A powerful short read which draws you in to it‘s dreamlike world. It‘s odd, but it‘s good. Deborah Levy‘s “Hot Milk” gets 4 stars from me.
My full review is up on my blog! 📚
Well this is a strange little book! A mother and daughter go to Spain to see an unorthodox doctor to try and cure the mother‘s mystery illness....! Beautiful writing and completely unpredictable, it made for a refreshingly unique summer read!
Completely enjoyable. The last two chapters made me think - may have to reread for clarity, but a recommended summer read about mothers, daughters, and finding one‘s self.
Possibly breaking record temps in the Northeast today with a high of 98 degrees. Finishing up this book by the pool with a beer or two - definitely no milk! 🤣Hot Milk is The Readers Podcast summer read.. Happy first day of July! 🌞 🏖
It‘s our first full day in Paris and we have been everywhere. Now it‘s time to settle down and enjoy the longer evening light, reading in the park next to Shakespeare and Company book store, gazing at Notre Dame. I picked up this book in advance of The Readers coming to SF shortly, since they will be talking about it when recording their podcast then. I don‘t know if I have ever enjoyed a reading spot more in my life!
I loved the dream-like quality of this book. It‘s a strange story, especially the bizarre dialogue that‘s as if every character is doped up on the same psychotropic drug 🤔 but if you can ride the wave, it‘s poetic and enlightening too.
Wow. The imagery in this is stunning. Took me a few pages to really get into it but then I was hooked! It‘s dreamy & introspective but kind of grounded at the same time. I related to Sofia in a way. Beautifully written and one I‘m sure will stick with me.
Just starting this one! It‘s been on my tbr for a while and I spotted it in the library a week or so ago so thought I‘d check it out.
It was a depressing kind of read for me. I am totally in love with the narration and chracterization. I found many places where we had to dive in to find the actual intended meaning. It was a different type of read which I am not able to properly classify. I am neither happy nor upset that I picked it up! The reader has to be attentive to get the essence of it⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review is up in https://ovicandid.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/hot-milk-book-review/
Finished this here in Charlotte. I‘m not completely sure how I feel about this book. I read it because it‘s our next book club pick. I‘m going to read it again before we meet. It reminded me far too much of my mum and my relationship with her just before she died . I‘m still thinking about it all. @MrsMalaprop
How odd. Evocative. Strange. Beautiful. Haunting. Very well written. I think I liked it? Help!
Finally got to book shop here in Savannah. E.Shaver bookseller. One book for me , Hot Milk , next up on our book club. A t shirt also for me. Rest for granddaughter Annie. @TheKidUpstairs @MrsMalaprop
Sofia skips University to take care of her hypochondriac mother. They visit a well known "shaman" in Spain for the treatment. Series of events happens which makes Sofia learn more about herself. It is a beautifully written coming of age story that doesn't only portray love in family and relationships but also learning to identify oneself amidst the daily muddles of life. I had a good reading experience with this one.
I know this one has a lot of Litsy love, but it just wasn't for me. I struggle with strange books like this. Some parts of the story were intriguing, and I could see it was very well written, but I can't do books with this kind of dreamlike quality. I never feel inclined to invest in the extra thinking a book like this needs. I finished it, but if it had been longer I think I'd have bailed.
A local indie bookstore was having a 50th anniversary party. Everything was on sale. I went a little nuts, but all of this was under $30 total, so I don't feel too bad. I'm calling it a very early birthday present. I can definitely #blamelitsy for some of these. #bookhaul
This was a gift and I'm launching in knowing nothing about the book or the author. Have you read this or anything else by Deborah Levy?
I've recently joined a book club (hurrah ) and this was the book. I binge read it, that's how drawn in I became. Her writing is superbly enticing and the almost poetic lines were such a pleasure to read. I'm going to seek out her otger books.
This book is beautiful and devastating, a young woman searching for love, life, happiness, and home. I found the plot to be engaging enough but, while the writing is impressive, it felt very slow. It's a quick read but I had some trouble staying with the narrator's existential crisis and questioning page after page. Worth a read but it's a slow one.
It's really hot today, so I'm having short break on the balcony with a cold drink and a book. I've only just started the book, and although the plots differ vastly, I'm somehow reminded of Adam Resurrected by Yoram Kaniuk. That is high praise by the way.
I truly believe this was a case of it's-not-you-it's-me, but I never fully clicked with this story. That said, it had an eerie, haunting quality to it--only enhanced by the perfectly breathy, somewhat whimsical voice of the narrator on the audio version--that I expect will linger with me for some time. Glad I read it, even though I'm not sure I fully appreciated what Levy was going for overall.
My #bookhaul #bookbuy today and only one bought by me (with a gift card as well 👍) 😘📚
I've got Americanah on Kindle but I do prefer a real book, especially one with a pretty cover 🤣
Me and mum are sharing Hot Milk and I'll share The Crow Girl with the husband.
What made this book so good to me, is Sofia's inner life. Hot Milk is a tale of how she understands her life and her relationships and of how she begins to repair things that are holding her back. She learns to stand up for herself, to take risks.
Levy catches Sofia's thoughts into the most beautiful associations and reflections on what happens around her, what people say and what it means to live in the 21th century. #manbooker #bookerprize
Having a #bookishcrisis because I can't find my copy of this amazing book. ?
It's one of the best books I read last year and an honest, fierce and terrifying look at a mother-daughter relationship. Sofia, the main character, says her love for her mother is "like an axe". That's the thing about sharp implements--people get hurt. #booksaboutmothers #maybookflowers