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An Unnecessary Woman (2014)

by Rabih Alameddine(Favorite Author)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 2
0802122140 (ISBN13: 9780802122148)
Grove Press
review 1: Alameddine's book is beautifully written and conceived. The concept itself, the thoughts of a woman who, at the end of her life, assesses her past life and her present life, as officially "unnecessary" but very much hers. The author allows the reader into the head of this woman, following her thoughts and ruminations wherever they lead, wherever they have gone, even suggesting where they might go. There is very little action and much consideration. Taking on this book is acknowledging willingness to join a very mental, cerebral and emotional, voyage: no easy task but definitely worthwhile.
review 2: I am not sure why this novel got such a grip on me, but it would not let go. It could have been claustrophobic as the protagonist is a shut in engaged in self-refer
... moreential and self-chosen tasks to the exclusion of pretty much anything else, but instead it was rich and a world I wanted to rush back to when I had to stop reading. A few other characters drag the main character into communal life where she is seen as anything but unnecessary. Maybe I secretly want to live like the unnecessary woman? You could do worse. less
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