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In the Dream House: A Memoir

av Carmen Maria Machado

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Biography & Autobiography. LGBTQIA+ (Nonfiction.) Nonfiction. In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope-the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman-through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.… (mer)
  1. 10
    Avd. för grubblerier : roman av Jenny Offill (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Similar fragmented approach to telling a devastating story.
  2. 10
    H som i hök av Helen Macdonald (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: The author processes a traumatic event outside of her control by training a hawk and comparing the experience to the events in T.H. White's memoir. Very unlike In the Dream House in most ways, except that Machado also tries to process her trauma by looking at it through a variety of lenses, as though through broken glass.… (mer)
  3. 00
    Notes Made While Falling (Goldsmiths Press) av Jenn Ashworth (wandering_star)
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Beautifully written but painful to read, at some point my emotions just turned off completely for a day. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
This is hard to read as it revolves around abuse in queer romantic relationships. I do appreciate how it was structured and written.
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
masterpiece; i second opinions that it redefines the memoir.
however - *importantly* - cw: queer domestic/intimate partner abuse ( )
  lazalot | May 25, 2024 |
Machado's memoir is a compelling and imaginative telling of a partnership with an abusive lesbian lover. Grad students, they commute between Bloomington IN where the Dream House is and the narrator's school in Iowa City. As the gas lighting and verbal threats escalate, Machado frankly describes her victim stance and inability to extricate herself. Her studies would have been insupportable without good friends. "When you try to talk about the Dream House afterward, some people listen, others politely nod while slowly closing the door behind their eyes; you might as well be a proselytizing Jehovah's Witness or an encyclopedia peddler." She footnotes the short chapters with an index to Motifs in Folk Literature referencing the taboos surfacing in their dissension and sociological notes on queer domestic abuse. Her honesty and the poetry of her writing kept me rapt. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
As I suspected, way better as text than an audiobook, I'm glad I tried again. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 21, 2024 |
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On its surface, the book recounts a psychologically abusive relationship that marked Machado's life in many ways. However, just below the surface, the narrative continually shapeshifts and at times becomes a play, an academic look at female queerness in mainstream media, a choose your own adventure book, and a sharp deconstruction of the mechanisms of psychological abuse. That said, the total is more than the sum of its parts and In the Dream House is the kind of book that burrows under the reader's skin while simultaneously forcing her to inhabit the body of the writer.... In the Dream House is an uncomfortable read. It is a narrative that is never what you think it is, a story about "a house that was not a house and a dream that was no dream at all." The nameless woman and the house merge together and become a dark reality as well as a haunting nightmare.
 
“In the Dream House” is a page turner of psychological suspense. In short chapters that alternate between lucid scenes from her life and forays into fairy tales, legal histories, queer theory and cultural mainstays like “Star Trek” and “Gaslight,” Machado evokes how abusers entrap their targets with sustained attention, so rare among the distracted shards of modern romance, and therefore precious....As she wrote in her first book, “Many people live and die without ever confronting themselves in the darkness.” Machado is not among them, nor are her readers.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraWashington Post, Kristen Millares Young (betalvägg) (Nov 5, 2019)
 
What could seem gimmicky — I confess I braced myself at first — quickly feels like the only natural way to tell the story of a couple. What relationship exists in purely one genre? What life? ... There is something anxious, and very intriguing, in the degree of experimentation in this memoir, in its elaborately titivated sentences, its thicket of citations. The flurry — the excess — feels deliberate, and summons up the image of the writer holding a ring of keys, trying each of them in turn to unlock a resistant story, to open a door she might be hesitant to enter.... At its conclusion, what does she leave us but a library in miniature — those long-invisible, long-suppressed stories now culled from every quarter of history, and explored in every conceivable genre — a living archive of her own loving, idiosyncratic design.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraNew York Times, Parul Sehgal (betalvägg) (Oct 29, 2019)
 
While the non-linear structure might be frustrating at times, the book's depth of emotion, narrative experimentation, and insightful reflections combine for a truly unforgettable and beautiful work....
 

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Your mind indeed is tired. Your mind so tired that it can no longer work at all. You do not think. You dream. Dream all day long. Dream everything. Dream maliciously and incessantly. Don't you know that by now?
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The word archive, Jacques Derrida tells us, comes from the ancient Greek ἀρχεῖον: arkheion, “the house of the ruler.” ... What is placed in or left out of the archive is a political act, dictated by the archivist and the political context in which she lives.
When the historian of queer experience attempts to document a queer past, there is often a gatekeeper, representing a straight present.” What gets left behind? Gaps where people never see themselves or find information about themselves. Holes that make it impossible to give oneself a context. Crevices people fall into. Impenetrable silence.
If you could harness that energy—that constant, roving hunger—you could do wonders with it. You could push the earth inch by inch through the cosmos until it collided heart-first with the sun.
That is to say, queers—real-life ones—do not deserve representation, protection, and rights because they are morally pure or upright as a people. They deserve those things because they are human beings, and that is enough.
The idea of the battered woman was brand-new—it had been coined in the ’70s—but both abuse and the abused meant only one thing: physical violence and a white, straight woman
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Biography & Autobiography. LGBTQIA+ (Nonfiction.) Nonfiction. In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope-the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman-through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

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