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Although Metcalfe’s three perspectives offer a nuanced portrait of an online sensation, they are similar in tone. I really wasn’t expecting to love Chrysalis as much as I did, and will be recommending to all the lovers of modern fiction - I absolutely adored the writing and completely gelled with the flow! Metcalfe was recently included on Granta’s list of the 20 Best Young British Novelists, and this debut proves that this is a worthy inclusion. We see through the eyes of three different characters but the authorial perspective is always there. They become friends and, briefly, lovers as she sculpts her physique and bulks up on protein shakes.

It’s trying really hard to be a book that makes you think but in the course it doesn’t actually say anything at all. It's an easy read that made me think about many assumptions I and society hold about relationships and how we live out lives (easy to read with deep complex themes). This is a very well-written novel that is shrewdly revealing about the alluring and insidious nature of contemporary consumer culture.I also could have done without a lot of the superfluous details (especially from the first narrator) - I skimmed over a lot of mundane text.

Anticipating Simon’s arrival, I’d moved to the lat pull-down, put it on the heaviest setting and was struggling to keep form. in, some of the higher branches start to whip back and forth; at 8:17, three birds land tentatively, then skitter of into the dulling sky.There is no framing device, no pretext for their telling us what they know about this woman, and the background is so lightly sketched that it feels neutralised. Two of these three are people who’ve met the woman as an adult, Elliot with whom she has a brief sexual relationship and Susie her former work colleague, the third is her mother Bella. There is so much to this book and honestly I cannot recommend it enough because currently this is the shortened version of a full review that I have that I am saving for something in the future *wink wink*.

Even at a young age, Bella, an artist herself, detects Nicola possesses a unique capacity to effect self change. She’s particularly adept at dealing with ambiguities, in each of the interactions with her unnamed woman it’s difficult to discern whether these are relationships grounded in mutual or one-sided exploitation or based on fantasy and projection borne out of each individual’s unfulfilled desires – the narrators’ recollections are often far more revealing of the observers than the observed. He notices her dedication to building her body and taking up space, and he is drawn to her strength. Two stars mainly because the author is good at forming a sentence and the bare bones plot had potential. It is about controlling the body and the mind, about the place of the individual within society and what it means when someone chooses to leave society behind.For a debut, it’s throwing in some big concepts within its themes that I think is just incredible and they’re all reflected through the woman!

The story’s themes necessitate focus on the woman and how she transforms herself after the trauma rather than being about the trauma itself. It was interesting to watch these people latch onto this woman and her own seemingly unfeeling attitude toward them. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and consider to be richly deserving of the accolade, and I look forward to seeing what else she will produce in future. Didn't have the speculative slant that I was wishing for but a well written and compelling read nevertheless! On the first pages, Elliot gives us this insight into Nicola having reached her goal, having attained self-sufficiency by means of extraordinary levels of both strength and stillness.It's a clever, uncomfortable, modern novel that asks many questions of us and of how we view fellow humans as "content" to consume - the commodification of authenticity, the lure of celebrity. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. Like Kang’s novel it’s divided into three parts in which the same, nameless woman is viewed from different angles. The protagonist is difficult to like and I usually prefer to be more invested in the characters, but there’s something about her that keeps you reading. These four main characters, including the focal woman herself who I don't think is ever named, all fixate on her as a source of ultimate meaning.

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