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White Is for Witching

de Helen Oyeyemi

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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award One of Granta 's Best Young British Novelists From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women--Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 51 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I got a little over 20 pages in and I just can't go any further with this. Definitely a Not Me book.
  wyvernfriend | Feb 13, 2024 |
Reading this is like having a crazy funky dream that feels familiar and yet you have no idea what it means. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
Oh, I don't know. A lot of ups and downs for me. Many parts that I loved, but I'm not convinced I didn't read them into the ambiguity. Instead of a review, I'm just going to put in my notes, as is.
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haunting and grief and captivity and compulsion. lyric quality so strong. also unfocused, allusive. some things just are. understand criticism of why, of earning. narrative is unfocused, some things just disappear. dude in reviews with a chip on his shoulder about decentralized men can GTFO. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
WHITE IS FOR WITCHING by Helen Oyeyemi. A haunting book. I finished this in one day and then had to go back and re-read chapters and sections to make sure I truly understood what happened. A haunting gothic about generational trauma and racism. Amazing. And beautifully written. ( )
  MandyPS | May 13, 2023 |
This book was the December pick for the Badass Book Bitches club and from the title and description, I was definitely intrigued.

Promising "a spine-tingling tale that has Gothic roots but an utterly modern sensibility", White is for Witching is a ghost story, a haunted house story, a family drama, a coming of age story... And it pretty much didn't succeed at any of those for me.

We follow a teenage Miranda Silver, a vapid accidental goth with an eating disorder, through the eyes of her twin brother Eliot, her quasi lover Ore, and the house in which she and (maybe?) three past generations of her maternal lineage dwell. (Yes, the house is one of the narrators)

I can't even really tell you what it might have been going for. The writing felt intentionally ambiguous and amorphous (perhaps designed to keep the reader in a confused limbo like the characters?) but ultimately it felt so forced that the narrative was stilted. There was no ebb and flow to the story.

The characters were, on the whole, weak and some were introduced as seemingly pivotal to the mystery only to just fade away and never return.

The second half of the book was a bit more of a straightforward narrative which helped and the introduction of Ore as a principle brought a lot more warmth to the pages. But it was too little, too late.

This is the second book by Oyeyemi that I've read, the other being ( )
  Jess.Stetson | Apr 4, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 51 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Some have compared Helen Oyeyemi to Henry James, and at first glance this seems a strange connection. White is for Witching is an unconventional novel, less a structured story than an extended mood piece, a rumination on horror as personified in a disintegrating personality. Even so, White is for Witching captures some of the characteristic Jamesian ambiguity, the openness to multiple interpretations that has kept literary scholars debating, more than a century after it was written, whether The Turn of the Screw is really a ghost story, or just a metaphorical haunting that reminds us of the dark corners of everyday existence.... Oyeyemi earns my praise for infusing even the most outlandish details in this story with a plausible psychological resonance. I may walk away from this book wondering whether it isn’t more a hallucination than a structured narrative. But I could imagine reading accounts of just this sort in collection of psychiatric case studies. And this is more than just the chronicle of a medical condition. It is a legit horror novel. After all, what could be scarier than a ghost story where you can’t escape…because you are the ghost?
afegit per Lemeritus | editaConceptual Fiction, Ted Gioia (Aug 14, 2016)
 
Helen Oyeyemi’s eerie third novel features a young woman who has a strange eating disorder and lives with her twin brother and widowed father in a haunted house across the street from a cemetery full of unmarked graves. On the surface, this setup might appear best suited to the young adult fiction market, but Oyeyemi (who was born in Nigeria and educated in England) knows that ghost stories aren’t just for kids. And “White Is for Witching” turns out to be a delightfully unconventional coming-of-age story.
 
White Is for Witching is written so elliptically that it can be hard to follow. It opens with four pages of poetic, disjointed writing that makes almost no sense until you have finished the book - which would be fine if the remaining 241 pages swept you off your feet, but the whole novel is sadly unengaging.... This is a ghost story without much of a ghost, or a story. And, like a spectre with no one to haunt, it seems destined to fade soundlessly away.
 
The book is structured around multiple voices—including that of the house itself—that bleed into one another. Appealing from page one, the story, like the house, becomes extremely foreboding, as the house is “storing its collapse” and “can only be as good as” those who inhabit it. The house’s protective, selfish voice carries a child’s vision of loss: in the absence of a mother, feelings of anger, betrayal and bodily desire replace the sensation of connection. Unconventional, intoxicating and deeply disquieting.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaPublisher's Weekly (Feb 16, 2009)
 

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What I mean is, each act of speech stands on the belief that someone will hear. My note to Miri says more than just I’m lonely. Invisibly it says that I know she will see this, and that when she sees this it will turn her, turn her back, return her.
When Dad laid the stitched pillowcase and duvet out for her on the sofa, the colours reminded her of something she’d never seen.
She didn’t want to say “refugees.” She didn’t want to say “Kosovans.” She didn’t know why. Or maybe it seemed feeble somehow, like making a list of things that were a shame, grouped in order of quantity—shame number seventy-three (73): loss of four (4) Kosovans.
Emma is an only child, and she was drunk besides.
...a brittle shape with life in it, like a flute playing itself.
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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award One of Granta 's Best Young British Novelists From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women--Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

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