House of Women (2020)

House of Women Lynn Freed House of Women Seventeen year old Thea lives a strange and sheltered life with her mother Nalia retired opera singer and Holocaust survivor A virtual prisoner of her mother s obsessive love Thea escapes with a my
  • Title: House of Women
  • Author: Lynn Freed
  • ISBN: 9780316095563
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
House of Women Lynn Freed Seventeen year old Thea lives a strange and sheltered life with her mother, Nalia, retired opera singer and Holocaust survivor A virtual prisoner of her mother s obsessive love, Thea escapes with a mysterious and suave friend of her father s and is taken to the remote island on which he lives The rule is this, she says I am to pretend that my other life does not exisSeventeen year old Thea lives a strange and sheltered life with her mother, Nalia, retired opera singer and Holocaust survivor A virtual prisoner of her mother s obsessive love, Thea escapes with a mysterious and suave friend of her father s and is taken to the remote island on which he lives The rule is this, she says I am to pretend that my other life does not exist And yet, pretending, it seems to be true What Thea discovers on the island is that the house in which she grew up with its gates and padlocks and dogs has been replaced by a prison of a different kind All my life, she says, I have noticed keys I like to know where they fit, how they work What do you need your own keys for my mother would shout When you re old enough for keys, you ll be old enough to understand a lot of things.
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  1. Katharine

    Lynn Freed is fast becoming one of my favorite authors While not as luminous as the first of her books that I had read, The Servant s Quarters , this novella, House of Women was still marvelous atmospheric, chilling, provocative, and utterly MARVELOUS.This retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades takes place in post WWII South Africa, with a former opera diva as the over protective mother Nalia, Demeter of the myth and her precariously inquisitive and disastrously naive daughter Thea [...]

  2. April Hochstrasser

    This was an engaging book Even though it was about a fantasized life, I hope , I had no trouble following the story It was about a daughter being raised by a madwoman who kept her locked away Then the daughter was won in a bet by the father s best friend and was taken away and locked away by him Even though her view of the world was skewed, she did make a life for herself and eventually broke the bonds of her imprisonment.

  3. Kerine Wint

    Trigger warning emotional abuse and rape.This book was chilling It is filled with situations and feelings that are described both directly or strongly implied There s a lot to ingest when it comes to reading this novel At first, it seems like an exaggeration of the extreme negative perceptions of women and men The women are harsh, dependent on attention, easily seduced, yet submissive to the men that are obviously wrong for them As for the men, they are brute, overly sexual, demanding yet distan [...]

  4. Karen

    I started reading this book about a year ago and abandoned at about page 50 because I wasn t quite sure what was going on and wanted to move onto other books But House of Women haunted meI kept thinking back to it wondering where it was heading and what would happen I gave it another try this time persisted and finished it Lynn Freed is a beautiful and lyrical writer Her prose is clean but vauge and she does implying than anything else But the story here is about women and their inner resolve a [...]

  5. Bekki

    What the I m struggling to find words.A disturbingly odd tale of a highly dysfunctional family dynamic I found myself desperately hoping for Thea to overcome the epitome of an over bearing and all too often nakedWHY mother, an absent father who raffled her off in a bet, and an adulterous and somewhat incestuous husband Yet, Thea disappointingly never rises above or finds a way out She doesn t fight for her children, rage against her husband in any real type of way, and never even confronts her m [...]

  6. ril

    I get scared when I can read a book that is not brain candy is less than two days, but I tore through House of Women I tore through it fast enough that I wished I was reading it for a lecture or a book club, so I could have someone to talk to about it Without dialogue in real life , the book sort of fell flat after I read the last page There was simply so much happening and so little to sympathise with when it came to the women.A good book for a lecture Not so interesting albeit frightening when [...]

  7. Sunni

    Sorry, the very things that made the other reviewers call this book hypnotic and dreamy just left me in a total fog Characters without names, unidentified times and places Instead of making me peel back layers, it left me saying wait, who are we talking about here And while aspects of the mother daughter obsession were compelling, most of it made me want to tell them both to snap out of it Guess you really have to embrace this style of writing to appreciate the book.

  8. Iva

    Obsessive and smothering mother love combined with an absent father who gives his 17 yr old daughter to a friend on a bet Odd premise, and odder characters with lots of money somehow make for a compelling and haunting read Not Freed s best but an atmospheric tug made this reader want to keep reading to learn what could happen to these characters.

  9. Suzierussell

    Very odd characters in a very odd story One of those books where I cannot relate on any level to any of the characters, but I loved the use of language and the writing so much that I kept going when normally I d throw a book like this aside.

  10. Kimberly

    I loved the feel of reading this book, and I would have given it four stars if I better understood what was really going on Freed s writing style is atmospheric, which makes the book a very lovely and haunting read, but I left the story thinking I had not quite gotten it all.

  11. Elyssa

    I thought at first that this book was a little bizarre, but after I read it, I grew to really like it, so much that I read it twice The main character is crazy, but as you read about her, you figure out why she is the way she is.

  12. Michelle

    This book was dark, depressing, and in some places boring But for some reason I got sucked into it I read it from cover to cover in a couple of days I think it was the rhythm of the writing It was almost poetic.

  13. Marguerite

    A lovely, though sometimes foreign, reflection on mothers and daughters and the way we love and hurt each other It had a dreamlike quality that reminded me at times of Isabel Allende or Marie Arana s Cellophane, a book I adored.

  14. Katharine Holden

    The characters spend a lot of time looking angrily out to sea, and the other characters spend a lot of time angrily watching those characters looking angrily out to sea At least two rape scenes I can t say how many for sure because I started skimming.

  15. Emma

    The blurb of this book really pulled me in a young girl, her lust for an older man, her imprisonment in an unhappy marriage I did enjoy it but it wasn t anything special, I found some of the chapters slow and boring.

  16. Duncan

    Beautifully written account of a twisted mother daughter relationship, but all the other characters are flat as pancakes Atmospheric, but not much of a story.

  17. Oma

    I learned that this was a stupid book I kept on waiting for it to get interesting and then it had the predictable ending Total waste of time.

  18. Tracy N.

    This book was so strange, I had to finish reading it only because I couldn t figure out the message Still have no idea what exactly I read

  19. Melissa

    Very confusing story about a daughter and mother in South Africa Daughter is married off and goes from being imprisoned by her mother to being imprisoned by her husband Short book.

  20. Barbara

    Self consciously literary and overwritten, I found this tale of a spoiled young girl who runs away with one of her father s friends to be both boring and annoying in style.

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