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by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

eBook Madeleine Is Sleeping epub
  • ISBN: 0151010595
  • Author: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: United States
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harcourt; First edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1474 kb
  • FB2 size 1798 kb
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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (born 1972) is a Chinese American writer. She previously taught writing and literature in the Graduate MFA Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design until 2015.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (born 1972) is a Chinese American writer. Bynum is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Her brother is musician Taylor Ho Bynum.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. praise for madeleine is sleeping

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. Madeleine Is Sleeping. praise for madeleine is sleeping. A National Book Award Finalist A New York Public library Young lions Fiction Award Finalist A Washington Post Book Worldliest Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A dream of a book: mysterious, funny, and startlingly beautiful. If we had begun to suspect that American novelists had abandoned their grand and reckless ambitions, here is Sarah Shun-lien Bynum to give us hope. Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and Specimen Days. This is buoyant, intriguing, lovely, and sui generis.

Madeleine is sleeping.

She lives in Los Angeles. She is so beautiful when she sleeps, I do not want to wake her. The small sisters and brothers creep about the bed, their gestures of silence becoming magni?ed and languorous, ?ngers ?oating to pursed lips, tip toes rising and descending as if weightless.

Madeleine Is Sleeping received jubilant critical acclaim and was honored with a National Book Award nomination. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this "dream of a book" (Michael Cunningham) is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self. Библиографические данные.

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum coarseness and bewilderment, it all falls away, like the sleeve of a dressing gown as a young woman raises her hand to brush her hair, exposing the whiteness of her forearm, her elbow-like that, his purpose is revealed, that.

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The book culminates in a masterful merge between Madeleine's waking life and her dreams, making it impossible to discern whether reality ever existed in Bynum's imaginative tale. Replete with Kafkaesque metamorphoses, Freudian fantasies, Aesopian justice and religious metaphor, the novel is equal parts fairy tale, fable, romance and bildungsroman. Others looking for a challenging, unusual read will be thrilled by the imagination and mysterious energy that haunt this remarkable debut.

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Madeleine Is Sleeping - Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. Madeleine is sleeping

Madeleine Is Sleeping - Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. The small sisters and brothers creep about the bed, their gestures of silence becoming magnified and languorous, fingers floating to pursed lips, tip toes rising and descending as if weightless. Circling about her bed, their frantic activity slows; they are like tiny insects suspended in sap, kicking dreamily before they crystallize into amber.

2004 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTWhen a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this enchantingly inventive novel follows Madeleine as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love. Embracing the earthy and the ethereal, the comical and the poignant, Madeleine Is Sleeping is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self that transcends both time and place.
Comments: (7)
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The novel offers a ripe setting infused with poetic language and seamless sequences of the surreal. Bynum succesfully creates a luscious scene for each part of Madeleine's dream. This novel captures the delicious wonderment of adolescence in all its curious mischeviousness and the strangeness that accompanies it.

Bynum fuses poetry and prose to create a beautiful piece. The running theme of music (the opera, le petomane's gift, the violin) the circus, unrequited love, and the gross but sensually delightful images of Mme. Colchon, the sexual mishappening with the town dullard, and the details of Madeleine's enchanted sleep are each uniquely arresting.

The form is much like Evan Connell's Mrs. Bridge-- the language mellifluous and never cumbersome. It is no surprise that this book was a national fiction finalist.

And as an endnote, I am currently a student of Bynum and have to unashamedly announce my enthusiasm for her love of writing, literature, and teaching. The experience has been challenging and wonderfully enriching.
I can take weird. In fact I like weird. This book however, was way out there and not in a good way. It tried to be lyrical prose - kind of sing-along style with no coherent flow. I was disappointed because I like the idea behind the book and the cover piqued my interest. This writer has talent but it felt like she was cooking up a bunch of hors d'oeuvres and then serving them without a tray, napkins or toothpicks. My taste-buds were left dry.
I read "Madeleine Is Sleeping" after "Ms. Hempel Chronicles," taking them out of their publication date order. This earlier work is a truly original piece of writing comprised of a number of vignettes about the young Madeleine, her family in their provincial French town, an odd collection of wandering carnies, and oh yes a fat woman who suddenly sprouts wings and begins tracking her fecal deposits. The story is completely whimsical, as though it was plucked from the brain of an unsuspecting, daydreaming child. I certainly cannot fault Bynum on originality, though the abstractness of her writing does make it difficult to adequately describe the plot.

I was fascinated by this book and unlike other books that have left me constantly questioning my comprehension and grasp of what is really going on, I was never frustrated. If you choose to pick up this book, you must do so knowing full well that it will require you to accept the unnatural and feel the story rather than overthink it. The quality of the writing is excellent - I was impressed with Bynum's attention to detail, descriptions, and characters. I will warn the potential reader that it does contain some mature content and might not be appropriate for more junior readers (despite focusing so acutely on children and growing up). Though I prefer her later work, I have great admiration for this author and will be very curious to see what she publishes next.
In this strange and often beautiful novel in which reality and fantasy overlap, Madeleine, a young girl, reclines romantically in what appears to be a permanent state of sleep, with her family and neighbors all tiptoeing around her. Her mind, however, is active, creating a bizarre dream world in which she lives out a series of adolescent fantasies, exploring who she is, what kind of adult will she become, what her role in life may be, what makes her unique, and how her sexual fantasies might be fulfilled.

Unique characters appear in her dreams--an immensely fat woman (Mathilde, Madame Cochon) who has two pairs of wings, a girl who has a stringed body which she can play like a viol, a man who creates the sounds of the nightingale and the cuckoo with his flatulence, a "half-wit" who exposes himself to children, an opera singer dethroned by a castrato, and a photographer in a mental institution, along with Madeleine's real-life family. The "action," real and imagined, ranges from a gypsy circus, where Madeleine studies tumbling, to the home of a widow, where the strangely gifted circus performers act out tableaux vivants, and eventually to a mental hospital, before returning to Madeleine's family and home in rural France.

As in our own dreams, strange connections occur among the characters. Madeleine, at one point, becomes the Madeleine from the children's stories about a Parisian convent school, her real-life brothers and sisters appear in the mental hospital dream sequence, and she engages in a love triangle, which becomes a literary joke when the author tries to figure out how to conclude the love story of three characters. Irony takes on new meaning in a book that is itself so out-of-the-ordinary, and the humor is both broad and dark as Madeleine's dreams constantly juxtapose unlikely elements.

The "action," while intriguing on a psychological, dream-like level, sometimes leaves the reader feeling starved for connections to reality, however, and the novel is often self-conscious. Though most readers will see some parallels between action within the dreams and the fantasies of typical adolescents, many will also find it difficult to identify with the cartoonish characters on a personal level or to care much about what happens to them. Art and creativity are strong themes in what passes for the plot, and the conclusion re-emphasizes this theme. Fascinating and often beautifully poetic, the novel ultimately feels like a literary exercise, containing some universal elements of reality, but distanced from the reader. Mary Whipple
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