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In the Dream House: A Memoir (edizione 2019)

di Carmen Maria Machado (Autore)

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The author's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.… (altro)
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Titolo:In the Dream House: A Memoir
Autori:Carmen Maria Machado (Autore)
Info:Graywolf Press (2019), 272 pages
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In the Dream House: A Memoir di Carmen Maria Machado

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    vwinsloe: The author processes a traumatic event outside of her control by training a hawk and comparing the experience to the events in T.H. White's memoir. Very unlike In the Dream House in most ways, except that Machado also tries to process her trauma by looking at it through a variety of lenses, as though through broken glass.… (altro)
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When Carmen Maria Machado was getting her MFA at Iowa City, she was also involved in an abusive relationship that she writes about here. The conceit is that every chapter -- ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages -- is set in a specific genre or trope, so one chapter is "The Dream House as Unreliable Narrator" and another is "The Dream House as Choose Your Own Adventure." It's an effective way of pulling together a narrative that isn't too difficult to read, given the subject matter. Machado has researched ideas and themes that appear in fairy tales and folk tales and pulled them in to illustrate the ways in which the abuse manifested and in her response. Machado is also looking at the history of domestic abuse among women and how that differs from and imitates the more familiar partner violence in heterosexual relationships.

This could be a heavy book and a sad one, but Machado is so brilliant and her mind is so active and eager to seek out connections and ideas that I had to consciously slow down my reading. And Machado's story doesn't remain one characterized by uncertainty and turmoil. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Oct 19, 2021 |
Remarkable - both the telling of the tale and the craft. ( )
  Lemeritus | Oct 2, 2021 |
[b:In the Dream House|43317482|In the Dream House|Carmen Maria Machado|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1547869259l/43317482._SX50_.jpg|65787792] is a memoir with a twist - the author eschews a linear narrative in favor of a second person examination of her abusive relationship. It is an excellent framing device, though the content sometimes fails to measure up to the form. The work is strong when the author focuses on her relationship but less so when she attempts to ground her relationship in the broader conversation about abuse in lesbian relationships. Not quite a must-read but very close. ( )
  eshaundo | Sep 13, 2021 |
What a beautiful, ugly, funny, heart-rending book this is.

Once again, I stepped way outside of my comfort zone, and once again, I've been rewarded greatly for doing so. Carmen Maria Machado has delivered an important piece of work, part memoir, part queer resource, but mostly a terribly uncomfortable insider's view to a horrifyingly abusive relationship.

I don't care what race you are, your religion, or your sexual preference...if you aren't moved by Machado's story, then you're either a rock...or you're part of the problem.

Everyone should read this. Those in abusive relationships should read it, to understand that it can get better. Those struggling with their sexuality should read it, to understand that it can get better. Those who don't understand, or in the words of Machado's aunt, don't "believe" in gays, should read it, because maybe they'd begin to understand that we're all just human underneath all those labels. Those that abuse should read it, with the hope that it may spark what little piece of humanity and empathy you may still harbour, and realize what a destructive thing you are doing.

This book. Just read it. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
"Sometimes your tongue is removed, sometimes you still it of your own accord. Sometimes you live, sometimes you die. Sometimes you have a name, sometimes you are named for what-not who-you are. The story looks a little different, depending on who is telling it.....But the truth is, anyone who knows your name can break you in two."

This book was phenomenal, in its' structure, its' theme, and it's prose. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado gave us a masterpiece of metaphor. It is unlike anything I have read before.

This house will haunt me forever but it also illuminated the need for action on behalf of victims. Machado writes about the "archival silence" in queer stories and about the erasure of queer lesbian domestic abuse.

She attempts to scream past the void & fill in the blanks for all who will dare to do more than observe what is happening. She uses the house to resurrect her experiences as a domestic violence survivor and takes you on a haunting journey recounting and attempting to find meaning in what happened to her. She dares you to look deeply and push past the gender ordinary that seeks to normalize and sympathize with the abuser's actions.

Reading this book was a visceral experience. It felt like I was peering into the house as a haunted, abusive tale played out. Each room added more horror and with each new experience my anxiety grew. My stomach was in knots. I wanted it to be over but I also couldn't stop looking in at the same time. I would shout warnings whenever I saw the red flags and I was on edge worrying about what worse event could come next. This house literally gives you a representation of the cycle of lesbian domestic abuse and how the red flags can easily be hidden within the walls. This novel dismantles the idea of safe houses and puts forth the narrative that houses are only safe for those that control them and hold the power. It also reminds us that looks can be deceiving.

Machado writes "The memoir is, at its core, an act of resurrection." This novel does just that. It attempts to bring life to the pieces of herself that she thought had long been dead. Read this book because someone out there needs you to see them ( )
  Booklover217 | Jun 28, 2021 |
On its surface, the book recounts a psychologically abusive relationship that marked Machado's life in many ways. However, just below the surface, the narrative continually shapeshifts and at times becomes a play, an academic look at female queerness in mainstream media, a choose your own adventure book, and a sharp deconstruction of the mechanisms of psychological abuse. That said, the total is more than the sum of its parts and In the Dream House is the kind of book that burrows under the reader's skin while simultaneously forcing her to inhabit the body of the writer.... In the Dream House is an uncomfortable read. It is a narrative that is never what you think it is, a story about "a house that was not a house and a dream that was no dream at all." The nameless woman and the house merge together and become a dark reality as well as a haunting nightmare.
 
“In the Dream House” is a page turner of psychological suspense. In short chapters that alternate between lucid scenes from her life and forays into fairy tales, legal histories, queer theory and cultural mainstays like “Star Trek” and “Gaslight,” Machado evokes how abusers entrap their targets with sustained attention, so rare among the distracted shards of modern romance, and therefore precious....As she wrote in her first book, “Many people live and die without ever confronting themselves in the darkness.” Machado is not among them, nor are her readers.
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaWashington Post, Kristen Millares Young (sito a pagamento) (Nov 5, 2019)
 
What could seem gimmicky — I confess I braced myself at first — quickly feels like the only natural way to tell the story of a couple. What relationship exists in purely one genre? What life? ... There is something anxious, and very intriguing, in the degree of experimentation in this memoir, in its elaborately titivated sentences, its thicket of citations. The flurry — the excess — feels deliberate, and summons up the image of the writer holding a ring of keys, trying each of them in turn to unlock a resistant story, to open a door she might be hesitant to enter.... At its conclusion, what does she leave us but a library in miniature — those long-invisible, long-suppressed stories now culled from every quarter of history, and explored in every conceivable genre — a living archive of her own loving, idiosyncratic design.
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaNew York Times, Parul Sehgal (sito a pagamento) (Oct 29, 2019)
 
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Your mind indeed is tired. Your mind so tired that it can no longer work at all. You do not think. You dream. Dream all day long. Dream everything. Dream maliciously and incessantly. Don't you know that by now?
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The word archive, Jacques Derrida tells us, comes from the ancient Greek ἀρχεῖον: arkheion, “the house of the ruler.” ... What is placed in or left out of the archive is a political act, dictated by the archivist and the political context in which she lives.
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If you could harness that energy—that constant, roving hunger—you could do wonders with it. You could push the earth inch by inch through the cosmos until it collided heart-first with the sun.
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The author's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

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