SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016Plunge into this hypnotic tale of female sexuality and power from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Swimming HomeTwo women arrive in a village on the Spanish coast Rose is suffering from a strange illness andher doctors are mystified Her daughter Sofia has brought her here to find a cure with the infamous and controversial Dr Gomez a man of questionable methods and motives Intoxicated by thick heat and the seductive people who move through it, both women begin to see their lives clearly for the first time in years.Through the opposing figures of mother and daughter, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of womanhood Dreamlike and utterly compulsive, Hot Milk is a delirious fairy tale of feminine potency, a story both modern and timeless....
|Publisher||:||Hamish Hamilton Auflage 01 24 M rz 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Seiten|
|File Size||:||670 KB|
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Hot Milk Reviews
Great sensitivity to explore the fraught relationship between a mother and her daughter- using powerful imagery and bringing the readers along in a transformative journey.
What a strange and wonderful book this was. The absurd, dreamlike narrative won't be for everyone, but it was most definitely for me. Of the four books on the Man Booker longlist that I've read so far, this is the one that rises above.Sofia is a young anthropology student who has spent her life taking care of her mother, Rose, who suffers from a mysterious and unexplainable illness that's arguably psychosomatic. The two of them move to a hot coastal community in Spain where Rose can attend a local clinic run by a peculiar doctor who may be her last hope.Throughout her life Sofia has struggled to forge an identity for herself, inextricably linked to her mother in an unhealthy bond, to the point where Sofia even begins to mirror some of Rose's symptoms. But while her mother is under the care of this new doctor, Sofia has the opportunity to detach and become her own person.What follows is a complex, provocative, unusual story about desire, sexuality and identity, as Sofia toes the fine line between independence and familial responsibility. Hot Milk is a dysfunctional family novel unlike any other. The prose is at once taut and mesmerizing, wry and powerful -- the kind that demands to be savored. This was my first time reading Deborah Levy, and it certainly won't be my last.
Is this... a beach read? Not exactly, though it takes place in a beach town in Spain. Is it a... psychological thriller? Not quite that either, though there's a pervasive tension of cruel and self-destructive behavior that threatens to tear apart the characters. ...A coming of age story? Sure, in the sense that you'd call Infinite Jest a story about tennis. A medical drama? No, even though the mystery of the narrator's mother's illness is the background of the entire story.It's not that this gut-punch of a little book is unclassifiable, there's just a lot to it, and Deborah Levy is astoundingly good at moving all the pieces around in a way that is completely enrapturing and unusual. The prose is hypnotic—evocative and wry. I found myself reading passages twice just for the pleasure of taking them in again. And I noticed that sometimes as I was reading Hot Milk, I was stepping outside myself and thinking about how happy I was that I was reading it—not merely because it's extremely well executed, but because it's also so strange while being so well executed. Basically, I'm going to be doing a lot of recommending of this to people.I suppose what the experience of reading Hot Milk might be most like is its title: it might make you squirm, but you're left with a vivid picture.
I did finish this book -- and I make a point of not forcing myself to finish tedious books -- but I got very tired of the main character after a while. Maybe it's just annoying to read about someone who is so stuck and whom one thinks could do with a good "kick in the pants" to move on with her life. The writing is good, but I found most of the characters, perhaps even the main character, something of ciphers -- hard to bring into focus as potentially actual human beings.
I'm really a suspense, mystery and historical fiction reader so this content was a bit slow and tedious. It did, however, hold my interest as the main character developed to address the selfishness of others in her life. I almost want a next story to see a further journey toward her own real joy in life, be it her PhD or relationships that fulfill her in a more healthy way.
Fantastic and engaging. The characters are odd but charming in their own way. The characters don't say hello or goodbye, they just appear and start talking, eventually when the conversation wanes they just walk away. Very odd. But the author's word choices along kept me interested all the way through.