August is a wicked month by Edna O’Brien

Cover August is a wicked month by Edna O'Brien
Vacationing in France can be dangerous and sobering.  

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

With her ex-husband and her son away on a camping trip, Ellen travels to the Côte d’Azur for a bit of adventure, preferably the sexual kind.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, but I didn’t think much of the heroine


My thoughts: 

I liked this book and how it was written but I didn’t like the heroine. Edna O’Brien conjures the image of a sexually frustrated woman who, after an affair that faded out into nothingness, decides to revitalize her (sex-) life with a trip to the South of France. Her ex-husband is away on a camping trip with her son, so she is free to go.

I loved the atmosphere, I could feel the woman’s frustration, her eager desire to find someone, I could feel for her and yet I found her not very appealing.

She goes abroad without telling anyone where she was going, something I can’t understand at all. When you have children there is always something that can happen and then what do you do when people can’t find you? I found this highly irresponsible.

Even though she is not wealthy she goes to the Côte d’Azur of all places. From the start she has to watch how much she is spending, but then, due to unforeseen circumstances, she stays longer than she intended and at the end is astonished about the hotel bill and the countless cups of tea appearing on it. Well, hotels cost money, a vacationer should be aware of it.

She goes with basically anyone who she hopes will give her a a good time, and as a result she finds her adventures disappointing and lacklustre. She can consider herself lucky that she got away without being raped or dead, as it happens. When she arrives at home another tragedy awaits her.

I absolutely love Edna O’Brien’s writing style and I enjoyed this short novel even more than I enjoyed her short stories. If it hadn’t been for the final blow I would have been perfectly ok with it – what she got until then is just what you are getting when you are not careful –, but the end was just too much for me and left me depressed. However, if you want a great read and don’t insist on a happy-go-lucky ending, pick up this one.


Product info and buy link :

Title August is a wicked month
Author Edna O’Brien
Publisher Open Road Publishing
ISBN 9781453247327
I got this book from the publisher via Netgalley
Buy link Buy August is a wicked month as e-book

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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