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Sorrow and Bliss
Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark and tender, full of pathos, fury and wit, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason is a dazzling, distinctive novel from a boldly talented writer. For fans of Sally Rooney, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Fleabag. 'A triumph. A brutal, hilarious, compassionate triumph.' Alison Bell, The Letdown ''I just adored this book. It's timely and dark and poignant and funny. It was filled with such eviscerating compassion and rage; I couldn't get enough of it. I inhaled it in a single weekend, unable to put it down. Meg Mason is a searing talent.' Kate Leaver, The Friendship Cure This novel is about a woman called Martha. She knows there is something wrong with her but she doesn't know what it is. Her husband Patrick thinks she is fine. He says everyone has something, the thing is just to keep going. Martha told Patrick before they got married that she didn't want to have children. He said he didn't mind either way because he has loved her since he was fourteen and making her happy is all that matters, although he does not seem able to do it. By the time Martha finds out what is wrong, it doesn't really matter anymore. It is too late to get the only thing she has ever wanted. Or maybe it will turn out that you can stop loving someone and start again from nothing - if you can find something else to want. The book is set in London and Oxford. It is sad and funny. 'This is a romance, true, but a real one ... as devastating and sharply witty as Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.' Books+Publishing 'Sorrow and Bliss is a book you'll want to devour in one sitting ... an adult coming-of-age novel told with force, breathlessness and a confessional style that makes you feel as if you're sharing intimacies with an old friend ... Mason's writing has been compared to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag for good reason ... fresh and revelatory ... sharp, racy and entertaining throughout.' The Saturday Paper
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MeganAnn
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Finished yesterday, started back in December.

It follows Martha in a somewhat meandering but sort of linear path as she navigates her life and marriage while dealing with her mental illness. Martha is witty and sarcastic. She has family and a husband who love her. But she knows something is wrong with her and doesn‘t know how to be better. I appreciated the way the author realistically portrayed Martha navigating her mental illness. ⬇️

MeganAnn Mason shows how Martha‘s struggles affect not only herself and her husband, but the rest of her family as well. How medication and treatment can help but also how it cannot magically fix her life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The bottom half of the cover matches #fieryred for #pantone2023 @Clwojick (edited) 3w
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Caroline2
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Last book of the year and what a book it was! I thought this was going to be really literary and boring but, like Fleabag, it‘s real, gritty and raw. I laughed and cried and absolutely loved every damn page. Best book of the year and one of my top ten favs of all time! (Plus it‘s only 99p on kindle at the mo 👍)

squirrelbrain This was my favourite of last year! ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly In 2023, I think I‘m going to give this one another go. I read it on holiday in 2021 and wasn‘t terribly focused so it didn‘t “hit” for me. 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain it‘s been sitting on my kindle for ages. Can‘t believe it took me so long to read it although it did come along at the right time so defo worth the wait. 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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#AdventRecommends December 4th

This was on this year‘s Women‘s Prize for Fiction Longlist. I‘m so glad it was because I‘m not sure I would have read this otherwise.

A book about mental health and how important a diagnosis is . About a woman who know that something is wrong with her, and how this effects her closest relationships; husband, sister and parents.

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Human relationships feel messier the more clarity we attain about them. Questions morph into resolutions and resolutions morph into bigger questions darting around in a futile attempt to thread together something resembling a resolution. What these questions instead get is a mosaic whose edges have those infinitesimal gaps not discernable to the naked eye....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....Earlier this year, the directorial duo "The Daniels" examined the inherently fragmented nature of human relationships in their sci-fi masterpiece EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. A fracture in the multiverse is used as a plot device to chart the tumultuous and dysfunctional nature of a parent-child relationship.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....The film begins in an intentionally incoherent manner and as existential questions about the central mother-daughter relationship are addressed, the narrative starts gaining coherence but at the same time, each universe bleeds into the other, in a manner in which the answer to one question pertaining to human relationships subconsciously segues into another question and before long,.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....we realise that the unanswerable nature of these very questions was the answer all along..... 3mo
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nathandrake1997 ....Meg Mason's SORROW AND BLISS, while much more rooted in reality than the Daniels' EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE, appears to tread similar thematic ground when read between the lines. Martha's mental health and her marriage with Patrick is used by Mason to comment on the emotionally and existentially fragmented nature of human relationships and in a way, life itself.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....Martha and Patrick's marriage, through its peaks and troughs, is treated as its own flesh and blood character. It is neither Martha's first marriage nor Patrick's, but one where emotional fidelity comes into play probably the first time. Both have baggage, both physical and emotional, that they drag along and attempt to declutter through the course of their marriage.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....declutter through the course of their marriage. This decluttering leads instead to substantial additions that occupy space in a manner that makes one feel emotionally claustrophobic. Claustrophobia leads to both periodically seeking a window to gasp for air. The book does not mention the word "claustrophobia" even once, but in a way that's the point,. 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....making the reader feel something that isn't explicitly mentioned yet is subconsciously present. Because, relationships after all tend to be more about the unsaid than the said.... 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....All relationships we partake in, whether it is the one we share with our parents or friends or partners are inherently dysfunctional in a manner so seamless that before we are able to point a finger at it, we have already lived through its ripple effect. It is this quandary that Mason addresses magnificently in an ending that provides us closure without necessarily divulging any answers. 3mo
BarbaraBB Your review really makes me want to read this! (edited) 3mo
nathandrake1997 @BarbaraBB Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this exquisite book ❤️ 3mo
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TheLudicReader
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I highly recommend this laugh-out-loud funny, but heart-breaking book about family, love, mental illness and life. It was just terrific.

ShelleyBooksie Oh! Sounds like a good one. 4mo
EvieBee I loved it too! 4mo
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bekakins
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This was a brilliant book. A really excellent portrayal of a young woman suffering with mental illness, and the impact on her life, relationships & those around her.

Plus, bingo! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous progress!!! 4mo
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bekakins
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Love this! I‘m all for drinking the champagne if you‘re feeling blue 🥂🍾

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Vansa
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Till last year,I absolutely never let a book go unfinished and forced myself to finish it.After a couple of terrible reads, however,in the last 6 months,where I could tell I hated the book but continued and the books didn't improve,I've started stopping because I'm growing older and have no more time to waste!

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CBee
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This was……hmm. It‘s hard to say that I “enjoyed” it, because while I did enjoy some parts (even laughing out loud at times), it is ultimately a book about someone with severe mental illness. And, it‘s a bit of a mystery, as we are never told what the illness is. At first I thought I knew, but then realized that wasn‘t it 😂 So I‘m perplexed now 😂 🤷‍♀️

rachaich Yeah, I found it quite upsetting at times. 5mo
CBee @rachaich I did too. I think because I could relate a bit - in some ways at least. Still perplexed as to what exact diagnosis she got - but I am pretty sure I know what it was (I think). Like I think I understand why it wasn‘t mentioned - the whole thing about labels maybe? I could be wrong. Anyway, it was worth the read! 5mo
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Off to an engaging start!
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#booknerd #pinkhair #librarynerd #librarylover

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andrew61
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A troubling story of a woman + an unnamed mental illness. I felt constantly on edge as Martha narrated her life with a manic mother, a patient father, a sister who manages life just about, + her devoted husband. I want to talk abt it even though I found in turns; frustrating, tender, annoying,+sad. Still thinking abt the bk as it touches on an important issue of mental illness in an accessible way which has to be positive despite some problems.

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jdiehr
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You guys.

I can't do this book justice in the space provided here.

We know from the get go how things turn out for Martha, but that doesn't take anything away from watching it all unfold.

Martha suffers for years before getting a proper diagnosis for her mental illness. The author chooses not to name the illness - instead referring to it as ____. And that is just one example of the brilliance of this story.

Just read it.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome pic!! 💙💛 5mo
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angelamiller88
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I wanted to finish this sooner, but sadly due to a 3+hour evacuation from my workplace in the sun (with pale, Scottish skin) meant that wasn't to be. I completed it at night, whilst nursing my sunburn.
I genuinely liked this book to begin with, the flashbacks and little snippets of info that would later make sense. However, as it progressed I became annoyed at the narcissist tendencies of Martha, who defined herself by her mental illness.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Did I like this book? No. Did I love this book? Yes I think so. Will it stick with me? 100%. We follow a main character who grapples with / bobs along in her life without really ever connecting. She‘s damaged, causes chaos and hurt along the way and yet to me was extremely relatable and I want her next chapter to be more. The writing is spectacular. Pulling the reader into the narrative. First was in a while that‘s really had impact.

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angelamiller88
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I am off on annual leave today, looking after my 2 girls. I got up at 5am, ran 5.5km, showered then sat down in silence with my breakfast and ☕ , and read this beauty for almost an hour before the rest of the house stirred.

Moments like this are bliss!

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rachaich
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This is a hard one to rate.
I truly liked reading the story but found it quite triggering and desperately sad. I had to keep stopping to do anything other than think about it.

Itchyfeetreader Desperately sad is the perfect review for this book. You found the words I struggled to find 6mo
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rachaich
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Gosh this is so much more than I'd anticipated.

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rachaich
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My first Meg Mason book, chosen for a group and found in a charity shop!

charl08 Bargain, I loved this one. 6mo
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Hannah_11
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Raw. Heartbreaking. Emotional. Frustrating. But above all completely and brutally honest. #pick #sorrowandbliss

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Tamra
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Soft pick. Can anyone explain why the author to the end uses “X” in place of the name of the mental illness? 🤔 I‘m not sure why after the diagnosis.

Ruthiella Yeah, I haven‘t reviewed it yet but it was a soft pick for me too. I think she didn‘t name the illness because she didn‘t want to pigeonhole the reader‘s ability to relate? What I‘m wrestling with in this book is that maybe others are able to forgive her for 15 years of abuse (the fact that it stems from her illness doesn‘t entirely excuse it IMO) but I‘m not. Her treatment of others and never questioning the diagnosis set my teeth on edge. (edited) 7mo
Tamra @Ruthiella I agree with you - I didn‘t care for the MC and felt bad about the fact I couldn‘t feel a lot of empathy for her. I still think it could do some good to name the mental illness to increase awareness. 7mo
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Donna1980
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Martha sees all her flaws but is powerless to do anything about them. She is looking at herself in a mirror screaming at herself to get it together but her reflection just keeps fading away. Countless prescriptions have dulled the edges of her life and include the advice not to have children. Once properly diagnosed at the age of 40, she realises that to be a mother is all she has ever wanted. The revelation is heartbreaking.

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Curvybookgirl
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I was very keen to read this having heard such good things, plus it was shortlisted for the women‘s prize. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read with a good cast of characters. What let it down for me was the lack of written diagnosis that Martha is suffering from. That made it slightly unrelatable

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sailu112
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This book follows the crazy life of Martha who seems to know what she wants and intentionally(and sometimes unintentionally ) destroys it and hopes things were not how they turned out. This follows her mental illness but doesn‘t make us feel too sympathetic(not in a bad way) but shows the reality from close quarters.

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Frankies.space
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Navigating a mental health condition but was well written and funny

Lisa_lost Did you get this rec from me? If not, great minds! 7mo
Frankies.space @Lisa_lost not sure but I have been inhaling all of her books. Just finished You be mother. Bawled my eyes out. Her book ask any nicely is hilarious for a soon to be mother. Also I have figured out how to post without a review! 7mo
Lisa_lost @Frankies.space noooooooo 😩😭😩😭😩😭😩 5mo
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💖💖💖

Thank you so much @Caroline2 ! I‘ve seen such amazing reviews of this from so many people (and yet I really know nothing about it)!

I can‘t wait 😁. Thank you 😘

Caroline2 You‘re welcome! Sorry it‘s a bit late, been one of those weeks. I hope you had a lovely birthday. 🎉🍰🥂 7mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one! 7mo
rockpools @Caroline2 It was a fantastic surprise. I hope your weekend‘s a vast improvement on your week! 7mo
rockpools @sarahbarnes 😁 🎉❤️ 7mo
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Hazel2019
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love, love, LOVE this book! It is deep, impactful, and brilliantly thought provoking, with flashes of humor (yes, at times made me chuckle). And as the title states, there is sorrow and and there is bliss. It follows Martha, with debilitating mental health issues, as she goes through life and focuses on how the mental health issues affect both her and those around her. You must read the whole thing to truly understand it‘s brilliance.

Karisa I loved this one too! One of my top 5 books from this year. So well done! 8mo
jlhammar Such a good book. Great review! 8mo
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sarahbarnes
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This book packed a real punch for me. It is one of the most authentic stories about mental illness I‘ve read, I think. I alternated between laughing and crying throughout and couldn‘t put it down. It resonated with me in so many ways, and I‘m grateful to Meg Mason for writing it.

jlhammar Same here! Great review. 8mo
sarahbarnes @jlhammar ❤️❤️ 8mo
Megabooks Agree 💯💯 8mo
sarahbarnes @megabooks ❤️❤️ 8mo
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Librarybelle
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This one is a hard one to review. On the one hand, there are so many instances of cringeworthy situations & people that it‘s like reading/listening to things well beyond anyone‘s control. And yet, isn‘t that the point? Martha tells her story, and it becomes clear quite quickly that she is an unreliable narrator. But, it is also apparent that she lives with a mental illness (the author‘s note states her illness does not have a specific IRL name)⬇️

Librarybelle As someone who knows firsthand mental illness, there were parts of this book that rang true, and could become triggering to some readers. In the end, this is a book about family, friends, love, and support in all of its ways. My favorite quote - “I have been unbearable but I have never been unloved. I have felt alone but I have never been alone and I‘ve been forgiven for the unforgivable things I have done.” 8mo
squirrelbrain Great review Jess! 8mo
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Negronis chasing me around, book after book. (See previous post)

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Lindy
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I almost bailed, but I like the audiobook narrator—Emilia Fox—& I told myself this is shortlisted for the Women‘s Prize so stick with it longer & then I was stung twice by a yellowjacket & so I took a Benadryl & fell asleep listening at about 4 hours in & then my phone battery died while I slept & I decided to proceed with the final 4 hours instead of going back to the 3-hour segment I‘d missed & I loved it! (Feel free to skim the middle third.)

ChaoticMissAdventures This is a rollercoaster of a reading experience! Hope you are feeling okay now. 8mo
MrsMalaprop Oh dear. That sounds harrowing. Glad you liked it in the end. 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading I totally stalled on this one. This inspires to go back and try again!! 8mo
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kspenmoll What a crazy time reading!!! Hope your bee sting is ok! 8mo
Lindy @ChaoticMissAdventures @kspenmoll Thanks for your concern. 🤗 It‘s been about 36 hours and the swelling has subsided considerably and I‘m feeling better. 8mo
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading Sometimes we just need to break the rules and skip the boring stuff! 8mo
Lindy @MrsMalaprop Yes, a happy outcome. 😁 8mo
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry for what happened, but this account of events is quite amazing. 😂 8mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Thanks, Sarah! 8mo
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She asked me what I did and I told her I created content so that people could consume it.

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I told her the only piece I could remember exactly was a bronze fertility sculpture that was in the hallway for a while, directly inside the front door, and only because its phallus was so pronounced that, as she said at the time, when it inadvertently got turned ninety degrees it was like a fucking boom gate. Ingrid said she remembered it as well.
'I started hanging my PE bag on it.'

Karisa Loved that book! It‘s so funny while also being so melancholy. I‘ve been trying to recommend it to people but they just look like “why would I want to read that?” Hard to explain just how readable the book is given the topic! 😂 8mo
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I posted a review of this book yesterday & then took it down, because sometimes I feel a bit anxious about having such strong negative feelings about a book that people loved…especially a book that is supposed to be about mental illness. But I HATED this book, & I didn‘t think that it was a realistic portrayal of mental illness. I‘m reposting here because I am curious whether other Litsy readers had a similar reaction.

Tamra I think it‘s helpful to have a variety of reactions to books to reflect upon. Feelings are feelings. (I haven‘t read this one yet.) (edited) 8mo
In_the_stacks @Tamra yes, definitely true 👍😊 8mo
reading_rainbow I always feel bad when I hate a book that‘s generally loved by most and often delete my bad review as well lol 8mo
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jlhammar I agree with @Tamra. One of the things I love about books is that people can have such different reactions to the same text. I personally enjoyed reading this book and found it smart and funny, but I know you are not alone in your feelings (@Vansa has had some strong reactions to this one recently that I've appreciated) and I, for one, welcome your honest review even if it differs from mine. Gives me more to think about! 8mo
In_the_stacks @reading_rainbow I do this a lot too 😬 glad I‘m not the only one 😊 8mo
In_the_stacks @jlhammar yes, I loved reading @Vansa ‘s posts on Litsy about this book as well. 👍😊 8mo
Vansa Litsy's the only social media space where I honestly feel secure enough to post anything negative about well-loved books,I've noticed that pile-ons almost never happen here, and it's very 'live and let live'.Any user I've interacted with has always been willing to accept the existence of other points of view and share their (completely valid)opinions as well!Which makes it a more interesting engagement! 8mo
In_the_stacks @Vansa litsy is definitely the. OST positive and supportive social media space around, I agree 👍😊 8mo
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OH MY GOD someone please get these girls out of that school immediately, they're going to be getting a boring clueless narcissist to give them advice on something that could affect their lives. Also really? Is it that easy to get jobs in England?? Incredible.

BarbaraBB I don‘t have the impression you‘re enjoying the book 🤣. Kudos for not giving up! 8mo
Vansa @BarbaraBB ??" not enjoying" is a huge understatement for just how obnoxious I find this book! I have finally finished it, much to my husband's relief, since he no longer has to listen to me ranting about it!! 8mo
BarbaraBB Haha you made that clear! I‘m in no hurry to read the book now! 8mo
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😂😂😂This is so completely untrue about Martha. She doesn't fight for anything, she doesn't bother to listen to anyone, she's selfish and condescending and patronising and utterly boring. This is all tell and not show, something female writers of the last 5 years love doing.She has literally no friends,so she's definitely not the life and soul of the party

In_the_stacks YES. When I read this I thought, Have I completely misread this book? Because this doesn‘t seem to describe Martha at all. I am into reading about complicated characters, but Martha didn‘t seem particularly complicated or nuanced to me. The first 2/3s of the book did not portray this side of Martha at all. 8mo
Vansa @In_the_stacks not at all.Also it really annoyed me that just when she needed it,her mother suddenly did a 180 degree character turn and was amazingly supportive-I wish things like that would happen in real life,but they don't.If you are unfortunate enough to have a narcissistic parent, they will not suddenly change-it's not in their mental makeup to even want to change.And that's all it took for her to stop being an alcoholic?Again,if only! 8mo
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WHAT??? Where did this even COME from?Have authors forgotten that character development is an integral part of writing?This facet of this completely banal protagonist is not developed AT AlL throughout the book,and is now suddenly dropped on the reader.Till now,she has shown no sympathy to her(bafflingly)constantly pregnant sister,never helps her with her children,shows absolutely no interest in anyone else-none of which indicates(1/2)

Vansa (2/2) in motherhood. Further, I cannot for the life of me understand why authors in 2022 have characters who do not even vaguely consider adoption as a viable alternative for those who do not want to get pregnant but want to be mothers.This nonsensical book.How are people able to enjoy it. 8mo
Karons1 @Vansa it‘s a huge hit over here 👈 uk 🇬🇧 we seem to like unreliable narrators 😆haven‘t read it myself yet but lots of reviews And podcasts say it‘s fantastic and opens a door into the world of Someone struggling with mental health issues or maybe 🤔 they‘re just narcissist, sounds like my sister in law we didn‘t hear a thing from her last year when my dad died now she‘s having relationship issues and won‘t leave us alone? (edited) 8mo
Vansa @Karons1 I was conned into buying the book by all the rave reviews from the Guardian!!I like unreliable narrators too,but this narrator isn't an interesting character with much inner life-it reads more as one long whine.I just finished the stellar tagged book,and I felt Meg Mason ripped off the..vibe of that and failed utterly at it.It doesn't work as a sympathetic portrayal of mental health because it's so badly written.(1/2) 8mo
Vansa @Karons1 oh i have a lot of experience with people with narcissistic personality disorder-my mother and a very close friend and I can only offer you sympathy, they're very hard to deal with! 8mo
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Slightly confused. A doctor literally gave her the right diagnosis when she was 18, only for it to be dismissed by her mother. A doctor has given her the right diagnosis again. Other doctors, who are not psychiatrists or mental health experts are now to be castigated for not diagnosing her correctly?? How did not a single editor find this completely ridiculous?

In_the_stacks This idea of the “right” diagnosis suddenly fixing everything is also very strange to me. I feel like anyone who has spent any time undergoing assessment/ treatmentfor mental health issues knows how fluid and imprecise diagnosis can be, especially over many decades, and how even good doctors and good therapists can disagree on a diagnosis. I don‘t think diagnosis is as clear cut as this book seems to assume. 8mo
Vansa @In_the_stacks could not agree more.It's also a bit of a disservice being done in the guise of a book dealing frankly with “mental health“-for people with chronic,debilitating issues,it's not so easy as waving a magic wand and getting one perfect diagnosis.Further,a sustained course of medication can help alleviate symptoms to some extent,which Martha does not adhere to at all,and then blames the doctors. 8mo
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Vansa
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Find me a more patronising, condescending sentence that thinks it's profound. Confusing narcissism with profundity and depth is ironically enough, one of the most shallow ways to write.

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Vansa
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Really? Swipes at In Our Time now? I've listened to more than 50 episodes and to dismiss this always thoughtful, well researched radio show just for a bit of virtue signalling, when the narrator herself absolutely never listens to anyone or cares about anyone else's opinions, is such bad, again, banal (clearly a word I'm going to over use while talking about this book)writing.

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How edgy. How subversive. How completely juvenile and more fitting for a 16 year old to say to her parents than a woman who's over 30.🙄🙄

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I am in complete awe of a woman who is so entitled, clueless, ignorant of history and completely un-self aware, that she can toss out an adjective like "Stasi-like" so casually, completely oblivious to the very real historical connotations.Its not cheeky Brit humour.Its just sheer banality.

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What?? Why?? Literal DESPAIR from a hotel restaurant?? Seriously? What are these sentences? Is this book a joke being played on the reader? I am being driven into a state of existential despair when I contemplate the state of book publishing that sentences like this make it through editors.

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One of the most historical, artistic places in the world, and this is all Meg Mason has to say about it. After page after page of railing against banal tourists. Is there something completely wrong with book critics and the literary establishment that they're willing to reward this drivel? Am I secretly a masochist that I'm willing to plough on with this drivel?

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One more gibe at tourists. What have they done to Meg Mason, herself a non-Londoner from New Zealand, I wonder. Also if tourists are so completely awful for the city, I wonder why London is so actively courting them ,post covid.

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Wow. No sign of the protagonist showing the slightest interest in literature or reading, but of course she must condescend to paying customers. Why not. Also is it this easy to get a visa and stay in Paris for 4 years if one is a white British person? Wow. Nice work if you can get it. Presumably Brexit will make things harder. One can only hope.

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Is this book meant to be a fairytale??? Whom do things like this happen to? You're depressed and your boss gives you his flat in Paris to stay in? The more I read this book, the more shocked I am by it's utter mediocrity and unself-awareness and the rave reviews.

In_the_stacks I just finished Sorrow& Bliss as well, & it was a definite pan for me. I‘m surprised by all of the rave reviews- everyone I know who‘s read it loved it. But I found the author‘s treatment of mental illness & its fallout completely unrealistic- I couldn‘t relate to any of the characters- I didn‘t even like the characters I think I was supposed to like!- & Ididn‘t find it very funny. Glad to hear that I‘m not the only one who didn‘t warm up to it! (edited) 8mo
Vansa @In_the_stacks terrible book. None of the characters were developed at all!Everyone was one-note,and the author seems to think that's enough to suggest great character depth.I have literally read Harlequin category romances with more insight 😂After a point I continued with it to see just how banal it could get,and it didn't disappoint.I got no sense of who Patrick is-what is his inner life?Does she want to stay married to him because it's easy?! 8mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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I‘m so very sad to learn that @ReadingEnvy has died. If you have not listened to her podcast before I want to share it again here- it‘s a GREAT podcast, and always felt like I was part of the conversation as a listener. In addition @Centique has created an event to in memorial of Jenny. Choosing from her book recommendations will be challenging- or a Re listen to her older episodes May be in order. For those close to her I am so sorry ❤️‍🩹

MoonWitch94 How very sad 😔 8mo
TheBookHippie It‘s so sad. 8mo
Centique Thank you so much for posting this Chrissy 💔 8mo
Dragon 💔 8mo
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