BOOK OF THE DAY:
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
It took Eimear McBride almost a decade to find a publisher for her novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, one of the best reads of 2014. Its intrigue lies in its style of writing; nothing about this book reflects a cookie-cutter, predictable read or style, which is why it took her nine years to publish her novel. It follows the relationship between a girl and her brother, who suffers from brain damage. Both siblings, plagued by his brain tumor, unfoldt a world full of powerful and distressing moments.
McBride’s true genius lies in her style of writing; it is perplexing, shocking and holds an erratic train of thought. Every crevice of her mind is unraveled. Her thoughts are anything but neatly packaged, it is raw.
Do you hear me? Is it ever time for you to understand. I meant I meant that for I never thought you could think you were low. Were lost at the moment when they cut you off. Cut your head out heart brain. It is not I know was not that but to me it was to me. Like I could have seen you in the bright of day. Like the light could have come up from the sea and take you over. Me over. Is there. Forgive that. Forgive that me that I was fallen down. That I was under the weather under the same sky and did not. Not yet. If I took. If I had taken your good right hand I might have pulled you. Up. Pulled the black sea out of us. Saw you. Left you. Is there some truth in that? I went out to the cold. Thought I’d know what to do. Bring you with me. Bring you with. Sad and sad and sad fool me slipping down. Slope hill mountainside.
This is an experimental novel, there are no conventionalities here. Get ready to scratch your head and reread McBride’s prose. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is worth reading a first, second and a third time to fully digest it. It is rough. This novel is not for everybody, it is a story full of emotion; no life lessons or educational value will be obtained from it. It is purely to feed the mind and brain with a multitude of reactions.
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