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August is a Wicked Month

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But because I think the rest of the book is so exquisitely rendered, it really didn't diminish my enjoyment of the writing for long. Her ex husband has taken their son away on holiday and Ellen decides that maybe a holiday is what she also needs. This must have been audacious stuff back in 1965, with its frank depiction of feminine carnality, but today it seems dated. A Woman of my Age’ by Nina Bawden: A woman begins to question everything about her life and her marriage when she goes on holiday to Morocco with her husband.

Steve E Clark is a New York Times Best Selling Author of Justice Is for the Lonely and Justice Is for the Deserving. This is not a happy or easy book, but that is not a bad thing as life is about exploring the good, the bad and the ugly. A good introduction to O'Brien for those who don't know her work, and a yearning look back at her early work for those who do. When the book opens Ellen’s husband offers to take their young son — who divides his time between both parents — on a camping trip to Wales. She escapes to the French Riviera and meets a new range of people, all the time realising that she is yearning for something that cannot be experienced through meaningless sex.

A fine first edition, first impression, first printing of Edna O¿Brien¿s fourth book August is a Wicked Month in hardback cloth covers with a near fine dust jacket, published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape in 1965. A short novel, it is nevertheless jam-packed with the O'Brien's trademark haunting prose - in her best works ( House of Splendid Isolation, In the Forest), her trance-like writing is both comforting and harrowing - often at the very same time. while well written and know doubt bring pleasure to a lot of readers I did not enjoy reading it no criticism is intended reading and what someone else will enjoy is an almost impossible task due to the many variables that come into play.

But, her fantasy comes up against human beings and human existence, and she gets nothing of the raunchy or tender fling that she envisioned.O’Brien really does a fine job of getting into the mind of her character, including the repulsive aspects of her wandering. Edna O’Brien’s fourth novel, August is a Wicked Month, was first published in 1965 and subsequently banned by the Irish censors for the story’s sexual candour. I don't regret reading this slim volume, but I can't say that I will be recommending it to very many people either. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal, the Frank O’Connor Prize, the PEN/Nabokov Award For Achievement in International Literature, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. The trilogy was banned in Ireland because of its broke the silence on sexual matters and social issues during the repressive period in Ireland history after World War II.

This novel might be made into an independent movie, but it could never be a mainstream Hollywood film with Julia Roberts. Banned in several countries on first publication, Edna O’Brien’s August is a Wicked Month is a shimmering, sensual tale of a woman rediscovering herself – and it feels just as glorious, radical, and escapist as today. Perhaps because I'm not Irish Catholic, I don't feel sufficiently guilty about life to truly understand Ellen.Another well written Edna O'Brien novel, but not as entertaining and charming and the first two in the Country Girl series. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt initially, but by the end of the book I felt she deserved everything she got! Embora a escrita seja muito mais simples e linear, a sua capacidade de surpreender e de tocar aspectos brutais da vida de uma forma crua e ao mesmo tempo tão verdadeira que nos arrebata, está cá.

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