[ Epub ] ➛ Girl Author Edna O'Brien – Freeboooks.com


Girl Girl , Edna O Brien S Hotly Anticipated New Novel, Envisages The Lives Of The Boko Haram Girls In A Masterpiece Of Violence And Tenderness I Was A Girl Once, But Not AnySo Begins Girl, Edna O Brien S Harrowing Portrayal Of The Young Women Abducted By Boko Haram Set In The Deep Countryside Of Northeast Nigeria, This Is A Brutal Story Of Incarceration, Horror, And Hunger A Hair Raising Escape Into The Manifold Terrors Of The Forest And A Descent Into The Labyrinthine Bureaucracy And Hostility Awaiting A Victim Who Returns Home With A Child Blighted By Enemy Blood From One Of The Century S Greatest Living Authors, Girl Is An Unforgettable Story Of One Victim S Astonishing Survival, And Her Unflinching Faith In The Redemption Of The Human Heart


10 thoughts on “Girl

  1. says:

    There are some good things to say about this mainly, that it reminds us how extraordinary it is that Boko Haram could have kidnapped those girls, children.and quietly over a couple of years, a hundred or so have been returned from what unimaginable experience the mind retreats from thinking, and after so much silence here is a novel, a version of a story, many elements of which come directly from speaking to Nigerians So, that s a thing And yet, I think some questions are to be There are some good things to say about this mainly, that it reminds us how extraordinary it is that Boko Haram could have kidnapped those girls, children.and quietly over a couple of years, a hundred or so have been returned from what unimaginable experience the mind retreats from thinking, and after so much silence here is a novel, a version of a story, many elements of which come directly from speaking to Nigerians So, that s a thing And yet, I think some questions are to be asked about HOW it has been achieved, and whether a younger voice wouldn t have run with this in adirect way Whether the story of those girls shouldn t be told by a younger woman, maybe a younger, black woman And if it was would it get the E o B kind of attention This is clearly a well researched and faithful if rather qualified lived experience work 88 year old O Brien made 2 visits to the region and spoke to people in the aftermath of the abduction That IS rather amazing But just how much progress she made in talking to the girls themselves isn t really clear it s telling that the publicity and media coverage of her travels to gather these story threads, is rather fawning, focussingon her, her white womans adventure and the 15k that she smuggled into Nigeria to get access to the fabric of this strange story And before you know it the story is about her, not them, and how Marlon Brando came to her parties Is it just me or does 15k not seem very much money for this kind of caper Why is she going on about it at all And couldn t she give the proceeds of the book to some kind of recovery centre. Sigh Although Girl presents as the story of one kidnapped child it feels like an amalgam And while the first person voice does add a level of tension and Reader investment in truth, our narrator s voice feels and sounds older than she is, andunderstanding of what is happening in many ways, not acquiescent true but a flash too quick to be looking at the stars, given the tragedy and brutality of what happens to her Interestingly, the story isreportage than sensationalist and although it is violent and hard, it isn t particularly graphic The real shock is in the length of time in her little life that all agency is taken away from her the lack of self determination, and all the people who you might think could help, teachers, police, neighbours, priests, her mother, are all barely clinging on themselves It s all stripped to the bone this life the adults simply have nothing to give and although both mothering and god fearingness might be technically close they offer little comfort Of course Edna O Brien s speciality is challenging truth telling about how women s lives are how religious, social, military, political freedoms for men, create repression, violence, subjugation for women She s famously taken onalien to her cultures latterly, the Red Chairs and Girl focus on men from other, not white, Catholic backgrounds, who set themselves up as idols saviours leaders, but are vicious, self serving, slightly pathetic And she can do it technically of course she can While it seems not much is written about the impact of Boko Haram on the women they capture, rape and slaughter , what she s written is broadly in keeping with what there is I m glad at 88 she feels the rage, the burn to tell their story to use her voice Of course I am It s just not very.authentic I know it shouldn t, but her desire to tell a story dominates, just as it did with the red chairs The credible voice of the women she represents is hurried through, lost, as if she doesn t know how to just let it be Because, er, well She doesn t I m just thinking here about young, female Nigerian writers, who might have done this whose fresh ear, and familiarity with the way children, men and women REALLY speak to each other, whose understanding of hair trigger violence, stigma, might have told us something else Something beyond the unshakeable optimism Girl has really not sure that s the note this story ends on in real life SomethingNigerian What if Edna had said to Chimamande Ngozie Adichie, I ve got 15k here to give to those girls, and my publisher will look at anything you write, and I m interested in this and I promise you, when it s reviewed, we ll focus on the girls, the real thing and not me and Marlon Brando, or me and Jackie O, and did I ever tell you about the time I danced with Harold Wilson


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    This was a really powerful and harrowing read focusing on a girl abducted by Boko Haram Detailing the capture and treatment of girls by the terrorists, this is clearly difficult to read in terms of content, so I really appreciated the matter of fact tone which gave a bit of much needed distance from the horror Interesting too was the exploration of the aftermath the treatment of these girls as they tried to return to their families was incredibly upsetting My primary concern however, was th This was a really powerful and harrowing read focusing on a girl abducted by Boko Haram Detailing the capture and treatment of girls by the terrorists, this is clearly difficult to read in terms of content, so I really appreciated the matter of fact tone which gave a bit of much needed distance from the horror Interesting too was the exploration of the aftermath the treatment of these girls as they tried to return to their families was incredibly upsetting My primary concern however, was the point of view the narrative is told through the eyes of an abducted girl, but the author is a white Irish woman, which made me a little uncomfortable O Brien has clearly researched the topic in great detail and has approached the topic with respect, but I would be interested to read some own voices commentary on this topic and will definitely search for some.I received a free copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review


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    The trouble with this novel is that although its intentions are admirable it doesn t quite manage to make the protagonist come alive as a fully fledged character It was always going to be difficult for O Brien to get inside the thoughts and emotions of a traumatised Nigerian teenager, and up to a point she does a good job, but for much of the book Maryam sounds too much like a western girl whose vocabulary is English tittle tattle and too advanced for her age morass The book is clearly wel The trouble with this novel is that although its intentions are admirable it doesn t quite manage to make the protagonist come alive as a fully fledged character It was always going to be difficult for O Brien to get inside the thoughts and emotions of a traumatised Nigerian teenager, and up to a point she does a good job, but for much of the book Maryam sounds too much like a western girl whose vocabulary is English tittle tattle and too advanced for her age morass The book is clearly well researched, based on the two trips O Brien made to Nigeria and the many interviews she had there The authenticity of the story doesn t seem to be in doubt It is narrated by Maryam whom we follow throughout her abduction by Boko Haram and her return to her community It s a harrowing tale, particularly after her return when her rejection by her family is heart breaking The violence is not overplayed, and in fact is largely depicted in quite a measured and dispassionate way But Maryam seems too much of an amalgam to really relate to and I never became fully immersed in her world It sometimes felt that O Brien felt compelled to put in every bit of her research to the detriment of the novel s focus The narrative switches constantly between past and present tense, sometimes in the same sentence, and I found this irritating although I note that some readers find this device disorientating and thus reflecting Maryam s mental state Perhaps so As a side note, I find it demeaning that so many reviews concentrate on O Brien s age as though merely by being an older woman she has done something extraordinary by visiting Nigeria and is to be commended for it regardless of the result For me that result is a flawed novel which is often too discursive and which failed to draw me in


  4. says:

    Una historia muy dura.


  5. says:

    My first experience of Edna O Brien s writing and just wow The story itself is a truly harrowing experience of one girl s survival from the moment she is abducted by Boko Haram, or as O Brien acknowledges an amalgam of real people she met when researching for the book While you may wonder what right O Brien has to tell this story in a first person narrative, being a white older Irish woman, the right is that she can bloody write Her shifting of reality and dream, as well as splicing of time c My first experience of Edna O Brien s writing and just wow The story itself is a truly harrowing experience of one girl s survival from the moment she is abducted by Boko Haram, or as O Brien acknowledges an amalgam of real people she met when researching for the book While you may wonder what right O Brien has to tell this story in a first person narrative, being a white older Irish woman, the right is that she can bloody write Her shifting of reality and dream, as well as splicing of time creates such a lyrical and ultimately thoughtful depiction of the effects of the horrors these girls endured Where there is intense violence and destruction of the physical, there remained a burning hope and desire for peace that was truly heartbreaking to read, especially when salvation doesn t deliver as predicted


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    Despite not shying away from the book s truly nightmarish subject, O Brien manages to find a respectful, honest and even occasionally beautiful way of telling the girl s story The focus of the narration is not only on the cruelty that the kidnapped girls have to endure, but also on the failure of their family and society to find a fitting or humane response to these experiences O Brien uses a technique of seeming to describe an actual nightmare that unnoticably developps into a lived experienc Despite not shying away from the book s truly nightmarish subject, O Brien manages to find a respectful, honest and even occasionally beautiful way of telling the girl s story The focus of the narration is not only on the cruelty that the kidnapped girls have to endure, but also on the failure of their family and society to find a fitting or humane response to these experiences O Brien uses a technique of seeming to describe an actual nightmare that unnoticably developps into a lived experience to capture the horror of the story This seemed like an unfamiliar and absolutely fitting literary device to me.Overall, a harrowing but necessary and rewarding read


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    Girl is a fictional account of Maryam, who is kidnapped from her school by Boko Haram, taken to a remote camp in the jungle along with her school friends, and subjected to all the horrors you can imagine O Brien undertook research trips to Nigeria, spoke to trauma experts, UN workers, and girls who had themselves been captured by Boko Haram and had managed to escape But what O Brien learned was that even when the schoolgirls managed to escape from their kidnappers, they could never truly be Girl is a fictional account of Maryam, who is kidnapped from her school by Boko Haram, taken to a remote camp in the jungle along with her school friends, and subjected to all the horrors you can imagine O Brien undertook research trips to Nigeria, spoke to trauma experts, UN workers, and girls who had themselves been captured by Boko Haram and had managed to escape But what O Brien learned was that even when the schoolgirls managed to escape from their kidnappers, they could never truly be free If they returned to their families pregnant or with a child, there was a glaring reminder of how the child was conceived The shame of what had happened to them was so great in many cases that soon after their homecoming, words and threats would be chalked on the outside walls of their home They were called infidels, were viewed with suspicion and mistrust, and were cast out from their villages, away from their families So far, so harrowing, right Well, while it sounds pretty bleak and I was fully expecting it to be I was actually surprised by how hopeful this novel is Throughout there are characters who in various ways showed small but stunning acts of kindness to Maryam and her baby Their journey is not easy, but it wasn t the pure horrorfest I was expecting given the subject O Brien s writing here is stunning There are sentences which I thought were so perfectly and beautifully written I had to copy them down at times I was even reminded of Toni Morrison s writing in The Bluest Eye Girl is likely to be Edna O Brien s final novel she is nearly 89 and I think it s a great one to finish on.Instagram podsticles


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    La vie de Maryam, lyc enne nig riane, bascule le jour o ses camarades et elle sont enlev es par le groupe terroriste Boko Haram.Tr s vite, l horreur et la violence deviennent leur lot quotidien Mais le pire est encore venir Ecrit comme en apn e, Girl se lit d une traite Le r cit est tellement d taill qu on dirait un documentaire, alors qu il s agit d une fiction, certes inspir e de faits r els J ai cependant trouv la premi re partie avant son vasion difficile suivre, sans jamais La vie de Maryam, lyc enne nig riane, bascule le jour o ses camarades et elle sont enlev es par le groupe terroriste Boko Haram.Tr s vite, l horreur et la violence deviennent leur lot quotidien Mais le pire est encore venir Ecrit comme en apn e, Girl se lit d une traite Le r cit est tellement d taill qu on dirait un documentaire, alors qu il s agit d une fiction, certes inspir e de faits r els J ai cependant trouv la premi re partie avant son vasion difficile suivre, sans jamais savoir si elle r vait ou non, ou comment interpr ter ses remarques sur son environnement J ai t beaucoup plus touch e par la deuxi me partie, lorsque Maryam est rejet e progressivement par ses sauveurs puis sa famille, par peur des djihadistes Pass et pr sent s entrecroisent, avec les histoires des personnages secondaires racont es d une traite, comme des discours La temporalit est impr cise, comme elle l a t pour Maryam en captivit


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    Edna O Brien s new novel isA truly chilling tale of the young women abducted by the Boko Haram in Nigeria We follow Maryam through her kidnapping, horrifying escape and eventual return to her family and the aftermath of going through this trauma It s absolutely horrifying what happened to these girls That this is based on true events is very disturbing Reading this you can tell O Brien did her research The storytelling and writing is exquisite but I did struggle in some parts with Maryam s Edna O Brien s new novel isA truly chilling tale of the young women abducted by the Boko Haram in Nigeria We follow Maryam through her kidnapping, horrifying escape and eventual return to her family and the aftermath of going through this trauma It s absolutely horrifying what happened to these girls That this is based on true events is very disturbing Reading this you can tell O Brien did her research The storytelling and writing is exquisite but I did struggle in some parts with Maryam s character At times she came across as older than she was supposed to be, but she goes through a lot that would make a person grow up rather quickly This story is filled with ghastly violence, only writers as fantastic as O Brien could take on such an ambitious story Overall I really enjoy this book and definitely reccomend giving it a read Thank You to the publisher for sending me this book opinions are my own Forof my book content check out instagram.com bookalong


  10. says:

    Edna O Brien writes a first person narrative of a young Nigerian girl named Maryam The work centers on the Boko Haram s capture of school girls and the subsequent brutality they suffered O Brien has her heroine meet numerous people and incorporate their narratives into the journey of Maryam from victim to survivor If survivor she is She does escape from her captors with her small child, fathered by one of the Boko Haram After her escape, however, her homecoming is less than joyous because s Edna O Brien writes a first person narrative of a young Nigerian girl named Maryam The work centers on the Boko Haram s capture of school girls and the subsequent brutality they suffered O Brien has her heroine meet numerous people and incorporate their narratives into the journey of Maryam from victim to survivor If survivor she is She does escape from her captors with her small child, fathered by one of the Boko Haram After her escape, however, her homecoming is less than joyous because she and her child are now considered collaborators with the enemy She is branded an eternal outsider.With such a heart rending tale, one wishes the novel were not so forced and at times filled with superfluous content such as extended dream sequences O Brien proved last year she still had the magic with The Red Chairs Girl is good, competent, and yet not as engaging novel as it should be


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