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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Return to Book Page. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new novel by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky.
For years Helen Knightly has given her life sebole others: When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a A woman steps over the line into zebold unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful, and unforgettable new wlice by the author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky.
When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. 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 devotion, and the line between love and hate.
The Almost Moon
It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page. Hardcoverpages. Published October 16th by Little, Brown and Company. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Almost Moonplease sign up.
This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [In the end, aoice Helen kill herself after all? I got the impression that she changed her mind, but I’m not sure. Madhura This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ No she did not kill herself. She realized her daughters were her strength and she would do the right thing and accept the judgement mon came with her …more No she did not kill herself.
She realized her daughters were her strength and she would do the right thing and accept the judgement that came with her deeds. She did not kill Mrs Leverton either. Mrs Leverton died as a result of a bad fall and Helen simply chose to hide out in her house since no one would think to almmost for her there.
thd Wow, thanks for this review Wonder if others picked up on what did. Do u think she didn’t connect these details to show how flawed the character is? Gary Guinn I would say that Sebold did connect all the details, but she did it in such a way–especially thinking of the constant movement from present to …more I would say that Sebold did connect all the details, but she did it in such a way–especially thinking of the constant movement from present to past–that the reader had to stay focused on the narrative.
At times the reader had to perceive the implications of the actions of other characters, especially her father and mother in the past, to understand Helen’s current motivations. See 2 questions about The Almost Moon…. Lists with This Book. 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.
Not only did it not measure up, but I don’t senold want this book in the same ROOM with my other books. It really and truly is that bad. But when I spent 4 hours on a plane learning how to do Sodoku just so I wouldn’t have to read one more heinous word of this novel, I knew that Almozt was going to have to I wanted to believe that the backlash almsot this book could be explained by general disappointment about Sebold’s second novel wlice living up to The Lovely Bones.
But when I spent 4 hours on a plane learning how to do Sodoku just so I wouldn’t have to read one more heinous word of this novel, I knew that I was going to have to throw in the towel and say some terrible things about Sebold’s latest effort.
We all know she can write. Even when her words are polluting my air, it’s obvious she can write. Why she chose to write such complete and utter crap this time is just beyond me. The entire book centers around Helen killing her mother. And, you know, that could have been an interesting theme to run with, but Sebold just mangled and butchered it almosst. I suspect that maybe I was supposed to feel sorry for Helen, but instead I found her to be thoroughly unpleasant, and I started wishing that she’d go ahead and kill herself, too.
Sdbold 87 pages, I no longer even cared enough to skim ahead in order to find out what horrible things had happened in her past. In fact, I’m surprised that I ever made it past page 44, which as another reviewer already noted, contains some rhe the absolute worst lines ever written.
I don’t recommend reading this entire book obviouslybut if you’re into brief spurts of masochism, mosey on over to the library and pull sebolv book off the shelf just to read page View all 32 comments.
Jan 11, Rhian rated it did not like it. Bad in every way: Includes this line, “This was not the first time I had been face-to-face with my mother’s genitalia. View sevold 3 comments. Sep 10, Laila Blake rated it really liked it Shelves: I should preface this by saying that I have never read a book with an accumulative star rating this low before.
It also confirms that star ratings are ridiculous – or maybe that one star ratings are compliments in disguise. Can aebold explain to me why a story has to have likable characters?
Why someone who is clearly loosing it should act in a way a sane reader finds believable? Let me be clear: It’s hits hard, especially to anyone who understand complicated issues between mothers and daughters. But that’s almozt it’s supposed to be, it’s supposed mmoon be poisonous, it’s supposed to disturb the reader and make us feel bad almsot I thought it was very well crafted.
To me, the character made perfect sense, and I even liked her as much as that is alomst. She did the best she could for a long time and then she snapped and did something she couldn’t take back. I thought the book depicted that situation beautifully. Now, I have thing for Alice Sebold: I thought The Lovely Bones was good alcie entertaining, but my special interest is in those books that were generally described as sebild, like Lucky and this one.
Maybe her way of seeing the world just makes sense to me, and maybe that doesn’t bode that well, but just because she describes the world out of the viewpoint from characters who may not fit exactly in the nice, uplifting story with a bow on top formula so predominant in so-called “women’s fiction” doesn’t mean it’s bad writing. View all 9 comments. Devo dire che Alice Sebold mi ha abituato a incipit che non si perdono in giri di parole, incipit fulminanti e senza preamboli.
Elettra sulla tomba di Agamennone. E, forse, perfino pietas. Per la madre, e, finalmente, verso se stessa. Figlia della sua stessa figlia. E ancora si fatica ad accettarle, ad accoglierle. Ancora oggi, nel terzo millennio, a chi viene attribuito il dovere di sacrificare la propria vita per badare agli altri? Una gabbia, una prigione per chi sebo,d ha un rapporto assolutamente meraviglioso e idilliaco con la madre o il padre e a quanti capita davvero?
Elena Ferrante on Alice Sebold’s new novel, The Almost Moon
Esperienze strepitose di un mondo altro per me uomo. A ciascuno il suo dolore. Clitennestra accorre, una madre che corre per aiutare sua figlia: Maria Callas-Medea nel film di Pasolini. View all 8 comments. Apr 24, Rita rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To aoice it, click here. The subject matter was hard at the start, but it got easier as the book progressed, because I started to really dislike the main character.
I really, really do. But, the fact that she owned her hatred of her mother at such an early age–she acknowledged it and expressed it, I mean she OWNED it, but then she only acted out the “loving daughter” p Spoilers But, the fact that she owned her hatred of her mother at such an early age–she acknowledged it and expressed it, I mean she OWNED it, but then she only acted out the “loving daughter” part, was so disingenuous.
But, if we’re to accept that this is who that character was, then she was just weak and sick. And continued to be weak and sick, all through her marriage, hurting her husband and her children all while openly hating the mother that she insisted on caring for, and then finally killing that mother.
The character was 49 at the time of the story, and in all those years, from the first spark of hatred of her mother when she was little, did she ever think that this was all unhealthy and wrong?
She was closed off, cold, cruel, pushing everyone away, even her children which I found so hard to read, that she went almostt and on about her dislike of her older child and never had any inkling to change? Oh, she koon the one therapist once, who was apparently just as nuts as she was, and talked about her hostility towards his “probing. Then her having sex with her best friend’s son was even more hard to stomach than her killing her mother. I mean, that feels almost incestuous, doesn’t it?
The son was grown, and apparently had a crush on this woman for a long time, but still, I don’t understand how you can have sex with someone who is the child of your best friend. Someone you’ve had an adult role in raising since birth. It was, as I said, worse than the murder she’d just committed, IMO.
After I realized that I truly did not like this woman, anything about her, it was even harder to plod through her narcissism over her figure realizing that if she had not taken such good care of her figure she wouldn’t have had the strength to murder her mother, nor be attractive to her friend’s son–oh GAG me! 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.