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Hideous kinky by Esther Freud

Hideous kinky (original 1992; edition 1998)

by Esther Freud

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Title:Hideous kinky
Authors:Esther Freud
Info:Hopewell, N.J. : New York, NY : Ecco Press ; Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 1998.
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Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud (1992)

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A rating of 4*s would also be valid here. Oh, where are the half stars when you need them. Although not usually a fan of child narrators, I found this one refreshing, honest and ringing true. An interesting little book that kept me immersed until the conclusion. ( )
  mlbelize | Jan 27, 2014 |
The most loveable and intriguing part of this story was that it was told from the perspective of 5 year old Lucy. And even more so was Freud's ability to keep the [b:magical thinking|7815|The Year of Magical Thinking|Joan Didion|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165644384s/7815.jpg|1659905] and ideas of Lucy throughout the book which left me wanting more.

Lucy sees all as an adventure and makes keen observations about the adults around her including Mum. Bea who is older is more practical and longs for a more normal and less outrageous Mum.

The story begins with Lucy's mother deciding to go to Morocco with her two young girls, Lucy and Bea. Although the book does not give a timeline, I assumed that it was sometime in the 60's and Mum is on a quest for her spiritual self. As the story unfolds the reader is wrapped up in their adventures as they meet an assortment of wacky characters including The Fool and the Nappy Ladies.

A traveling circus performer, Bilal, becomes a makeshift father figure for the girls bringing some security to their lives. He cares for them and provides a sense of stability to their mother's otherwise sporadic adventure-seeking missions. I loved how they continuously tried to conjure up ideas to make money including having Lucy train as an acrobat.

The girls are amazingly precocious and love to play tag all while screaming their favorite words "hideous" and "kinky". ( )
1 vote MichelleCH | Apr 5, 2013 |
I can't put the BCID in the box near the registration details, it seems there's a problem saving the data. So, here's the link to the book on BC: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3149554/

I was surprised by this book. Both by the title and how it returns in the book, as well as by the book itself.
On the first pages, you read how one of the people who is travelling with a group to Morocco, is ill. There's no explanation where that came from, what happened, what kind of disease it is, just presented as a fact. Well, that is not bad, but when in the rest of the story there's only one little sentence near the end saying what is new in that person's life, that's a little meager to me. I was very curious / interested / concerned about her well being and would have wanted to know what happened next.

That was one part of my opinion. The other part is about the rest of the book. And that is, honestly, only one question: how can a mother, a wife do the things that are described in the book? How can she put her children through this, apparently leave a husband behind? Again: no explanation why this journey is made, how things have come to this.

In general I liked the book, but I would have wanted some more background.

Maybe that is provided by the movie, I don't know, since I did now see it. (And don't intend to, by the way.) ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
On the Hippy Trail.

I read this in Morocco, I don't think it would have had much appeal elsewhere. It seemed to be set somewhere in the early 70s, although it was published 20 years later. Not a lot happens but it does evoke some of the sights and sounds of this fascinating country.

I found it a strange book, narrated by a four-year-old girl who travels with her mother and older sister to spend a year or so in Marrakesh. Her mother is a bit distant at times, spending her time meditating, waiting for money to arrive from her (ex)husband back home and generally being a rather irresponsible mum. Her daughter struggles to cope with this lack of direction in her life and searches for parent substitutes amongst the various adults who she meets. At least her older sister, Bea, is able to go to school and has some structure to her day.

Apart from a lack of any great direction to the book, there were also a frustrating number of questions that were left unanswered: Who was John and why was he driving them all down to Morocco? What was wrong with his wife and did she recover? What was wrong with Ahmed's youngest wife's baby??

According to Wikipedia, Ms Freud travelled extensively with her mother until the age of sixteen and this novel is referred to as autobiographical. This fact at least put the book into perspective for me. ( )
  DubaiReader | Jun 11, 2012 |
Heard a lot about this novel and watched most of the film with that woman who won that Oscar. Anyway, polished this off very quickly. It’s one of those books you can read in a rainy afternoon when you’re wishing you were somewhere else and need a novel to make you realise where you are is lovely.

Freud writes this in a way that transports you into the mind of a small child travelling in a foreign country with parents who don’t quite tell you the whole story. I should know because my parents carted me off to the Middle East when I was 5 for six years and I didn’t have a clue what was going on but was fascinated by pretty much everything I encountered.

This isn’t Cider With Rosie at all. Bad stuff happens. But everyone’s alright in the end. The bad stuff is mostly the fact that her mother hasn’t got any way of supporting herself as her meagre resources run out in Morocco. From a trusting child’s point of view though, Esther seems to integrate herself pretty well into her new home. Her sister though goes even further, being older and doesn’t seem to suffer from the occasional pangs of self-doubt and worry that dog Esther.

1960s Morocco is vividly brought to life with all the character it would have had. It’s not as vivid as My Family and Other Animals, but it’s pretty well depicted. In the end though, I found it a little short and, because of her age at the time, I wondered if she was old enough to really relate in depth what she experienced. It’s vividly described, yes, but the ability to reflect on our experiences from the perspective of later life is something I wished the book had more of.

That said, it’s a classic for sure, capturing an era that has, for better or worse, long gone form the shores of Morocco. ( )
  arukiyomi | Nov 27, 2011 |
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Two little girls are taken by their mother to Morocco on a 1960s pilgrimage of self-discovery. For Mum, it is not just an escape from the grinding conventions of English life but a quest for personal fulfilment; her children, however, seek something more solid and stable amidst the shifting desert sands. 'Just open the book and begin, and instantly you will be first of all charmed, then intrigued and finally moved by this fascinating story' - "Spectator".

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"Two little English girls struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a journey through Europe with their hippie mother in the mid-1960's. Once in Marrakech, Mum immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while the daughters rebel."--Jacket.… (more)

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