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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When Helen discloses that she was also agoraphobic, though, I became less tolerant of these revelations. It will only serve to taint your image of Sebold’s talent. Lists with This Book.

Elena Ferrante on Alice Sebold’s new novel, The Almost Moon

All in all, the book almowt me disgusted. But, it was too little too late. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined.

So, I eagerly anticipated getting this one from the long library waiting list.

The Almost Moon – Wikipedia

In The Almost Moon, what initially seems so grounded in relatable-to feelings turns out to be a kind of fantasy in its extremes: We have Electra, of course, but the myth and the plays, while leaving us with moments and phrases that one could reflect on forever, combine her motivations with the male ones of her brother Orestes: Helen makes a sudden decision that will affect not only her life but her entire familys’, and she spends the next 24 hours reflecting on her past.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Cutting off the mother comes more easily, that is, than accepting that bond and understanding it and getting the nightmare to yield interest. First, do not read this book. It was just confusing.


When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a A woman steps over almlst line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky. The novel received mixed reviews from literary critics. I like to see stories where people were born “freaks” and then somehow normalized that title, made it work FOR them, taking what they’ve been given and gaining strength from it.

Also, usually when the moonn character of a novel murders someone, I kinda want them to get away with it. Yes, I think so.

It’s both a tje and a weakness that it’s a one-night read. Sebold never pushes the story outside a realistic view of the facts or in the direction of psychoanalytic symbolism. I do recommend it to readers of this particular author and to those who watch True crime shows or read this type of novel.

It took what could have been a quirky person from a less-than-ideal upbringing, spun her around and turned her into a freak, instead of taking a person out of a horrible place and turning her into a hero. It’s interesting that almos people who read or starting reading this book didn’t like it. I am not sure what Sebold intends with Helen and her plot.

It’s part of what shows Sebold to be a writer who is willing to take risks. Instead, It only becomes more and more apparent exactly how dangerously narcissistic and psychotic she is. Her life and the omnipresent relationship with her mother rush in at her as she confronts the choices that have brought her to that crossroads.

The Almost Moon

It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page. Are we meant to sympathize with her? A lot of people took a massive shit on this book because they disliked Helen’s character so much With Helen, I was was ready to dial myself, if only to end the book. Is the cultural inhibition too powerful for a staging of the crime of crimes?


Elettra sulla tomba di Agamennone. I enjoyed this novel, though not as much as Sebold’s ‘The Lovely Bones’. Suggestive insights are dropped in, but the need to continually amp up the action constricts truthful investigation. Wasn’t it enough just to have a mother who was critical and unloving? In what seems to be Ms.

Dec 05, Ann rated it liked it Recommends it for: Who often never get help because they live the illusion of normal and end up passing on damaged parenting to poor innocent children who in turn grow up, like mother like daughter carrying on alicee family traits of dysfunction, sfbold it nicely. Just to get over the negative weight and live a normal life. The main character is introduced as seemly a normal woman whose elderly mother is entering her final years and at the stage of facing a nursing home or care facility.

You say one thing and others escape. While stories of patricide akice a long and complex male tradition, those of matricide are much less firmly rooted in the imagination and so are less predictable.

This is that story.