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This review is from: Wetlands (Paperback)"Girl is in hospital for operation, girl has operation, girl mooches around hospital, girl leaves hospital..."
On the face of it not a lot happens in this book, but it's central character Helen's internal dialogue and visceral obsession with her own body and its secretions that make this a fascinating and funny - if extremely disgusting in places- read. Helen comes across as a witty, likable and eccentric narrator if not a particularly reliable one - I'm not sure I "believed" (insofar as one can believe fiction anyway) that she actually left hospital to live with the male nurse just like that... it felt more as if that was what the character would like to happen than what was actually likely to take place.
I don't know just how much of this is autobiographical and how much is Charlotte Roche trying to make the reader uncomfortable - I'm not sure I want to know!
All in all very enjoyable - I wonder if it was even better in the original German which unfortunately I don't speak?