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Mother Death by Jeanne Hyvrard
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Jan 28, 12

bookshelves: pernod-and-gauloises, novellas, distaff
Read from January 27 to 28, 2012

A raging feminist splurge. 110 pages of staccato attack weapons. Sentences like nunchucks in the knackers. A Lucy Ellmann heroine letting rip after her third divorce and fourth Martini. A full-scale warhead launched against the prevailing male discourse. A repetitive, plotless, placeless, timeless anti-novel. A French theory piece in league with Deleuze or Derrida (men men men). Passages like this: “What do they say? What do they want? For us to have orgasms like them? What do they want? For us to be satisfied with being able to say: she belongs to me? They want our desire to come to an end so they can be more secure in knowing no one else will come along after them. So they make things up. They speak in our place. They teach us the discourses we recite to please them. They think they’re able to converse with us. They talk to their shadows. Because the sea’s voracious mouth is never satisfied. The more they make love to us. The more they fill us. The more they empty us. The more they make love to us. The more desire we have. The more we become the world. The freer we are.” No longer in print. Safe for another day.
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notgettingenough My, this sounds dreadful.

message 2: by MJ (last edited Jan 28, 2012 05:38AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

MJ Nicholls It was quite funny. And some parts you might call “lyrical” or “interesting.” Pretentious as hell, yes.

message 3: by Manny (new)

Manny I wish I smoked. I would love to read this with a Gauloise hanging from the corner of my mouth, a contemptuous sneer on my lips and a pastis near at hand. I'm sure that's the right way to appreciate it.

notgettingenough MJ wrote: "It was quite funny. And some parts you might call “lyrical” or “interesting.” Pretentious as hell, yes."

Ah, the luxury of youth. When you are older, MJ, you won't have the time to find pretentious funny...

message 5: by MJ (new) - rated it 3 stars

MJ Nicholls Well I was mostly stunned for the first fifty pages . . . like being tongue-lashed by a crazy relative. Manny, I have a contemptuous sneer most of the time, so all I need are the booze and fags.

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