Madeleine Is Sleeping

Madeleine Is Sleeping

Book - 2004
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2004 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis.

Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this enchantingly inventive novel follows Madeleine as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love.

Embracing the earthy and the ethereal, the comical and the poignant, Madeleine Is Sleeping is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self that transcends both time and place.









Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2004.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780151010592
0151010595
Branch Call Number: BYNUM S
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 22 cm.

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Cecilturtle
Jan 09, 2011

A strange trip it is through the dreams of Madeleine. Based on the myth of Sleeping Beauty, this book mixes dream and reality in a confounding stream of consciousness populated with bizarre characters. The author uses cryptic but beautiful prose to recreate a sense of the ethereal and magical in which are evoked the freaks and the sublime of yonder-year circuses. I did not really like the way sexuality was described - there was a sickly sweetness to the scenes that made them unappealing and unhealthy.
This book is definitely not for everyone and I sometimes struggled with it, since I'm not a big fan of poetry. However, I was impressed with the magical and dreamy sensation that emits from it.

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Jan 09, 2011

Cecilturtle thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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