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Nov 03, M. She is very good and cynical, true, and she writes honestly, but at least in Women as Lovers she has not reached his level of the sentence and rhetoric given within her own misanthropy. Vater — Mutter — Kind. But — getting to those lines bordered on tedious. Two books to add 5 17 Nov 10, But I hope I won’t need to read more of her ever again, for whatever reason, for she makes my stomach turn. The first thing that most people will tell you about Jelinek is that she’s a controversial author, and for once, it’s not because of bad behavior or personal quirks not primarily, anyway, though she does suffer from agoraphobia and was a prominent member of the Austrian Communist Party until but because of her prose and the themes that she chooses to feature in her writing.

More often, though, the repeated experience is more distanced, making for similar quantities of food for thought but qualified more by analysis than pathos. Lawrence, and a lot about this story reminds me of a turn-of-the-century British novel in its elfriiede of social and sexual themes.

If there were ever such a thing as a “good” introduction to Jelinek, I’d put my money on this one.

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In telling this kind of story, it seems like there is a fine line between, on the one hand, being reductive and confirming that reality conforms to the broad demands of theory, or on the other hand, telling one of those dramatic tales that seems to touch reality at no point, and ultimately seems to have little relevance to life as we live it. Most notable, the commentary on women. Two books to add. Also, independent of the feminist angle, Women as Lovers is a scathing indictment of class injustice and constricting, soul-destroying social paradigms.


I tried to read this for my book group, but it was too expository and too strident in its politics.

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Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist, best known for her novel, The Piano Teacher. Okay, so why four stars?

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. She doesn’t dream and talk about finding happiness, at least not in the form of a comfortable home and a good man. The opening sentences describe a factory in an Austrian village in terms that pare its existence down to the relation between it and the people that labor in it. One, Brigitte, moves ruthlessly through liebhabeeinnen, with no concern for her own dignity and holding no illusions about love, interested only in financial security.

She gets pregnant and Heinz reluctantly proposes.

But — getting to those lines bordered on tedious. Published October 2nd first published May 17, Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it. This is quite ineffective: Her views are often marked as feminist. On the other hand, there is Paula, a fifteen-year-old girl from a village who persuades her parents to allow her, against the local custom, to be apprenticed to dressmaking in the neighboring small town.

October 1, Sold by: So, my conclusion is that there is real genius here. Whereas the previous two were like dense slabs of wasp-studded fruitcake, this was more like a sprightly chiffon cake laced with strychnine. Margit Gschnitzer rated it it was ok Jan 09, She is not showing off and glorifying the sexual predators and their victims in the monotonous and boring manner of Bret Easton Ellis, but pointing to the lopsided reality within our society, – thus making a political statement with her literary pain and meaninglessness.


What made this book very hard to read though was the writing style. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Die Liebhaberinnen by Elfriede Jelinek (2 star ratings)

Product details File Size: Sentences are, for the most part, short. The story proceeds much as you can guess it will, without much suspense, but the narrator’s commentary keeps you involved in the unfolding events.

The other jelinekk must get married because she expects a child. She’s a factory worker who has made a man the centre of her world in order to escape the hardship of factory work. She has great one-liners but there is something missing in her prose and I am not sure at this time what exactly that is. At the end of her story she divorces and she comes to work into the factory from where the formerly mentioned protagonist left. We wishy-washy and oh so politically correct humans would do well to learn from such things!

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Brechtian aspects of the novel are noteworthy – specifically the passages in which the author directly addresses the reader, reminding us that we are reading a novel, a story of the author’s invention.

Gosh, on pageJelinek herself says, in jest of course, “One must not describe only negative and ugly things. Punctuation above exactly as in the book.

Two books to add. One of them is lucky and marries a man she loves. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.