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Bord de mer characters ✓ 7 é A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside They stay in a hotel drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair She wants to protect them from an uncaring and uncomprehending world She knows that it will be the last trip for her boys Beside the Sea is a haunting and thought provoking story about how a mother's Be the last trip for her boys Beside the Sea is a haunting and thought provoking story about how a mother's love for her children can be dangerous than the dark world she is seeking to keep at bay It's a hypnotizi.  Be WarnedThis 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 depressionI 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 of Richard Power's towering Overstory hoping to cleanse the palateMistake There is nothing cleansing about this at all; it draws you deeper and deeper into the mud It is is a 100 page monologue by a woman who one evening piles her two boys 6 and 9 into a bus to take them to the seaside It is dark it is raining and the hotel is crummy—but still they are on an adventure; they are away Away from what Bit by bit we begin to ask uestions Is the mother fleeing an abusive relationship What does she do for money What are her plans after the storm tossed beach and the screaming fun fair Is she even entirely wellAs translated expertly by Adriana Hunter into a decidedly British idiom the novel simply can't be put down even as you come to fear both answers and outcome Really Olmi and Hunter together deserve the full five stars But I still wish I hadn't read it

Véronique Olmi È 7 Read

Ng look at an unhinged mind and the cold society that produced it With language as captivating as the story that unfolds Véroniue Olmi creates an intimate portrait of madness and despair that won't soon be forgott. A mother takes her two young sons on a trip to the seaside Sounds nice doesn't it There's even a bucket and spade on the cover You can almost feel the warmth of the sun on your skin hear the brass band playing a cheery tune But this is not a nice little feel good story about a trip to the sea There's no sunshine no brass bands no sandcastles and laugher and sticks of rock To get an idea of what this book is like imagine that idyllic seaside trip viewed through a fun house mirror everything's distorted everything's wrong the music is off key the sea is hostile the rain is constant danger and madness lurks everywhere It's a seaside trip you'd have in one of your darkest nightmares It's one of the bleakest books I've ever readNotice I said bleak not depressing I didn't find the book at all depressing although I can see how some people would Personally I've always liked dark so called depressing stories I remember that as a teenager one of my favourite songs was REM's Everybody Hurts My friends asked me why I liked a depressing song about everybody hurting and crying and I was surprised to me it was the opposite of depressing It made me feel better to realise that everybody hurt not just meWith literature some of my favourite books have been depressing a lot of the Russian classics like Crime and Punishment pretty much anything by Dostoevsky in fact More recently I loved Cormac McCarthy's The Road again a pretty bleak read My own first novel is not exactly cheery either I think it's partly the same impulse to feel other people's pain so that my own life feels better in comparison after the nightmare you do after all wake up But it's also because I've always looked to literature to enable me to access the full range of human experience including the experiences I wouldn't really want to have myself If you're like me I think you'll love this book But I know that some people read to relax or to cheer themselves up or to escape into better worlds if that sounds like you then perhaps skip this oneThe entire book is the internal monologue of a depressed anxiety ridden mother A sense of claustrophobia pervades the book When I found out that Véroniue Olmi is also a playwright it made sense to me the locations are very limited and are seuenced almost like scenes from a play the bus the hotel room the beach the funfair The surroundings also heighten the sense of being hemmed in on the bus it's dark and the countryside is invisible so there's no sense of motion or progress or a world beyond the bus; in the town they're lost and confused; in the hotel room it's either dark or raining all the time so although the children are always looking out of the window there's little sense of what's out there Each scene feels contained like a stage with a painted backdrop and nothing beyond It feels very deliberately done and for me it worked very well in focusing the attention entirely on the characters and in building up a sense of unease and tension What you can't do in a play of course is have that inner monologue everything has to spoken out loud A novel lets you step inside the character's head and in this case it's a very intense experience It's uite a short book but still by the end of it being in the narrator's head felt almost as unbearable for me as it clearly was for herBeing an internal monologue of a despairing mother the novel is written in everyday language with no literary flourishes It also reflects the narrator's disordered state of mind as she jumps around from thought to thought within the same sentence At first t

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Bord de merA single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside They stay in a hotel drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair She wants to protect them from an uncaring and uncomprehending world She knows that it will. We took the bus the last bus of the evening so no one would see usSo 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 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 unbearable place to be Everyone is a threat and even the smallest task is an insurmountable challenge She’s fading fast I don’t sleep well at night It’s the worrying I couldn’t tell you what about It’s like something’s been lowered onto me Towards the end the family is at a carnival and the imagery seems to mirror what’s going on inside the mother’s head at any given time the bells wouldn’t stop ringing people were hurrying onto rides in every direction where did all that money come from everyone could afford everything there was too much of everything everywhere too much noise too much rain too many lights all reeling past me and I didn’t know where I was anyShe cannot focus or think Life is overwhelming We are never told exactly what is wrong with her but we know she’s severely fractured Bleak hopeless real I wanted to get right inside myself where nothing could reach me