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Apr 26, Bob Newman rated it really liked it. She is thus separate. She falls in love with music and Michael. Music never bestows fame or fortune on her and Michael leaves her for another woman.
Rose marries, Adam, a schoolteacher who can never understand her. She never loves him either, but maris for “her Michael” all her life. They have three children. One son dies as a child, the youngesta daug a desolate cudozziemka of plenty Granddaughter of Polish exiles in far Russia, Rose moves to Warsaw as a young girl, but speaks with a Russian accent. One son dies as a child, the youngesta daughteris conceived at one of the couple’s few sexual moments, a moment fraught with anger and despair, tied to music.
This novel is a portrait of unhappiness turned into a weapon, a tool with which Rose tyrannizes her family over the years.
It is a most unpleasant portrait though, I hasten to say, very well-written of a woman who uses all her information and her wildly-fluctuating moods to spoil the happiness of her husband, her children, and their families. They cannot gauge her moods, they only expect caustic remarks and over-emotional responses to everything. The surviving son dotes on his mother while trying cudzoziemak break free at the same time. She in turn looks to him to “save” her.
The message is that she can only save herself. The daughter succeeds in music, both helped and held back by her mother. It is a never-ending merry-go-round of emotion with an ending which doesn’t fit with the whole tone of all that preceded it.
If you have ever seen the Danish movie “Melancholia”, you will find something of that theme here.
Depression is something that ruins the world of all those around it. In the movie it is compared to a planet due to crash into the Earth. In this case, dissatisfactionfeeling always a strangerpoisons Rose’s soul and destroys or inhibits everyone around.
It is a masterful psychological study without much of a plot. The author wrote amazing pages about feelings for music, the only refuge of the caustic, unpredictable, over-protective woman who needed psychiatric help but received it too late. The author, at least in the English-speaking world, is hardly known, but should be. Sep 10, rory rated it liked it.
Apr 08, Hania Vandzillak rated it really liked it. May 21, Marta Karpowicz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Disappointed in love, family, career, life Nov 09, Maria rated it really liked it.
Sep 05, Wiktor rated it did not like it Shelves: None of the characters is anyhow likeable, main heroine is a toxic woman with borderline disorder and all of the sudden she changes to a nice and lovely woman. Jesus, that was horrible.
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Oct 18, Anna kuncfwiczowa it it was ok.
Apr 18, Veronica rated it really liked it. Complicated, poetic and individual. Magdalena Magdalaena rated it it was ok Oct 09, Maey Van rated it liked it Aug 18, Joanna Skrzypczak rated it liked it Jun 01, Gabriela Blajer rated it liked it Feb 24, Anna Gortat rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Aleksandra rated it really liked it Feb 11, Kasia rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Marta rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Daria rated it liked it Jan 27, Sylwia rated it did not like it Feb 08, Karolina rated it liked it Nov 03, Iwonka rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Maria rated it did not like it Sep 04, Dominika Sagan rated it really liked it Feb 27, Anna Polak rated it really liked it Jan 30, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Maria Kuncewiczowa was a Polish writer and novelist. She initially wrote for literary magazines under a pseudonym, and published her first book in After she lived in France, England and the United States.
Fromshe lectured kunewiczowa Maria Kuncewiczowa was a Polish writer and novelist. Fromshe lectured in Polish literature at the University of Chicago.
She won a number of literary awards in Poland during her lifetime. Her most famous work is Cudzoziemka translated to English as The Strangerconsidered one of the most prominent Polish psychological novels of the interwar period.
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