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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (English Edition) Format Kindle
From the Costa Award winning, bestselling author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM, comes an intense, breathtakingly accomplished story of a woman's life stolen, and reclaimed.
'Unputdownable' Ali Smith
Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.
Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.
Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?
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Ali Smith, author of Hotel World and The Accidental
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- ASIN : B0036AS062
- Éditeur : Tinder Press; 1er édition (12 novembre 2009)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 2857 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 290 pages
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Quand Iris reçoit un appel téléphonique d’un hôpital psychiatrique qui l’informe que sa grand-tante internée doit être internée dans un autre établissement ou bien recueillie chez elle, Iris tombe des nues. Elle n’a jamais entendu parler de cette grand-tante Esme qui est internée depuis soixante ans, sa famille n’en a jamais fait mention, ni même sa grand-mère dont Esme est la sœur. Iris décide de recueillir Esme chez elle en attendant de trouver une meilleure solution. Avec Esme l’histoire familiale va être dévoilée petit à petit dans toutes ses souffrances, ses hypocrisies et aussi toutes ses grands lâchetés.
Voilà un récit poignant qui mêle par bribes passés et présent, petite enfance et vieillesse qui brouillent les limites de la conscience et des souvenirs dans l’esprit un peu confus de la vieille dame. Maggie O’Farrell montre encore une fois qu’elle sait manipuler le temps avec grâce et beaucoup de virtuosité. Cette auteure livre ici un autre roman bouleversant sur la famille et les liens familiaux.
In this novel, three women of two different times are speaking at the same time, and the three stories slowly start to become one brillant tale about love, hate and acceptance, about being different in a corseted world, not so long ago.
The art of Maggie O'Farrell consists in transforming a sad story with no ground-breaking event into a page-turner. Bravo!
Alternant passé et présent, ce récit à plusieurs voix fait revivre l'histoire d'une injustice dont les motivations glacent progressivement les sangs du lecteur, au fur et à mesure que celui-ci les découvre...
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As a young girl, Esme Lennox is taken from the family home and committed into a mental asylum 61 years later, the hospital is shutting down and the now elderly woman is released, The story is set between the 1930s and the present day and It’s so Shocking that a person, especially a female, back then could be institutionalised so easily by a family member or spouse .....
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It took me a while to let these characters go and pick up another book. I didn't want to say goodbye.
The book centres around the lead character Esme who has been in a mental hospital for 61 years, the hospital is now being closed and Esme has to leave as she has passed her assessments. Iris is the second main character who didn't know Esme existed until she was contacted as Esme's next-of-kin upon the closure of the hospital. (I don't wish to say much more about the storyline as i'm conscious of giving away spoilers.) The reader is taken slowly through Esme's backstory starting with her childhood years, there is a side story centring around Iris but I personally found this a little pointless as I felt it wasn't really necessary to the main story. The reader also hears from Kitty, Esme's elder sister who has dementia and is now in a care home, Kitty tells her version of Esme's story as well as her own backstory. It is very quickly apparent that Esme should never have been in the hospital and the reader is drip-fed clues as to what actually happened to lead to Esme being admitted. There are a few twists and turns along the way but it is an otherwise linear storyline where the reader picks up clues piece by piece until the big reveal. It was gripping and I couldn't stop reading. I had guessed the truth before it was revealed to the reader but the beauty of Maggie O'Farrell's writing made up for this. The character of Kitty in particular was wonderfully written and her dementia was tackled sensitively.
If I were to find criticism with this book it would be that there were no chapters, this doesn't usually bother me but in this story it meant there were no logical pauses, it also meant that it wasn't always clear where one characters narration of the story had finished and another had began. You were able to quickly find your bearings again but initially it did cause confusion a few times until you were used to the character's voice and I think dividing the character sections into chapters of their own would have remedied this. I also felt that the story itself is at parts a little far-fetched, such as when Iris attempts to return Esme to the hospital but finds she cannot because it is only open Monday-Friday office hours, however If you can overlook these minor things it really is a wonderful book.
I debated giving this book 4 stars because of my few criticisms of it but it's rare for me to get so engrossed in a book that I don't want to stop reading and I really loved this book. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery storyline, it reminded me of Elizabeth is Missing in terms of how the clues were slowly fed to the reader so fans of that book would also enjoy this.
Her family just didn't appreciate nor try to understand their youngest daughter's spirit and zest for life. Nor why she changed or bother to find out what really changed her. Such a great shame. She was sixteen and apart from other things that happened to her she was also just......heartbroken.
Iris, the great-niece is another nice character although I wasn't keen on her always referring to the dog without giving him a name. Though she did look after him properly, I suppose.
I chuckled at the lefthanders' fact that was mentioned-I had no idea ! I liked the passage about inherited features as well.
I did get very confused when we encountered Kitty the grandmother but once I realised who was talking I managed to figure her speech patterns out just fine. It just threw me a bit when she popped up. Another couple of things I never really understood were the significance of the school blazer or the beach incident.
I was very angry by something mentioned near the end and really quite upset on Esme's behalf but I can't say more as I won't do spoilers and it's very hard not to here. It was a strange ending. I hadn't realised I'd finished till it asked me to Tweet my review !!
I also need to point out that were no mistakes !!! So even more of a pleasure for this reader. I'll certainly be putting more of her stories in my wishlist.
If you have lots of books to read I would probably read this one towards the end and then only if you have something a little less sombre to follow it.