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Winnie would say she's no trouble. She's content to let the days go by, minding her own business, bothering no-one. She'd rather not recall the past and, at 72, doesn't see much point in thinking about the future. But when her closed existence is shattered by a random act of violence, Winnie is catapulted out of her exile. Robbed of everything she owns, she embarks on a jo Winnie would say she's no trouble. She's content to let the days go by, minding her own business, bothering no-one. She'd rather not recall the past and, at 72, doesn't see much point in thinking about the future. But when her closed existence is shattered by a random act of violence, Winnie is catapulted out of her exile. Robbed of everything she owns, she embarks on a journey to track down the thief - but she soon finds that what began as a search for stolen belongings has become the rediscovery of a stolen life.


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Winnie would say she's no trouble. She's content to let the days go by, minding her own business, bothering no-one. She'd rather not recall the past and, at 72, doesn't see much point in thinking about the future. But when her closed existence is shattered by a random act of violence, Winnie is catapulted out of her exile. Robbed of everything she owns, she embarks on a jo Winnie would say she's no trouble. She's content to let the days go by, minding her own business, bothering no-one. She'd rather not recall the past and, at 72, doesn't see much point in thinking about the future. But when her closed existence is shattered by a random act of violence, Winnie is catapulted out of her exile. Robbed of everything she owns, she embarks on a journey to track down the thief - but she soon finds that what began as a search for stolen belongings has become the rediscovery of a stolen life.

30 review for Remember Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamieson

    Homeless and squatting in a house in England, Patricia is shocked when a girl enters her house and takes the only possessions that she has: a suitcase containing a wig and various other bits of nick knacks and mementos that one collects through out life. To Patricia, they are her possessions, her belongings and items with which she has marked her life. Being forced to get her belongings back also forces Patricia to look back on her life up until her suitcase was stolen. How, for instance, did she Homeless and squatting in a house in England, Patricia is shocked when a girl enters her house and takes the only possessions that she has: a suitcase containing a wig and various other bits of nick knacks and mementos that one collects through out life. To Patricia, they are her possessions, her belongings and items with which she has marked her life. Being forced to get her belongings back also forces Patricia to look back on her life up until her suitcase was stolen. How, for instance, did she end up as a street walker when she had her whole life ahead of her? We are taken along on Patricia’s trip as she moves back and forth between the past and present, so that we see both sides of her. What she was and what she is now. Born in the 1930’s, Patricia’s mother is taken by “ghosts.” Mentally unwell, her father sells all the family heirlooms to help pay for her mother’s medication. When her mother dies, Patricia is sent to live with her grandfather. Soon after, her father stops visiting. Life with her grandfather goes well enough until Patricia is sent to her aunts, where things are supposedly better and the depression has not reached as far. When Patricia becomes pregnant, she is sent back to her grandfathers in disgrace, only to find the house he use to live in empty. Alone in the world and not a soul to call her own, she flees into the forest and lives there until she is found by a fortune teller who tells her that she is his salvation, that she has the gift. Soon, Patricia is caught in a downward spiral, both in the past and in the present. Patricia knows that if she is to solve the mystery of the present, missing suitcase and all, she must also solve the mysteries of her past. For it is in the past that the answers for the future are to be found. This is an incredible novel. From start to finish it is told with beautiful language and even more beautiful imagery that makes Patricia’s wartime world come to life. Azzopardi is a magician with words, evoking pictures, visions, emotions and feelings from the depths of compassion. “Remember Me” is so beautifully written, I was in awe while I was reading. Patricia is also a likable character. As you get to know her, Patricia becomes more than a homeless woman, more than a squatter in an abandoned England home. The characters are alive in this book and they will haunt you afterwards. Patricia may be the unluckiest person in fiction that I have ever read about; but even though this book may be a little bit depressing, it’s more than worth the read. What I admired most about this novel as the story of Patricia and Azzopardi’s ability to convey human suffering and make it so horrible yet so beautiful at the same time. She reaches into the consciousness of her heroine and makes her more than a two dimensional character. After reading “Remember Me” I thought of all the homeless people I pass every day and wondered if their lives hold the same tragedy. This is a heartbreaking novel, but an amazing one. It really serves to drive home the idea that all is not what it seems. That, unless we are willing to go beneath the surface, we will never really know the whole story behind someone’s life. Written with ease and beauty, “Remember Me” is an incredible achievement. I will be haunted by it for some time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    What a strange and beautifully written novel. It's written in reverse timeline, as the protagonist (called at different times, Lillian, Patsy, Beautiful, Princess and Winnie), a more-than-a-little loony bag lady, attempts to recreate her own life while at the same time trying to forget some of the more painful parts. The reader is left to figure out what is truth, what is a figment of Winnie's imagination, what is a result of her mental illness, and what is just pure creation on her part in orde What a strange and beautifully written novel. It's written in reverse timeline, as the protagonist (called at different times, Lillian, Patsy, Beautiful, Princess and Winnie), a more-than-a-little loony bag lady, attempts to recreate her own life while at the same time trying to forget some of the more painful parts. The reader is left to figure out what is truth, what is a figment of Winnie's imagination, what is a result of her mental illness, and what is just pure creation on her part in order to keep herself from feeling pain too deeply. The storyline brought to mind the movie "Memento" where the main character suffered from short-term memory loss and had to tattoo reminders onto his body. Like "Memento," "Remember Me" plays with the idea of truth and memory, and the secrets we tell to -- and keep from -- even ourselves.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I received this book as a gift from a friend and I have to say it isn't something I would have thought to pick up in a store. This is a story of a woman who has lived a life filled with strife and sadness. It begins with her, old and homeless, thinking she has been robbed of something precious to her. She begins to narrate her life up to that point, starting from a very young age and intertwines it with her current need to find what was stolen. I really enjoyed this book and finished it off in jus I received this book as a gift from a friend and I have to say it isn't something I would have thought to pick up in a store. This is a story of a woman who has lived a life filled with strife and sadness. It begins with her, old and homeless, thinking she has been robbed of something precious to her. She begins to narrate her life up to that point, starting from a very young age and intertwines it with her current need to find what was stolen. I really enjoyed this book and finished it off in just a few days as I was so intrigued with this character. It's a great read, but, fair warning, this isn't a happy story in the least.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    A funny story which actually sadly did retake place & happened. Characters maybe remind you or remind you of someone Butalwalys remember we are surrvinving A funny story which actually sadly did retake place & happened. Characters maybe remind you or remind you of someone Butalwalys remember we are surrvinving

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    This book is thoroughly depressing, but I kept reading because I hoped there would be a happy ending. Azzopardi creates the believable voice of Winnie, a bag lady squatting in an abandoned shop. The first-person narration is so matter-of-fact that you forget Winnie isn't used to talking to people: there's a part where she says something like, "I think what I was saying came out a bit muddled. I may have started shouting." Those two sentences perfectly sum up how she is seen, and it's thought-pro This book is thoroughly depressing, but I kept reading because I hoped there would be a happy ending. Azzopardi creates the believable voice of Winnie, a bag lady squatting in an abandoned shop. The first-person narration is so matter-of-fact that you forget Winnie isn't used to talking to people: there's a part where she says something like, "I think what I was saying came out a bit muddled. I may have started shouting." Those two sentences perfectly sum up how she is seen, and it's thought-provoking. There's an interesting theme of names running throughout the book: Winnie begins life as Patsy; when she goes to live with her grandfather he calls her Lillian, Mr Stadnik (the lodger) calls her Princess, and Joseph (her lover) calls her Beauty. Above all, I just wanted Winnie to be happy, but I knew right from the beginning that anyone who ends up as a vagrant is unlikely to have had a good life. The periods of happiness in Winnie's life were all too brief, and I put this book down feeling utterly miserable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Remember Me by Trezza Azzopardi was a struggle, at best, to read. Several times I almost put the book away thinking why bother, but somehow I managed to get through. It was not worth the effort to me. The book is about the life of an older woman who is half-loony. It starts with her living the streets and getting her small amount of belongings stolen by a girl. The story then recounts the woman’s childhood, and how everyone that had ever meant anything to her left or abandoned her at some point. Remember Me by Trezza Azzopardi was a struggle, at best, to read. Several times I almost put the book away thinking why bother, but somehow I managed to get through. It was not worth the effort to me. The book is about the life of an older woman who is half-loony. It starts with her living the streets and getting her small amount of belongings stolen by a girl. The story then recounts the woman’s childhood, and how everyone that had ever meant anything to her left or abandoned her at some point. She isn’t quite right in the head throughout. In the end, we learn that this crazy lady stole a baby for a day during her lifetime, and shaved the baby’s head. That baby grows into the girl who steals the woman’s possessions. They meet, discuss why it all happened, and then the loony-lady burns everything she owns in an abandoned building with her in it. That's the gist in a nutshell. It's a difficult story to follow, not to mention the lack of quotations and strange formatting, as well as shifts in time and place. I would not recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Bashaar

    I am drawn to stories about someone whose identity is in question or isn't what they thought it was. No idea why. This one was interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. I always come away unsatisfied from stories in which the main character is a victim, with little or no agency. Also, Hewitt was clearly a villain right from the start, but his villainy somehow lacked drama for me. The bad news about him just kind of dribbles out over the course of the story, so that the really shocking revelation I am drawn to stories about someone whose identity is in question or isn't what they thought it was. No idea why. This one was interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. I always come away unsatisfied from stories in which the main character is a victim, with little or no agency. Also, Hewitt was clearly a villain right from the start, but his villainy somehow lacked drama for me. The bad news about him just kind of dribbles out over the course of the story, so that the really shocking revelation about him felt anticlimactic. Still, this wasn't a bad book. It was interesting to me how the author tied possessions to identity. The story opens with a theft of possessions - although we don't find out until nearly the end that the thief had a motive for wanting the objects every bit as powerful as Winnie's motivation for keeping them. This is a great opening for a book that is about the theft of a young woman's identity and control over her life. And possessions have meaning all through the story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    This story about a mentally unstable homeless woman is satisfying if unsettling. It retraces the protagonist's life as she struggles along after tragedies, abandonments, and war. It is a little obtuse in places, resulting in a potentially anticlimactic revelation towards the end (before the final twist). One problem it suffers from is employing a somewhat elevated vocabulary and description for someone who is supposed to be so mentally deficient. It makes for a rich read, however, and one well w This story about a mentally unstable homeless woman is satisfying if unsettling. It retraces the protagonist's life as she struggles along after tragedies, abandonments, and war. It is a little obtuse in places, resulting in a potentially anticlimactic revelation towards the end (before the final twist). One problem it suffers from is employing a somewhat elevated vocabulary and description for someone who is supposed to be so mentally deficient. It makes for a rich read, however, and one well worth it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Señorita Marigold

    Okay so....um This book was fine. I am not trying to be mean to the author of this book! However, this book was fine, and so boring! Man! The writing style did not click with me! And most importantly...... WHERE WERE THE QUOTATION MARKS!?!?!?!? Like when people would speak, there wasn't any quotation marks around when someone was speaking and it was just a very awkward and unpleasant reading experience because of it! I mean who ever edited this book (If there were any editors to begin with which I Okay so....um This book was fine. I am not trying to be mean to the author of this book! However, this book was fine, and so boring! Man! The writing style did not click with me! And most importantly...... WHERE WERE THE QUOTATION MARKS!?!?!?!? Like when people would speak, there wasn't any quotation marks around when someone was speaking and it was just a very awkward and unpleasant reading experience because of it! I mean who ever edited this book (If there were any editors to begin with which I'm going to assume their were) just why???? Why?????? Where on earth were the freaking quotation marks!!!! Is it suppose to make the book look more fancier or whatever???? Whatever the reason was, there's literally no excuse to not include them! Also, the writing style was just so flowery. I like detail in a book when it's relevant. But oh my goodness I don't care about the details about something that's just not important. Also when it's brought up again and again and I'm just like, "I get it. You already described this not at all important thing before....why on earth are you talking about it again????" If so many of these unnecessary details were just taken out of the book, the book itself would be so much shorter. I just wish that the book would get to the freaking point of whatever story was trying to be told! (I feel like I've also said this in another book that I've read. Because there is definitely this similarity....but anyways) Without spoiling anything.....omg why on earth was this story told? The entire time that I was reading this story I was always thinking to myself, "Why does this story exist?" Like I really didn't enjoy the story at all! Winnie the protagonist, I guess, seemed to have no ambitions at all! Like I get that her entire life was unfortunate. However! It just seemed like that she literally had no control in her life and that things were just happening to her for her entire life. And she never seemed to fight back either! I suppose the one thing that I could take away from this book would be that....okay yes being nice is important. But! But if you just allow things to happen to you, you don't stand up for yourself, are a pushover, are not assertive in any way, etc. Then people are going to use you! As people did to Winnie her entire life. And as a result, she lived the sad life that she lived. I think that even though this isn't what the book was trying to say at all, in my opinion, this book serves as a warning that if we aren't assertive in our life with what we want, whether that be to ourselves or to others, we are going to suffer the consequences. [To be clear I understand that she had a mental illness, and I was able to sympathize with her; however, just the way that the story was told I guess was just not connecting with me. Like I don't know really how to explain my feelings on this properly. But again, I just feel like if the story itself was fleshed out more properly, it would have had a bigger effect because also that ending was a mixture of unsatisfaction and what the actual f*ck.] In the end, I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 star because I don't hate it. Like I really didn't like this book, but it wasn't problematic at least. In any case, I really don't recommend this book to anyone. Unless you're someone who isn't assertive so you could learn about the potential dangers of not being assertive in your life by reading this book. Otherwise again, omg this book was so boring. But on the bright side, I'm learning what I'm liking and not liking in books as I get back into reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin Denae

    This just wasn't my book. The main character is an older lady who is homeless is portrayed as rambling and not have clear thinking. That makes it very hard to follow her present day story line because it is a mess of thoughts that are hard to make any sense of. Right when you start to get even a little invested in her flashbacks to childhood you are disrupted by another present day jumble. It makes it impossible to get invested in either part of the timeline. Not to mention the character has no This just wasn't my book. The main character is an older lady who is homeless is portrayed as rambling and not have clear thinking. That makes it very hard to follow her present day story line because it is a mess of thoughts that are hard to make any sense of. Right when you start to get even a little invested in her flashbacks to childhood you are disrupted by another present day jumble. It makes it impossible to get invested in either part of the timeline. Not to mention the character has no distinct personality so there is no reason to get attached to her or feel sorry for her struggle. I'm not even sure I understood exactly what happened at the end which is always frustrating.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Morton

    I think this book is beautifully written but I found the author's style to be frustrating at times - sometimes I felt that I'd missed an important point in wading through the imagery. I often had to go back over areas. The story itself is sad but interesting - Lillian's life is a series of usually unfortunate incidents. Her mental health affects and is in turn affected by her story. Perhaps not ideal beachside holiday reading!

  12. 5 out of 5

    JANEY MCGEARY

    A quick and interesting read. Story is told in mostly the first person, by an unreliable narrator who is now an elderly homeless woman, and "not quite right in the head". She's someone you might walk past quickly as she's yelling indecipherable things. Her limited understanding of what is happening makes her story that much more poignant, as is her ability to survive against what seems like impossible odds.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Elliptical narrative about a deeply troubled woman sort-of kind-of looking back through her fragmentary memories. Well enough written on a sentence-by-sentence level, but the events are horrible in most respects, and the fact that it's apparently based on the life of a real person makes it feel rather exploitative.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jo Bullen

    This is one I'm going to need to read again. At first, I thought I was going to enjoy it. Then it utterly lost me and I had no idea what was going on. Then, I thought I'd got a handle on it. Then, it finished. Not the most glowing review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gail Glaser

    A haunting tale of a journey of homelessness, being taken advantage of, ridiculed and mocked,. Where even your own name can not matter to you. A very sad tale that could easily be someone’s reality.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    This book was a bitter-sweet treasure to fall upon. I had no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be a book that is strangely and beautifully written, and very realistically and sadly portrays how deeply a life can be affected when roots are overturned.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    This book is so beautifully written!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Miller

    I liked this book but it was a little confusing at times to me. I couldn't always figure out where the main character was.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    We've all seen them - those folks who wander seemingly aimlessly with their shopping carts and black garbage bags of "treasurers". With the wizardry of fiction, Trezza Azzopardi takes us into the mind of one such person and shows us every little thing has a meaning and has a place. Follow along as Winnie, who has lost all of her worldly possessions (which were contained in one, small suitcase) tracks down the thief, and thus the stolen items. Relive with her memories long buried and feel the hear We've all seen them - those folks who wander seemingly aimlessly with their shopping carts and black garbage bags of "treasurers". With the wizardry of fiction, Trezza Azzopardi takes us into the mind of one such person and shows us every little thing has a meaning and has a place. Follow along as Winnie, who has lost all of her worldly possessions (which were contained in one, small suitcase) tracks down the thief, and thus the stolen items. Relive with her memories long buried and feel the heartbreak as she relearns and recounts why each "useless" item is precious in her eyes. A novel not to be missed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Coleen

    5/13/09 - The description of this novel had all the elements I tend to love -- a shift of past & present, gradual revealing of family & life history, a little bit of mystery & some family secrets. And while I enjoyed it, it didn't grip me quite as much as I think it could've. I found myself confused a lot within the story -- & that may have just been me or might possibly have been the fact that I listened to it on audio & had more trouble distinguishing time frames & such. There are several diff 5/13/09 - The description of this novel had all the elements I tend to love -- a shift of past & present, gradual revealing of family & life history, a little bit of mystery & some family secrets. And while I enjoyed it, it didn't grip me quite as much as I think it could've. I found myself confused a lot within the story -- & that may have just been me or might possibly have been the fact that I listened to it on audio & had more trouble distinguishing time frames & such. There are several different issues going on in this story, including some mental illness, neglect, exploitation, homelessness, a little bit of borderline paranormal, etc. I almost think the author tried to tackle too much information & wrap it up neatly in one story, but there was something unsettling there for me. However, if you'd ask me how I'd do it better, I don't know that I'd have an answer. This book reminded me in a lot of ways of Maggie O'Farrell's "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox", which I read fairly recently. I don't think this one was quite as good, but the potential is there.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde

    I really don't know if I liked this book or not. It took awhile to get into the rhythm of the author's writing. During the first 100 pages I thought many times of putting it down and moving onto to another book but something keep me going and I am glad that I did. The book is haunting, dealing with the life of a woman, alone, forgotten, troubled, thrown about from one person to another, dealing with the circumstances of life yet not have the skills to do so. The style of writing is different and I really don't know if I liked this book or not. It took awhile to get into the rhythm of the author's writing. During the first 100 pages I thought many times of putting it down and moving onto to another book but something keep me going and I am glad that I did. The book is haunting, dealing with the life of a woman, alone, forgotten, troubled, thrown about from one person to another, dealing with the circumstances of life yet not have the skills to do so. The style of writing is different and sometimes difficult but you can't let go of the story. The author understands her character and shares with the reader the deep emotions of abandonment, lonliness, being forgotten and neglected. This is not an uplifting story but one that I will remember for a long time. Hmmm, titled "Remember Me"...I certainly will.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caleigh

    This is a very powerful and heartbreakingly sad book about an elderly homeless woman and the life that led her to her present circumstances. It's quite well written, though a bit uneven with a fairly slow middle that redeems itself with a sudden burst of revelation at the end. I'm not sure if the main character was actually "simple minded" or just seemed that way by virtue of having been simultaneously shielded and neglected for so many years. Regardless it wasn't easy to read about the many peop This is a very powerful and heartbreakingly sad book about an elderly homeless woman and the life that led her to her present circumstances. It's quite well written, though a bit uneven with a fairly slow middle that redeems itself with a sudden burst of revelation at the end. I'm not sure if the main character was actually "simple minded" or just seemed that way by virtue of having been simultaneously shielded and neglected for so many years. Regardless it wasn't easy to read about the many people who abused her trust and gentleness over the years, and the small cruelties that accumulated into a lifetime of shame and fear. The novel would have benefitted from a bit more detail in some areas and perhaps less in others but overall very interesting and thought-provoking.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This book is very sad. It is difficult to follow all that is going on throughout the book. Right from the beginning we are seeing life through the eyes of someone who is mentally disabled so the reader is getting a garbled and warped perspective of what is going on. It's difficult to figure this out. The clues start to creep in slowly as the reader tries to grasp this strange narrative. The things that occur in this book are terrible as the main character is taken advantage of. She can't defend This book is very sad. It is difficult to follow all that is going on throughout the book. Right from the beginning we are seeing life through the eyes of someone who is mentally disabled so the reader is getting a garbled and warped perspective of what is going on. It's difficult to figure this out. The clues start to creep in slowly as the reader tries to grasp this strange narrative. The things that occur in this book are terrible as the main character is taken advantage of. She can't defend herself and her life is pretty much thrown away by many people, even family. Very, very sad. It has made me compassionate to those with mental illness. This is an excellent example of someone with a mental disability trying to assimilate life. Extremely difficult.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    I think this is actually a 3 and a half star. The story was inspired by the life of an elderly homeless woman. The main character, Winifred, lives in an abandoned shoe maker's shop where she burns any remaining furniture to keep warm. She has an assortment of friends in the homeless community and asks for their help when she is robbed of her few possessions. While not of monetary value, these items are precious to her for what they represent. As she follows the woman who robbed her, we learn mor I think this is actually a 3 and a half star. The story was inspired by the life of an elderly homeless woman. The main character, Winifred, lives in an abandoned shoe maker's shop where she burns any remaining furniture to keep warm. She has an assortment of friends in the homeless community and asks for their help when she is robbed of her few possessions. While not of monetary value, these items are precious to her for what they represent. As she follows the woman who robbed her, we learn more about her difficult life and her connection to the thief. This is the second novel by this writer ..her first was long listed for the Man Booker prize.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    This was not an enjoyable book to read. It was depressing, sad and confusing. It is the story of a homeless woman with obvious mental deficiencies. It starts with the theft of her bag, which contained all her earthly possessions. It then shifts back and forth from her childhood to the present time, trying to show the reader (I think) how events shaped this woman. Because it was so depressing and confusing, I considered stopping reading it a few times but continued figuring it would all come toge This was not an enjoyable book to read. It was depressing, sad and confusing. It is the story of a homeless woman with obvious mental deficiencies. It starts with the theft of her bag, which contained all her earthly possessions. It then shifts back and forth from her childhood to the present time, trying to show the reader (I think) how events shaped this woman. Because it was so depressing and confusing, I considered stopping reading it a few times but continued figuring it would all come together at some point. I guess it did in some ways but not in others. I just do not think it was worth the time it took to read it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann Marie

    I want to say I enjoyed this read...it was at times a bit choppy and I feel the ending was forced...my feel is as if the author ran out of time...perhaps needed to meet a deadline and just thru the ending in quickly...it was a 'sweet' story though and I did enjoy the read up until the last couple chapters...nothing about the read was anything like I thought it would be...so it is not a book you can read ahead in without becoming lost...while I may not go out of my way to recommend this one I wil I want to say I enjoyed this read...it was at times a bit choppy and I feel the ending was forced...my feel is as if the author ran out of time...perhaps needed to meet a deadline and just thru the ending in quickly...it was a 'sweet' story though and I did enjoy the read up until the last couple chapters...nothing about the read was anything like I thought it would be...so it is not a book you can read ahead in without becoming lost...while I may not go out of my way to recommend this one I will search for other works by this author

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Faye

    This woman can really write! I love the way she puts a sentence together - absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy the book. I get it, the narrator has a mental illness, but still I should be able to follow the plot better than I was able to. I still am not totally sure what happened with the baby theft and such. And for it to be brought in at the very end and left hanging in that weird way? Not a great way to deal with a plot. I don't know. The Azzopardi is a talented writer, This woman can really write! I love the way she puts a sentence together - absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy the book. I get it, the narrator has a mental illness, but still I should be able to follow the plot better than I was able to. I still am not totally sure what happened with the baby theft and such. And for it to be brought in at the very end and left hanging in that weird way? Not a great way to deal with a plot. I don't know. The Azzopardi is a talented writer, but I just didn't enjoy this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cary O'Donnell

    Took a little time to get the voice of the narrator. Like watching a painting being created, for me its sense & structure emerged gradually from unconnectedness & confusion. The result is a detailed picture of a life buffeted by external factors, a person unable to control what happened to them, and the only time she tried was tragic for her & others. I await my book club meeting to see how many of the subtleties I missed, as I have inferred a number of relationships/ events that were only impli Took a little time to get the voice of the narrator. Like watching a painting being created, for me its sense & structure emerged gradually from unconnectedness & confusion. The result is a detailed picture of a life buffeted by external factors, a person unable to control what happened to them, and the only time she tried was tragic for her & others. I await my book club meeting to see how many of the subtleties I missed, as I have inferred a number of relationships/ events that were only implied.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Angelico

    The writing style conveyed the fragile and unbalanced mind of Winnie/Lillian/Patricia in a way that was only fully apparent after completing the book. Beautifully structured, interweaving past and present in an intricately spun story. Although sad, I enjoyed this novel enormously. Well written books always remain in the mind and leave the reader thinking about things long after the last sentence is finished - this is definitely one of those books. This is the first book I have read by this author The writing style conveyed the fragile and unbalanced mind of Winnie/Lillian/Patricia in a way that was only fully apparent after completing the book. Beautifully structured, interweaving past and present in an intricately spun story. Although sad, I enjoyed this novel enormously. Well written books always remain in the mind and leave the reader thinking about things long after the last sentence is finished - this is definitely one of those books. This is the first book I have read by this author and I am definitely a fan and will endeavour to read other titles.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This was a very weird but very moving book. It took me quite a while to begin to fit the parts of the story together into a coherent whole, but once I did, I was thoroughly engaged and couldn't wait to read through to the end. The first-person narration beautifully highlights the unreliability of any individual's perception and memories. I'll have to keep an eye out for the author's previous book.

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