A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

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Eimear McBride's novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother after a tumour leaves him severely brain damaged. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and sensual urges of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 136 x 192 x 16mm | 240g
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0957185324
  • 9780957185326
  • 60,658

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"McBride's virtuosic phrase-making - not just memorable but often unforgettable. I was repeatedly (as the author puts it) "gob impressed". Writing of this quality is rare and deserves a wide readership. The publisher tells us only that the author was born in Liverpool, raised in Ireland, studied in London and currently lives in Norfolk, where she is working on a second novel. This is something to anticipate with interest because Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality. - David Collard - The TLS
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6,417 ratings
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4 29% (1,889)
3 23% (1,483)
2 13% (824)
1 10% (652)
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