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Bord de mer Download Ü 102 ê [PDF / Epub] ☁ Bord de mer By Véronique Olmi – Dcmdirect.co.uk A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside They stay in a hotel drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair She wants to protect them from an uncaring and uncomprehending world She know A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to tA single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside They stay in Bord de PDF a hotel drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair She wants to protect them from an uncaring and uncomprehending world She knows that. 35 StarsWhew Not a great way to end the yearat least from a feel good standpointVeroniue's Olmi's BESIDE THE SEA brings to life a very dark and intensely sad story so full of despair and hopelessness that makes me thankful it was a short 125 page readIn this haunting look at mental illness a mother decides to take her two young children on a bus trip to the seashore for a bit of a holiday and with only a few coins in the tin and her medication left behind the desperation in her life takes a turn for the worseRead at your own risk

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It will be the last trip for her boys Beside the Sea is a haunting and thought provoking story about how a mother's love for her children can be dangerous than the dark world she is seeking to keep at bay It's a hypno.  Be WarnedThis little book should have a consumer's warning It is short it is compelling and it will take you to a place you never wanted to go Not in a hundred years especially if you are a parent or have ever struggled with depressionI am a great admirer of the translations published by the Peirene Press They are original in content and perfectly calibrated to their short novella length Sorbets between heavier courses In this belief I took a break between two of the large sections of Richard Power's towering Overstory hoping to cleanse the palateMistake There is nothing cleansing about this at all; it draws you deeper and deeper into the mud It is is a 100 page monologue by a woman who one evening piles her two boys 6 and 9 into a bus to take them to the seaside It is dark it is raining and the hotel is crummy—but still they are on an adventure; they are away Away from what Bit by bit we begin to ask uestions Is the mother fleeing an abusive relationship What does she do for money What are her plans after the storm tossed beach and the screaming fun fair Is she even entirely wellAs translated expertly by Adriana Hunter into a decidedly British idiom the novel simply can't be put down even as you come to fear both answers and outcome Really Olmi and Hunter together deserve the full five stars But I still wish I hadn't read it

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Bord de merTizing look at an unhinged mind and the cold society that produced it With language as captivating as the story that unfolds Véroniue Olmi creates an intimate portrait of madness and despair that won't soon be forgott. A mother takes her two young sons on a trip to the seaside Sounds nice doesn't it There's even a bucket and spade on the cover You can almost feel the warmth of the sun on your skin hear the brass band playing a cheery tune But this is not a nice little feel good story about a trip to the sea There's no sunshine no brass bands no sandcastles and laugher and sticks of rock To get an idea of what this book is like imagine that idyllic seaside trip viewed through a fun house mirror everything's distorted everything's wrong the music is off key the sea is hostile the rain is constant danger and madness lurks everywhere It's a seaside trip you'd have in one of your darkest nightmares It's one of the bleakest books I've ever readNotice I said bleak not depressing I didn't find the book at all depressing although I can see how some people would Personally I've always liked dark so called depressing stories I remember that as a teenager one of my favourite songs was REM's Everybody Hurts My friends asked me why I liked a depressing song about everybody hurting and crying and I was surprised to me it was the opposite of depressing It made me feel better to realise that everybody hurt not just meWith literature some of my favourite books have been depressing a lot of the Russian classics like Crime and Punishment pretty much anything by Dostoevsky in fact More recently I loved Cormac McCarthy's The Road again a pretty bleak read My own first novel is not exactly cheery either I think it's partly the same impulse to feel other people's pain so that my own life feels better in comparison after the nightmare you do after all wake up But it's also because I've always looked to literature to enable me to access the full range of human experience including the experiences I wouldn't really want to have myself If you're like me I think you'll love this book But I know that some people read to relax or to cheer themselves up or to escape into better worlds if that sounds like you then perhaps skip this oneThe entire book is the internal monologue of a depressed anxiety ridden mother A sense of claustrophobia pervades the book When I found out that Véroniue Olmi is also a playwright it made sense to me the locations are very limited and are seuenced almost like scenes from a play the bus the hotel room the beach the funfair The surroundings also heighten the sense of being hemmed in on the bus it's dark and the countryside is invisible so there's no sense of motion or progress or a world beyond the bus; in the town they're lost and confused; in the hotel room it's either dark or raining all the time so although the children are always looking out of the window there's little sense of what's out there Each scene feels contained like a stage with a painted backdrop and nothing beyond It feels very deliberately done and for me it worked very well in focusing the attention entirely on the characters and in building up a sense of unease and tension What you can't do in a play of course is have that inner monologue everything has to spoken out loud A novel lets you step inside the character's head and in this case it's a very intense experience It's uite a short book but still by the end of it being in the narrator's head felt almost as unbearable for me as it clearly was for herBeing an internal monologue of a despairing mother the novel is written in everyday language with no literary flourishes It also reflects the narrator's disordered state of mind as she jumps around from thought to thought within the same sentence At first the style really grated on me with its long run on sentences separated by commasThere were a lot of people around us unbelievable that there are so many people out there specially so late where are they all from were they going to the same place as us no way of knowing they looked calm lost in uiet thoughtsEarly on I found this kind of thing so unbearable that I doubted I would finish the book but at some point I suppose I just got used to it I think that by the time the characters and the story had me hooked I paid less attention to the writing By the end I felt that it was perfect for the story there's a lot of drama towards the end and a spare unadorned style works much better for that sort of thing than overwrought descriptionsThe mother's sense of the world as a hostile and incomprehensible place is established beautifully and convincingly through detail after detail after detail dropped in gradually from the beginning to the end On the bus the other passengers all seem to know where they are going while she has no ideaThe others you could tell all felt safe and sound you'd have thought they made this trip every evening There was me losing track of where we were or how long it was since we left and they just got and patient some of them even slept hands on their stomachs mouths open they knew the journey better than anyone I was so afraid of missing the stop that I got up again to ask the driverThis idea that everyone else is inexplicably at ease while only she feels bewildered recurs again and again whether she's describing other people in town or at the funfair or other mothers outside the school gates It's reinforced by her odd sleep patterns lying awake in the middle of the night and falling asleep in the middle of the day so that she never knows what time it is whether it's morning or evening and she's always lost both the hotel and the sea are discovered only by aimless wandering trying to look as if she knows what she's doing and then accidentally coming upon themThe hostility comes both from other people and the world in general In the hotel the staff never notice them except for one time when the mother is having a severe anxiety attack and the hotel manager tries to calm her and then extricates himself as uickly as he can Mostly they are just ignored the man behind the desk thrusting a key at them without taking his eyes off the football game on TV They stop in a cafe and the men drinking at the bar stare at them and then mock them for only having small change to pay with At the funfair someone knocks the younger boy's chips out of his hand and makes him cry The elements also are against them the sea is rough the rain is constant the mud clings to them the damp won't leave their clothing As perhaps the final mark of alienation from the world the mother narrator figure is not even named throughout the whole bookI suppose the mark of a good book is that it affects you while you're reading it and stays with you afterwards and this one did both It gave me a convincing insight into someone else's life someone very far from me but with whom I can still empathise The ending was brilliant It was the ending I had expected which usually is a disappointment for me but in this case it worked because of the excellent description and also the fact that I cared so much about the characters by then I expected it but even as it was happening I was wishing it wouldn't It made me cry which is uite rare I can see why the book was a literary bestseller in France and Germany it deserves to be one in the English speaking world tooFinally a word about the book itself as a physical object it's uite beautiful Lovely simple elegant cover design and the details inside are just excellent It feels expensively produced than a lot of paperbacks with a sturdy cover the kind of flaps you normally get on hardbacks and uite heavy pages with generous amounts of white space a real pleasure to read It's the first book produced by a new publishing company called Peirene Press which aims to produce new English translations of contemporary European literature In a world where the response of most English speaking readers myself included to JMG Le Clézio winning the Nobel Prize was Who I think there's clearly room for a lot translations of contemporary European literature Peirene Press is certainly off to a great start with this book and I'll be looking out for the 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