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The Three of Us (edition 2009)

by Julia Blackburn

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Title:The Three of Us
Authors:Julia Blackburn
Info:Vintage (2009), Paperback, 336 pages
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A quite remarkable memoir. Julia Blackburn is too be congratulated in making the horror story of her childhood into such a lively, affectionate and even funny memoir with such a lack of self pity. Brought up by bohemian, dysfunctional parents, an extreme alcoholic and wild father and a mother who could have been the template for Edwina Monsoon. Perhaps not surprisingly Blackburn as soon as she is old enough rebels in the only way she can, by stealing her mothers boyfriend.

A quite remarkable story and like everything else Blackburn has written, beautifully told. Highly recommended ( )
  Opinionated | Dec 23, 2012 |
Ik begon wat sceptisch aan dit boek, vond de problematiek (een alcoholist als vader en een moeder die alles, met name de seksuele problemen wil delen met haar dochter) tamelijk heftig. Maar gaande het boek kreeg ik veel begrip voor de moeder, het boek is ondanks de heftigheid genuanceerd geschreven. Mooi gedocumenteerd met foto's en fragmenten uit dagboeken en agenda's. Indrukwekkend, ( )
  elsmvst | Feb 4, 2011 |
This is the story of 3 people, Julia, her father and her mother. A memoir like no other you will ever read. The writing is magical and the story is extraordinary not only for its honesty but also for its humor and its lack of blame.
1 vote bakersfieldbarbara | Nov 23, 2008 |
British authors seem to have cornered the market on unbelievable childhoods. The emotional turmoil of Blackburn's relationship with her mother, her unusual teenage years, and her overall lack of introspection or reflection made for uncomfortable reading -- creating a memoir that, in the end, I found I just didn't want to read. ( )
  stephaniechase | Sep 16, 2008 |
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[C]ompletely distinct yet hauntingly familiar. . . a self-soothing narrative of trauma redeemed by rescue, written to provide catharsis and consolation.
 

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This is the story of three people. It is the story of my two parents and the three of us together, but it is also the story of the tangled fairy-tale triangle, which took shape between me and my mother and the succession of solitary men who entered our lives after my father had left.
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This is the story of three people: Julia Blackburn; her father, Thomas; and her mother, Rosalie. Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic who for many years was addicted to barbiturates, which would often make him violent. Rosalie, a painter, was sociable and flirtatious; she treated Julia as her sister, her confidante, and eventually as her deadly sexual rival. After Julia’s parents divorced, her mother took in lodgers, always men, on the understanding that each would become her lover. When one of the lodgers started an affair with Julia, Rosalie was devastated; when he later committed suicide, the relationship between mother and daughter was shattered irrevocable.

Or so it seems until the spring of 1999, when Rosalie, diagnosed with leukemia, came to live with Julia for the last month of her life. At last the spell was broken, and they were able to talk with an ease they had never known before. When she was very near the end, Rosalie said to Julia, “Now you will be able to write about me, won’t you?”

The Three of Us is a memoir like no other you have read. The writing is magical, and the story is extraordinary, not only for its honest but also for its humor and its lack of blame. Ultimately, this is a tale of redemption, a love story. It will surely become one of the classics of that genre.

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"This is the story of three people: Julia Blackburn; her father, Thomas; and her mother, Rosalie. Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic who for many years was addicted to barbiturates, which would often make him violent. Rosalie, a painter, was sociable and flirtatious; she treated Julia as her sister, her confidante, and eventually as her deadly sexual rival. After Julia's parents divorced, her mother took in lodgers, always men, on the understanding that each would become her lover. When one of the lodgers started an affair with Julia, Rosalie was devastated; when he later committed suicide, the relationship between mother and daughter was shattered irrevocably." "Or so it seemed until the spring of 1999, when Rosalie, diagnosed with leukemia, came to live with Julia for the last month of her life. At last the spell was broken, and they were able to talk with an ease they had never known before. When she was very near the end, Rosalie said to Julia, "Now you will be able to write about me, won't you?""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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