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The Drowning Girl

de Caitlín R. Kiernan

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Imp, a struggling schizophrenic, fights to determine whether or not the strange mythological creatures she meets are due to her condition or are from something else entirely in this new novel from the award-winning author of The Red Tree.
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What if you were insane, but actually haunted by a real ghost? I'm not sure why nobody has ever really tried this before (Yellow Wallpaper doesn't count because it always calls the narrator's perceptions and mental stability into question).

Drenched in philosophy, history, psychology, science, and autobiography Kiernan uses her encyclopedic knowledge to weave a tale so dense it is sometimes difficulty to see where she is going but fascinating nevertheless. Imp seems to be the ultimate unreliable narrator, but is she? And there seems to be a narrator's narrator. The plot, such as it is, twists and turns, never proceeding linearly for very long. Kiernan, through her narrator, even comments on this fact. Real life rarely proceeds linearly. It only seems that way in retrospect due to what we choose to accept and discard in the telling/remembering.

History writing proceeds similarly since it almost always depends as much on what we discard or ignore in the telling as it does in what we conclude to accept. This is why we largely make the same mistakes over and over again even though the adage that "those who don't study history it are doomed to repeat" Study of history is almost useless as a prediction of the future because the distillation we make of history rarely resembles the plethora of currently known and unknown facts and "truths." The now almost never looks like the history we think we know. Otherwise, how can half the people think higher taxes are bad and half think they are good. One perspective must be "true" at this point in time but who knows for sure? Even when we are aware of the facts we accept and discard we cannot decide (if we are honest with ourselves), much less when we don't know, what we don't know.

And Imp cannot make any sense of the past even though she studies, reflects, and writes. She has no idea where she is going and her past is no guide because she cannot decide what to accept and what to discard. She's not even sure when she is sane (Is she? maybe she is hyper-sane) and even has trouble deciding whether what she is writing is fact or truth. The distinction is essential. Truth does not necessarily imply factual and a fact doesn't always imply truth. Now we are back to what to accept and what to discard and our own faulty senses and memories and thinking just muddles the situation more. Now add to that that the supernatural is real. Anyone would lose their sanity. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
A stream-of-conscious fever dream, there's no doubt that this book won't be for everyone. I struggled with it, though I think I might have fallen in love with it at a different time and if reading at a different pace. The first half especially reads more as a memoir than a novel, and as the book spirals inward upon references and then pulls back into memoir mode, it often feels like the language overtakes meaning--to the extent that I do suspect this might have been a more powerful read if tightened up and shortened, or if expanded to offer a fuller story (that, admittedly, might have taken it somewhat out of memoir mode). In the end, I can appreciate much of the language here, and I wouldn't mind trying Kiernan again, but I'm still not really sure how I feel about this book. I doubt I'll have the patience to revisit it, though I suspect this is one of those books that will make its deepest impression if sat with and reread. ( )
  whitewavedarling | May 28, 2022 |
The Drowning Girl er frásögn Indiu Morgan Phelps af því þegar hún keyrir fram á nakta og rennandi blauta konu skammt frá á að næturlagi. India eða Imp og eins og hún er kölluð fer með hana heim og hjálpar henni með föt og hressingu og lendir í framhaldi í óvæntum hremmingum.
Imp sannfærist um að þessi stúlka sé hafmeyja - og varúlfur - og jafnvel draugur en frásögn hennar er ákaflega ruglingsleg því hún þjáist af geðklofa líkt og samhliða því að taka mikið af lyfjum þá er tíma- og raunveruleikaskyn hennar verulega brenglað.
Kiernan lætur Imp engu að síður segja sögu sína með sínum orðum og áherslum sem gerir frásögnina oft á tíðum æði ruglingslega en um leið heillandi því lesandinn skynjar upplifun Imps sterkt með þessum hætti og við lok bókarinnar er maður enn efins hvað hafi verið ímyndun Imps og hvað ekki.
Sagan sópaði að sér fjölda virtra verðlauna og tilnefninga árin 2012 og 2013 á borð við Bram Stoker, Nebula, World Fantasy og Locus verðlaunanna. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
This is a dense book that rewards the reader who pays attention. There are many cultural and historical references that required me to do some research. I also found echoes of Gene Wolfe, (a personal favorite), in the style of the writing. Like Wolfe's Severian, India Morgan Phelps, (Imp for short), is an unreliable narrator. Unlike Severian, who peppers the Book of the New Sun narrative with reminders that he has a memory that forgets nothing, Imp regularly reminds us that her story cannot be trusted because she is crazy, confused, and a liar. Coupled with the density of legend and a meandering style of story-telling, Kiernan's tale makes for a difficult but immersive read. I see that many readers felt the ending was a cop-out. I, on the other hand, feel that this book is more about the journey than the destination and give it a solid 9 out of 10 rating. ( )
1 vota ScoLgo | Aug 13, 2021 |
An interesting book but one I can't really say I enjoyed. It's somewhat disjointed, confusing, and repetitive in places, and I know it's meant to be like that, but it was a struggle to get through it. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Jul 19, 2021 |
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... Eva Canning herself is one of the most compelling ghost-story figures I’ve seen since Peter Straub’s Eva Gallo in Ghost Story, with whom she shares some characteristics, and The Drowning Girl (which is dedicated to Straub) is one of the most complexly moving and richly layered tales I’ve read since that classic work. It’s fitting that what is easily Kiernan’s best novel to date should earn a place in that company.
afegit per karenb | editaLocus Online, Gary K. Wolfe (Mar 21, 2012)
 
The Drowning Girl: A Memoir is far and above the best book that I’ve had the fortune to read thus far in 2012, and I suspect it might just stay at the top for a long time to come. The sensations of wonder and bewilderment that I say I was left with on closing the book are absolutely not an exaggeration.
afegit per karenb | editaTor.com, Brit Mandelo (Mar 6, 2012)
 
Kiernan evokes the gripping and resonant work of Shirley Jackson in a haunting story that’s half a mad artist’s diary and half fairy tale.
afegit per nsblumenfeld | editaPublishers Weekly (Jan 16, 2012)
 

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