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Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud
Hideous Kinky
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The debut novel from the author of Summer at Gaglow, called "a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination" by the New York Times Book Review. Escaping gray London in 1972, a beautiful, determined mother takes her daughters, aged 5 and 7, to Morocco in search of adventure, a... show more
The debut novel from the author of Summer at Gaglow, called "a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination" by the New York Times Book Review. Escaping gray London in 1972, a beautiful, determined mother takes her daughters, aged 5 and 7, to Morocco in search of adventure, a better life, and maybe love. Hideous Kinky follows two little English girls -- the five-year-old narrator and Bea, her seven-year-old sister -- as they struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a trip to Morocco with their hippie mother, Julia. Once in Marrakech, Julia immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while her daughters rebel -- the older by trying to recreate her English life, the younger by turning her hopes for a father on a most unlikely candidate. Shocking and wonderful, Hideous Kinky is at once melancholy and hopeful. A remarkable debut novel from one of England's finest young writers, Hideous Kinky was inspired by the author's own experiences as a child. Esther Freud, daughter of the artist Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, lived in Marrakech for one and a half years with her older sister Bella and her mother. Hideous Kinky is now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet ("Titanic," "Sense and Sensibility").
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780880016889 (0880016884)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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Mikela
Mikela rated it
3.0 Hideous Kinky
A rating of 4*s would also be valid here. Oh, where are the half stars when you need them. Although not usually a fan of child narrators, I found this one refreshing, honest and ringing true. An interesting little book that kept me immersed until the conclusion.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
I felt somewhat sorry for the children; it was an uncomfortable story.
Dichotomygirl
Dichotomygirl rated it
An interesting memoir of a young English Girl's childhood in North Africa. I confess, most of my interest in reading is caused by it's placement on the list of 1001 books to read before you die.
Michelle CH
Michelle CH rated it
The most loveable and intriguing part of this story was that it was told from the perspective of 5 year old Lucy. And even more so was Freud's ability to keep the magical thinking and ideas of Lucy throughout the book which left me wanting more. Lucy sees all as an adventure and makes keen observati...
virginiasoares
virginiasoares rated it
3.0 Hideous Kinky
from the title, I confess I thought it would be smutt.but no, far from it.and nothing about julian freud either.a nice quick read, though sometimes the mother gave me the creeps.
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