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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
by Eimear McBride
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars If a novel were a flipbook were a bad good gasping thing., 6 Sept. 2013
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Though many, including the LRB, can't resist comparisons to Joyce, the novel works very differently. It is 'experimental.' Not told in first or third person prose.

As McBride noted in the Irish Times, "I tried to write what I saw in my head. So it was based on images, not words." Settling into the style, reading with just the right speed, you can see and feel and perceive as the narrator. In flashes and drawn-out pauses. The effect is so much more than narration. So much more than a 'stream of consciousness.' It IS what the girl is experiencing. You ARE 13 years old being shagged by your uncle: "when we were young were young." YOU are a little ruined forever. In that way, the books is not so neatly contained. Not a casual performance taken in from the cheap seats.

Best reading yet of 2013. It's been hard to turn back to anything else.


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