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August Is A Wicked Month by Edna O'Brien
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Jan 13, 2011

really liked it
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Read from January 12 to 25, 2011

Edna O’Brien’s writing rocked Ireland in the 1960s. So much so that her publications were banned there and in some cases burnt due to their honest portrayals of the sex lives of their characters. O’Brien’s works often revolve involve the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men and to society as a whole.

If you read her novel August is a Wicked Month with this information in mind you can really gain an appreciation for her efforts. For me, the main character Ellen was deplorable and difficult at times to understand in her thinking and actions. However, O’Brien’s writing is so fine and the story so honest that I cannot help but be impressed. I thought the best part of the novel was having a window in to see the life and mind of one sexually active single woman in 1960s London. Also interesting, and equally disgusting, was the treatment of the main character by men and later the medical profession in regard to her sexuality. So much for the sexual revolution…

This is not an easy book to read, but it is a worthy experience.
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