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Title: Emotionally Weird
Description: Near fine/VGC. Doubleday/The Book People, 2000. First edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2). Yellow hardback(gilt lettering to the spine, small crease and nick on the spine and cover) in near fine condition, with Dj(three stain marks inside the edges of the Dj cover, a couple of creases, nicks and scratch on the Dj cover) in VGC. Nice and clean pages with a ink mark on the outer edges, two small nicks and crease on the edges of the pages, very small mark on the edge of the last blank page of the book. Nice and clean book except for the stain marks inside the Dj cover. 343pp. Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Review: Family history and identity are Kate Atkinson's twinned keynote themes. Behind the Scenes at the Museum (winner of the Whitbread Book of the year), had The Family at its centre, a sweep of charming, related genes who sauntered through the fin de si?cle to the less glamorous 1992. Her second novel, Human Croquet starred the Fairfaxes, all missing mothers, perfumed with nicotine and danger, and strange aunts. Larkin may be right, your parents fuck you up but in Atkinson's novels you have to find out who they are before you can start laying blame. n nOn the surface, Emotionally Weird follows the trend. Effie and her mother Nora are staying in the decaying family home on a small island off the West coast of Scotland. To keep themselves amused they begin telling stories. Nora's are about their ancestors, in whose veins blood blue as delphiniums and lupins flows, and the real identity of Effie's father and mother. Nora's language is like her sea-change eyes, full of poetry and strange beauty. Effie's tales of life at the University of Dundee and her life with Star Trek obsessed Bob are more prosaic and funny: I did so hope that Bob was a dress rehearsal, a kind of mock relationship, like a mock exam, to prepare me for the real thing. n nThe novel becomes troublesome where it follows Effie to a creative writing course at the university. The class is run by Martha: who writes poetry with impenetrable syntax about a life where nothing happened. The other characters in the novel are pre-occupied with the same need to find meaning through writing. Archetypal detective stories, sword and sorcery fantasy, doctor and nurse romantic scenarios, existential angst and liberal use of ellipses are given free reign. Whilst this self-conscious wordplay is fun for those who enjoy a more literary book, those who simply enjoy a good read may get lost in the jostle of competing language construction. n nIn this novel, confused paternity is only part of the struggle for identity, the words you use are also defining- you are what you write. Some readers will revel in the Shandy-esque shape of the experimental in this narrative, others may find it's a literary joke taken too far. Near Fine/Very Good. ISBN: 9780385408820

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Price: GBP 11.70 = appr. US$ 16.71 Seller: Alpha 2 Omega Books
- Book number: 747

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