Listening to Blanca tell her tale in a way that's both assured and wildly mixed-up makes me wonder how any of us manage to truly grow-up. But the story is only mildly about that. It's the undercurrent of the whole thing but, really, she's just stumbling around in her day having affairs with married men, meeting strange dogs and traveling. She talks in riddles and so do those around her, mixed in with odd profound "When the world begins to depopulate of the people who love us, we become, little by little and following the rhythm of death, strangers.
She talks in riddles and so do those around her, mixed in with odd profound thoughts. This was closer to a stream of consciousness story than one with a clear beginning, middle, end. Jun 10, Featherbooks rated it liked it Shelves: spain , grief. This is a short, languid novel of the narrator's sadness and ennui in a seaside town in summer where she grew up. After her mother's death, she is stunned by grief using drugs, sex and alcohol to cope as she looks back at memories of her mother, her boyfriends, her two ex-husbands, while contemplating mortality.
The author offers some lovely passages: "Nacho belongs to the summer just like the boating trips do, or the naps in the hammock, or the freshly baked bread we buy straight from the oven This is a short, languid novel of the narrator's sadness and ennui in a seaside town in summer where she grew up. The author offers some lovely passages: "Nacho belongs to the summer just like the boating trips do, or the naps in the hammock, or the freshly baked bread we buy straight from the oven on our way home after being out all night, kneaded by the arms of drowsy men who watch us devour it with sad eyes.
I know and remember the changing colors of the mahogany shelves where she kept her books, from mahogany to garnet and finally black according to the time of day and when dusk fell. I know the exact temperature of my father's hands, like bread fresh out of the oven, and in a snap I could draw you the half-empty glass of red wine he always kept in the kitchen.
And this too shall pass
Not much happens, little plot, but moments and musings, yet I wanted to pick the book up every evening and be back in Spain. Maybe it has a Catalonian sensibility, the painful loss she feels, the distanced lovers, her two young sons, close friendships with women, the warmth of the sun, the sleeplessness. Who is the narrator once she is no longer a daughter? So the seductive elegance enticed me enough to finish the book in a day or two.
Feb 28, JenLovesBooks rated it did not like it. This Too Shall Pass is about Blanca trying to cope and live life after losing her mother. Yes, it was definitely a short book, with some depth, but it just wasn't for me.
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I felt like it was just dragging along for me, trying to finish the novel because I couldn't really connect with Blanca's character at all. I applaud her character for choosing to finally live the rest of her life how she wants to, This Too Shall Pass is about Blanca trying to cope and live life after losing her mother. I applaud her character for choosing to finally live the rest of her life how she wants to, living it as if it were her last, but that is about all I could see as positive pertaining to this book.
I tried to see how her character would move along the path she chose to go on after her mother's passing, but everything else just kind of didn't work for me. The read of it was so difficult for me to even get through, I had to force myself to finish this novel. I kept trying to find something to keep my interest on this book but I kept seeing so many moments unnecessary or so unrealistic for someone like her character who had supposedly grown wiser, instances that just seemed over the top.
I am not sure if maybe some of the translation may have differed from the original text, but I found myself only liking parts of this read and annoyed by much of it. Sadly, I find that it's not a read I could ever try to read again even if it so short. I thought maybe I could give it a second go that might change my mind a little as sometimes that's all I need, especially when I've been reading several books, maybe I missed something, but no this isn't one of those novels.
I just didn't enjoy it at all.
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All opinions are my own. Apr 18, Kath rated it did not like it Shelves: blogging-for-books. This book is mainly about the fact that Blanca is forty years old and motherless and how she confronts this situation. What I like The setting, I would like to go to a place like this to relax. The good relationship she has with her ex husbands, and how her ex hubands have a good relationship with her other son that is not his. Although I dont like one thing with Oscar I love the cover. I like that she has people to care about her and be with her in bad moment.
I think She is Frivolous, self-center and immature. Every woman owns her sexuality but I think that is the only thing on her mind besides the death of her mother. No real character developmen It was difficult for me to finish it because I found it a little tedious. Mar 01, Debbie rated it liked it Shelves: ebooks , net-galley-books. This is the story of a 40 something woman dealing with the death of her mother who was the matriarch of her family's fortune.
For me, it was just okay. It was mostly a lot of conversations about how Blanca is now the new matriarch and how is she going to be able to handle it all. Her mother was the hostess and now she must be. She must entertain guests on their yacht and in the family palace, what is she to do? There were also a lot of conversations about sex, who, when, what, where. It wasn't ex This is the story of a 40 something woman dealing with the death of her mother who was the matriarch of her family's fortune.
It wasn't explicit, it was just a lot of talk about it. I guess I just couldn't really get into this book at all listening to these people complain because the waitstaff was slow or something was not exactly as they had asked for. I don't live that life, nor will I ever. And the life that I do live, I am not snobby to waitresses and bartenders. So the whole premise and situation of the book kind of just left a bad taste in my mouth. It just wasn't for me. Thanks Crown Publishing and Net Gallery for the opportunity to read this e-galley and share my review. Sagan athmosphere but a slutty Sagan.
Rich and cultived people who fuck. It is their alone occupation. All this is a little vain. You have a headache, fuck! Your computer releases you, fuck! There is a metaphysical vacuum among this carachters. The excess of clearness after love should be to them umbearable. I am surprised by the absence use of drug to surmount their faintness. The reptilian Hot! The reptilian brain has the power fuck fuck fuck. It is undoubtedly the weakness of the carachters. In Sagan's books, their cynicism holds the sex remotely, it is a way and not the end.
The novel thus loses of its interest and transforms us into Pepping Tom. Jul 13, Courtney Maum rated it really liked it. This book will really work for you if you read it mildly drunk. Oct 05, Amy Bailey rated it it was ok. So there's really nothing to spoil here, because nothing happens in this book, but for the first time I am going to spoil a book because I would like to rant.
It's been a while, and I need to blow off some steam. So if you don't want to know what happens in this book trust me I hated it. I am usually a bit kind with reviews. I only give 1 stars if I hated the story and it was also extremely poorly written.
Horrid grammar, etc. This doesn't fit into that So there's really nothing to spoil here, because nothing happens in this book, but for the first time I am going to spoil a book because I would like to rant. This doesn't fit into that category. Overall, I found the prose to be quite enjoyable. It was just the hideous cast of characters and a heroine I couldn't connect with or understand on any plane of reality. I don't mean to be completely callous, but when you reach the age of 40, you sometimes have to grasp the reality that your parents are probably going to die.
It sounds like her mother had a long illness, so she should have been a bit prepared for her eventual demise. Screwing your way across Spain in an effort to put a damper on your unbearable grief especially when you made it a bit clear you and your mum didn't exactly have a rosy relationship some of the time is a bit extreme. And really. Let's talk about that. I didn't really fully grasp her relationship with her mom. Was it good? Was it bad?
I got some seriously mixed signals. And I've never seen a character more detached from her own children but I do realize there's probably an important correlation there that was purely intentional on the author's part. She was never there because she was off screwing ex-husband 1, affair god-knows-what, whoever that one junkie guy was who she used to screw on a regular basis but now just cuddles creepily with, there might have been a few more sprinkled throughout, I just can't remember.
Or she was thinking about screwing bachelors X, Y, Z or making out with her best friends boyfriends or exes. I always thought I was a bit enlightened and forgiving, but after reading this book I think I may be on the prudish side, because I can not imagine living my life the way this woman does. You're not in a sorority, sister. You are a single mother of 40 with two children who may just like to see their mother every now an then. Put down the eye candy and go do something worthwhile with your life. And the one man I thought might actually turn out to be someone? They flirted a bit, then off he rode into the sunset good for you, buddy, that chick is probably radioactive with all the shit she's picked up from all the douche nozzles she's tapped.
The best part was honestly when her best friend told her off.
I was standing on the bleachers for that one waving my imaginary pom poms and having a figurative celebratory drink. The worst part that almost made me slam on my breaks in the middle of the street as I listened to the audio was when she uttered the sentence, "All men, and a few clever women, know Give me a fucking break!!! Maybe that's your problem. You claim to be a modern woman who's embraced her sexuality and has claimed her right to be independent in a man's world, but yet you still hold the same sexist ideals of the Puritans.
You can't have it both ways, using and discarding men at a rapid rate while also believing them to be superior to you. I hope I was supposed to see her as pathetic, but I never got a sense that she learned anything. She mildly redeemed herself when she went back for the dog. Other than that, I got the sense she was just going to keep screwing her way across Spain and pining for her dead mother.
You chose to drink too much, do drugs and make out with your best friend's boyfriend in front of her, so you can't claim you have a migraine the next day. That's an insult to real migraine sufferers. Mar 08, Kate Baxter rated it really liked it Shelves: librarything-early-reviewers , fiction. This novella is as a letter written from a grieving daughter to her recently deceased mother. Its flow is a stream of consciousness as the daughter struggles with a myriad of emotions experienced through grief.
Their relationship was a complex one and daughter Blanca struggles with this raw grief in some ways that appear healthy and in some unhealthy ones much of the time - doing whatever it takes to cope. She surrounds herself with those whom she loves, her children, ex-husbands, a married love This novella is as a letter written from a grieving daughter to her recently deceased mother. She surrounds herself with those whom she loves, her children, ex-husbands, a married lover, and friends in an effort to ease through the grief.
There's even the thought of a possible new lover to distract her from her frayed emotions. Although well written, at times the book's language and some of the characters' behavior is a bit coarse and may be offensive to some readers. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.
Struggling with my own emotions regarding a parent in failing health, I found a kindred voice through the exquisite prose: "When I get home I'm going to burn every last stitch of clothing I have on today - they're all drenched in exhaustion and sadness, there's nothing worth saving. My place in this world was through your gaze Or maybe I am, maybe it's the precise size of pain, maybe it's the only dress left that can fit me. This book is a good book to read if you need a really fast book to read. Took me about two full hours to read this since it's pretty short.
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