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Book Title: August Is a Wicked Month|
The author of the book: Edna O'Brien
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: 1967
ISBN 13: 9780140027204
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.16 MB
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There I was, feeling the beginnings of a mid-life crisis starting to emerge. . . contemplating the merits of a navel piercing. . . or worse. . . when, suddenly, I spotted a black and white book cover featuring a snarky gal with a cigarette dangling from her mouth. A definite look of devil-may-care sitting snug around the corners of her mouth.
The blurb for the book reads something like. . . failed marriage. . . sexual discovery. . . liaisons in France.
Hey, I thought, it would be way cheaper to read a story of wanton lasciviousness than to get an infected belly button (and a lot less painful, too).
So, I splurged and found myself a lovely first edition of this book, a hardcover which smells like the 1960s, which is just when this novel happened to have been written by Irish author, Edna O'Brian.
I was that determined that I'd be living vicariously through the licentious protagonist, Ellen, and I figured we'd be friends for years.
Er. . . uh. . . no. No. No!
I have only been this wrong about a book, once before, when I thought The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns was a “light romance.” Boy, was that a mistake.
This was another mistake.
It's not that this wasn't readable. It was. I did keep reading it, for reasons unknown even to me.
But this is NOT A SCINTILLATING SEXUAL READ!!!! Let's call it what it is, blurb writer, it's a bleak, depressing tale of a young woman, who has abuse in her background, who can not be in a healthy relationship with. . . well, anyone.
The sex here is awkward and sad. . . and very unhealthy. There's also a totally unexpected and where-in-the-hell-did-that-come-from tragedy, that I found unnecessary to the plot and weird.
The character of Ellen is so unformed, her hair color keeps changing, and I don't mean because she dyes it. It's like the author didn't even care enough to remember. Her eye color changes, too. What the hell?
The dialogue is awful, character development is non-existent, and there is not one worthy sex scene in the book.
No post-coital cigarette for me, folks. Anyone want a free book?
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Read information about the authorEdna O’Brien (b. 1930), an award-winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light of Evening (2006). O’Brien lives in London.
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