The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

I deliberately chose to read this novel because it is outside of my usual scope. This isn’t a fantasy story or a mystery/thriller. This is a Β story that deals with love in its many forms, as well as ambition. It takes you on a journey to see how exactly the main character grows up. I usually don’t give novels like this a shot, not because I don’t think they are good, but because I feel like I am completely out of my depth when reading these stories. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot, so here is my review:

When she arrives in London, all this 18-year-old Irish girl wants is to start her life as a young actress. So she enrolls as a drama student, and tries to make a name for herself. At first she struggles to fit in in this new landscape, with its big city and its sophisticated people. But soon she finds herself making friends and finding a place to live. Then she meets an older man, an established actor 20 years her senior. And as their relationship ensues, it will change her life – and her – forever.

I found that I was unable to get through this novel. I barely got to glimpse the story itself, and the reason was solely because of the language style that the author chose. It was awkward and threw me off right from the start. I wasn’t able to follow along and I had to struggle a great deal just to understand what the author was trying to say. No matter how hard I tried to push past it, I simply could not get over it and so, I wasn’t able to get to the heart of the story. For that reason, I’m going to have to give this novel a pass.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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