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Hot Milk Hardcover – 24 Mar 2016
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Unsettling, challenging and gloriously written, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy is the multi-generational story of a hallucinatory sort of summer (Juliet Nicolson, Evening Standard)
Leaves the reader enraptured and unnerved (Jackie Annesley, Evening Standard)
Publisher's description. Shortlisted for the Man Booker and Goldsmiths prizes, a hypnotic tale of female sexuality and power under the scorching midday sun. Sofia and her mother arrive on the Spanish coast looking for answers - what they find there will be strange, seductive and fearsome beyond their wildest dreams. (Penguin)
Vibrant...an intense, sun-drenched story. The prose veers dizzily between the poetic and the convoluted, spreading a hallucinatory patina of weirdness over everything. This is a writer for whom ordinary language just will not do. (The Times)
An extraordinary novel, beautifully rich, vividly atmospheric and psychologically complex. Every woman should read it (Bernardine Evaristo, author of MR LOVERMAN)
So mesmerising that reading it is to be under a spell...Sex suffuses the novel, with pleasure frequently crossing into pain (Independent on Sunday)
A smart, seductive and utterly beguiling read (Mail on Sunday)
Elegant and deeply strange [and] hummingly funny throughout (Spectator)
What makes the book so good is Ms. Levy's great imagination, the poetry of her language [and] moving gracefully among pathos, danger and humor (New York Times)
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Sofia and her mother, Rose, arrive on the Spanish coast seeking help. Rose is the victim of a biological conspiracy: her legs have stopped working and no one can tell her why. Both women are desperate for the truth - but awaiting them in Almeria are many more questions than answers.
Almeria is a place caught between the desert and the deep blue sea. It is a place of shifting mirages and ghostly jellyfish floating in the evening tide, watched over by the famous Dr Gomez and his glamorous assistant, Nurse Sunshine. Simmering with hope and longing, Sofia has come seeking solutions, but the answers she finds are always to questions she had not thought to ask.
Under the unblinking glare of the desert sun, mother and daughter strain at the ragged boundaries of their relationship, testing the bonds of kinship to breaking point. Intoxicating and compulsively readable, Hot Milk unspools a hypnotic tale of female rage and sexuality, of myths and timeless monsters.
'Astute, poetic and wise, Hot Milk confirms Deborah Levy's reputation as a master of the contemporary psychological novel' Darian Leader
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22 November 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
If any of you have had an unsettled relationship with a parent, this book will be incredibly relatable and powerful. It balances the elements of obligation, self-sacrifice and love to more complex matters of loosing oneself and one's identity. I liked the simple modern prose that the novel is written in, but it did get a bit complicated at times when it was unclear what was reality and manifestations of the narrator's imaginings. There were also some characters that were not fully developed and I was left unsure of their actual purpose in the story. That being said I thought it was certainly interesting and representative of the times. Without realizing it, we may have become the generation of lost souls with our constant need to search for something real and perfect.
4 August 2017
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I hesitated about reading this book because I have read mixed reviews but I personally really enjoyed it.
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When Deborah Levy's name popped up on the Booker Shortlist 2 years ago I thought "Oh yeah. I've read some of her books, she's pretty good".Read more
I was first drawn to this book when I learned that it was a "dream-like" and "clever" coming-of-age story set in Spain.Read more
I have to agree with many other reviewers here -- it started well and then went nowhere. I just didn't care what happened or to whom.
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