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Frozen Woman
Frozen Woman | Annie Ernaux
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A Frozen Woman charts Ernaux's teenage awakening, and then the parallel progression of her desire to be desirable and her ambition to fulfill herself in her chosen profession - with the inevitable conflict between the two. And then she is thirty years old, a teacher married to an executive, mother of two infant sons. She looks after their nice apartment, raises her children. And yet, like millions of other women, she has felt her enthusiasm and curiosity, her strength and her happiness, slowly ebb under the weight of her daily routine. The very condition that everyone around her seems to consider normal and admirable for a woman is killing her. While each of Ernaux's books contain an autobiographical element, A Frozen Woman, one of Ernaux's early works, concentrates the spotlight piercingly on Annie herself. Mixing affection, rage and bitterness, A Frozen Woman shows us Ernaux's developing art when she still relied on traditional narrative, before the shortened form emerged that has since become her trademark.
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A frozen woman | Annie Ernaux
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This book is extraordinary. Ernaux talks through a life (I assume it‘s hers) from childhood into adulthood, slowly revealing the ludicrous and painful reality of being a woman, the expectations piled on women, and the lack of interest society seems to have for what we actually want. It doesn‘t seem like much at first, but as the book goes on, the weight becomes more and more apparent. This is searing.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB This one sounds good too! 1mo
Love_Books_a_Latte Added to the TBR! Thanks for sharing your review 1mo
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Flavius
Frozen Woman | Annie Ernaux
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Mehso-so

This is my second book by this author, after reading The Place. I wasn't totally convinced by it so I decided to give it a second chance. I guess there must be something that gets lost in the translation from French because I seem to be inmune to Ernaux"s writing. Her writing seems devoid of feeling, just a succession of events or thoughts. This book in particular seemed to be a list of complaints about motherhood.

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SherryJones
A frozen woman | Annie Ernaux
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This book by the inimitable Annie Ernaux, credited with the invention of autofiction, is a devastating portrait of a young woman‘s marriage to a man whom she had thought would support equality in their roles but who gets caught up in the patriarchal system with all its expectations for him and for her. She portrays the ambiguities of motherhood with a deft and nuanced hand, and mourns the identity she must sacrifice to his privilege.