Mona in Three Acts
In this international bestseller, a woman comes of age in a poignant novel about forgiveness, pain, and self-discovery.
Mona’s demanding mother ruled their home until a car crash took her life and changed their family forever. Left to tend to a distant father and a needy younger brother, Mona finds her new role almost too much to bear. And when a new stepmother, troubled and depressed,...more
Every now and then, I read a book by an author from another country that was published in the language of that country and translated into English. When I do I often wonder if the translated version reflects what the author intended or reflects how good the writing might have been in the original language. I can’t say I was taken by the writing, but I was by the story. I was drawn to read this because of my friend Jaidee’s beautiful and powerful revie ...more
Thank you to Netgalley, Amazon Crossing and the author for this book. I am offering this review in exchange.
Wow and whew !
This book was originally published in 2014 in Belgium and its English translation is due out in November 2019.
This book is about Mona. Middle-class Mona. Creative and loving Mona. Mona who struggles with her self-worth, her identity and her ability to be independent. We see Mona at three points in her life. As a young child who is lov ...more
Belgium is bordered by the Netherlands.
So, as soon as I learned about this book - [Thank You, Jaidee...>her review and passion for this book is heartfelt and wonderful], .....I downloaded a copy myself.
“Mona In Three Acts” was ‘surprisingly’ much longer than other novels I’ve read from this region of the world. I felt it was too long. The translation was fine...but there were pages upon pages of ...more
ARC provided by publisher
Mona in Three Acts is the first novel by well-known Flemish author Griet Op de Beeck to be translated into English, and the first one I read both in translation, as well as in its original Dutch. Many thanks to the publisher AmazonCrossing for providing me with an early copy of the former.
As with most of Griet Op de Beecks books, Mona in Three Acts is a literary contemporary novel, that centres around coming of age in a slightly dysfunctional family-unit ...more
Last week I read Celeste NG's Everything I Never Told You, a very successful evocation of a family that is shattered by the death of one of the children. Ng portrayed very nicely how not talking about tricky issues (in her case gender and race related), and constantly adapting to avoid discussions, can lead to a dramatic result (see my review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) . This novel by the Flemish author Greet Op de Beeck ties in perfectly with that. For her too, it is all about a family ...more
Maybe I have seen too much already due to my profession, but at no point was I moved in any way.
No, I find it very hard to understand all the praise this book has been given so far.
This book was a bit of a struggle to get through. I didn't feel much of a connection with any characters an ...more
'Lying is a national sport in our family. We learned it when we were little and it’s gotten into our bodies like blood and water for other people.'
Mona in three acts is an emotional journey, maybe too downhearted and crawling for some readers but it clicked with me. This is a novel about the way we are shaped by our families, not often for the best. Three Acts, part one and it is 1976 when Mona says, “They say your eyes get used to the dark”, from a tiny room in the c ...more
I absolutely loved everything about this book, its complexity, character progression and lack thereof.
The stagnancy in which Mona leads her everyday life is compelling and drives the story as she becomes something of a spectator in her own life. We, as the reader watch she ages and is aged by the world around her in three very different periods of her life. Making for a story that could rival that of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in the way ...more
Mona in Three Acts was originally written by Griet Op De Beeck and later translated from Flemish to English. Since Dutch is my first language and that is very similar to Flemish, I could really tell at times that it was a translation. The way certain things are explained as well as certain sayings reflected the original language quite a bit. It was very recognisable for me, which I thought was fun.
The story is about Mona and ...more
This contemporary novel centers around coming of age in a dysfunctional family, and shows how events in our childhood shape how we think, act and interact as adults. The story is told in three acts from the POV of Mona - as a young child of 9, as a young woman in her late 20s, and eleven years later. The author does a remarkable job of capturing the thoughts and feelings for Mona in each time period ...more
I recommend this book very highly and look forward to reading more by Griet Op de Beeck.
Thank you to NetGa ...more
I still have some difficulties with the cover picture though, as I suppose it would need to represent Vincent and Marie, but I imagine Marie very differently and not with swollen feet...
At the start the cover actually discouraged me a bit from reading it,... now i understand it has the right symbolic value, but still, for me it does not really match my feeling for this book.
Enough complaining , this was extremely excellent. Griet is a ...more
This is a book about childhood gone wring and children growing up too fast, about parents who are qasting their time on nothing instead of caring and raising happy and responsible children to adulthood.
“Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for my review copy “
Although I had a hard time to get into the story at the beginning, in the first act as the title suggests as well, the story picks up a lot after the second part and it makes good and reliable points in a young woman life nowadays. The way she sees life now and how she got there, her upbringing was an interesting read overall, heartbreaking at times but as said, reliable.
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