White Is For Witching
“Miranda is at home—homesick, home sick ...”
As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in her family. And then there’s the family house in Dover,
The Book Report: Teenaged girl from a long line of off-kilter female ancestors loses her mother after developing a rare eating disorder. Clueless males make things worse. Her house is haunted. Blah blah blah.
My Review: I cannot believe I wasted eyeblinks on this boring, vapid girl. Her mother couldn't stand her to the point of being gone most of the time, and I say go mom. Dad's a selfish, clueless cretin.
In short, nothing new, except the little dullard has an affliction calle...more
Her throat is blocked with a slice of apple
(to stop her speaking words that may betray her)
her ears are filled with earth
(to keep her from hearing sounds that will confuse her)
her eyes are closed, but
her heart thrums hard like hummingbird wings.
Does she remember me at all I miss her I miss the way her eyes are the same shade of grey no matter the strength or weakness of the light I miss the taste of her I
see her in my sleep, a...more
This book was troubling. I understand, on top of its supernatural plot, it engaged with racism, sexism and homophobia, for which it should rightly be commended. The problem is, sometimes it strayed over the line and gave off some very questionable messages.
First off, I would like to say that Ms Oyeyemi's writing was, taken as a whole, reasonably engaging. But there were many instances where she seemed to linger on stylistic conceits that were utterly poin...more
The story is told from several points of view, all of them seeing events from different perspect...more
Before explaining the story, I tabbed the book all over noting great imag...more
Miranda Silver has gone missing, and everyone has their own take on the strange events that led to her disappearance. Who are you going to believe? The boy, Eliot, who sees the...more
On the very first page you discover that Miranda Silver has vanished, leaving behind her mystified and scared family. Miranda was a strange and disturbed girl, prone to nightmares an...more
Anyway this is the story of two twins, Eliot and Miranda Silver, who live in a xenophobic haunted house. Like Britain, see? It (the house, which is also a narrator sometimes) wan...more
This is a story of twins. This is a story about a haunted house and the spirits that live within the walls. This is a story about a family....more
So when mad things seem to happen, to herself in the old family house in which she lives, are they real? Are these fictional manifestations of her madness, or are these things really happening? Is she a witch, or just a fucked-up...more
29 barton road: She has wronged me. I will not allow her to live.
That line got me hooked from the beggining.
White Is for Witching was a bit of a challenge for me to read. It wasn't a horrible written book, in fact, Oyeyemi's writing style was beautifully done and the story was intriguing enough to making me keep reading it.
So why do I say it was a challenge? Simply enough because the story was told from different POV. Oh, and I've read books with different voices and whatnot b...more
I love the house, where most of this story takes place. Its voice feels very authentic, and its parts of the narrative were my favourites. (Also, it seems like a place you'd really want to exist to be able to visit, like Hogwarts or Rivendell.)
There's Miranda, who has a mental disorder and is generally quite a difficult charac...more
I enjoyed Part Two (which...more
Having struggled with mental illness myself, I could really relate to a lot of the dissociative elements. It does feel exactly that way,...more
Sorry, for my incoherent rambling, but it was really good and put me in a certain mood. Also, it is really creepy/scary, like really really. Like no...more
Told through first person narratives from her twin brother Eliot, her college girlfriend Ore and the house itself 29 Barton Rd (!) as well in a direct 3rd person Miranda POV and mixing voices as well as using other literary tricks like a word that simultaneously ends a paragraph and begins a new one, not to speak of twisting upon itself so the beginning makes s...more
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