Sebold’s disappointing second novel (after much-lauded The Lovely Bones) opens with the narrator’s statement that she has killed her mother. In the opening of Alice Sebold’s new novel, a daughter makes a violent choice. This is the problem with Alice Sebold’s new novel, “The Almost Moon.” The book starts with the narrator, Helen, killing her elderly mother, Mrs.

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This is the case with agoraphobic Claire and poor Helen. For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: So the apt question to ask is whether this second novel by the author of The Lovely Bones is, as touted in its extravagant publicity, literary fiction, or closer to a detective novel?

The Almost Moon

But this is just dismal. Clitennestra accorre, una madre che corre per aiutare sua figlia: Great imagery, as one comes to expect from Sebold and her friends including Aimee Bender. Many of the people at the bottom of the ratings loved The Lovely Bonesbut were disappointed, angered, revolted by The Almost Moon.

Even just little ones like Dead Poets Society, where the big prize is having the courage to ask out a girl, or tell your parents you don’t want to be a lawyer. I kept reading in hopes sebo,d i This was just not worth the effort it took to get through it, at all. There’s a similar alertness to the ways moom which everyone’s a victim and everyone has murderous feelings, and outlandish acts again come out of a need to love alce feel loved.

Includes this line, “This was not the first time I had been face-to-face with my mother’s genitalia. She realized her daughters were her strength and she would do the right thing and accept the judgement that came with her deeds. Is the cultural inhibition too powerful for a staging of almst crime of crimes? The entire book centers around Helen killing her mother. Jul 07, Venessa rated it it was amazing.

I believe that this brutal act of violence may be the catalyst that has caused Ms. Just browse past any of the various true crime cable channels or even prime time nightly news stories and almodt will be affirmed that this story is not only disturbingly probable but could have been lifted or adapted from one of these re-enacted Disturbing.


This dark, serious novel, made me smile on more than one occasion by the author’s use of clever writing techniques. Ancora oggi, nel terzo millennio, a chi viene attribuito il dovere di sacrificare la propria vita per badare agli altri? Jan 24, Kendra rated it did not like it Shelves: I wanted to believe that the backlash against this book could be explained by general disappointment about Sebold’s second novel not living up to The Lovely Bones.

Retrieved from ” https: Is her act a punishable offense, or do readers find something about Helen that helps them hope for her freedom? Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. Novelty can be overvalued – but so can suspense.

Elena Ferrante on Alice Sebold’s new novel, The Almost Moon

See, the book wasn’t presented as maybe the diary of Charles Manson would be, like it’s supposed to be a spectacle of horrors, hard to get through because that level of sickness is just so out of our understanding. To me, the character made perfect sense, and I even liked her as much as that is possible. Sebold to teeter on a violent edge that few authors dare to go. A lot of people rated this book very low, and I have to admit I had difficulty getting through it.

A ciascuno il suo dolore. It doesn’t seem like Sebold did much research into the area before she wrote this.

It’s a revolting read, but not without truths. Helen kills her 86 year old mother and the book follows Helen through the events that occur after the crime, as well as, Helen’s thoughts of her past.

I don’t want to be late for work.

Not all there …

We must come to our own time to find stories though still very few of daughters who, painfully examining their relationship with their alife, either plan to kill her or actually kill her, impelled by the unique substance of that relationship—as if only now we had begun to feel that we, too, had the right to portray our muddiest depths.

Instead, she writes through the voice of Helen Knightly, and Helen tells the reader, right from the beginning, that liking her is going to be a challenge: The rest of the mooon goes back and tbe with Helen dealing with the shock that she actually did this and how she will proceed with her life after, and examining the life events in her dysfunctional, complicated family that led her to this point.


On the one hand the whole family needs to plead insanity and get on some medicine ASAP.

She did not kill Mrs Leverton either. I like REAL characters, offensive or otherwise, and Sebold definitely showed us the other side of what a protagonist in a novel can be. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of alicw, and the line between love and sdbold. I am very troubled by this book. Unfortunately, like mental illness, this book is all over the place. She becomes quite ill, but manages to stay in place.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

This is an extraordinarily difficult story. Later, I read her memoir, Lucky. At first I did. A lot of people took a massive shit on this book because they disliked Helen’s character so much Mar 02, Leslie rated it really liked it.

View all 18 comments. The book, told in Helen’s voice, is about the 24 hours that follow the matricide. We know whodunit from the first, but that leaves two mysteries: Elettra sulla tomba di Agamennone. Well, because she’s the mousy dark novelist who seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the early s to write The Lovely Bonesan emotionally devastating crime thriller and meditation on loss that happened to have been written from the standpoint of a murdered teenage girl as she watches the proceedings from heaven.

Insomma, la tragedia di Elettra rivisitata: Knightly is gone for three months on business, or so says Clair. She realized her daughters were her strength and she would do the right thing and accept the judgement that came with her …more No she did not kill herself.