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Billy and Girl - Deborah Levy
Billy and Girl
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In this brilliant, inventive, tragic farce, Deborah Levy creates the ultimate dysfunctional kids, Billy and his sister Girl. Apparently abandoned years ago by their parents, they now live alone somewhere in England. Girl spends much of her time trying to find their mother, going to strangers'... show more
In this brilliant, inventive, tragic farce, Deborah Levy creates the ultimate dysfunctional kids, Billy and his sister Girl. Apparently abandoned years ago by their parents, they now live alone somewhere in England. Girl spends much of her time trying to find their mother, going to strangers' doors and addressing whatever Prozac woman who answers as "Mom." Billy spends his time fantasizing a future in which he will be famous, perhaps in the United States as a movie star, or as a psychiatrist, or as a doctor to blondes with breast enlargements, or as the author of "Billy England's Book of Pain." Together they both support and torture each other, barely able to remember their pasts but intent on forging a future that will bring them happiness and reunite them with the ever-elusive Mom. Billy and Girl are every boy and girl reeling from the pain of their childhoods, forgetting what they need to forget, inventing worlds they think will be better, but usually just prolonging nightmares as they begin to create—or so it seems—alternative personalities that will allow them to survive and conquer and punish. In the end, the reader is as bewildered as Billy and Girl—have they found Mom and a semblance of family, or are they completely out of control and ready to explode? "A postmodern tragicomedy of childhood, original as always." (Independent "Picture Judy Blume meets William Golding. . . . The South-African-born Londoner writes with a sensibility once called ÔBeat.' An excellent, entertaining selection." (Booklist 5-15-99) "This darkly humorous, surrealistic rendering of a primal family drama is also an unsettling postmo dern portrait of the hurt and rage of adolesence. . . . An ambitious work . . . this complex and touching novel explores the themes of identity snf s midding moral center with rare aplomb." (Publishers Weekly 5-10-99) "Deborah Levy's Billy and Girl is a novel refreshingly unworried about its own
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781564782021 (1564782026)
ASIN: 9781564782021
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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My, my, my. What to say? What to say? Perhaps, only, THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. If it were a review, I’d be able to recommend it or dissuade a potential reader. I can do neither.B&G came to my attention via a 5-star, revelrous review by my favorite Scot (who will remain my favorite Scot, at the very leas...
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