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Sorrow and Bliss: Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 (utgåvan 2022)

av Meg Mason (Författare)

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Martha vet att n©Ægot ©Þr fel med henne, men vet inte vad. Hennes man Patrick ©Þr ©œvertygad om att allt ©Þr bra. Alla m©Þnniskor har sina konstigheter, s©Þger han. N©Þr Martha ©Þntligen f©Ær veta vad som ©Þr fel spelar inget l©Þngre n©Ægon roll. Det ©Þr f©œr sent att f©Æ det enda hon n©Ægonsin ©œnskat sig. Men kanske ©Þr det inte s©Æ enkelt. Kanske kan man sluta ©Þlska en person och sedan b©œrja om fr©Æn b©œrjan igen?… (mer)
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Titel:Sorrow and Bliss: Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022
Författare:Meg Mason (Författare)
Info:W&N (2022), Edition: 1, 368 pages
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This reminded me somewhat of a novel I read a long time ago called [b:The Unnamed|6422678|The Unnamed|Joshua Ferris|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1344270976l/6422678._SY75_.jpg|6611907] because the illness/condition of the main character is unnamed. I sort of felt like it was implied to be schizophrenia, but I described it to my husband and he said it could be so many different things. It doesn't really matter. Certainly, if you focus too much on naming the illness you've missed the point.

Another book this made me think of is [b:First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety|34210334|First, We Make the Beast Beautiful A New Story About Anxiety|Sarah Wilson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1488372286l/34210334._SX50_.jpg|55257551] because both books are about how difficult life can be with mental illness, but they also try to celebrate how mental illness is part of who you are and some of your best qualities come from your perspective as a person who struggles sometimes. The author of FWMtBB says some people are "life naturals" and that phrase has stuck with me. Martha Friel is definitely not a life natural.

One more thing: I thought this book was going to be a bummer, and while it has bummer parts for sure, it was surprisingly funny and heartwarming.

Last thing, truly: I loved the audiobook narrator, particularly the way she said "room." ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
conclusion: and we all lived happily ever after. 'Sorrow and Bliss' is every bit its title. the human dispositions are so acutely captured in its darkest, most isolating moments, with glimpses of respite in the humor of Martha’s sister, Ingrid, and the gentleness of Patrick in their early courting. Martha Friel has just turned forty and her husband Patrick, who most people would think the perfect man, has left her. this launches us back to how she got to this point, introducing us to her quirky family including her charismatic, but mostly vacant mother, her sweet natured father and her hilarious sister whose childbirth scene had me laughing so hard i was crying. and then there’s Patrick... Meg Mason spends a lot of the book on the slow near lifelong courtship of these two characters. AND to make even more complicating.... as if just finding love and just being a person isn't hard enough you have Martha’s mental health. when Martha is young something goes off in her head. something that throughout her life she manages to control, but then it creeps backs, and can leave her motionless in a ball. i loved that Meg Mason wrote a character who doesn’t get easy outs and calls Martha to task. i loved the messy, real, characters and was rooting for so many of them, identifying and laughing, and crying and empathizing. they broke my heart with sadness and put it together again with simple lovely acts of human kindness ( )
  Ellen-Simon | Dec 21, 2023 |
Martha has a mental illness - hereditary that effects her ability to function. This is not a known mental illness. However, what is interesting is the reaction others have to her illness and how she reacts. Interesting book. Not an easy read but it stays with you. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 30, 2023 |
I felt a little disorientated by this book and the lack of discussion about the main character's diagnosis of her mental illness. At times, although a good read, it felt frivolous to be so casual about the suffering to both Martha and Patrick. ( )
  sachesney | Sep 3, 2023 |
Loved it until the baby stuff

Loved the accurate depiction of mental health though it was really frustrating that the diagnosis was not named. The writing was really good and I loved the characters but I hated the whole baby arc like why does every woman in every book just want a kid really bad. Is it not possible to have any other ambition as a woman??? Or none at all? Like my cat is spayed so she can’t have babies, does that mean she can’t fulfill her life’s purpose? ( )
  willowzz | Jun 27, 2023 |
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