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August Is a Wicked Month de Edna O'Brien
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August Is a Wicked Month (original: 1965; edição: 1970)

de Edna O'Brien

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Eschewing her stale life in London, one woman embarks on a journey of independence and sexual liberation on the French Riviera Separated from her husband, and with her young son away on a camping trip, Ellen decides to flee her lonely London home, naively pursuing “a jaunt into iniquity” along France’s Mediterranean coast. But will she find the escape she longs for, or the entrapment she so deeply fears? In August Is a Wicked Month, Edna O’Brien’s lyric, languid prose creates a character at once ordinary and mythic, struggling to forge her own path not as a wife, mother, mistress, or lover—but as simply, assuredly herself.… (mais)
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Título:August Is a Wicked Month
Autores:Edna O'Brien
Informação:Penguin Books Ltd (1970), Hardcover, 176 pages
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August Is a Wicked Month de Edna O'Brien (1965)

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I was disappointed in Edna O'Brien's novel "August is a Wicked Month," especially since I enjoyed other novels by this author.

The book is about a woman who heads off on a monthlong vacation after the break up of her marriage and stays at an apparently hedonistic hotel where even the bellboys break into your room to have sex with you. She meets a variety of men, and I guess this is supposed to be a sexual reawakening after years of a troubled and dry marriage.

I found it impossible to connect with the characters and so much of this didn't ring true enough to make it interesting. ( )
  amerynth | Dec 17, 2020 |
I took my time reading this book. And since it's August... I thought I'd give it a go.
I must say, that I was a bit disappointed. I even considered putting it away, but then decided to finish it anyway, for it's only about 170 pages.
And luckily I did. The ending (the last quarter or so) of the book more or less made up for the rest of it. A sad book, a main character I did not feel conbected to, I'm still not very impressed with the book as a whole, but it was a quick and okay read. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Aug 6, 2019 |
What to make of this novel? It's weird. Fairly good at times, weird and difficult to believe in other parts. It seems somewhat outdated, sixties' preoccupations are prominent in the development of the story. Preoccupations that are quite different from those of today. A major flwa is that the background of Ellen is only touched upon which makes it hard to understand her motives. All in all this novel has some serious flaws. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
I like the O’Brien novels I’ve read to this point, but this one left me a little cold.

Ellen, a nurse living in London, has been separated for two years, sharing custody of her 8-year-old son with her husband. When her husband takes the boy on a camping trip towards the end of a hot summer, Ellen is at loose ends. She has a one-night stand with a man she’d met some time ago, and when he goes back to his girlfriend she impulsively takes a trip to France. While there, she starts to run with a fast crowd, and then things go awry.

The writing, as always with O’Brien, is excellent, and the whole story has a dreamy quality. However, the book felt very anti-feminist to me, as if O’Brien was punishing Ellen for being an independent, sexual woman. I don’t think her other books, at least what I’ve read so far, reflect this.
  cabegley | Feb 5, 2016 |
Ellen, like so many other women is dissatisfied with her life. She has left her husband, taking their son with her. When he comes to take the boy on holiday, she makes her own to the south of France to spend her days in a haze of decadance and forgetfulness.

If you are looking for a book with a lot of plot, then you best skip this book. It is an homage to internal thought and introspection, reminding me in many ways of Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. The language has a slow, langurious quality to it, in which everything seems to be happening in the half-realized manner of a dream, interspersed with the frenetic quality of extreme loneliness.

This book filled me with an incredible sense of sadness, as in some ways I found myself in complete undersranding of ellen's emotions. I felt a keen sympathy with her. The author's characterization was incredibly well-done. It was as if I was living Ellen's story myself.

I found it quite a different type of read from the same author's The Country Girls Trilogy, and look forward to reading more by her to see if she is yet again able to sucessfully make another stylistic change, or if it will more closely match one or the other of her books I have already completed. As needs must with novels of this type it was quite short, only 138 pages long, so if you are unsure of it at least it will not be a lot of time spent. If you enjoy novels of the variety I mentioned earlier in my review, then this is definitely one you should read. ( )
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Eschewing her stale life in London, one woman embarks on a journey of independence and sexual liberation on the French Riviera Separated from her husband, and with her young son away on a camping trip, Ellen decides to flee her lonely London home, naively pursuing “a jaunt into iniquity” along France’s Mediterranean coast. But will she find the escape she longs for, or the entrapment she so deeply fears? In August Is a Wicked Month, Edna O’Brien’s lyric, languid prose creates a character at once ordinary and mythic, struggling to forge her own path not as a wife, mother, mistress, or lover—but as simply, assuredly herself.

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