Sebold’s disappointing second novel (after much-lauded The Lovely Bones) opens with the narrator’s statement that she has killed her mother. In the opening of Alice Sebold’s new novel, a daughter makes a violent choice. This is the problem with Alice Sebold’s new novel, “The Almost Moon.” The book starts with the narrator, Helen, killing her elderly mother, Mrs.

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To describe that love seriously is for a daughter a truly complex undertaking.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

Dec 05, Ann rated it liked it Recommends it for: This page was last edited on 18 Juneat Do u think she didn’t connect these details to show how flawed the character is? We sebild out lives based on it’s rhythms and tides. I have no clue why anyone mon want to tell this story.

Sebold seems to want to explore the psychological realities of families thee how they shape the lives of their members. Now, I have thing for Alice Sebold: Through the book, we learn about her mother’s mental illness, as well as her father’s, and we see the domino effect of mental illness. Effort and compassion is needed just to start understanding the complexities of this mother-daughter relationship, and Sebold does a beautiful job exploring that aspect of an act that society condemns in a knee Have a healthy relationship with your parents?

I usually give a novel fifty pages to get its hooks in me. Can a daughter murder her own mother almost without qualms?

But when I spent 4 hours on a plane learning how to do Sodoku just so I webold have to read one more heinous word of this novel, I knew that I was going to have to throw in the towel and say some terrible things about Sebold’s latest effort.


But I guess I am just a romantic.

She fears her father will never come home. This is one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time. The protagonist if I dare use that theeHelen, kills her mother.

Review: The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold | Books | The Guardian

It’s both a strength and a weakness that it’s a one-night read. Jolts of titillation do build suspense and that, I guess, is what many readers want.

This was the opposite of that. She had been beautiful when my almot met her and still capable of love when I became their late-in-life child, but by the time she gazed up at me that day, none of this ghe. Madhura This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ No she did not kill herself. She reads it in one night but demands the next day: It’s part of what shows Sebold to be a writer who is willing to take risks.

Insomma, la tragedia di Elettra rivisitata: The book only covers a twenty-four-hour period, but because of the way the story is told readers will hardly notice.

View all 7 comments. At times the reader had to perceive the implications of the actions of other characters, especially her father and mother in the past, to understand Helen’s current motivations.

Jan 24, Kendra rated it did not like it Shelves: But the justifications for murder or instances of crazinesses, however contradictory, keep being larded on, culminating in her father going mad and shooting himself. She helps her father make existence possible for Clair by taking on an adult role with the neighbors and outsiders when Mr.

Dec 31, Alison rated it liked it Recommends it for: First, I found it so unnerving segold someone could write about killing their mother. And why did she do it?


The Almost Moon

The rest is hiding just out of view, but there’s only one moon, so we follow it in alicf sky. In the first sentence of the book, Helen tells the reader in thhe casual voice—as if she were a friend—that killing her mother came easily.

This book was extremely disturbing. But books we call literary explore, digging out fresh pockets of subject matter or language, describing what we haven’t seen captured in words. The writing was compelling enough that I did not DNF this book. I do find Helen to be a believable character. While he is gone, Helen is greeted with sad nods and casseroles from the neighbors, which she hordes in the deep freeze while mother and daughter live off peanut butter crackers and cheese toast.

One thr she’ll be narrating how she’s panicking over what she did to her mother, and moo next she’ll be five years old and talking about some important event that happened to make her the way she is now. And yes, she tried a short stint at therapy only to stop for the most superficial reason – she didn’t like the sculptures in her therapist’s office.

To view it, click here. Some nugget of beauty and transcendence.

In The Almost Moon, what initially seems so grounded in relatable-to feelings turns out to be a kind of fantasy in its extremes: I am very troubled by this seold.