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Similarly, there are clunky bits of Intersectional Feminism thrown in at random intervals. As a reasonably well-read feminist, these jarred, while they didn't integrate smoothly enough with the action to justify themselves to a non-feminist reader, who I doubt they would convince in any case. I was left wondering who the audience for this was?
The unmined seam running through the book is that of class in Ireland, which essentially does align itself into 'Dublin' and 'not-Dublin'. Sarah is hyper-aware of it, but it's never really examined. I'm also puzzled as to why Oonagh, Domnhall and William had to be, respectively, an internationally feted and successful artist, a rockstar and a Booker Prize winner? Ireland's a small place; at any one time I'd say there's one each of those in the country , and for them to be all in the same family stretches belief.
Dublin is not London. On top of that, none of this has any bearing on the story. They could have been bankers or dentists for all the difference it made. Sarah's half-hearted attempt to be an artist is just that, half-hearted. I don't care if she ever paints again in her life, I just want her to stop being such an entitled asshole.
Mar 03, Gabriela Pop rated it it was amazing. Louise O'Neill truly never fails to amaze me. I must admit that,for once,I was little worried going into one of her books simply because the core theme of a young woman infatuated with an older man who couldn't really give less of a toss about her could go wrong very easily.
That being said,I think Louise did a spectacular job walking that very fine line. There were things that I expected in this book and that played a large part in my high expectations for the book, such as Louise's engaging as we Louise O'Neill truly never fails to amaze me.
There were things that I expected in this book and that played a large part in my high expectations for the book, such as Louise's engaging as well as poignant writing style, which not only met my expectations,but managed to exceed them. Her use of different persons in the narrative in order to symbolise Sarah's distancing of her own narrative were a punch to the heart in the best way possible.
I also thought that the way she made Sarah relatable, yet pretty unlikable, were the most Louise-like choice and,as always,added so much depth to the story and so much authenticity to Sarah's character. She was a complex,raw,flawed mess of a human who was sometimes aware of her own shortcomings and who sometimes went off track,overwhelmed by the pressure of her circumstances,yet in the end she tried her best.
Sarah is very much the nasty woman that we,as a society,need to get accustomed as well as used to. Her secondary characters are also great and complex and feel like proper humans that you could come across and the dynamics between them all feel just as realistic. That being said, Matthew can choke, Fionn is the newfound love of my life and Oonagh is a queen that can do no wrong.
That is all. Sarah's friends from back home and the way they all interact do feel like real ways people who've known each other act around one another once they grow so differently. The way Almost Love explores the theme of toxic infatuation is impressive to say the least.
The way that certain 'relationship' starts and the way it develops and ends are so far from one another and you're taken by surprise by the whole ride that it is as a reader, you can't help but hold your breath a little bit for Sarah knowing where it is all headed.
You also have the added nuance of the other hints of romance we see from Sarah's life. You can't help but root for her but live under the impeding failure of all those could-be love stories. What I didn't quite expect,however,was the added subplot of art. I absolutely loved every little paragraph and sentence that we got that dealt with that theme and would have read another pages of the book were they to deal with that,but alas,I did get just enough to keep me happy and it shall suffice.
Not only was the theme of art such a great addition to the general plot as far as I am concerned,but the artistic persona added such an intricate layer to Sarah's character and her relation with art felt so tightly correlated to her relation with herself and those around her.
I also appreciated the feminism undertones sprinkled every now and again which,also,felt very Louise-esque. Overall,I think I could confidently say that this is the raw,messy,real novel one would expect from Louise and she further solidifies herself as one of Ireland's most promising literary voices. I truly could spend hours talking about all the recurring elements and symbols in this book,as well as other general thoughts. If I had a hat on,I would take it off,but I do not,so it shall suffice to say I take my proverbial hat off and bow.
Oct 03, Isabelle Broom rated it it was amazing. Louise O'Neill continues to astound me with her raw, honest, brilliant, talent. This novel is an absolute triumph! Full review to follow upon publication in March. Apr 21, Fiona MacDonald rated it really liked it.
A powerful and emotional read. Louise O'Neill is very relatable in her writing. I think it'll be obvious early on to see that this isn't a romance novel of any sort - it's actually the complete opposite. More a doomed tale of obsessive love that goes horribly wrong.
I am amazed but very impressed that this is a YA novel - because it deals with some really adult themes and although it's horrible to read, it's important to know that this sort of situation is real and can happen. The story goes bac A powerful and emotional read. The story goes backwards and forwards and focuses on a young woman called Sarah who begins an illicit relationship with the father of one of her students.
Matthew is everything Sarah has ever hoped for - he's charming, handsome and rich, what could be better? Except of course he's married.. I must search out more of this author. Apr 22, David Cowdry rated it liked it. I did find the main character Sarah a bit vapid and frustrating at times. Overall though a good story and well written. Mar 04, Chloe rated it it was amazing. If he said it, maybe I could believe that it was actually true. Therefore, obviously, when I heard she was releasing a brand new book, and an adult one this time, you can bet that I pre-ordered it right away and faced snow, wind and freezing temperatures to get it on its publication day.
And oh boy, do I not regret it. Almost Love , like her previous novels, is brutally honest in every way. In this book, we follow Sarah, a young woman in her twenties that falls in love and gets obsessed with an older man, Matthew, with whom she has a physical relationship although, for her, it is way more than just that. We alternate between present and past and therefore see the impact this relationship has not only on Sarah but also on her present relationship.
Without a surprise, our main character is not very likeable which highlights a certain pattern in O'Neill's writing as the main character in Asking For It and Only Ever Yours is also hard to like. But more importantly, I could relate to Sarah on some levels but especially to one, to a certain extent: the feeling that you are never good enough. Since her mother's death when she was only 10, Sarah always felt like she was never enough while comparing herself to others, which majorly impacts her behaviour with people.
And this, right there, broke my heart so much. More than just Sarah, other characters are also not likeable at all but that's what makes this story so real and raw; the characters are all flawed, sometimes irrational, emotional and selfish but aren't we all at times?
I honestly can't quite put into words what this book made feel, when I finished it and put it down I started silently crying for a couple of minutes because of how many feelings it made me feel.
And I know this book will not be to everyone's taste but it was definitely to mine and it proved me one more time how talented Louise is and how much I love her writing as well as the messages she tries to transmit.
Equal parts amusing, scathing, and surprising, Almost Love presents us with the paradoxes of making and breaking relationships and the ways in which we make and break ourselves in the process. Honestly, this book was not what I was expecting. Sarah is much closer to my age 28 , though. Sometimes, especially when I am not expecting it, I really take against such decisions. In this case, I think it works really well. Even though we know certain things going in, like the fact that she and Matthew do eventually stop seeing each other, the minutiae feel all the more immediate and real.
To outsiders like ourselves, his disinterest is palpable. How can she not see it? I can identify with some of the stress in her life, the way that you have to put on this extreme mask of professionalism every single day in front of the children and your colleagues and your boss, even though you have all this normal human life stuff happening outside of work. I had it easy—I taught math and English, while Sarah is an art teacher who has lost, it seems, her personal passion for creating art.
Anyone who has a creative passion, be it a hobby or a profession, and who has hit dry spots in that passion, can identify with the frustration that accompanies such well-meaning attentions. Still, I admit that in a lot of ways, what she is going through here feels quite alien to me. Although Sarah never quite enters physical self-harm territory, her behaviour is still self-destructive. I think this characterization makes both Sarah and the story much deeper and more entertaining.
Sarah being an unsympathetic character is the point , and it is part and parcel of her experience. Almost Love is not like that, however. But hopefully she has learned a little bit more about herself and about love.
I see this everyday, in my own platonic relationships, and in the romantic and sexual relationships my friends pursue, the work they put into flirting or trying hard not to be flirtatious, in some cases and whatnot. One of the hardest things is figuring out if you and the other person or people in the relationship want the same things.
There are so many ways in which she could have cut corners here, could have taken an easier tack, even though it would have made the book feel more conventional. Even when this book makes me uncomfortable, it is still a pleasure to read, because it is so compelling and interesting. It is open to the reader engaging with it on so many levels, personal and literary, and that makes it worth reading and even re-reading in the hopes of discovering something new.
Apr 13, Elisabeth rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , literary-fiction. This is not a romance novel however. Almost Love describes the toxic effects of an exploitative relationship in which a young woman gets used for sex and kept on the hook with false promises that aren't real promises at all but without her being portrayed as the victim of the story, which I thought was an interesting writing choice. It emphasised perfectly the wrongness of this relationship and made the story seem more realistic - painfully so.
As much as it hurt to do so, I could really relate to this young woman as I experienced something similar enough to her story when I was twenty. Especially the feeling of all-consuming shame Sarah is describing in the book is something I could understand very well. I liked the angle this book takes and the issue it tackles. I wanted to connect more with this book, feel more, read more, experience more. It also lacked closure. Life is not separate from art. The larger context does inform the artistic context.
It's not the movie's fault, per se, although "Almost Love" has problems other than being jarringly out of date with How We Live Now. Even without the current stress, what exactly is so hard in Adam's life? He's a painter and he makes his living painting yes, he paints for a famous painter and doesn't get credit for his work, but still: nothing's stopping him from making his own work, except that he seems to feel that choosing to be an artist is going to be easy.
He's been dating Marklin Augustus Prew for five years. While that brings its own kind of awkwardness, it's certainly not the same stress as, oh, the possibility of losing your home, of having no place to go at all. This is treated as so beyond the pale by everyone, including Cammy, that the guy's name isn't even mentioned. He's just "oh, the homeless guy you're dating"? And everyone laughs and Cammy cringes because she can't believe she's "dating a homeless guy.
There are also snarky remarks about how awful Uber drivers are, and how irritating the ice cream truck is, with its incessant jingle.
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