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White is for Witching af Helen Oyeyemi
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White is for Witching (udgave 2010)

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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award One of Granta 's Best Young British Novelists From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women--Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.… (mere)
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Titel:White is for Witching
Forfattere:Helen Oyeyemi (Forfatter)
Info:Picador USA (2010)
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This book was strange. The POV switches randomly and it can be difficult to determine who (or what) is narrating the story. The house has a part to play, and it's difficult to tell what is "real". I didn't feel much, if any connection to the characters and wanted more of an explanation on the ending as well. overall, I wasn't very impressed with this narrative. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
As much as I enjoyed reading this book (it is supremely well-written and accomplishes a perfect balance between whimsical notes underpinned by a feeling of unease), I will fully admit that I felt like there were so many pieces that I didn’t quite get. The modern-faerietale aspects were wonderful (Oyeyemi may be drawing on African mythology, with which I have almost no familiarity with as of yet, but cultural mythos has a distinct flavour wherever it appears), but what I struggled with was what felt like a dissonance in the sense of time and space within the novel itself. Which makes little sense considering that the story is grounded pretty solidly around the twins, Miranda and Eliot, and only takes narrative detours to Miranda’s girlfriend (not entirely accurate, but for the sake of simplicity leave it alone) and the unspecified spectral characters. In theory it may have been the undefined supernatural elements that threw me, since they seem to be at once the house, Miranda’s deceased female relatives, Miranda herself, or a being that encompasses and manifests through all of these characters. Regardless, it was an excellent read, and is definitely one which I shall have to peruse again as it seems to be built for re-reads. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Would have had another half star but the story lost me right at the end, with Sade and Ore gone I'm not sure I really cared about any of the others. Enjoyed it anyway, beautifully told. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Throughout this book I frequently had no idea what was happening. Constantly changing narrators, including a house, which change from one to the other so smoothly it's hard to tell who's talking.
Utterly bewildering but quite beautiful and melancholic. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Didn't like it as well as I thought I would. I appreciate the fluidity of the author's writing, the fairytale aspects of the story, and the shifting among various points of view. But I was troubled by the ending, which made me wonder what the intention of the entire novel was. Left dis-spirited but can't say more: spoilers! ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
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Helen Oyeyemi’s eerie third novel features a young woman who has a strange eating disorder and lives with her twin brother and widowed father in a haunted house across the street from a cemetery full of unmarked graves. On the surface, this setup might appear best suited to the young adult fiction market, but Oyeyemi (who was born in Nigeria and educated in England) knows that ghost stories aren’t just for kids. And “White Is for Witching” turns out to be a delightfully unconventional coming-of-age story.
 

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Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award One of Granta 's Best Young British Novelists From the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, Bird There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women--Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted it to a bed-and-breakfast. The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space, and when Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed. At once an unforgettable mystery and a meditation on race, nationality, and family legacies, White is for Witching is a boldly original, terrifying, and elegant novel by a prodigious talent.

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