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Motherhood: A Novel af Sheila Heti
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Motherhood: A Novel (original 2018; udgave 2019)

af Sheila Heti (Forfatter)

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In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation. In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti's intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home. Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how, and for whom, to live.… (mere)
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Titel:Motherhood: A Novel
Forfattere:Sheila Heti (Forfatter)
Info:Picador (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Difficult to rate this. Certainly as a man I found it illiuminating. As an older man in a long term marriage in which we have no kids, I wish I had read something like this before my late thirties. The book is certainly self indlugent and repititve with no real plot to speak of, yet I found it addicitve. I read it in 4 sittings which is really unusual for me. ( )
  Neilw59 | Feb 16, 2021 |
I was so resistant to reading this book, based on some reviews and my fear that it would be a tad too narcissistic for my taste. And it was quite narcissistic, but in a way I enjoyed, a way which took into account the wild swings of our thoughts about life and what is important to us. The narrator’s decision of whether or not to have a baby ultimately took a back seat to the examination of the question itself and why it occupies us (women) so much. ( )
  Katester123 | Sep 17, 2020 |
The main character is the same age as me. I think this is going to be highly relevant.

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After 75 pages, this went downhill, fast. The navel-gazing is all over the place, and I can't tell whether she has severe PMS-related depression, doesn't like her boyfriend, or is actually having a real debate about motherhood at all (her mind seems pretty decided). I know this is a hard question, I know, but if you're crying hysterically for two weeks a month and have weird hangups about sex, maybe focus on those before involving an infant.

I appreciate the musings on women's purpose(s), how motherhood is a defining role, and what that means for feminism and art and higher purposes. She also seems to agree with the sensible conclusion that children are good for some people and fine for others not to have, but then why the endless mental carousel about it. This seems to me a book about a character who knows exactly what she wants and values, but is engaging in some sort of performance art about the imagined anguish involved in reaching those conclusions. Alternate title: Self-Acceptance Is Hard.

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Moral of the story: if you're depressed, antidepressants might help!

Quotable:

"The thing to do when you're feeling ambivalent is to wait. But for how long? Next week I'll be thirty-seven. Time is running short on making certain decisions. How can we know how it will go for us, us ambivalent women of thirty-seven? On the one hand, the joy of children. On the other hand, the misery of them. On the one hand, the freedom of not having children. On the other hand, the loss of never having had them--but what is there to lose?"

"We have to live our values. Often people are streamed into the conventional life--the life there's so much pressure to live. But how can there only be one path that's legitimate?" ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
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This one's tough. Those who know, know that I found "How Should a Person Be?" frustrating, irritating, annoying, and unsuccessful. Yet "Motherhood" manages to escape those failings while working the exact same vein. Perhaps it is the topic, handled deftly and adroitly despite the many opportunities for pitfalls. Perhaps it is the fact that Heti's particular blend of self-reflexive autofiction stays out of its own way for much of this book (although it does end up frustrating again, in the back half). Maybe I'm just a different reader.

But god I can't wait to talk about this one with my bookclub. And my fiancée. ( )
  drewsof | Jul 9, 2020 |
Why is this book so g.d. serious, it is not funny, not even once. I can't even have kids and I have a really good sense of humor about it! ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
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In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation. In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti's intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home. Motherhood is a courageous, keenly felt, and starkly original novel that will surely spark lively conversations about womanhood, parenthood, and about how, and for whom, to live.

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