A Frozen Woman

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A Frozen Woman

A Frozen Woman A Frozen Woman charts Ernaux s teenage awakening and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession with the inevitable confl

  • Title: A Frozen Woman
  • Author: Annie Ernaux Linda Coverdale Tanya Leslie
  • ISBN: 9781888363388
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Frozen Woman charts Ernaux s teenage awakening, and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession with the inevitable conflict between the two And then she is thirty years old, a teacher married to an executive, mother of two infant sons She looks after their nice apartment, raises her childreA Frozen Woman charts Ernaux s teenage awakening, and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession with the inevitable conflict between the two And then she is thirty years old, a teacher married to an executive, mother of two infant sons She looks after their nice apartment, raises her children And yet, like millions of other women, she has felt her enthusiasm and curiosity, her strength and her happiness, slowly ebb under the weight of her daily routine The very condition that everyone around her seems to consider normal and admirable for a woman is killing her While each of Ernaux s books contain an autobiographical element, A Frozen Woman, one of Ernaux s early works, concentrates the spotlight piercingly on Annie herself Mixing affection, rage and bitterness, A Frozen Woman shows us Ernaux s developing art when she still relied on traditional narrative, before the shortened form emerged that has since become her trademark.

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    1. Rowena on said:

      “In a few years I will become a girl emptied of herself, swollen with romantic ideas in a world reduced to other people’s expectations.”- Annie Ernaux, A Frozen WomanThis is the tale of an unnamed female narrator who ends up following the path expected of her by society. Yet, she is ambitious and also wants to become a teacher and find happiness. But society tells her that “one must live one’s femaleness in its entirety to be ‘complete’ and therefore happy.” And that completeness [...]

    2. Camille on said:

      Alors c'est l'histoire d'une femme, qui a lu le Deuxième sexe et grandi dans un foyer où la mère travaillait et le père épluchait des patates, elle a fait des études et veut échapper au destin féminin attendu - mari et enfants -, mais finalement elle n'y arrive pas. Annie Ernaux se raconte infatigablement. Je ne l'ai pas beaucoup lue, mais franchement, si ça n'avait pas été pour répondre à des questions de mes petites élèves, je n'y serais pas retournée. J'avais découvert la Pla [...]

    3. M. Sarki on said:

      Rarely does Ernaux repeat herself, and always she has something important to say. Her positions, and stories, may not always be the most popular, but she makes perfect sense to me. She is, in my opinion, one hell of a woman. And a very good writer as well.After having a couple days to think more about what I read, it is obvious to me that Annie was pretty angry at herself for falling into this man-family-homemaker trap that she never ever truly wanted for herself. But she is not a man hater. She [...]

    4. M. Sarki on said:

      Rarely does Ernaux repeat herself, and always she has something important to say. Her positions, and stories, may not always be the most popular, but she makes perfect sense to me. She is, in my opinion, one hell of a woman. And a very good writer as well.After having a couple days to think more about what I read, it is obvious to me that Annie was pretty angry at herself for falling into this man-family-homemaker trap that she never ever truly wanted for herself. But she is not a man hater. She [...]

    5. Łukasz on said:

      "La femme gelée" fait état, d'une manière très mélancolique et avec énormément de style, du plus grand malaise de l'humanité.

    6. Kathy on said:

      This was a book club selection and not of my choosing. Our selector this month found it on a list of Motherhood books. Yeah, bad Mothers, maybe.I had to keep reminding myself that Ernaux was born in 1940 and her tales of marriage are from France in the early 1960s. Oh, and that the book is translated from French so who knows how much nuance was lost?Despite the reminders, I just couldn't relate to Ernaux at all. Her parents encouraged her to pursue a career but she wanders through school and doe [...]

    7. Mathildewind on said:

      étouffant. une envie de hurler. vie de femme qui se transforme en piège, en prison que l'on accepte en silence. et pourtant tout avait si bien commencé. un modèle parental "moderne" (papa fait la cuisine, maman à autre chose à faire que la poussière et le tricot). encouragements à faire des études, à ne pas être une fifille comme les autres. élève brillante. liberté. rêves. puis l'influence des garçons sur le comportement des filles. celles qui se marient tôt, puis deviennent m [...]

    8. Ingrid Joselyne on said:

      Fuerza narrativa poderosa la de Ernaux, que parece susurrarte la esencia que se esconde tras cada una de las cosas.

    9. Agnès on said:

      Annie Ernaux à ses débuts, déjà un style affûté et poignant. La condition féminine à travers les 30 premières années de l'auteure, pour arriver à cette femme gelée malgré les études, les promesses à soi-même et les espoirs.

    10. Ket Lamb on said:

      A Frozen Woman is one young French woman's long litany of stream-of-consciousness complaints as she graduates from school into motherhood. This emotionally distant story reads like something that would have been assigned in a 1970's Women's Studies class. Granted, Annie Ernaux deftly captures that period of time, where women are realizing how society pushes them into an unwanted gender defined role and keeps them tied to the home front, but she doesn't offer a satisfying resolution. The protagon [...]

    11. Sara Hubbard on said:

      A Frozen Woman is about a woman growing from childhood into adulthood and her struggle to conform with the traditional roles of a wife and mother, and how hollow she feels trying to stifle herself into fitting in with this convention. I loved this book because I know I am not alone and that living for yourself as well as your family does not make you horrible, just challenged. It does not mean you love your children any less, even it others might make this assumption. I talked about this book in [...]

    12. Margot on said:

      An amazing book.It will grip your insides in a sow clench, take the air out of your lungs.It happens in two parts. In the first half, you're introduced to the main protagonist, you listen to her recounting her upbringing, her native town, her attitude at school and how other moms were so different from hers. Then, you follow her dreams, her ambitions, her romantic life as a literature student who likes to travel and would rather read at cafés than have a job. If you're a girl who has ambitions, [...]

    13. Rachel on said:

      Probablement un de mes livres préférés de 2017. C'est pour moi un monument de féminisme intimiste sur la façon dont la société 'gèle' les femmes en les attachant à leur foyer sans possibilité d'expression autres. C'est un bouquin qui m'a pris aux tripes tant les descriptions d'Annie Ernaux de son entourage et de ses sentiments sont vivants, c'est un bouquin qui m'a mis en boule et m'a donner envie de hurler de rage, bref c'est un bouquin qui donne envie de se révolutionner et de renve [...]

    14. Davidlodge82 on said:

      en un monólogo de 224 páginas la autora relata desde la infancia hasta los treinta años de edad en una Francia de hace 40-50 años donde la mujer se ve avocada a representar cierto papel impuesto y servir para facilitar la vida a su marido. El problema es el gran sacrificio que tiene que hacer una mujer hace treinta​ años y ahora si quiere conseguir aspiraciones "fuera de sus labores". No le pongo mas puntuación porque me hacen falta mas diálogos llega a cansar el monologo del narrador d [...]

    15. Ingrid on said:

      De l'enfance (1950) à l'âge adulte (1970).Comment être une fille avec pour modèle des parents hors normes car égaux et les histoires Surannées pseudo chrétiennes.Comment être tiraillée à l'adolescence entre être intelligente mais seule ou désirée mais muette.Comment à l'âge adulte concilier maison marie-claire, boulot et enfants (la porte de sortie espérée aux solitudes métaphysiques?) Avec un mec "qui travaille lui".Etre en 2018 et voir que RIEN n'a changé. Et pourtant je sui [...]

    16. Gwenn Desliens on said:

      Annie Ernaud comme d’habitude sait pointer les petits gestes anondins qui en disent long. Dans ce récit autobiographique nous voyons comment malgré une éducation égalitaire et une culture féministe, une femme se trouve piégée dans le statut d’épouse et mère. C'est le récit de la perte du temps pour soi, de la perte de la volonté pour soi, des souhaits, des rêves remplacés par les besoins, la survie. Comment un homme peut sans exercer de violence, mais simplement en laissant coul [...]

    17. Cyril Nguyen on said:

      J'ai adoré me plonger dans l'enfance, l'adolescence et les débuts de la vie adulte d'Annie Ernaux qui raconte sa place et son évolution en tant que femme dans la société. J'ai vraiment eu l'impression de découvrir la jeunesse d'une femme, et de me rendre compte à quelle point la société de l'époque (qui a encore du chemin à faire aujourd'hui) l'a forcée à rentrer sur les rails de la soumission à l'homme et à la norme en vigueur. En tant qu'homme, ça m'a permis de mieux comprendre [...]

    18. Madeleine LeBlanc on said:

      J'ai aimé le récit et l'écriture de cette femme pionnière parmi les féministes françaises. Les difficultés au début de son mariage, la conciliation travail-famille, les relations avec ses parents et sa belle-famille sont parmi les thèmes principaux abordés dans le livre. La 'femme gelée' fait référence à la fonction pré-établie de la femme dans la société auquelle nulle ne peut échapper sans risque de confrontation. Le tout est légèrement déprimant

    19. Laura on said:

      Las razones de la desigualdad de género convertidas en novela ( o automedicación). Una reflexión genial tanto para nosotras como para ellos ( sobre todo, para aquellos que defienden el feminismo con la boca grande en foros públicos y ejercen actitudes de microorganismo -o sin micro- en el ámbito doméstico.

    20. María Ramos on said:

      Esta novela autobiográfica narra la infancia, adolescencia y juventud de una niña libre, diferente y salvaje que emprende el largo camino de la aceptación inconsciente de los roles de género. Historia de una metamorfosis demasiado común con episodios de auténtica pesadilla.

    21. Raquel on said:

      Annie Ernaux ha sido mi gran descubrimiento del 2016. Con una voz propia, este pequeño pero denso libro profundiza en la cotidianidad de las mujeres escarbando en su superficie y extrayendo frustraciones, silencios, temores. Simplemente, maravilloso.

    22. Marie-Hélène on said:

      Ouch.Cette phrase, qui résume bien le livre : "Toute mon histoire de femme est celle d'un escalier qu'on descend en renâclant."

    23. Raquel Menéndez on said:

      Terrible pensar que este libro tiene, desde luego, cierta actualidad. Por lo demás, me gusta mucho el ritmo de Ernaux, muy cercano al monólogo interior.

    24. Lisa on said:

      This is an autobiographical story of a woman who ends up married with two kids and feeling very lost and resentful. She begins as a young girl whose unconventional parents encourage, even push, her academically. They don't have her do any chores so she can study. As a tween and adolescent she becomes preoccupied with matters of appearance and attracting boys, but always with a commitment to a career of her own, and "freedom." In the end she almost makes it -- dating and marrying a boy who treats [...]

    25. Teryll on said:

      This book was selected by one of the members of Kabooki, our book club here in Los Angeles. My understanding is that this book is somewhat biographical or memoir-ish in nature. It follows the story of a young woman who recounts her childhood in France and that of her early 20's, finishing college, getting married, having kids and coming to grips or perhaps not coming to grips with all these various roles that women play - teacher, wife, mother, daughter. This was definitely not one of my favorit [...]

    26. René on said:

      This book combines an attempt at unraveling the deterministic forces that herd women into corralled existences with an an autobiographical account of the authors' life through France in the 60s and 70s. As such, it's an interesting experiment. However, the author's motivations come of as disingenuous and her own feelings and sentiments are glossed over when they seem to embarrass her. As such, it reads like a long laundry list of stuff she does from day to day, without direction. I found it to b [...]

    27. Charlaralotte on said:

      Wow! What a surprise. Found this slim book while searching my parents' shelves for a non-decaying, hypoallergenic book. A ferocious and detailed account of how society socializes girls into "feminine" roles. Spar yet powerful writing encapsulates one girl's "maturation" into a wife and mother. Not a pretty site. A stunning indictment of insidious patriarchal systems. Yet another book to remind me why I never wanted to get married or have children.

    28. Abby on said:

      Grim little novel about how terrible it is to be a woman. I don't think her observations were off base, as many of the narrator's psychic woes are not unfamiliar to me, but it is so weighty, without any glimmer of hope or relief or escape. I suppose this is the fate of many women, and I suppose that was Ernaux's point, but I had to turn my face away in the end. The portrait of motherhood is especially bleak.

    29. Jessica Delgado on said:

      "There's been a mistake:Jack of all trades was a Jill". This work perfectly demonstrates the restraints of the female spirit, in an attempt to work out being a circle amongst square pegs. Of going against the grain that demands female normality and silence, it serves as a fierce provider into what it really is like to be a woman.

    30. JackLeGeth on said:

      Wow. C'était dur de rentrer dedans, dans ce style comme si l'auteure avait jeté tout un tas de pensées qui s'agitent. Mais bordel, quelle violence, quelle haine de la différence homme-femme, de la condition féminine, du mariage, des gosses, de l'hétéronormativité qu'on nous impose. Comme une envie de jeter des bombes et surtout de ne jamais devenir une femme gelée à son tour.

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