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on 11 May 1999
In 'Original Bliss', A.L. Kennedy skilfully tells the story of how a loving relationship develops, and ultimately saves, two damaged people: an abused housewife who has lost touch with her spirituality, and an expert in cybernetics addicted to violent pornography. Hardly the most attractive of topics, one might think! However, don't let the subject matter deter you from experiencing this truly remarkable novel.
The story is superbly told, generating both understanding and sympathy for the central characters. It is beautifully conveyed, absorbing, and powerful, leaving no doubt that Ms Kennedy has a wonderful gift for prose. If you appreciate talent, you will appreciate 'Original Bliss'.
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on 31 August 2015
I picked this up as I have enjoyed A.L.Kennedy’s writing and this was another A.L.Kennedy so it seemed like a good plan......be warned a spoiler follows in the next paragraph but the very same spoiler is in the Amazon book description above.

While it’s not my normal cup of tea in a book I was prepared for the sexual encounters as they are clearly referenced in the blurb on the back. I was also prepared for those encounters to probably all have some sort of bleakness hanging over them as this is A.L.Kennedy after all in perhaps her bleakest writing period. However I really wished I had also initially read the Amazon blurb. Then I would have been prepared for the sudden and deeply unsettling domestic violence in the novella section of the book. I may even have been put off the idea of reading it at all if I had of known. However I am also sort of glad that I didn’t have the opportunity to take that path. As other reviewers say try not to let the subject deter you from experiencing this remarkable book.
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on 25 January 2011
This isn't a review proper, because I've only read the first three stories (well written with clean prose, but a bit unsatisfying when I was hoping for a novel), but I thought someone should point on somewhere on this page, that 'Original Bliss' is a collection of short stories, with a long novella (Original Bliss) at the end.
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on 11 May 1999
In 'Original Bliss', A.L. Kennedy skillfully tells the story of how a loving relationship develops, and ultimately saves, two damaged people: an abused housewife who has lost touch with her spirituality, and an expert in cybernetics addicted to violent pornography. Hardly the most attractive of topics, one might think! However, don't let the subject matter deter you from experiencing this truely remarkable novel.
The story is superbly told, generating both understanding and sympathy for the the central characters. It is beautifully conveyed, absorbing, and powerful, leaving no doubt that Ms Kennedy has a wonderful gift for prose. If you appreciate talent, you will appreciate 'Original Bliss'.
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on 1 October 2014
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