A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Paperback

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing Paperback

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)

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This is the winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year award.

It is the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour.

Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand.

This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.

Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny - and alarming.

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3.5

An extremely bleak tale which is evoked through a writing style that departs from any variety of English. McBride grabs the reader by the throat and rubs the reader's nose in extreme emotion.

Review by
4

Not a book for the casual reader. This is a book you have to work for. It won't appeal to all readers. It may not even appeal to most readers.<br/><br/>The language is difficult to read. Deliberately so, because McBride uses language to hammer home the confusion and despair of her young protagonist. If you persevere you will find words and phrases that tug at the heart and soul.<br/><br/>The story itself is brutal and tragic, full of the experiences of a young, confused, hurting woman, who acts in ways that hurt herself as a self-harming technique.<br/><br/>It rewards re-reading.

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4

Not a book for the casual reader. This is a book you have to work for. It won't appeal to all readers. It may not even appeal to most readers.<br/><br/>The language is difficult to read. Deliberately so, because McBride uses language to hammer home the confusion and despair of her young protagonist. If you persevere you will find words and phrases that tug at the heart and soul.<br/><br/>The story itself is brutal and tragic, full of the experiences of a young, confused, hurting woman, who acts in ways that hurt herself as a self-harming technique.<br/><br/>It rewards re-reading.

Review by
4

This is a hugely powerful piece of writing - it is too dark and disturbing to be considered an enjoyable read, but I couldn't put it down. The disjointed prose style works brilliantly, and the book richly deserves the attention it has received recently.

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4

This one only loses a star because I felt sometimes like the style got in the way of the emotional heart of the book. There are so many lovely and true passages in this book - in which not much happens except for everything - but sometimes, especially towards the end, they are muddied by a lack of clarity in the prose.