In this thoroughly original and hilarious new novel from the author of "Behind the Scenes at the Museum", a mother and daughter take refuge in the ...Show synopsisIn this thoroughly original and hilarious new novel from the author of "Behind the Scenes at the Museum", a mother and daughter take refuge in the house of their ancestors in Scotland and spin tales of their lives, as strange things begin to happen around them.Hide synopsis
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I have probably read more than a thousand books
but have never enjoyed one more than this one.
Kate Atkinson is a very gifted writer and you have no
idea where she is going until she gets there. A surprise on every page. You will be impressed.
First there was Kingsley Amis? ?Lucky Jim.? Then Bernard Malamud?s ?A New Life.? Now we have Kate Atkinson?s ?Emotionally Weird,? and it is simply the funniest send-up of university life ever written. Admittedly I got more out of it through having taught at the University of Dundee, just as I did out of Malamud?s book through having spent a summer as a student in Corvallis, but in neither case was that special experience really necessary. Each book portrays a Platonic Ideal, more real than the fallible reality on which it is based. One can say of Atkinson?s Dundee, just as one can of P.G. Wodehouse?s world of Jeeves, that if reality differs than it is reality that has got it wrong.
You can read as much or as little as you want into ?Emotionally Weird.? I personally think that it is a significant book. Atkinson gives her narrator the power to decide which characters live and which die, and to make up new words if she feels like it. I felt that some of this empowerment rubbed off on the reader. Just don?t try, as the narrator does, to make an alcoholic beverage by distilling fermented seaweed.
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