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Gingerbread: A Novel de Helen Oyeyemi
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Gingerbread: A Novel (edició 2019)

de Helen Oyeyemi (Autor)

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Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval, a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met. Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.… (més)
Membre:AllisonHurd
Títol:Gingerbread: A Novel
Autors:Helen Oyeyemi (Autor)
Informació:Random House Large Print (2019), Edition: Large Print, 384 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 23 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A joy to read. ( )
  doryfish | Aug 20, 2021 |
The characters and certain settings and elements of this novel were simply delightful. Sadly, the plot was rather a jumble that I’m still not sure what to make of. I will remember Gretel, who bore a frightening resemblance to Tilly Tilly from The Icarus Girl, and be on the lookout for her in other Oyeyemi novels. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
Oyeyemi's books are compared to fairytales, and they draw elements from that: gingerbread, talking dolls, a friend named Gretel. But this is much more than that. It's fantasy, political satire, a book about mothers and daughters and relationships. A summary doesn't do it justice--the joy of the book is in its lush descriptive detail, right from the opening sentence about Harriet Lee's gingerbread. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
I didn’t manage to read the whole book, I struggled almost from the start and only managed to get to Chapter 9. I usually soldier on, but I was in a quagmire, nothing made sense and I was finding it too frustrating.

I liked the prose but just could not make any sense of the story, or care at all for any of the characters. They just didn’t settle enough for me to care or feel invested in them. The story felt too disjointed and fantastical, and I couldn’t understand the fascination with gingerbread. I know it is obviously related to Hansel and Gretel and there are references to other fairy tales. Unfortunately I have never really been a fan of fairy tales, so that connection served to isolate me further.

Having reached Harriet’s bed-time story, I soon became completely lost and totally disengaged. I read the final chapter to see if it was worth continuing with, but it still made little sense.

The characters are thin and weird, so I couldn’t understand them. The dolls I just find really creepy and I had so many questions that were never answered. Why was Gretel down the well? Why was it called Gretel’s well before she was even down it? The clog house, the imaginary island, the Jack-in-the-box, the strange people; I just completely failed to comprehend any of it. After Perdita’s suicide attempt I couldn’t understand the interactions, what was the author trying to convey?

Having read some reviews since, I know I am not the only one that struggled to understand this book. A shame because I liked the writing style. I will try another of Helen Oyeyemi’s books though as some suggest this might not be the best one to start with. ( )
  Matacabras | Jun 26, 2021 |
very strange... I wanted to like this book, I tried, but it is hard to follow the characters bizarre behaviors and imaginative dialogue. ( )
  cmeblock | Feb 27, 2021 |
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It’s an intriguing premise, stitched together with fine and surprising imagery, and yet the novel as a whole never quite hangs together.
 
This “hallucinatory quality” within ordinary domestic life (signaled by the metaphor of “skeins” of yarn) is chief among the readerly pleasures of Gingerbread. It is also the shift in perception that the novel demands of its characters and readers.
 
Regardless of what lens you read the book through—for the political undertones, for the good story, for the fabulism—Gingerbread is a thrilling, gorgeously wrought novel.
 
Gingerbread’s more fantastical elements don’t quite obscure Harriet’s grim history, but rather package it in a way that avoids emotional highs and lows. Instead of delivering a harrowing tale of struggle and danger, Harriet’s saga becomes a bizarre story laced with haunting moments that mirror contemporary concerns.
 
“It’s a bit far-fetched” as the dolls point out, and a times Oyeyemi’s characters cannot keep pace with her luscious imagery. Yet Gingerbread is also grounded in the here and now and is spikily funny, referencing Tinder, Amazon reviews, Skype and Ariana Grande as well as conjuring a breathtaking fantasy landscape somewhere between Don Quixote and Alice in Wonderland.
 
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Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval, a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met. Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.

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