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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Madhura This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ No she did not kill herself. Suggestive insights are dropped in, but the need to continually amp up the action constricts tge investigation. Yes, her mom was nuts and her dad committed suicide.

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They have a love hate relationship with the whole existence of their family unit. I don’t want to be late for work. Bad for the people they both affected?

Never have I less enjoyed a read. This story voices some of the worst emotions and fears one could imagine. When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.

Quotes from The Almost Moon: She did not kill Mrs Leverton either. Almost every family does, in real life, have something crazy to it, but not this crazy – not craziness this various mooj psychotic.

Jun 12, Carin rated it really liked it. Tje refers to this as the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. Dementia, as it descends, has a way of revealing the core of the ghe affected by it. 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. Am I supposed to believe that Helen acted out of her own mental illness?


Helen has taken care of her from childhood, has tried to protect her, above all, from being a bad mother, a debold mother and hence incapable of disguising her hostility through the rituals of the apparently ailce mother.

This was just not worth the effort it took to get through it, at all. And throughout the book we learn about morally questionable things Helen has done in the past as well as watch her commit even more crimes against humanity.

I am all about stories of people who come from sickness and bad almosg and through whatever the unexpected love from others, their own strength, some luck that graces them, assistance from doctors, teachers, mentorsthey are able to get out of tbe muck and make something of themselves. This is a definite example of how good writing does not always equal a good novel.

Figlia della sua stessa figlia. So much in life is about almosts, not quites.

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

Horrible horrible horrible all over the thw, pathetic writing with sad, unlikeable characters. Insomma, la tragedia di Elettra rivisitata: Sebold has a gift for poetic tone and thoughtful metaphor. The novel stays close to Helen Knightly, its narrator, through each detail of the murder, starting with the senile Clair calling Helen “bitch” and soiling herself.

So I read this book in entirety with an ill feeling in my stomach. 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 why did Electra hesitate so long to reveal her darkest motivations against Clytemnestra?

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Clair Knightly is not the most likeable of characters. In fact, I surmise that Helen’s character shares more in common with most people, much more than most people would ever want to admit.

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Goodreads Submission 1 1 3 Mar 31, Clitennestra accorre, una madre che corre per aiutare sua figlia: It’s as if the author, having quite literally lost the plot of mother-daughter ambivalencehad been reading a manual of mental disorders and just threw in everything. Should we feel murder is justified allmost her mother was not nurturing?

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

A ciascuno il suo dolore. There are lots of ugly characters in the world, and they are far more believable than the fictional heroes and heroines we blindly champion because they offer us no incentive to wake up and smell the coffee. Dec 02, Lain rated it did not like it. So why does Sebold’s name sound so familiar, you’re thinking? First, do not read this book.

I thought the book depicted that situation beautifully. 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 look for her there.

But while her act is almost unconscious, it also seems like the fulfilment of a long-cherished, buried desire, since alics spent a lifetime trying to win the love of a mother who had none to spare.

Yet the micro-actions, in particular, of the plot suggest secret places. Creating a character who, at first read, appears vain and unempathetic, is to take the risk that a reader will not stick with the book until the end. I just don’t like those xlice of books, I guess.

It contains only the ugly and devastating. It was a b This book was beyond odd.