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Eggshells Vivian doesn t feel like she fits in never has She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great aunt left to her She has no friends no job and few social skills She knows she is different Be

  • Title: Eggshells
  • Author: Caitriona Lally
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Vivian doesn t feel like she fits in never has She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great aunt left to her She has no friends, no job and few social skills She knows she is different Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a changeling who belonged to another world Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get thVivian doesn t feel like she fits in never has She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great aunt left to her She has no friends, no job and few social skills She knows she is different Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a changeling who belonged to another world Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there I need a big wind that could turn into a cyclone because today I m going to visit Yellow Road and Emerald Street In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the cyclone carried Dorothy to Oz, and she followed the Yellowbrick Road to the Emerald Palace to find her way home It doesn t work After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic And so Vivian sets off on a new quest to find a friend A very specific kind of friend WANTED Friend Called Penelope Must Enjoy Talking Because I Don t Have Much to Say Good Sense of Humour Not Required Because My Laugh Is A Work in Progress Must Answer to Penelope Pennies Need Not Apply A Penelope replies, but will the two women become friends Will she make a connection with another person in this world so she can stop searching for a portal to another one She sets off for their first meeting I huddle and tighten myself against the wind and think up ways to describe it to Penelope Is a rape of a wind too strong for the first sentence of a first meeting Rooted in Dublin s Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness and friendship and hope.

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    1. I used to bring home damp and gleaming shells, I used to think if I found the perfect shell I would find the shape of the world, but I was always disappointed. When I washed them later, their sea-gleam would trickle down the sink, leaving a dull sheen the colour of dry lamentis book is 100% character-driven, and how you respond to it as a reader will depend on how long you can appreciate/tolerate being immersed in this character's particular voice and perspective. vivian is a sweet oddball of a [...]

    2. When I began this I got frustrated because I kept waiting for the story to begin, at about half way through I realized that being inside Vivian's head was the story. Vivian goes on walks everyday and records interesting words and eats strange combinations of food and doesn't bath and tries to interact with others. If my lists of what Vivian does every day annoy you try reading an entire book in this manner. Once I got past the midpoint, I did enjoy it more and laughed out loud at poor Vivian's c [...]

    3. This is a stunningly brilliant book, written with insight, empathy, and a deft mastery of tone and language. I've read a lot of reviews that focus on the quirkiness and sweetness of Vivian, the protagonist, which is a testament to Lally's superb writing, because this book is, if anything, a penetrating, powerful and in-depth psychological profile of an abuse survivor and the techniques she uses to make sense of the world in order to cope with her mistreatment at her parents' hands. The abuse Viv [...]

    4. If this book had not made me laugh (a lot actually), I probably would have quit. It’s a good example of learning to like a character while getting to know her; spending page after page following her around Dublin as she traverses a different part of the city, as she notes streets, missing words, making lists, or simply doing something cockamamie crazy (happens to be where many of those laughs came in to play). I think she may be the busiest character I’ve ever met in a book. And it’s not s [...]

    5. Vivian, whose sister is also named Vivian, was considered by her dead parents to be a changeling—a nonhuman from fairyland. She lives alone with no job and no friends in her dead great-aunt's house, where she tries not to hurt the feelings of all the inanimate objects in her life, and she seeks to mimic how "real humans" think and behave.A winner of the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2014, Eggshells is Vivian's story of trying to be normal, while searching desperately for an entrance to a pla [...]

    6. Eggshells is the story of Vivian Lawler who lives in North Dublin. Her great aunt died and left Viv her house. Viv doesn't work, and it seems she lives on money her great aunt left. She is friendless, and her only family is her upwardly mobile sister, brother-in-law, and their two children. Viv occupies her herself walking all over Dublin in a manner not unsimilar to Leopold Bloom's perambulations. Everyday at the end of her ramblings Viv draws an outline of her walk and then decides what it loo [...]

    7. 4.5 starsVivian is not great at social interaction. Actually, Vivian is extremely awkward in company and can go days without speaking to another human being. A grown-up orphan, she lives in an inherited house in Dublin's North inner city. She has sporadic contact with her sister, also called Vivian, and avoids her neighbours as much as possible. However, she would like to have friends, have a purpose to her days and someone to bounce her random thoughts off. Lemonfish, her decrepit goldfish, is [...]

    8. I feel like this might have made a good short story. The premise is interesting. Vivian is under the delusion that she's a changeling, a child of fairies who was swapped with a human child. She wanders the streets of Dublin searching for a portal back to the fairy world. And then she traces her route on a piece of paper and describes the shape she's made. "A pony with a corn cob pipe up its ass." (Ok, I made that one up.) She does this over and over and over again. She writes down whimsical name [...]

    9. I heard such great things about Eggshells and I really wanted to like it more and I should have loved it. It's the exact kind of book that I love; with quirky imaginative characters in their own little world, who make up their own superstitions. Two of my all time favourites are such books. The Wasp Factory & When God was a Rabbit.I was really enjoying it at the start, highlighting passages all over the place. But I increasingly had problems with it as I read on. I just found Vivian a bit in [...]

    10. In "Eggshells," Vivian doesn't fit in and never has. In fact, her parents told her that she was a changeling and the reader is left questioning whether or not this really might be the case. Vivian spends her life doing things that seem odd to others. She tries to model behavior that would be considered normal but fails every time. She is lonely and decides to advertise for a friend and not just a friend but a friend specifically named Penelope. She feels that this will be the first step to creat [...]

    11. Caitriona Lally’s Eggshells is a poetic lyric to Dublin. Meet Vivian, the most impressionable protagonist to hit shelves this year. When we meet her she’s living in the home of her deceased great aunt, a collector—borderline hoarder—of every type of chair. She’s the kind of woman who leaves five euro notes in the pockets of cardigans in shops, squeezes the cream from her cakes into her coffee and believes in the magic of words to take her away. Vivian, who lives convinced that she’s [...]

    12. I read for enjoyment. This book gave me a headache. About half way through I started skimming ahead, looking for a miracle, and to be honest, praying the goldfish didn't die. The main character needs therapy and meds. I need a Tylenol.

    13. My Rating:4.5Favorite Quotes:My glance keeps returning to the urn; I’m expecting the lid to open and the burnt eye of my great-aunt to peek out. When they were deciding how to bury her, I said she had always wanted to be cremated. It was a lie the size of a graveyard, but I wanted to make sure she was well and truly dead.Some of the white letters on the street signs have been coloured blue to match the blue background… I picture a band of Smurfs combing the city in the black of night with ti [...]

    14. Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in - and never has. Apparently, she was odd enough as a child that her parents told her she was "left by fairies," and now, living alone in Dublin, people tend to treat her like she's crazy. Friendless, she puts up an ad for a friend, specifically a friend named Penelope. In the meantime, Vivian wanders the city, mapping out a new area or neighborhood every day, seeking an escape to a better world, where there are fairies and where she will fit in. When a woman [...]

    15. This is a snapshot of one woman’s life. We don’t know how old Vivian is, exactly how she got to the point where we meet her, or where it is she is heading. It is written in first person present and is essentially a stream of consciousness. There is no plot as such. From her thoughts and her interactions with others we get a glimpse of her past but are never given the actual facts. And the book ends very abruptly, so much so that I thought I had some missing. But we had to leave her sometime [...]

    16. Vivian isn't like most other people. She's living in a world where fairytales are part of reality, where personal hygiene isn't the most important thing in the world and where she's perfectly happy with her own company. She tries to be more social though. She's inherited her great-aunt's house and after her death Vivian needs to find a new balance, to make an every day life for herself that she enjoys. She reaches out to her sister, she tries to find a friend, but only one who's called Penelope, [...]

    17. I just finished this book and I thought it was fantastic. As a regular walker in Dublin you can feel the streets come to life through the pages. Eggshells is a love story but one with a difference. The love in Eggshells is the author's love of Dublin and the main character's quest for the love of friendship. It is both hilarious and poignant. Lally is yet another new voice in Irish fiction. If you're from Dublin, have ever visited Dublin, or ever want to visit Dublin then this is a book for you! [...]

    18. Lass thinks herself a changeling and hunts for doorways to never been worlds. *relates* Romanticised social ostracism.

    19. I enjoyed this book. It's about a woman who is either autistic, or some sort of changeling. The language and humor are excellent. The only disappointment was the plot doesn't quite thicken; questions that come up in the story don't really get answered. I would love it if the author wrote more stories with this character!

    20. Uggghhhh.Needlessly quirky, twee, whimsical shit that quickly became annoying (inner eye rolls galore) and repetitive, episodic chapters so you never felt there was a point to any of it.Just no.

    21. OMG where to start! this is a book I've raved about since I read it. It is at times sad and funny, but mostly its very clever, witty and so well-written. The only thing that I'd say is, please write another one and quickly!!!

    22. A memorable character in Vivian, this book has laugh out loud comedic moments and great writing.

    23. When Vivian was little, her parents said they thought she was a changeling. Not only that, but they told her they tried to get their real daughter back. Out of work for six months, Vivian wanders the streets of Dublin. It's not random, it's planned and she maps her travels. She also visits site and museums, listing butterflies, treasures she discovers on the beach, and other things she sees in her wanderings. Of special interest, signs with missing letters. Then one day Vivian decides she'd like [...]

    24. I like quirky characters, but the MC here goes way beyond quirky. She believes (and her parents believed) that she is a changeling. The book documents her various attempts to return to Faerie. She roams town testing various myths and baffling everyone she meets. The writing style and narration were great, but the story is a bit meandering and pointless. The MC is a sympathetic character, but I was left wondering if she was mentally ill/disabled.

    25. When I wake the next morning, my dream is so close, I can smell the overripe fruit at the edge of it. It's a recurring dream about a bowl of fruit that's on the verge of rotting. When the bowl appears, I realise I ignored it for weeks and now it's too late. There's no story in this dream, just a thick dark sense that I've wasted things, and this sense lingers in my stomach when I wake, like a kick wrapped in spinach.Vivian, whose parents thought she was a changeling, now spends her her days as a [...]

    26. Whimsical and different, with enough humor to keep me reading. Vivian is manic and searching for where she belongs in this world. In the end, how can you help but love someone who checks every wardrobe for Narnia and every yellow road for an Emerald City at the end? This was a moving book that explores the outcasts and the different among us who are only looking for where they fit in and hoping for a friend.

    27. I want to introduce you to Vivian or Viv, because she loves palindromes. She is the protagonist of Caitriona Lally's debut novel Eggshells and she is a hoot, but her parent's thought she was a changeling. Because they thought she was a changeling and wouldn't be sticking around too long they named her younger sister Vivian as well.Viv has inherited her great aunt's house and is concerned about making it her own:I walk back to my great-aunt’s house, which I have to start calling home. When I en [...]

    28. EGGSHELLS (Melville Press), by Irish author, Caitriona Lally, is story about being square in a round world told in a uniquely whimsical manner, which I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read. I'm announcing to all readers of this post that it's my first pick for "Best Books of 2017!" It tackles loneliness, friendship and even hope in ways that had me laughing and nearly crying at the same time.Vivian has never felt as if she belonged. And no wonder. Her parents told her at a young age [...]

    29. Such delicious language, wordplay and description! This is an interesting book - much like "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night," it humorously and respectfully showcases a very different way of thinking. Ideally, readers are forced to question their own judgments and assumptions in dealing with Vivian-like people.To that point, I often found myself picturing how Vivian's actions and quirks looked from the outside. As an autism mom, much of it felt familiar (with a little Amelia Bedelia [...]

    30. sj2bhouseofbooks.uSet in contemporary Dublin, Catriona Lally's debut novel, Eggshells is a peculiar tale about a dysfunctional, socially phobic woman who believes herself to be a changeling switched at birth for a human baby. Vivian is determined to track down the faerie portal and return from whence she came. It is also a story about an odd companionship, struck up at Vivian's instigation, of two women who find it painfully difficult to interact, and fit in with society.Oddness runs throughout [...]

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