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August is a Wicked Month

August is a Wicked Month

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It’s about a young Irish woman with an eight year old son who’s been separated from her husband for a year. The language has a slow, langurious quality to it, in which everything seems to be happening in the half-realized manner of a dream, interspersed with the frenetic quality of extreme loneliness. I was that determined that I'd be living vicariously through the licentious protagonist, Ellen, and I figured we'd be friends for years. This was the first Edna O'Brien book I have read and I was drawn to do so by significant plaudits following the publishing of her autobiography "Country Girl" last year. BTW I couldn’t add this to your A Year of William Trevor page, and you’re on a break at Twitter, so here’s the link to Fools of Fortune (which I read this month to tie in with Cathy’s Reading Ireland month).

O'Brien has an exciting way of showing her character's flaws, lumps and bumps without taking away any of their mystique. Upon publication August Is a Wicked Month, as with most of O'Brien's early books, was banned in several jurisdictions, including by Ireland's strict Catholic rulers. I really didn't find much to enjoy in this novel whose main protagonist Ellen, left home alone while her son goes on holiday with his father, decides to take a holiday in France to rediscover some excitement in her life. The trilogy was banned in Ireland because of its broke the silence on sexual matters and social issues during the repressive period in Ireland history after World War II.It is an homage to internal thought and introspection, reminding me in many ways of Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. Thanks Lisa… I have allowed comments on that page now… it was set up in the new block editor and didn’t realise I had to check the “discussions” box to allow comments. A good introduction to O'Brien for those who don't know her work, and a yearning look back at her early work for those who do. So, I splurged and found myself a lovely first edition of this book, a hardcover which smells like the 1960s, which is just when this novel happened to have been written by Irish author, Edna O'Brian. This is more of a precursor to the Charles Manson darkness with which that decade culminated than a celebration of excess.

Also she oftentimes remembers her son and whenever she does, she loses interest on the man who is raring to go to bed with her. She has written over 20 novels, including her most recent novel, Girl, set amid the atrocities of Boko Haram which was published in September 2019. Banned in several countries on first publication, Edna O’Brien’s August is a Wicked Monthis a shimmering, sensual tale of a woman rediscovering herself – and it feels just as glorious, radical, and escapist as today.

But she clashes with one of the young American women in the star’s orbit and seems to come at everything from a different angle than everyone else. And so begins an account of a range of superficial encounters told in an almost dreamlike way - I felt a strong sense of a detachment from reality. I’m going to have to hunt through my London TBR (now safely arrived) to see what other O’Brien gems I squirrelled away. Later she meets a group of wealthy party-goers who explore the Riviera, beaches, restaurants and a fabulous French mansion. The dialogue is awful, character development is non-existent, and there is not one worthy sex scene in the book.

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