Review: Marie Darrieussecq’s “A Brief Stay with the Living”
A tragedy happened 25 years ago in the lives of Mother and daughters Jeanne, Éléonore and Anne. What was it? How were the women affected? Darrieussecq has a heavily worked style, telling this narrative in the four women’s internal voices (plus a token Father chapter). I had fun with the trilingualism of the text – English, French, Spanish – but the sloppy Spanish and slightly unrealistic Buenos Aires (mango picking on the Tigre Delta?) annoyed me. No plot was really required or supplied for this revelation of characters, and I can’t say I found this book enjoyable – too much effort for solid Froggy cleverness but too little entertainment.
Where it came from: Opshop
Time and manner of reading: Multiple sample reads – dense, so segmented
Where it went: ???
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to: Readers wanting to keep up with modern European style
Also reading: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews