August is a Wicked Month

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August is a Wicked Month

August is a Wicked Month

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Broke and shocked, Ellen makes her way back home only to discover that the actor she wanted so badly may have given her an STD. A fine first edition, first impression, first printing of Edna O¿Brien¿s fourth book August is a Wicked Month in hardback cloth covers with a near fine dust jacket, published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape in 1965. Another well written Edna O'Brien novel, but not as entertaining and charming and the first two in the Country Girl series.

Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality.

She escapes to the French Riviera and meets a new range of people, all the time realising that she is yearning for something that cannot be experienced through meaningless sex.

Nevertheless, there is a new level of ennui and resignation, of displacement and alienation that in some ways reminded me of—and anticipates—Joan Didion's early fiction: Play It as It Lays and Book of Common Prayer. The central character is so lost, that you ache for her while at the same time you'd like to slap her and tell her to get over it (though I can't honestly say my choices would have been any different). She languishes on in France where flirting now becomes a compulsive distraction as well as a physical need. I was that determined that I'd be living vicariously through the licentious protagonist, Ellen, and I figured we'd be friends for years. This book explores the complex feelings of balancing your identity between your inner self, a self who is a wife, and a mother.

In this novel, squashed strawberries “leak blood” and flowers have “no smell” - there is a dystopian conjoining of artificiality, decadence, diseased bodily effluvia, and consumerism (of women’s bodies as well as goods) despite the glamorous continental setting and the wealth on display. When the month started, we noted that Edna O'Brien once labelled August as a 'wicked month' - and as the month comes to a close, it must be admitted that it has fully lived up to its billing.

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