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On the surface, Emotionally Weird follows the trend. Effie and her mother Nora are staying in the decaying family home on a small island off the West coast of Scotland. To keep themselves amused they begin telling stories. Nora's are about their ancestors, in whose veins blood blue as "delphiniums and lupins" flows, and the real identity of Effie's father and mother. Nora's language is like her "sea-change eyes", full of poetry and strange beauty. Effie's tales of life at the University of Dundee and her life with Star Trek obsessed Bob are more prosaic and funny: "I did so hope that Bob was a dress rehearsal, a kind of mock relationship, like a mock exam, to prepare me for the real thing."
The novel becomes troublesome where it follows Effie to a creative writing course at the university. The class is run by Martha: who writes poetry "with impenetrable syntax about a life where nothing happened." The other characters in the novel are pre-occupied with the same need to find meaning through writing. Archetypal detective stories, sword and sorcery fantasy, doctor and nurse romantic scenarios, existential angst and liberal use of ellipses are given free reign. Whilst this self-conscious wordplay is fun for those who enjoy a more literary book, those who simply enjoy a good read may get lost in the jostle of competing language construction.
In this novel, confused paternity is only part of the struggle for identity, the words you use are also defining- you are what you write. Some readers will revel in the Shandy-esque shape of the experimental in this narrative, others may find it's a literary joke taken too far.--Eithne Farry. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .
"Atkinson has found her best subject…a truly funny comic novel." —Newsday
... von Kate Atkinson. Dies war mein erstes Buch von ihr, das mir vor Jahren in der Bibliothek in die Hände fiel. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2013 von Colourful
I'd enjoyed Kate Atkinson's previous two novels so much I was disappointed when this one got such dreadful reviews, and I admit that put me off reading it. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Mai 2003 von florida-k
Based on a very positive short review in The New Yorker, I sought this book out at the book store. I read the first ten or so pages right there in the store and was delighted. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von T. Sherman
I gave it a 3 because it IS a good read. It's not the best but still worth reading. I did find the characters to be engaging and amusing. Prof. Cousins is a hoot. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2000 von Amazon Customer
A disappointment. Hard to believe it was written after the jewel-like Human Croquet.Veröffentlicht am 3. Juni 2000 von Thalen Galen