Review: The Lesser Bohemians
Author: Eimear McBride
How I got it: Blogging for Books
Pub Date: Sept 20, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize
Shortlisted for the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year
The breathtaking new novel from Eimear McBride, about an extraordinary, all-consuming love affair
Eimear McBride’s debut novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING was published in 2013 to an avalanche of praise: nominated for a host of literary awards, winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the inaugural Goldsmith’s Prize, declared by Vanity Fair to be “One of the most groundbreaking pieces of literature to come from Ireland, or anywhere, in recent years,” McBride’s bold, wholly original prose immediately established her as a literary force. Now, she brings her singular voice to an unlikely love story.
One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man – a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.
A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, THE LESSER BOHEMIANS glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up, and the transformative intensity of a powerful new love.
What an enjoyable surprise!
It took me awhile to get going with this book because of the writing, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it.
If you’re not used to reading a book like this, you may feel the same. It’s written in a kind of stream of consciousness prose and can be confusing. One thing that helped me was reading some of it out loud and the other thing that helped was watching and listening to a YouTube video of Eimear McBride reading this book at a public event. Once I did, it made it easier to figure out how it should be read.
This is a story about a girl who has arrived at drama school in London and is beginning a new life for herself. She meets an older fellow actor and they enter into a relationship. The age gap of course causes issues, seeing as how he has been through and seen much more of life than she has.
This is a tale about passion, growing up, and coming of age. I loved everything about it and look forward to reading McBride’s first novel A Girl is a Half Formed Thing and any work she comes out with in the future. I give it 4 stars only because of the difficulty I had in the beginning getting used to the writing style and it took me much longer than normal to get this book read. Other than that, I loved it.
I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.