Read A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing Online Free - Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. 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 chaotic sexuality 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.
Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny – and alarming. It is a book you will never forget.
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September 25, 2014
Americans finally have a chance to see what all the fuss is about over Eimear McBride’s “A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.” Its success has the makings of a minor literary legend. The Irish writer’s debut novel languished for nine years without a publisher until it was finally released last year by...
August 25, 2013
Let’s get this out the way first: this is the most interesting, impressive and accomplished new novel I’ve read in a very long time. It is not for everyone, and it’s often a difficult read, but it’s one which I found affecting, disturbing and thought-provoking in equal measures.
The core of the b...
October 09, 2017
That just was life.
Usually when people talk about ‘stream-of-consciousness’ writing, they mean little more than that there are a lot of run-on sentences and not many full stops. Eimear McBride is one of the very few writers to have really wrestled the English language into a new form to tell her...
October 13, 2015
Brutal and disturbing. A Cerberus of a novel, a hellhound gone mad, one that has turned to dragging victims to the other side. It takes you in its bloody jaws, shakes and strips the skin off your cosy self-satisfaction and easy comfortable complacency, and throws you out on the shores of the Styx...
August 17, 2016
This is a 5-star book, though I'm not certain it was a 5-star experience, yet I never wanted to stop reading it. The unusual (to say the least) prose is brilliant and surprisingly 'readable', even as it narrates what the unnamed girl experiences as she experiences it (a simplistic example: the na...
February 09, 2016
read this for my 2016 Book Challenge #12: A book rec'd by someone who does not know your taste in books.
McBride is not a writer. When a writer writes a book and it's rejected for nine years, they spend those nine years writing other books and getting them out into the world. They hold that initia...
July 21, 2014
Oh my emotions. My mixed emotions. My emotions mixed with dread. My dread that she wouldn't stop. Her not stopping. Stopping me from wanting to stop. And who was I when I read this book?
"The starting point was the quote from James Joyce: ‘One great part of human existence is passed in a state whi...
January 01, 2015
It was an epiphanic reading of Ulysses on a train ride that changed Eimear McBride’s approach to writing. What must it have been like to be in her own mind for those six intense months of writing this? Ten years it took to find a publisher. I think most publishers’ minions likely couldn’t imagine...
October 06, 2013
This is an experimental novel that uses ungrammatical stream-of-consciousness sentences to describe an Irish girl’s coming of age in an undetermined time frame (1980’s maybe?). Her older brother’s travails with brain cancer is a central theme, but the story really revolves around the narrator whe...
January 31, 2014
Absolutely awful book, average storyline but irritating and totally pointless writing style. I didn't finish it, got to page 130, just couldn't waste any more of my precious free time reading it. Pity as it had rave reviews, I'm still asking why, a promotional ploy perhaps?!