[download eBook] Hideous Kinky: A NovelAuthor Esther Freud – Cekhargaproduk.co

This Novel Is Semi Autobiographical And Based On The Author S Own Experience Of Traveling With Her Mother Bernadine Coverley, In North Africa, Between The Ages Of Four And Six Weaving Between The Vivid Descriptions Of Life On The Move, The Desert, And Its Cast Of Exotic Characters, Is A Deeply Moving And Poignant Tale Of What It S Like, As A Child, To Be Part Of An Unconventional Family For Freud Herself, Daughter Of The Artist Lucien, And Great Granddaughter Of The Famed Sigmund, Childhood Was Unlikely Ever To Be Normal The Novel Beautifully Evokes The Bohemian Life That She And Her Sister, The Fashion Designer Bella Freud, Unwittingly Witnessed As Children, While All The While Craving A Stable Upbringing Hideous Kinky Is The Story Of Julia, A Hippie Mother, And A Her Daughters Lucia And Bea, Who Travel To Morocco Early On In The Trip The Girls Decide That Many Of The Sights They Witness Are Best Described In The Words Of The Title Events Are Narrated Through The Voice Of Five Year Old Lucia, Who Observes Their Exotic Surroundings With Mixed Emotions One Moment She Is Seduced By The Vast Desert Skies And The Magic Of Colorful Street Markets, But The Next She Is Craving A Normal, English Upbringing, Complete With Childhood Staples Such As Regular School And Set Bedtimes As Their Mother Immerses Herself In Sufism, In Her Quest For Personal Fulfillment And Spiritual Enlightenment, The Girls Longing For Stability Amidst The Shifting Desert Sands Intensifies In This, Her First Novel, Freud Not Only Paints A Vivid And Compelling Picture Of A Country That Was The Mecca Of The Hippie Movement Of The S, But Also Tells A Touching Story About Childhood, With A Simplicity And Lightness, Which Both Moves And Enchants


10 thoughts on “Hideous Kinky: A Novel

  1. says:

    Quaint beautiful Why Kate Winslet played the mother in the film version after doing Titanic is obvious this is an attractive role The matriarch is positively enigmatic, the little girls are total darlings Morocco is a land of enchantment magic my one day spent there was one of my most memorable experiences ever , and just like that North African country of camels, couscous, acrobats, bazaars, scorpions, winding roads, this book manages to, in a little less than 200 pgs, cast one tremendous spell.


  2. says:

    There are so many many many many novels which are really memoirs and this is another I guess they are all published as novels becausea If you make up stuff in a memoir and you get found out you get nailed to a wall and crows peck out your eyesb People buy novels, not memoirs A memoir screams MY LIFE IS REALLY INTERESTING WHILST YOURS FRANKLY ISN T and a novel is like, I ain t saying nuffin, I m just here to cheer you up on a cold wintry evening, pull up a chair, light the light, it s just you and me for an hour or so sugar, whaddya say So some time in the early 70s a hippy family jaunts off to Morocco then the dad falls out with the mum and goes back home and the mum then drags the two kids all over from Marrakesh to Algiers as she vaguely decides to be a Sufi or whatever else has flitted into her peripatetic brain that day.It s all filtered through the alleged 5 year old girl but this is a 5 year old going on 11, I liked the voice of the narrator but it weren t no five year old I ever met That was than a little bit of a stretch The stuff they did was of a problem It was just the kind of crap anyone would do You know, buy stupid bits and bobs, eat weird meals, meet random persons and be best friends for 48 hours then catch a bus to somewhere else Go to a bank and hope the ex hubby or rich daddy has wired some money It was What We Did on Our Holidays It was like The Florida Project great recent movie look, kids are good at finding fun almost anywhere Kids are great at surviving the stupidest parents, and this parent was really most aggravatingly extra stupid.Note for Kate Winslet fans after Titanic, in 1998 Kate starred in the movie version of this book, so she plays a young woman wandering around trying to find spiritual enlightenment in Morocco Immediately after she made Holy Smoke, in which she plays a young woman wandering around trying to find spiritual enlightenment in India The way to tell them apart is that that which is merely hinted at in Hideous Kinky is fully revealed in Holy Smoke.


  3. says:

    You have to hand it to the Freud family They know how to have colourful lives OK, they come from pretty historically significant stock which tends to give you a bit of a leg up in the interesting stakes Not many of us get to have a historically renowned thinker for a Great Grandfather or a famous artist for a father, both of which tend to get you invited to dinner parties on the grounds that you ll be a purveyor of fine anecdotal recollections about some hidden family eccentricity or scandal For my part my great grandfather was a shipwright and my Dad was Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics Admittedly this meant that there were frequently large numbers of artificial limbs in the hallway plus a great many funny but not while you re eating style medical stories to be had but none of these are going to put me on the society A list Luckily you don t need to invite Esther Freud to dinner in order to get all the crazy little insights and dark secrets from her family She s provided many of them here in this nifty autobiographical tome about her itinerant childhood in the exotic perfumed bazaars and mystical Sufi retreats of 1970s Morocco A delightful jolly through the sun baked alleys of a most unconventional childhood in a very British way If this is not enough for you and you crave Freudian family facts then you can always pick up a copy of Harpers Bazaar where sister Bella, now a renowned knit wear designer and avant garde society darling can be found discussing other elements of the family history.


  4. says:

    So many parts of this book were breathtakingly beautiful The insights into Morocco as a whole are amazing and I found it so interesting to see how Morocco has changed since the 1970s.We follow a young, hippie mother and her 2 children Lucy and Bea as they navigate around the capital, sleeping in different places each evening, eating different foods each day, and interacting with a whole new selection of people every week.I don t think Julia the mother is particularly responsible or massively bothered about the safety of her children, but sometimes you can tell that she really loves them and these moments are rather poignant as a whole.I would love to watch the Kate Winslet film now I have read the book.


  5. says:

    A strange book in many ways her first novel I think Labelling it a novel does not seem right as it reads much like a travel log of Morocco and feels autobiographical I wasn t surprised therefore to discover that Esther Freud had lived there for 2 years as a child with her mother and sister NB The unnamed narrator of the story is living there with her mother and elder sister It is in many ways life observed through the eyes of children the narrator, a wide eyed little girl and her slightly older sister, who is rather hard and very cynical I felt that the latter had been deprived of her childhood This has, I suspect, largely come about as a result of living with her impressionable, hippyish mother Bea the name of the elder sister is in many ways the head of the family unit.The young narrator adopts one of her mother s lovers, Bilal, as her father and the relationship between them is one of the best things in the book for me Seeing him through the eyes of a little girl he is clearly very attractive to women.The story, if it is a story, is really a series of vignettes set in Morocco with all the colours, flavours sounds, smells etc of the country Recommended for anyone wanting a taster of that country and life there.The title Hideous Kinky read the book to find out But don t get too excited


  6. says:

    I m not sure why so many people love this book I see no reason to celebrate a flaky mother who neglects her kids She annoyed me in her selfishness No, it was than that I hated her.The story wasn t terrible, it just really bothered me As the book went on, it was less adventurous and heartbreaking I wished I could reach into the book and slap the hell out of Julia the mother.I m sure I m gonna piss off a lot of people who loved the book, but I can t see the beauty in neglecting children to the point of starvation.


  7. says:

    I remember the film of this book vaguely, and I personally enjoyed the film than the book, which doesn t really capture the atmosphere of Africa in the same way as the film did Nevertheless, Hideous Kinky is still a very good novel and an interesting adventure taken by an unconventional family.


  8. says:

    I utterly adore this book The vibrant, sensory descriptions of Marrakech and Morocco are delicious to read, and the relationship between the sisters is realistic The narrator the unnamed younger sister looks at things sometimes naively, sometimes with a wisdom beyond her age I found myself empathising with Bea I suppose because I m an older sister too, but also because she was very much like me personality wise the sensible one Sometimes characters are introduced then tantalisingly whisked away, but overall it was an incredibly moving book.


  9. says:

    Not many adult books are written from a child s perspective and not many of those books are good This is The narrator is a five year old who travels with her seven year old sister and her mother to Marrakech It seems to be the 60s because everyone is very free School Not necessary Brushing teeth Not happening Dentil problems due to not brushing Oh well Money to pay the rent It will get here, eventually.The narrator chronicles the sister s journey as their mother drifts around Marrakech It is a delightful story full of other drifters, Moroccans, and children It s also full of the sights and sounds of the markets and hotels of Marrakech.


  10. says:

    Just like the narrator s mother, this book meanders along rather aimlessly And rather than be enchanted or amused by the character of a young woman who takes her two young children to Morocco in search of enlightenment , I found myself becoming quite angry with her fecklessness and what I saw as neglect of her children s needs.The writing itself is strong, but I was also quite shocked when the narrator s age is eventually revealed as four The character of a young child is never really captured by Freud in this book.