Dreaming of Dead People

This intimate portrait of a woman approaching middle age observes her thoughts and dreams as she tours Venice and the Scottish highlands She recalls her country childhood, her relationship with her mother and describes an acute sexual frustration which pervades her lonely life.
Dreaming of Dead People This intimate portrait of a woman approaching middle age observes her thoughts and dreams as she tours Venice and the Scottish highlands She recalls her country childhood her relationship with her mo

  • Title: Dreaming of Dead People
  • Author: Rosalind Belben
  • ISBN: 9781852421502
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Dreaming of Dead People”

    1. Rosalind Belben belongs with Christine Brooke-Rose, Kavan, Quin and Figes in the top rank of those experimental post-war writers who explored specifically and explicitly female perspectives which had hitherto been ignored (or dismissed). She writes of isolation, of sexual desire, of the physical sensations of the female orgasm, of conflicted longings and hatred of family and motherhood, of aging and of failure. She also writes beautifully, on the level of the sentence, and the music of her writi [...]

    2. This is a very odd book and I've actually read it three times and am no clearer in my thoughts. Best to leave it for others to determine what is actually going on in this woman's mind. Rather bizarre and completely beyond me and I like metafiction/experimental fiction generally.

    3. Probably a solid 3.5. I like the boldness of the character and the themes Belben pretty fearlessly explores, though I was a little bored by the Robin Hood bits, and it sometimes left me cold.

    4. Margaret Reynolds included a long excerpt from this in her collection Erotica; Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood; it moved me to read the rest.

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