unlike O'Connor though, Mantel's characters don't have moments of redemption or insight into their actions. Instead, we are just witnesses to their terrible deeds, ranging from lying to murder. And don't come here looking for neatly wrapped up ending. Much like horror movies, we are left wondering what terrible things will befall the new unsus I really enjoyed this dark and sinister book. Much like horror movies, we are left wondering what terrible things will befall the new unsuspecting victims. Thankfully there is a sequel, but I'm not holding out for a tidy ending there as well.
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I think Mantel wants to leave us a little uncomfortable and slightly disturbed. All good creepy things do. In typical British fashion, this book requires a little close reading. I had to go back a chapter or two multiple times to make sure that I had picked up on all of the implied interactions or subtleties. But I like a book that makes me work for it.
The book was a little slow at parts in the first half, but I read the entire second half of the book in one night when I should have been sleeping. The pace picks up and doesn't stop until you are spit out at the final page. Darkly humorous, disturbing, and unrepentant, this book was thoroughly enjoyable and left me thinking about it and a little creeped out for some time after reading it. It is quite different in style to the Tudor novels, more like Beyond Black which I read and enjoyed for his sardonic humour in Isabel is also having a lacklustre affair with a teacher called Colin Sydney, and she loses the file on the Axon case.
Black humour charts impending disaster. Sandra Duncan does a fine job of narrating the story. When I read established writers' first novels I do it with part of my mind asking the question: This is one of the few where the answer is easy to see. It's now 30 years since its publication yet it still strikes me as innovative in its use of language and dynamic in the way Mantel hurries her characters through the plot.
It's like she's a grandmaster playing multiple-opponent, against-the-clock chess. Each of the scenario boards is given the minimum When I read established writers' first novels I do it with part of my mind asking the question: Each of the scenario boards is given the minimum of attention to assess its current potential, a piece is shifted, the timer is slammed and she moves on.
This frenetic scene shifting is off-putting at first but once the reader adjusts to the pace it's best to fasten your seat-belt and enjoy the ride. Other readers have made observations about the bleak lives that Mantel describes but they should remember that this is a new writer cutting her teeth - these characters were right for this book. I've read here that there's a sequel.
I'll look out for it. I finished this book and After more reflection, I cannot say I 'liked' it. The blurb on the back uses the word 'hilarious' and terrifying It was in no way funny to me let alone hilarious - terrifying, yes. Sad and dark, I think it says more about the world of the mentally ill and the inadequacies of the social service agencies than anything else. Woven into the weird horrifying parts is the connection of a married man having an affair with the social wo I finished this book and Woven into the weird horrifying parts is the connection of a married man having an affair with the social worker assigned to this disturbing case.
I must say, however, that I did want to keep reading. I did want to know what would happen. The quality of writing held me. If you are curious enough after this review to read it,do so at your own risk. Aug 09, Maria Longley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is quite a debut novel. And Muriel Axon is quite a character. This is a book of very black humour, an odd and quirky story, and is probably quite British of the s variation It would be too This is quite a debut novel.
It would be too ridiculous. Such a hard novel to describe, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Jul 30, Miss Karen Jean Martinson rated it really liked it. I loved this book! It's quirky and a little disturbing but also a really fun read. Mantel really knows how to let a story unfold, giving away enough information - but not too much - as you get to know the characters.
In many ways, it's like getting to know people in real life. You take the available information, make assumptions or educated opinions about the person based on that information, and revise as necessary. The final third of the book really became an intensely fun build. I couldn't pu I loved this book!
I couldn't put it down once the momentum started going! I'm not entirely sure what I made of this book, it was all a bit glum I couldn't figure out if there were actual ghosts or if the daughter was inflicting all the pain on the mother though towards the end it seemed the former , the casual revelation of child abuse was quite a shock.
I think for me, as much as it was written well, it probably left me with more answers than I liked. Jun 12, Carol rated it really liked it. One of her older efforts, a short, interesting book that is hard to describe. The characters are all seriously flawed, leading lives of quiet desperation. One very funny scene is at a dinner party where all the attendees are completely wasted. I think I liked it, but it's definitely not for all. Aug 29, Jail rated it really liked it. This book is kind of unrelenting nightmare of everyone's worse traits and worse fears of how their life might turn out.
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The middle aged schoolteachers party near the end is a marvelous setpiece of dark humor. Sep 27, Erica rated it it was amazing. Gives "Ethan Frome" a run for his money in the bleak department. And is full of ghosts, madness and quiet desperation, underlined by grim humor. This book made me cry and my heart pound, by turns. Her writing reminds me of Virginia Woolf; silky, precise and challenging. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Ships from and sold by Amazon. A Little God Time for Mothers: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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