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Characters The Icarus Girl Free download Í The Icarus Girl 102 Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download Nge from her English environment might be the perfect antidote to Jess's alarming mood swings her parents whisk her off to Nigeria for the first time where she meets her mother's family including her formidable grandfather Jess's adjustment to Nigeria is only beginning when she encounters Titiola or TillyTilly a ragged little girl her own age To Jess it seems that at last she has found someone who will understand her But gradually TillyTilly's visits become disturbing. While this debut novel is certainly an impressive achievement for an 18 year old writer it s hard to escape the conclusion that purely on its own merits as a book it s rather flat Apparently partially inspired by the author s own troubles as a child the story centers on the psychological problems of 8 year old Jessamy The lonely only child of a Nigerian woman and English father she lives in the suburbs of Kent England and we meet her for the first time as she hides in a linen closet The set up is pure gothic lit little Jessamy has been experiencing unexplainable fevers and tantrums and is considered weird at school Events are set in motion when her family takes a trip to Nigeria to visit her mother s relatives There she meets a local girl her own age named Titiola aka TillyTilly whom she befriends and who shows up on Jess s doorstep after they return to England But is TillyTilly realOyeyemi is being deliberately ambiguous with the material but as TillyTilly becomes and a part of Jess s life and goads her into acting out the reader is forced to make a decision as to how to read the increasingly sinister events One option for the reader is to believe that TillyTilly is purely imaginary and a construct of Jess s damaged psyche and that all that follows is Jess s doing Alternatively one can read the story as being gothicly supernatural TillyTilly is real and can affect the physical world In my book club people split down the middle on how they took the story but for me the latter interpretation is the only way to get any pleasure from the story Especially as we learn that Jess had a twin who died at childbirth and that in her mother s native Yoruba culture twins have a very special resonance and power The reader is given glimpses and impressions of the importance of this cultural element but it s never really spelled out in enough detail Oyeyemi attempts to build suspense and tension by slowly raising the stakes but the increasingly strange events seem to carry less conseuence than they merit and it generally just feels like and of the same until an awkward and rushed climax in NigeriaThere are a number of other problems with the book Although the author does a very nice job capturing the turbulent emotional world of a powerless 8 year old girl Jessamy is also far too insightful and learned at times she s reading Hamlet writing haikus discoursing on Coleridge etc Her parents are very poorly characterized very flat and insubstantial disappearing for large swathes of the story and remarkably inept and clueless when they are around Given the fairly extreme and escalating behavior Jess exhibits they express neither the concern nor urgency one might expect Her therapist is eually flat and it seems somewhat unlikely that his protocol would include letting clients roam around his house with his daughter who is about the only other character with any life a kind of bold and fearless type of little girl Jess s Nigerian relatives are all standard issue kindly fun people except for her grandfather who has the potential to be interesting but isn t given enough time to be fully developed Ultimately unless one is deeply into the mysticalgothic elements the book is rather flat The juxtaposition of Nigerian and English cultures doesn t really amount to very much certainly not when compared to other cross cultural novels the most obvious example being Zadie Smith s White Teeth The prose is fine nothing special granted impressive for an 18 year old and there s really no reason I would recommend this to anyone I wouldn t necessarily dissuade anyone from reading it but there s just nothing particularly compelling about it

Characters The Icarus Girl

The Icarus Girl

Characters The Icarus Girl Free download Í The Icarus Girl 102 Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download Making Jess start to realize that she doesn't know who TillyTilly is at all Helen Oyeyemi draws on Nigerian mythology to present a strikingly original variation on a classic literary theme the existence of doubles both real and spiritual who play havoc with our perceptions and our lives Lyrical haunting and compelling The Icarus Girl is a story of twins and ghosts of a little girl growing up between cultures and colors It heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talen. 35 stars rounded down for the ending which felt too rushed and a bit too inconclusiveI have shelved this as horror as it certainly contained some very creepy and downright scary scenes On the one hand it s a story about a half English half Nigerian little girl coming to terms with her feelings of not fitting in On the other hand it s a dark dark tale incorporating some seriously terrifying mythologies This book was written when the author was still at sixth form and taken in that context the writing is amazing I ll certainly be looking to read of her work though possibly not at bed time judging by this one Reluctant Heroes existence of doubles both real and spiritual who play havoc with our perceptions and our lives Lyrical haunting and compelling The Icarus Girl is a story of twins and ghosts of a little girl growing up between cultures and colors It heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talen. 35 stars rounded down for the The Diamond Stud ending which felt too rushed and a bit too inconclusiveI have shelved this as horror as it certainly contained some very creepy and downright scary scenes On the one hand it s a story about a half English half Nigerian little girl coming to terms with her feelings of not fitting in On the other hand it s a dark dark tale incorporating some seriously terrifying mythologies This book was written when the author was still at sixth form and taken in that context the writing is amazing I ll certainly be looking to read of her work though possibly not at bed time judging by this one

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Characters The Icarus Girl Free download Í The Icarus Girl 102 Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download Jessamy Jess Harrison is eight years old Sensitive whimsical possessed of an extraordinary and powerful imagination she spends hours writing haiku reading Shakespeare or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard As the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother Jess just can't shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes and the other kids in her class are wary of her tendency to succumb to terrified fits of screaming Believing that a cha. My final feelings about this book couldn t be any farther from where they started I selected this book as one of the latest piles for a speed dating project and after 50 pages I wanted to put everything else aside and immerse in the story The writing of the young girl Jessamy and her mysterious friend grabbed me it felt new different freshSomehow along the way it grew tiresome I think perhaps the idea made a better short story and it just seemed stretched out the ending was not very satisfying and it could have been handled better Still a promising debut from an author I continue to hear great things about and I m looking forward to reading her recent works She was only 18 years old when this was published


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    Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download Characters The Icarus Girl okay so the ending who knows but the rest of the book had a lot of enjoyable writing its true it was predictable and there were some inconsistencies but then i realized she was 17 when she wrote this so i forgave the flawsso magnanimous i it would have been 4 stars but that ending but i have her other novel so

  2. says: Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Helen Oyeyemi E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl)

    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) My final feelings about this book couldn't be any farther from where they started I selected this book as one of the latest piles for a speed dating project and after 50 pages I wanted to put everything else aside and immerse in the story The writing of the young girl Jessamy and her mysterious friend grabbed m

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    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) Oyeyemi wrote this whilst still doing her A levels at the age of eighteen It is an interesting exploration of a troubled child looking at imaginary friends mental health vs normalcy identity twins loss and conflicting cultures Ambitious for a first novel It revolves around Jessamy Harrison the child of a Nigerian mother and an English father She is eight years old Jessamy is uite precocious for her age but she is also prone to d

  4. says: Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download Characters The Icarus Girl

    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) Characters The Icarus Girl As an English teacher I spend a lot of time being told to tell teenagers that the only important West African author is Chin

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    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) I didn't go to sleep the night I finished this novel I got into bed and attempted to read my chapter or two and ended up reading until I was doneat 5 o'clock in the morning Every time I finished one chapter I had to read the next and then the next But nothing ever happenedother than extreme creepiness due to the main character 8 year old Jess's evil creepy alter egospiritimaginary friend of the same age I had way too many uestions when thi

  6. says: E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) Characters The Icarus Girl

    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) While this debut novel is certainly an impressive achievement for an 18 year old writer it's hard to escape the conclusion that purely on its own merits as a book it's rather flat Apparently partially inspired by the author's own troubles as a child the story centers on the psychological problems of 8 year old Jessamy The lonely only child of a Nigerian woman and English father she lives in the suburbs of Kent England and we meet her for

  7. says: Characters The Icarus Girl E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl)

    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) If you believe there is a fine line between madness and psychic abilities this is a fascinating look at one troubled young girl's life Well worth the read even if you don't hold those beliefs

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    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free è Helen Oyeyemi This is an exuisite examination of the mind of an imaginative child with just hints of otherness around the edges

  9. says: E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download

    Characters The Icarus Girl Helen Oyeyemi è 2 Read & download E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) 35 stars rounded down for the ending which felt too rushed and a bit too inconclusiveI have shelved this as horror as it certainly contained some very creepy and downright scary scenes On the one hand it's a sto

  10. says: E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl)

    E–pub/E–book (The Icarus Girl) Not my favourite of Oyeyemi's work but then again she wrote this while studying for her final highschool exams I can barely string a sentence together on deadline at the moment with no exams in sight and the writing is beautiful and strong in eual measure The only problem is the plot which has a tendency to tangl

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  • Paperback
  • 320
  • The Icarus Girl
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • English
  • 22 December 2018
  • 9780747576372