Little Bandaged Days
A mother moves to Geneva with her husband and their two young children. In their beautiful new rented apartment, surrounded by their rented furniture, and several Swiss instructions to maintain quiet, she finds herself totally isolated. He ...more
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I hate to give this 3* because it could have been so much better for me in certain ways.
I get the complexity of this, the Mother is on a downward spiral of mental well-being since the birth of her children. That I 150% get. No doubt or room for error and it’s well written and explained.
What irritated me the most was her reference to them. Just referring to them by their initials.
I was so hung up in that it became all consuming whilst I was reading it, just waiting for those initials ...more
It was very thought provoking and impassioned. The writing is beautiful and the story is told with such empathy it made me feel so bad for the woman. I did ...more
In a form of a monologue, we follow the days in life of a woman in the foreign country raising two little kids while her husband works days and nights. How easily the lack of sleep ...more
I really can’t praise this book enough. It is certainly not everyon ...more
While the story started out well enough, it soon proved to be a slow and tedious read. None of the dialogue is within quote marks, which can make for difficult reading at times. Also, we're in the head of the main character all the time who is slowly spiralling into madness. At no point could I say this was a fun or entertaining read, and with the unsatisfactory ending, I now wonder why I ever spent about five hours reading t ...more
The reason I only awarded the book 4 stars is for two reasons. Firstly, I think that this is a book that will not attract universal appeal and secondly because I was so distraught reading Little Bandaged Days that it was hardly an enjoyable experience. We don't always rea ...more
It is basically one mother's descent into depression and madness although I'm not sure madness is the right word- it has a lyrical cadence to the prose which is very compelling, I was struck by the way the author uses language and nuance to get across that seemingly straightforward events were actually more sinister. In that, it was truly excellent and it has put Kyra Wilder firmly on ...more
Essentially, we follow one mother’s mental decline as motherhood takes its toll on her following a move to Switzerland for her husband’s new job, which sees him jetting off to importa ...more
Erika wasn't a character that I particularly liked and by keeping her children's identities secret by just using their initials made it hard for me to picture them.
Little Bandaged Days was not a book for me but I can see many characteristics that will make it popular.
With thanks for netgalley and the publisher for an ARC to read and review. ...more
We never get to know the names of the main character, her husband and children are referred to merely in initials; in fact very few of the characters in the book are named. This give ...more
A family moves to Geneva, Switzerland, for the husband’s job. He spends all his time at work while she is charged with taking care of their two young children.
The author assigning initials to her husband and children was a real turnoff and annoyed me right until the end of the book. Names conjure up different kinds of characters and help the reader see their good points and their flaws. I don’t know why the author used initials, but I know I’m not t ...more
The books takes a rather strange construct, with Erika identifying and interacting with other people by using their initials - including her children. I suppose this is some kind of experiment about Erika pushing people away, but it got fairly annoying the deeper into the book I made it. These sorts of literary experiments can be done well and give a good payoff at the end, but this book fell short ...more
Wilder has a wonderful way with words: it's the kind of prose you could spend hours unpicking. The plot is pretty predictable - you know from the start how it's going to end - but in many ways this inevitabili ...more
On a good note, it was beautifully written, the detail was exquisite. ...more
The book is based on a family, young mother with two children and a husband moving to another country for the husbands job. She is left to her own devices and tries to put up a good front for her husband who seems to never be home. This is ...more
Once, E. reached for her cup too soon while I was still squeezing and measuring and pouring lemon and sugar and water, and the sticky sweet juice spilled on the counter, on the floor. “That’s ok,” I said. “That’s ok. Look, we can clean it up.” And I was smiling. “All we have to do is get the towel wet and kneel down on the floor and find every little drop. We can do that,” I said. “We can be so clean and tidy and good.” There was so much smiling to do. So much teaching and smiling and not mindi...more
A mother, Erika, moves to Geneva with her husband and their two young children, but in their beautiful new rented apartment she finds herself totally isolated. He husband is away often away working and her entire time spent is caring for her children. What follows is Erika's gradual descent into madness.
For the most part, I adored this book. It was a beautiful piece of prose and I was amazed that it's Kyra Wilder's ...more
So far so ...more
Erika is a fish out of water, an isolated fish. The good news is her husband, M, got a coveted promotion. The bad news is Erika, along with her children E and baby B, have to pack up and leave their family, friends, and life for Geneva. Moving is hard enough, but to a place where both the language and the culture is foreign...But, she is proud of M and will support him(even when he's practically NEVER around). They will make it through this transition. Or will ...more
I'm afraid this really wasn't for me; from the description I thought it would be much more of a 'story', whereas the narrative conveys, in interminable detail, the almost 'depraved' decent into madness of a young mother.
Erika, with husband 'M' and 2 young children 'B' and 'E' move to Switzerland for 'M's job. He's missing more and more from their rented apartment, you never find out what he actually does and he seems to be ...more