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Miss Nobody

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  497 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Marysia Kawczak is a fifteen-year-old girl growing up in the grey flatlands of Poland, where she feels she is predestined to become--like her mother--a house-slave, "a 210-pound lump of fat with varicose veins." At the age of fifteen, Marysia moves with her parents to the nearest big city. It is here that she meets two streetwise girls, Kasia and Eva, who--each in her own ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 29th 1998 by DoubleDay (first published 1994)
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Oct 14, 2010 Bondama rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the most unusual, yet starkly beautiful books I've come across in ages. The heroine, Marysia, is a 15 yr old "country mouse" who moves to a city when her father gets a job in a coal mine, and the family is able to get a apartment. The translation from Polish is truly, truly remarkable. I say that, having no basis for comparison, but the language of the characters rings completely true.

When Marysia goes to school for her last few months of eighth grade, she falls under the inf
Feb 06, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is a strange novel of adolescence and girlhood friendships. It is bizarre in the extreme and depicts several girls attempting to define who they are and will be. Somewhat surreal, it forges a place for adolescence within a kind of magical realism that sometimes reads as mental illness, sometimes as overactive imagination.
Aug 17, 2007 Kelley rated it liked it
Surreal, strange, breathy, Ellen Foster-type/Catcher in the Rye-esque.
Quân Khuê
May 24, 2015 Quân Khuê rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dở khiếp, phí tiền
Carla JFCL
Aug 04, 2009 Carla JFCL rated it liked it
This is quite a bizarre book ... part Dickens, part St. Exupery, part female Catcher In The Rye ... and mostly just plain weird. At times I found it totally engrossing, and then it would suddenly turn into something that had me asking "what the he&@ is going on here?" if I had to describe it in just a few words I'd say it's a coming-of-age story about some 15-year-old girls who are already smarter and more worldly than I'll ever be ... and also much stranger than anyone I've ever met. Intere ...more
De afgelopen dagen heb ik dit uiterst aparte boek herlezen. Ik was daar wat huiverig voor omdat dit een van mijn lievelingsboeken was toen ik het voor het eerst las en je wilt je eigen lievelingen niet om zeep helpen natuurlijk. De sfeer van het boek stond me nog helder voor de geest en dat klopte ook wel; aan de ene kant heel meisjesachtig en naïef maar het werk heeft ook een duistere, magische kant. Na herlezing doet het me zelfs wel aan een andere favoriet denken: The magic toyshop van Angela ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Liliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanto Tomek Tryzna y esa forma de narrar como en tono de farsa, de sueño, de ironía. Es una historia sórdida y con final inesperado, Tryzna nos lleva por el camino que sigue Marysia hacia la madurez, pero en ese camino aparece una nueva personalidad cínica y ambiciosa, también cruel, a pesar de ese cambio siento pena por Marysia, ese tipo de compasión que generan los personajes patéticos.
Aug 15, 2016 Petra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Liefde en jaloezie, trouw en bedrog: de wereld van meisjes van vijftien is vol van hevige emoties. In Meisje Niemand brengt Tomek Tryzna deze mysterieuze wereld op indringende wijze tot leven. Marysia verhuist van het Poolse platteland naar een appartement in de stad. Daar raakt ze bevriend met Kasia en Ewa. Haar nieuwe leven lijkt in niets meer op hoe het vroeger was: het wordt nu beheerst door gevoelens waartegen Marysia zich alleen met de grootste moeite kan verweren. Meisje Niemand is een ve ...more
its always interesting to note a wild range of star ratings and for this book I can see why, wavering as I am between one and four. truly this is a disconcerting account, told in first person by a Polish girl undergoing puberty. So lost is she in her fantasy world, its difficult to trust the narrative as the shy,dutiful and reliable girl from the country becomes a rather delusional and wholly unreliable narrator.
it could be an account of a mental meltdown or it could be a blistering commentary o
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Jan 09, 2016 Queen of France rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read it when I was about 13 and I already could see what tired bullshit it is. If I don't ever read another "good girl gone wild, let's describe all these BAD and IMMORAL erotic things she does, absolutely reprehensible, let's elaborate on it a little more, in this scene they're fondling each other's titties" story, it will still be too soon. I'm sick to death of dudes writing about girls having lesbian sex (framed as bad and ruinous and ending badly, of course), and trying to pass it off as dee ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Hella rated it liked it
Shelves: fictie
Ik heb de Nederlandse vertaling van dit boek gelezen. Vond het een vreemd boek, wel knap geschreven, mysterieus ook, maar tegelijk een beetje viespeukig en voyeuristisch, en ongeloofwaardig. Was blij dat ik het uit had.
Het was een cadeautje van mijn Poolse taalcursist, als een van de contemporaine Poolse literaire werken die wereldberoemd zijn.
May 21, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 27, 2012 Monika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
nic specjalnego, taka tam opowieść o młodych dziewuszkach i jak one potrafią innym uprzykrzyć życie.
Aug 08, 2010 Anita rated it really liked it
GREAT book!
Jan 07, 2009 Judy rated it liked it
slight language barrier
Aug 18, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The movie adaptation was great as well
Feb 04, 2013 Edna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Did not love it but it was really well written.
Magda Przedmojska
Sep 07, 2014 Magda Przedmojska rated it really liked it
One of the most important evidence for growing up in Polish literature, an evidence for having new problems and new friends.
I read it as a teenager, which maybe wasn't a great idea.
Feb 26, 2015 Huy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Một xã hội dù văn minh tới đâu cũng tồn tại đầy rẫy những mặt trái. Và con người ta có thể trở nên độc ác mà không cần có bất kỳ lý do gì.
Nov 05, 2013 Basia rated it really liked it
Captures the trauma of adolescence and the danger of vulnerability in a unique and moving way.
Lauren Gommert
Jul 29, 2011 Lauren Gommert rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book full of colorful allegory. Follows the life of a young girl finding her way. A touching book discussing the brutal tragedy of being a teenager.
Faith Boren
Aug 16, 2013 Faith Boren rated it liked it
Just finished this book bb. A
Aug 27, 2015 Badwolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brilliant
Niesamowita książka. Najlepsza, jaką przeczytałam w tym roku.
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