Seeing Red Hardcover – 3 Aug 2017
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Astonishing... Burns with vigour and urgency --Los Angeles Times
Viscous, repulsive, and beautiful --New Yorker
Stunning... Black and bitter and bloody and beautiful --The Nation
Meruane is one of the one or two greats in the new generation of Chilean writers who promise to have it all --Roberto Bolaño
A novel of genius and disturbing intelligence--Enrique Vila-Matas
A deliciously dark and perverse autobiographical love story of a young woman losing her sight, by one of Chile's most radical and fêted contemporary writers.See all Product description
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I found her story to be shocking, brutal, raw, honest and she pulls no punches in describing the despair she begins to feel, the way she takes things out on the wrong people and had to start depending on those around her to help her - not that she would take their help at times. All those things we take for granted are taken away from her and she is powerless to do anything about it.
The writing style was frenetic at times and gave a taster of the uncertainty she felt as her world is changing and as it is only a short book I was able to read it in one sitting and found it totally absorbing
The formatting also bugged me, as it's translated it didn't seem to flow correctly not to mention the lack of speech marks for conversations (I'm simple, I like them to be there).
I think the potential this storyline has is incredible, and maybe it would translate better in a movie or tv show. However, this book was just not for me sadly, which is so disappointing as I had high hopes!
What initially drew me to this book was the cover and how red it is! This isn't the first time I've been captivated by a book because of its gorgeous cover.
Seeing red appears to be a 'marmite' book. I am sad to report that this book wasn't for me at all, I struggled my way through it.
It had great potential, so I was disappointed when it didn't deliver.
It's a rather short book at only 150 pages and one that can read in one sitting.
This is a book I can only recommendif you just want to pass time.
My thanks go to Readers first for my copy of the book.
The synopsis and the first look that I read made this seem a lot more exciting that it actually is. I'm not sure whether something has been lost in translation but I felt that there wasn't really much of a story line. Although I came to realise about half way through that it was written as if it were a diary, I still felt that grammatically it was unfinished. The dialogue wasn't written with punctuation or as dialogue itself. It was written as someone just saying he said she said the whole way through.
I was somewhat looking forward to reading this before I received my copy, but unfortunately It is not a book that I would be recommending to anyone.
Written in the form of stream of consciousness, you are taken along with the story and really feel as if you go along on the journey with Lina while she learns to navigate the world under these new conditions. When she is angry, we feel angry, when she is frightened, we feel frightened, so real and raw is the emotion that comes across.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose my sight so the whole book made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. This is, in part, a semi biographical novel too and it feels all the more harsh for that.
Not an easy read, but an incredible one nonetheless
The book opens with an unsettling account of the narrator as she suffers a sudden rupture of blood vessels in her eye, leading to temporary blindness. What follows is a series of stream-of-consciousness-style vignettes, detailing the narrator's battle to come to terms with her impending blindness, and the effect this has on her relationships with her boyfriend and extended family.
Equal parts angry, funny and rather weird, this won't be for everyone (certainly not for anyone squeamish about eyeballs) but I found it a very fascinating - and I suppose realistic - journey into the mindset of someone attempting to adjust to a debilitating trauma such as blindness.
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