The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Book - 2016
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Random House, Inc.
Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize
Shortlisted for the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year

The breathtaking new novel from Eimear McBride, about an extraordinary, all-consuming love affair


Eimear McBride’s debut novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING was published in 2013 to an avalanche of praise: nominated for a host of literary awards, winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the inaugural Goldsmith’s Prize, declared by Vanity Fair to be "One of the most groundbreaking pieces of literature to come from Ireland, or anywhere, in recent years," McBride’s bold, wholly original prose immediately established her as a literary force. Now, she brings her singular voice to an unlikely love story.
 
One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man – a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.
 
A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, THE LESSER BOHEMIANS glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up, and the transformative intensity of a powerful new love.

Baker & Taylor
A young Irish drama student in 1990s London makes new friends, establishes a place for herself and seeks to shed her plain-girl identity before entering a whirlwind affair with an older man who changes her in unexpected ways. By the award-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.

Baker
& Taylor

A young Irish drama student in 1990s London makes new friends, establishes a place for herself, and seeks to shed her plain-girl identity before entering a whirlwind affair with an older man who changes her in unexpected ways.

Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2016]
Edition: First United States Edition
ISBN: 9781101903483
1101903481
Branch Call Number: Fiction McBride
Characteristics: pages cm

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dsecunda
Mar 20, 2017

Saying - "Lesser Bohemians" is a "Fifty Shades of Grey" for artists, poets, and the intelligentsia - offers a taste of the novel, but misses the innovation of language of the novel. McBride's transformation of syntax and sentence structure captures the rhythm of thought and sensation of the eighteen year old Irish woman, Eily, who comes to London to study acting at a conservatory. Soon she is immersed in an all-consuming affair with an angst ridden 38 year old man. It took me several pages to adapt to the unique style and structure of the text, but the challenge is worth the reward: a poetry of sexuality, discovery and love. Speaking as a theatre artist, I believe the over-powering nature of Eily's love should have been a greater challenge to her ability to meet her obligations to her theatre program and fellow actors. However, one incident in which she broke down at a rehearsal and angered the director, showed the conflict between the intensity of love and the demands of art.

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 26, 2017

I'd like to give this 'minus' stars, because it is completely unreadable arty stream-of-consciousness in style. I don't understand how it even got published.

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janchirch
Nov 28, 2016

I couldn't get past the first page. Completely unreadable.

buzzyants Nov 26, 2016

Unreadable, self conscious, trying too hard to be "creative stylistic"
indulgent book receiving overblown press.

Bunny_Watson716 Oct 12, 2016

An engrossing, intimate novel about an 18 year old Irish girl who moves to London and has an affair with an older actor. You are very much drawn into her mind and thoughts through McBride's ambitious use of language. Challenging and enjoyable.

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