Beside the Sea
Beside the Sea is a haunting and thought-provoking story about how a mother's love for her children can be more dangerous tha ...more
Does being able to have birth to Children means you have the right to have them?
How stable I mean ( mentally,financially) should the person be so that he could a baby?
Who determines who have the right to bring children to this world?
And if you had the child who determines you can keep your child, does the state have that right?or the social worker?
What does it mean to be so poor in developed state?
What does it mean to be single mother in today world is it? Is it ...more
Whew! Not a great way to end the year......at least from a feel good standpoint.
Veronique's Olmi's BESIDE THE SEA brings to life a very dark and intensely sad story so full of despair and hopelessness that makes me thankful it was a short 125 page read.
In this haunting look at mental illness, a mother decides to take her two young children on a bus trip to the seashore for a bit of a holiday, and with only a few coins in the tin and her medication left behind, the desperation in her lif...more
So begins this distressing and ominous tale of a single mother taking her two boys to the sea. We don’t know why they’re going, although soon enough we can guess because things seem more than a little off. They find a hotel and a café, and they go to the beach; the mother is barely functional throughout and almost incapacitated by depression, insomnia and anxiety. We view the world filtered through her paranoia and it’s an unbe ...more
Olmi's words make you feel. It's all ...more
"We took the bus, the last bus of the evening, so no one would see us."
A mom and her two young boys. A spontaneous trip to the seaside. Disquiet. A bit ominous. What’s going on, mom? Mom is fraying, and has been for a while. There are only opaque hints of the backstory, of the life before this mini-holiday. It feels claustrophobic being here in her mind, there are two of us in here but it seems only one of us can see clearly. It’s clear this mom ...more
فکر مثل جانور کوچک کثیفی است. بعضی وقت ها ترجیح می دهم سگ باشم. شرط می بندم سگ ها هیچ وقت نه با خودشان فکر می کنند کجا هستند، نه اینکه باید دنبال چه کسی بروند، فقط هوا را بو می کشند و همه ی این ها همان جا برای همیه ثبت شده است. انسان ها حس بویایی ندارند. همین خطرناک است.
عجیب است که هیچ وقت در خیابان مردم را در حال گریه و زاری نمی بینم. بیشتر از اینکه گریه کنند، با تلفن صحبت می کنند. شاید اگر بیشتر گریه می کردیم کمتر از همدیگر متنفر بودیم.
بهترین بغل کردن وقتی است که هنوز نوزاد در شکم است. هی ...more
This little book should have a consumer's warning. It is short, it is compelling, and it will take you to a place you never wanted to go. Not in a hundred years, especially if you are a parent or have ever struggled with depression.
I am a great admirer of the translations published by the Peirene Press. They are original in content and perfectly calibrated to their short-novella length. Sorbets between heavier courses. In this belief, I took a break between two of the large sections o ...more
The plot is quite similar to "Beloved" by Toni Morrison in a complete different context of course.
However, I still think it's hard to understand, in this particular book, the children's destiny stablished by their mother. To think about.
We took the bus, the last bus of the evening, so no one would see us. The...more
This trip is out of the ordinary and we experience it from inside the mind of the mother, the stream of consciousness narrative is so effective here, it gets inside your own mind as you read and we feel her sense of anxiety and the host ...more
Il ritmo serrato, l'alternarsi di frasi lunghe con la punteggiatura ridotta al minimo e di frasi molto brevi ci lasciano senza fiato, ci sentiamo soffocare; percepiamo l'ansia e l'angoscia di questa madre.
Una madre sola decide di portare i suoi due figli, nove e cinque anni, al mare e partono di sera; è inverno, per tutto il racconto piove, fango sulle strade, mare in ...more
From the opening sentence, I knew there was something different about this book: We took the bus, the last bus of the evening, so no one would see us. I was instantly intrigued and wary. Why would a mother and her two young sons want to leave home unnoticed? The bus takes them to a seaside town, to fulfill the mother’s wish that her boys see the ocean. The nameless mother provides the narrative, and the more I lived inside her head, the greater my fear and trepidation. It ...more
It is a depressing story. They are poor and malnourished. She is being assessed for being unable to properly care for her children. She takes a night bus to a seaside town. The bus is cold and old. It rains at the coast, the sea is frothing with anger. They stay on ...more
Extremely raw. Beautifully written, beautifully told. Arguably one of the most clearly drawn, nameless, first person narrators in the history of fiction. Not an ounce of pain is lost in translation.
I really enjoyed this book. It's an observational story told from the point of view of the mother. A mother who has her own battles. Dealing with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and probably schizophrenia while also doing her best to raise her 2 sons. She is alone in the world. She has no one and feels as if everyone is out to get her.
It's a story that grimly reveals the struggle to live life. The s ...more
The next day was really bad luck, it was raining again. Apart from the dim morning light it was hard not get ...more
But it is remarkable for showing how ...more