Deborah Levy Hot Milk

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A richly mythic, colour-saturated tale of mothers and daughters from the Man Booker-short-listed author of Swimming Home. Today I dropped my laptop on the concrete floor. It was tucked under my arm and slid out of its black rubber sheath, landing screen-side down. The digital page shattered. Apparently there's a man in the next flyblown town who mends computers. He could send off for a new screen, which would take a month to arrive. Will I still be here in a month? My mother is sleeping under a mosquito net in the next room. Soon she will wake up and shout, 'Sofia, get me a glass of water', and I will get her water and it will be the wrong sort of water. And then after a while I will leave her and return to gaze at the shattered starfield of my screen. Two women arrive in a Spanish village - a dreamlike place caught between the desert and the ocean - seeking medical advice and salvation. One of the strangers suffers from a mysterious illness: spontaneous paralysis confines her to a wheelchair, her legs unusable. The other, her daughter Sofia, has spent years playing the reluctant detective in this mystery, struggling to understand her mother's illness. Surrounded by the oppressive desert heat and the mesmerising figures who move through it, Sofia waits while her mother undergoes the strange programme of treatments invented by Dr Gomez. Searching for a cure to a defiant and quite possibly imagined disease, ever more entangled in the seductive, mercurial games of those around her, Sofia finally comes to confront and reconcile the disparate fragments of her identity. Hot Milk is a labyrinth of violent desires, primal impulses, and surreally persuasive internal logic. Examining female rage and sexuality, Deborah Levy's dazzling new novel explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point
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    Hot Milk

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    31. December 2016 um 12:08

    "Hot Milk", published in 2016, is mainly set in Almeria, Spain, where Rose, a British, and her daughter Sofia, half-British and half-Greek, seek treatment for Rose's inability to walk.The daughter Sofia, a twenty-something Anthropology graduate who works in a London coffeeshop, mourns her unfinished disseratation, suffers under her mother's hostility while replacing her not properly working legs, and tries to negotiate the gap her missing father created. While the reader learns about Rose's leg problem and is left to decide whether Rose is really unable to walk or not, the time in Spain provides Sofia with the chance to take her fate into her own hands.I liked the Anthropology motive which is drawn through the novel. As Sofia is the main protagonist, she observes her environment and the people surrounding her in an anthropological way. But nevertheless the novel, for me, did not provide as many answers as it raised questions, and therefore, left me rather dissatisfied. The reason or background of Rose's leg problem, for example, would have provided another narrative line which was not concluded in the book. The same is true for all the enigmatic minor characters - Ingrid, Gomez and Julieta, Juan -  they all seem to have numerous secrets which stay opaque to the reader. Also, who is the author of the parenthetic paragraphs?Therefore, I felt that the novel did not tap its full potential. A pity!

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