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In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Originally announced for spring 2001, but later postponed, this Welsh first novel was one of the twenty-one books recently selected by the Orange Prize jury for special Orange Futures commendation to highlight and promote outstanding works by the brightest and best young women writers. Also selected were Elizabeth McCracken and Zadie Smith. From the jury's commendation: ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published April 28th 2001 by Parthian (first published April 2001)
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May 17, 2011 Nikki rated it it was ok
In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl is autobiographical and horrific, and felt quite realistic and vivid, but I'm not sure it was a good idea for me to read it, and I'm not sure I could ever say I enjoyed it. It's about rape and abuse and drug-taking and suicide and self-harm. Suddenly, at the end, the protagonist's grandmother's death and writing save her. It didn't work for me, at that point, and the rest of it wasn't -- to me -- enjoyable.
Rebekka Steg
Heartbreaking and thought provoking, Rachel Treziese has a way of getting all the way under your skin. Trezise writes brutally honest about her upbringing in the Rhondda valleys of Wales, UK. It's a "childhood" full of alcohol, drugs, violence, abuse, incest, loneliness and distrustof the adults and the system that is supposed to look after you.
Rachel Trezise has a unique way of writing, from the perspective of the child at the beginning, in a way so very innocent, but at the same time so very g
Sep 30, 2012 Adair rated it really liked it
Every so often a writer comes along who captures the spirit of a generation in all its intensity. Joan Didion managed to do it for the 1960s with Play It as It Lays, and Helen Garner for the 70s with Monkey Grip. Now there is Rachel Trezise, a young Welsh writer who does the same for the UK in the 1990s with her surprising debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl

This semi-autobiographical account of a harrowing childhood won Trezise a place on the Orange Futures List, which names 21 promising
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Feb 24, 2010 Ben Dutton rated it really liked it
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Feb 07, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
The author, Rachel Trezise, won the Orange Futures Award for the most promising young author in the non-American English speaking world. She is a Welsh writer and tends to write gritty stories about the rough world of fading mining towns in South Wales. I thought the book was well-written, but it didn't really expand on the basic idea of a semi-autographical novel about a person who grows up in a tough situation and escapes it by writing about it. I just finished Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-read
Not my favourite read just lately. The central character, who narrates her 'story', was decidedly annoying at times - just when she got a pretty steady life, she just upped and wrecked it and, despite her 'abuse' history, I just found this a bit hard to swallow at times and just wanted to give her a good shake. Wasn't over-keen on the writing style either - almost like it was a memoir rather than a work of fiction. Not impressed I'm afraid.
Poco approfondito. Il linguaggio crudo non basta a fare di questo libro un buon libro sulla violenza e la spirale di autodistruzione che questa ha determinato.
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