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Annie Ernaux Tanya Leslie

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A Woman s Story A Woman s Story is Annie Ernaux s deeply affecting account of mothers and daughters youth and age and dreams and reality Kirkus Reviews Upon her mother s death from Alzheimer s Ernaux embarks on a

  • Title: A Woman's Story
  • Author: Annie Ernaux Tanya Leslie
  • ISBN: 9781583225752
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Woman s Story is Annie Ernaux s deeply affecting account of mothers and daughters, youth and age, and dreams and reality Kirkus Reviews Upon her mother s death from Alzheimer s, Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to capture the real woman, the one who existed independently from me, born on the outskirts of a small Normandy town, anA Woman s Story is Annie Ernaux s deeply affecting account of mothers and daughters, youth and age, and dreams and reality Kirkus Reviews Upon her mother s death from Alzheimer s, Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to capture the real woman, the one who existed independently from me, born on the outskirts of a small Normandy town, and who died in the geriatric ward of a hospital in the suburbs of Paris She explores the bond between mother and daughter, tenuous and unshakable at once, the alienating worlds that separate them, and the inescapable truth that we must lose the ones we love In this quietly powerful tribute, Ernaux attempts to do her mother the greatest justice she can to portray her as the individual she was She writes, I believe I am writing about my mother because it is my turn to bring her into the world.

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    1. M. Sarki on said:

      Annie Ernaux takes no prisoners. All of her books are connected, and all of them quite good.

    2. Kimbofo on said:

      Annie Ernaux’s A Woman’s Story is a deeply affecting and brutally honest memoir about the author’s mother and the sometimes-strained relationship they shared.It was first published in France, in 1988, where it became a bestseller. It has just being reissued by Quartet Books — which first published it in English more than 20 years ago — in a rather handsome edition, complete with French flaps.At just 96 pages in length, A Woman’s Story packs quite a lot in. Ernaux not only examines th [...]

    3. Rebecka on said:

      Every time I read something by Ernaux, I feel like she has crawled into my head and dragged out thoughts I didn't really realize I had, but that I recognize as soon as I see on the page. Her language is typically very simple, but the things she writes always contain a layer of staggering honesty and complexity, which is why everything she writes is interesting. The theme of the condition of women is recurrent, which is the category I would put this book in, a close second to La femme gelée (whi [...]

    4. Krumpet on said:

      Le frère siamois de Je ne suis pas sortie de la nuit. L'histoire de la mère, son rapport à sa mère. Ça me donne envie de téléphoner à la mienne.

    5. Kirsty on said:

      Annie Ernaux was one of the authors I wanted to get to during 2017, and what better than to tie her together with my Reading the World project? I chose A Woman's Story as my first Ernaux as I had previously heard of it, and because it sounded so powerful. Kirkus Reviews writes that A Woman's Story is 'as much about Everywoman as one particular woman [which] laconically describes the cruel realities of old age for a woman once vibrant and independent.'The slim memoir chronicles the dementia and d [...]

    6. Chad Post on said:

      Like the other Ernaux books I've read, this is a really straightforward novel, concise, devoid of crazy plot twists or hidden secrets or any of the other plot devices that we usually think of when we think of fiction. Although as Ernaux writes, this book about her mother's life, Alzheimer's, and death isn't really a work of fiction: "Naturally, this isn't a biography, neither is it a novel, maybe a cross between literature, sociology, and history. It was only when my mother--born in an oppressed [...]

    7. Carol Balawyder on said:

      I have always loved Ernaux’s prose and A Woman’s Story did not disappoint. In this biography/novel Ernaux, now middle-aged, reconstructs her deceased mother’s past in her attempts to keep her “alive”.The book is bitter-sweet in its account of intense grief and its tender tribute to her mother. As in all her writing, Ernaux does not sugar coat. How can she when what she is seeking is the truth about her mother? A Woman’s Story is a powerful love story between mother and daughter. It i [...]

    8. Bethany on said:

      Beautiful and very touching. It made me think about life my own mother getting older someday the people who are our connections to the pastI thought the last paragraph was so beautifully sad:"I shall never hear the sound of her voice again. It was her voice, together with her words, her hands, and her way of moving and laughing, which linked the woman I am to the child I once was. The last bond between me and the world I come from has been severed."

    9. Sarah on said:

      Another book from the same college course (French Women's Autobiographies) as A Very Easy Death, Ernaux tells the story of her mother's life, interspersing it with sections about dealing with her death. Very moving.

    10. María on said:

      En esta corta historia la autora nos narra la vida de su madre y de su relación con ella. Una historia bastante diferente de lo que siempre se asocia con Francia, pues no es usual para mí leer sobre la pobreza en los países europeos. A través de los años, vemos envejecer a ésta mujer que siempre fue consciente de su "inferioridad" y como se preocupa por su status en la sociedad e intenta constantemente aparentar lo que no es. Pero es la mujer que de verdad era la que es digna de admiració [...]

    11. Daniela on said:

      Y no hay mejor regalo para dar que escribir sobre ese alguien que se amó y se amará. Entre la vida misma y la literatura compatible para los demás, Ernaux encuentra la manera precisa y espléndida de describir a ese ser que como amor entiende sacrificio y entrega ante la felicidad de ese a quien llama hijo, una madre. Esas conexiones y ligamentos, esos parecidos inevitables, esas vergüenzas ajenas, todo queda en nuestra construcción como individuos, todo como un casi ejemplo de lo que esa m [...]

    12. Saskia on said:

      Dit boek is het verhaal van Ernaux' moeder en een poging van de schrijfster om met haar dood en de herinneringen om te gaan. Veel Franse schrijvers produceren tegenwoordig dit soort boeken. Kennelijk denken ze dat hun persoonlijke verhalen de lezers interesseren. Ik ben er geen groot fan van, maar dit boek is wel goed geschreven en oprecht. Geen grootse literatuur, maar ook niet zo bedoeld. Wel herkenbaar en een mooi portret van een gewone vrouw.

    13. Isabel Hollingum on said:

      Ernaux's discussions of class and social mobility are entirely unrivalled by any other author I've ever read. Une Femme (and La Place) are total triumphs.

    14. Paco on said:

      Me encantó la manera tan simple de narrar una vida sencilla pero llena de complejidad.

    15. Lorenz Risk on said:

      Clear cut, "objective" narration of her mother's life and rising from the lower class.

    16. Joan Lieberman on said:

      My editor, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, recommended this book. It was so powerful, I put down my own pen for several months.

    17. María Clara on said:

      En esta corta historia la autora nos narra la vida de su madre y de su relación con ella. Una historia bastante diferente de lo que siempre se asocia con Francia, pues no es usual para mí leer sobre la pobreza en los países europeos. A través de los años, vemos envejecer a ésta mujer que siempre fue consciente de su "inferioridad" y como se preocupa por su status en la sociedad e intenta constantemente aparentar lo que no es. Pero es la mujer que de verdad era la que es digna de admiració [...]

    18. Agoaye Leblog on said:

      Un roman tout en amour et en discrétion. Une pudeur magnifique nous entraîne dans la découverte de cette femme, mère de l'auteure, qui commence l'écriture après l'avoir perdue.Beaucoup de passages m'ont bouleversés.C'est une très belle plume.

    19. Linda on said:

      Written over a year's time - April 1986-February 1987 - when the author was coming to terms with her mother's death, Eernaux is telling the story as much to define her mother to herself as to the reader, to experience the times and places the two shared when her mother was still alive. Pockets of reminiscences take Ernaux back to before her mother was born, to the society/family/culture in which she (the mother) grew up. In telling the story, Ernaux enters a difficult period, when her mother's s [...]

    20. Marianna on said:

      I wanted this book to be good, I really did. The back reads, "Upon her mother's death from Alzheimer's, Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to explore the bond between mother and daughter"I don't think she explored anything. The entire book sounded like a report. There is little depth of understanding or exploration. I kept thinking as I turned each page that maybe the story will start soon. It never did.

    21. Alyssa on said:

      Annie writes in a very interesting style where she takes a personal life event and makes it impersonal while at the same time inserting herself. She tries to be neutral, which is a very difficult goal considering all her stories revolve around those in her life. Overall, it was a good read. She doesn't use dialogue but manages to capture moments through describing photographs without including them.

    22. Suzanne on said:

      Similar to the book about her father and his life and death, this book details the life and death of Annie Ernaux's mother. This book was extremely moving to read and was beautifully written. I really felt the despair and agony that the author felt after her mother's death. The two biographies about the author's parents should be read together, starting with the father and ending with the mother.

    23. Miguel Arbusto on said:

      I will never be able to explain how touching this novel was to me. This book is as heart-wrenching as it is short, though the story is never belabored. The book's imagery is immersive without relying upon inaccessible or overly specific references.

    24. Diane on said:

      I read this in the original ("Une Femme") and can't vouch for the quality of the English translation, but this short memoir is a masterpiece of clean, clear writing that conveys depth and meaning in subtle but powerful ways.

    25. Yvette on said:

      Une mémoire ou un auto-fiction? Je ne sais pas mais je pense que ce livre et une activité captivante ! Ernaux est une écrivaine compétente. Elle écrit de mort comme une lettre au lecteur--c'est presque épistolaire. Cette petite histoire est triste, bien sûr, mais surtout une méditation émouvante.

    26. Sophie on said:

      Annie Ernaux, toujours si proche de mon coeur et de ce que je peux ressentir parfois.

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