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Sorrow and Bliss: A Novel Tekijä: Meg Mason
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Sorrow and Bliss: A Novel (vuoden 2022 painos)

Tekijä: Meg Mason (Tekijä)

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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction!

"Brilliantly faceted and extremely funny. . . . While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know." Ann Patchett

The internationally bestselling sensation, a compulsively readable novelspiky, sharp, intriguingly dark, and tenderthat Emma Straub has named one of her favorite books of the year

Martha Friel just turned forty. Once, she worked at Vogue and planned to write a novel. Now, she creates internet content. She used to live in a pied--terre in Paris. Now she lives in a gated community in Oxford, the only person she knows without a PhD, a baby or both, in a house she hates but cannot bear to leave. But she must leave, now that her husband Patrickthe kind who cooks, throws her birthday parties, who loves her and has only ever wanted her to be happyhas just moved out.

Because there's something wrong with Martha, and has been for a long time. When she was seventeen, a little bomb went off in her brain and she was never the same. But countless doctors, endless therapy, every kind of drug later, she still doesn't know what's wrong, why she spends days unable to get out of bed or alienates both strangers and her loved ones with casually cruel remarks.

And she has nowhere to go except her childhood home: a bohemian (dilapidated) townhouse in a romantic (rundown) part of Londonto live with her mother, a minorly important sculptor (and major drinker) and her father, a famous poet (though unpublished) and try to survive without the devoted, potty-mouthed sister who made all the chaos bearable back then, and is now too busy or too fed up to deal with her.

But maybe, by starting over, Martha will get to write a better ending for herselfand she'll find out that she's not quite finished after all.

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Jäsen:Alybabyyeah
Teoksen nimi:Sorrow and Bliss: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Meg Mason (Tekijä)
Info:Harper Perennial (2022), 352 pages
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I abandoned Sorrow and Bliss because the main character is so supremely unlikeable. She could have stepped right out of the pages of Brideshead Revisited which is one of the 2 books I hate above all others. People love her even though she slams her way through life as the ultimate entitled narcissist who is just plain mean. She even bases her career on snark. But, I went back to it and was impressed that the book ends up questioning how morally should a person, despite her mental illness, be expected to interact with humanity. The book doesn't specify her disorder. In the audio version, it's referred to as X, in the printed version it's ___. It also ends up being quite easily treated, so ok, not very realistic. But the question is valid. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Jun 4, 2024 |
I wanted to like this, but I didn't. I found it claustrophobic and depressing. ( )
  ccayne | May 15, 2024 |
Nicely structured story of a young woman confronting mental illness written with humor and honesty.
Loved Author Claire Fuller's metaphor for this book: If The Bell Jar and Flea Bag had a child = Sorrow and Bliss. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Sorrow and Bliss, unf. This book made me ugly-cry. It was pretty close to the bone. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
This is emotionally difficult to read. I was honestly ready to give up halfway through. Am I glad I finished it? Meh. Glad enough to give it 3.5 stars. Reading it is like watching an impending train wreck: You know that it’s going to be bad, that there will be tons of carnage, and, really, you just want to close your eyes and find out if everyone is going to be okay. There are lots of rave reviews for this book, so it may have been the wrong time for me—because I thought I’d enjoy this one much more than I did. The writing is authentic and quick-paced, the characters are witty and dysfunctional, but it just missed the higher marks on my lit-fic-loving meter.

Martha, a 40-year-old food writer, has an undefined mental illness that impacts all aspects of her life—obviously—to the breaking point of her husband, Patrick, leaving her shortly after her fortieth birthday. The majority of the book is told in sequential flashbacks from her childhood, outlining the close relationship she has with her snarky sister in contrast to the cold relationship she has with her dysfunctional mother, to her crumbling present day, moving back into her childhood home. Through the flashbacks, there’s a roadmap mired in bleakness and frustration where we watch Martha navigate the land mines of this disease, struggling with not being “normal” and not having any control over her emotions and not being free of harmful thoughts. ( )
  lizallenknapp | Apr 20, 2024 |
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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction!

"Brilliantly faceted and extremely funny. . . . While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know." Ann Patchett

The internationally bestselling sensation, a compulsively readable novelspiky, sharp, intriguingly dark, and tenderthat Emma Straub has named one of her favorite books of the year

Martha Friel just turned forty. Once, she worked at Vogue and planned to write a novel. Now, she creates internet content. She used to live in a pied--terre in Paris. Now she lives in a gated community in Oxford, the only person she knows without a PhD, a baby or both, in a house she hates but cannot bear to leave. But she must leave, now that her husband Patrickthe kind who cooks, throws her birthday parties, who loves her and has only ever wanted her to be happyhas just moved out.

Because there's something wrong with Martha, and has been for a long time. When she was seventeen, a little bomb went off in her brain and she was never the same. But countless doctors, endless therapy, every kind of drug later, she still doesn't know what's wrong, why she spends days unable to get out of bed or alienates both strangers and her loved ones with casually cruel remarks.

And she has nowhere to go except her childhood home: a bohemian (dilapidated) townhouse in a romantic (rundown) part of Londonto live with her mother, a minorly important sculptor (and major drinker) and her father, a famous poet (though unpublished) and try to survive without the devoted, potty-mouthed sister who made all the chaos bearable back then, and is now too busy or too fed up to deal with her.

But maybe, by starting over, Martha will get to write a better ending for herselfand she'll find out that she's not quite finished after all.

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