Amazing and amusing mix of truth and lies, memoir (or fake memoir) and fiction, novel and mystification. Arthur Phillips tells a story of a long lostAmazing and amusing mix of truth and lies, memoir (or fake memoir) and fiction, novel and mystification. Arthur Phillips tells a story of a long lost Shakespeare play suddenly discovered in his family archives, or rather having being forged by his father Arthur Phillips, or maybe written by Arthur Phillips Jr. himself, or maybe it's really by Shakespeare, but even his authorship is kind of questionable, right?
The story is great, but the play itself is even better. Highly recommended!!...more
Peony In Love is less about the everyday routine in medieval China than its predecessor (Snow Flower and The Secret Fan), though it also has strikinglPeony In Love is less about the everyday routine in medieval China than its predecessor (Snow Flower and The Secret Fan), though it also has strikingly meticulous details about the afterworld, written with a lot of humor and irony. Apparently poor women even after death had their tiny lily feet to wrap in bindings. In her wanderings Peony goes through different roles a woman can play through her life: a romantic and naive girl, in love with a fantasy, a new wife, struggling to adjust to the new family, a jealous wife, a mother. Every transition is a small death - the woman will never be the same. Her name changes, her body changes and yet her soul still keeps parts of her past selves. Peony learns about different kinds of love - romantic love, sensual love, mother's love. She lives through seven emotions: joy, anger, grief, fear, love, hate, desire. She experiences them all. She learns history of other women in her family, and she finally gets to know her own mother, or the woman who she had been before she became Peony's mother.
The Peony In Love is a universal study about a woman's life. It's breathtakingly warm, it's sentimental, it's beautiful and every word in it is true. Set in the 17th century China, it's also a very interesting history lesson especially for those who is as ignorant in Far East history as I am....more
You would never expect a piece of mom-lit to turn out as a sophisticated essay about marriage and motherhood. Slummy Mummy cBrilliant, smart and funny
You would never expect a piece of mom-lit to turn out as a sophisticated essay about marriage and motherhood. Slummy Mummy comes quite as a surprise, being not only smart, witty and extremely funny, but the most important of all, giving astonishingly precise account of a woman in her midlife crisis. As the heroine's pedantic husband put it, the midlife crisis is "discontent with the status quo, restlessness, questioning decisions that you made years ago, thinking you've grown apart from your husband, wondering whether happiness lies with another man". And Lucy Sweeney makes a long way from fantasizing about another man to making a decision about the future of her marriage.
The book is not dedicated exclusively to adultery. Ms.Neill provides amazing observations about the nature of being a mother, about the responsibilities, difficulties and rewards of motherhood. Lucy's life is a nightmare of sleepless nights, chronic fatigue and endless flow of domestic routine, and yet there's a rare sparkle of such overwhelming feeling that may only be felt towards a child.
..."I feel time passing like sand slipping through my fingers. Perhaps it is good that we remember only fragments of their childhood as we grow older. Otherwise, the loss would be too great to bear."...
Lucy's fears, worries, anxiety, loneliness and exhaustion are not her own. It all sounds so utterly familiar, as if someone overheard your own thoughts and shared your own experience. And yet, the Slummy Mummy does not hold a tiny bit of depression. As if Lucy Sweeney pondered on one of the big-sized dilemmas of her life "To laugh or to cry" and finally voted for the former. ...more