Monday, 3 October 2016

Book Review : The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

Title : The Lesser Bohemians
Author : Eimear McBride
Rating : 3.8/ 5


This dark and thought provoking book is definitely not for everyone because it requires immersion and a certain degree of surrender. The story was told in a very sensitive way and with great beauty and imagination but the prose was definitely challenging and I was having quite a hard time with it at first. I'm really glad I kept reading the book because the ending worth the initial struggle. It was an intense and insightful book about trauma, sexual and abuse. Surely a quick read but not an easy one and I think plenty of people will have trouble with her style.

In my opinion, The Lesser Bohemian is a deeply disturbing book. It was really raw, intimate and sexual and most importantly, it spoke to me a lot about the unspoken things. The descriptions of the sexual, physical, and psychological abuse of children and adolescents were very explicit. The main characters were deeply flawed and haunted by their dark pasts. Their relationship was gritty, passionate, dramatic and beautifully brutal! My most favourite part in this novel was when the male main character revealed his extreme, shocking and damaged past. 

I get why some people gave up on this book. There are parts of this book that can be compared to a typical romance novel. I rated it 3.8 stars due to some undeveloped plot points. The actual plot of the novel was quite dull and the story became boring at certain point because not a lot of things actually happened in this book. This book didn't give me a five star experience, yet I never wanted to stop reading it. 

Overall, this book was a rewarding book with an interesting concept and I enjoyed it's originality and rawness. This is definitely one of the most unique books I have read this year and I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.