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Aftermath: On Marriage And Separation (2012)

by Rachel Cusk(Favorite Author)
3.27 of 5 Votes: 1
0571277659 (ISBN13: 9780571277650)
Faber & Faber
review 1: She got a lot of flack for writing this account of her divorce and the period afterwards - emotional narcissim and the such. It is searingly honest and brilliant writing, but I concur the critics have a point. Especially the scenes she recalls involving her children, seems to undermine their privacy and right to be their own people, not daughters of famous writer. But I kept on reading, it was too good not to, so my moral compass is hardly flawless.
review 2: I am not sure what all the fuss is about. Yes, it's raw and angry, but it's not exactly a 'tell-all' about her marriage or divorce. She hits on some of the major issues, but avoids the gory details--wisely, I think. Her husband doesn't come off too badly, her kids probably wouldn't even recognise themse
... morelves, so the only one who she really hangs out to dry is herself, and isn't that her prerogative? OK, maybe people take issue with her very blunt opinions on love, marriage and motherhood, but many people feel a lot of the same things a lot of the time and don't have the courage to admit it. I am not comfortable with a lot of her judgements, but clearly that is what they are and she never pretends to be someone that knows it all--quite the contrary. She is the one who has to live with her prejudices and their consequences. I found it very thought provoking and difficult to put down. I really enjoyed her cerebral writing style. I am very interested in reading some of her fiction next. less
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Well-written, I suppose, but I found it pretentious and didn't relate to the author at all.
Good writer. Dope greek parallels. But I got tired. And wanted more simultaneously.
Perfectly brittle memoir on the aftermath of separation.
I enjoyed this book but boy does she make me mad!
Authentic and deeply honest.
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