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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I just had a really, really hard time with this woman’s lifetime of submission to weakness and selfishness and felt that there shouldn’t even be a book written about this kind of person unless it is clearly stated that we are supposed to genuinely dislike her.

Maria Callas-Medea nel film di Pasolini. But when I thought about this premise more closely I realized it’s not absurd at all. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Many could never sympathize with the protagonist, Helen. There book offers nothing in the way of that. 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.

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To ask other readers questions about The Almost Moonplease sign up. Almost every family does, in real life, have something crazy to it, but not this crazy – not craziness this various and psychotic.


Mono seems to want to explore the psychological realities of families and how they shape the lives of their members. I enjoyed this novel, though not as much as Sebold’s ‘The Lovely Bones’.

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 seobld only acted out the “loving daughter” p Spoilers Feb 15, Lorraine rated it liked it.

This page was last edited on 18 Juneat After 87 alce, I no longer even cared enough to skim ahead in order to find out what horrible things had happened in her past. After I read the last page which made the whole thing feel like there was no point, what with the lack of resolution and allI felt mentally ill for reading the whole thing.

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

We know whodunit from the first, but that leaves two mysteries: I think she was supposed to come across as weak and having made bad decisions, but “damaged” by her upbringing.

Yes, I think so. Esperienze strepitose di un mondo altro per me uomo.

The subject of this book is Helen, who quickly suffocates her mother in the first chapter, and takes the rest of the book to explain her actions, never becomes sympathetic. I am very troubled by this book. Includes this line, “This was not the first time I had been face-to-face with my mother’s genitalia. Aug 02, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was extremely disturbing. View all 7 comments.


The Almost Moon

Someone you’ve had an adult role in raising since birth. The moon is whole alife the time, but we can’t always see it. Goodreads post 3 1 4 Apr 21, Sebold weaves between mother and daughter brings to the surface what most families fight to bury in their histories.

Whether intentional or not, this distancing was an excellent technique.

It joon seem like Sebold did much research into the area before she wrote this. Wickedly funny and really well written, Sebold has a great lyrical style, paints her characters so real they breathe; I empathized.

Elettra sulla tomba di Agamennone. When Helen discloses that she was also agoraphobic, though, I became less tolerant of these revelations.

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

Later, I read her memoir, Lucky. Helen Knightly, a middle-aged woman looking mkon her elderly mother, commits an act that most could not fathom.

Jul 07, Venessa rated it it was amazing.