for. This story about Yeong-hye, her family, and her attempts to become a
vegetarian will shock you. The savage images that lead her to this desperate
resolution are lost on her family and set in motion a chain of events that embroils
the entire family in bitter conflict.
strangely fixated in the physical yet bound to the spirit. It is dark and disturbing
and rich and sumptuous in detail. Yeong-hye fights for ownership of her body and
its destiny, as everything about her is exposed and revealed. This story is
alternately frightening and familiar as it rolls in waves between fantasy and reality.
Characters are imprisoned and liberated, and face their lives with exhausted
endurance. Art is vision and reality as it becomes an obsession and a compulsion.
The characters are passionate, yet unemotional, and there is a perseverance of will that is terrifying to see.
lyrical and evocative in deliverance.
Every once in a while I like to read a book that makes me think about the meaning of life and its fragility. This one certainly did. Despite the sad outcome, the book is full of life and dignity.
Liz Bennett is a writer who lives in New York City with her sister Jane, a yoga instructor. They return home to the Cincinnati suburbs after their father's health scare. Mrs. Bennett, as insufferable as ever, is obsessed with her daughters finding good matches. The prime “eligible” bachelor is Chip Bingley, who participated on a Bachelor like television show.
Sittenfeld’s provides creative, updated versions of the characters. Fans of the original story will appreciate that she maintains all of the original character’s names and personalities. No one can top Austen’s original, but Sittenfeld provides a light, quick read with the wit we all love about Austen’s work.
Eligible is part of a series in which modern authors retell Austen’s six novels. The others include works by Alexander McCall Smith, Joanna Trollope and Val McDermid.
While the story does, in fact, include love, it is so much more than that. One story gives us the worries, horrors, and anxiety of WWII. One story gives us a coming-of-age tale in New Poland almost 50 years later. Pasulka examines how the past shapes who we are today by gracing us with the life of grandparents and the life of a granddaughter.
Pasulka does a wonderful job creating characters that are so tangible, so real. Her description of setting is deep without it masking the story line. The addition of Polish words is a nice reminder that the characters speak Polish - and a great additive to their personalities.
Brigid Pasulka is a local author and will be visiting the library on April 26 from 7-8:30PM for an author panel discussion.