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August is a Wicked Month

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Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so there was at least half a century being the book.

My favorite is the one by Peter Boxall, although he tends to favor the most recent stuff, twenty-first century ultra modern, some of which I find almost indecipherable.Her ex husband has taken their son away on holiday and Ellen decides that maybe a holiday is what she also needs.

It made me think about so much and I can see from having re-read the earlier sections that O’Brien had carefully plotted the entire story arc. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. As needs must with novels of this type it was quite short, only 138 pages long, so if you are unsure of it at least it will not be a lot of time spent. First published in 1965 this book was initially banned in Ireland because of its sexual content but by today's standards it is pretty tame. This book filled me with an incredible sense of sadness, as in some ways I found myself in complete undersranding of ellen's emotions.Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light of Evening (2006). Also she oftentimes remembers her son and whenever she does, she loses interest on the man who is raring to go to bed with her. Edna O'Brien is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Hey, I thought, it would be way cheaper to read a story of wanton lasciviousness than to get an infected belly button (and a lot less painful, too). This book explores the complex feelings of balancing your identity between your inner self, a self who is a wife, and a mother.

I really didn't find much to enjoy in this novel whose main protagonist Ellen, left home alone while her son goes on holiday with his father, decides to take a holiday in France to rediscover some excitement in her life. This novel might be made into an independent movie, but it could never be a mainstream Hollywood film with Julia Roberts. This frees her up to enjoy her summer vacation from her job as a theatre critic by becoming “a sort of tourist doing tourist things” in London.She has sex on the brain and flirts with almost every male she sees, including the man sitting beside her on the plane. Her estranged husband and child go on a camping holiday to Wales and rather than sit around stuffy London, Ellen books a flight to the Côte d'Azure, looking for sex—pure and simple. After a number of false starts with hotel staff, Ellen falls in with a louche crowd of hangers-on surrounding an American film star.

Yes, Ellen is young and naive, but that doesn't excuse her bizarre behaviour once she arrives in France. I don’t really have the time to collect the William Trevor reviews in one spot, as I had originally planned, and not sure whether Cathy is doing it. For example, on page 7, Ellen tells the milk boy that she has never opened wide (maybe her heart or her thighs or her vagina) to a man before.

I thought the dialogue was odd but I think it’s normal for books from this time period (I know I’ve seen it before)? O'Brien doesn't set her up as some blameless heroine, although she's swept along with the activities of this jet-setting crowd. Not all men look like Daniel Craig, you're not always the prettiest one in the room and then even harsher news from home breaks the last threads of the spell and before you know it, you've tried to shag half the men in the resort to no avail, suffered a massive personal tragedy, financially ruined yourself and the only souvenir you're taking home is a massive overdraft and suspected syphilis.

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