Wetlands (Anglais) Broché – 3 mars 2009
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Présentation de l'éditeur
An international sensation—with more than 1 million copies sold in Germany, and rights snapped up in 26 countries—Wetlands is the sexually and anatomically explicit novel that is changing the conversation about female identity and sexuality around the world.
Helen Memel is an outspoken, contradictory eighteen-year-old, whose childlike stubbornness is offset by a precocious sexual confidence. She begins her story from a hospital bed, where she’s slowly recovering from an operation and lamenting her parents’ divorce. To distract and console herself, Helen ruminates on her past sexual and physical adventures in increasingly uncomfortable detail; what ensues is “a headlong dash through every crevice and byproduct, physical and psychological, of its narrator’s body and mind.” (The New York Times)
Fantastically sexual, Helen is constantly blurring the line between celebration, provocation, and dysfunction in her relationship with her body. Punky alienated teenager, young woman reclaiming her body from the tyranny of repressive hygiene (women mustn’t smell, excrete, desire), bratty smartass, vulnerable, lonely daughter, shock merchant and pleasure-seeker—Helen is all of these things and more, and her frequent attempts to assert her maturity ultimately prove just how fragile, confused, and young she truly is.
In the tradition of The Sexual Life of Catherine M and Melissa P.’s 100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, Charlotte Roche exposes the double bind of female sexuality, delivering a compulsively readable and fearlessly intimate manifesto on sex, hygiene, and the repercussions of family trauma.
Biographie de l'auteur
Charlotte Roche was born in England in 1978 and raised in Germany, where she still resides with her husband and daughter. She is an award-winning television personality in Germany, and Wetlands is her first novel.
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The first chapter draws you in (as all free-to-sample chapters should). But the content doesn't deliver anything of substance, interest, nor any reason to put up with the poor prose.
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First, if you are going to read this, make sure your stomach is strong and you are feeling quite well. Also, you might not want to read it anywhere near a meal time. It is vulgar and offers graphic descriptions of bodily actions that I won't bother to relate here.
The novel does have a point. The main character is upset about her parent's divorce and the attempted suicide by her mother. I think much of her behavior is designed to act as an acting out against the mother by acting in a way her mother would find appalling. I also believe the author was passing on a message that it is all right for men to be gross, but women need to be certain ways at all times. This was the author's way of exposing behavior by women that most people can't accept.
I can't recommend or not recommend this book. It has to be experienced and only the reader can decide for themselves whether it is worth the time and money to read it.
If the answer is a resounding "yes" to any of those, then you are just going to LOVE Wetlands. Wetland is the 50 Shades of Gray for filth fetishists (all 47 of you out there). Buy it and a jumbo pack of double A's and notify your guilds you won't be on this weekend. If you have a fetish that involves any kind of bodily fluid or function, you'll find it in here, and you won't be getting out of bed.
Everybody else: buy soap.
Like 50 Shades, a reed thin plot that not even the author cares about strings together scene after brutally detailed scene of adventures in fringe sexuality. Except it's not BDSM, but the mysophilia lifestyle (?!) that is shown, as you live in the head Helen Memel, a teenage girl stuck in the hospital recovering from a horrific, uh, "shaving accident." Between childish acts of unsanitary mischief and plots to get her divorced parents back together, Helen reminisces fondly about all the fun she's had with things society finds disgusting, exploring their tastes, textures, smells, and masturbatory potential.
I pride myself on not flinching away from controversial content in books. But I admit, Wetlands had me skimming. A lot. Being a bit of a hygiene freak, I took this book on as a personal challenge and man, it was CHALLENGING to get through! But I did, and despite it's unpleasant focus and intensity, I liked it... sort of?
I'm giving Wetlands 3 stars solely because, no matter how deeply disturbed she is, the character of Helen Memel is stubbornly likable. I didn't want to like Helen, in fact I hated her at first. But to my chagrin by the end I found did like her and was sorry to leave her. Her cheerful, disarmingly companionable voice just drew me in. She follows her grotesque bliss with an unabashed self confidence and innocence that you just have to admire. I found myself wishing I could sit down and have a drink with Helen (as long as it was one I'd brought and kept an eye on at ALL times...).
It's no easy feat for an author to create a character who revels in everything filthy and disgusting, yet manages to be charming enough that even a squeamish person like me would hang out with her. If nothing else, this book is a great study in how to make difficult characters compelling for readers. I recommend aspiring authors read this.
By the way, if you like to read more about human secretions, treat yourself to The Way Of All Flesh by Midas Dekkers, in whose book I found the reference to Wetlands that made me buy it.
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