My, my, my What to say What to say Perhaps, only, THIS IS NOT A REVIEW If it were a review, I d be able to recommend it or dissuade a potential reader I can do neither.
BG came to my attention via a 5 star, revelrous review by my favorite Scot who will remain my favorite Scot, at the very least, until I ve met a second one I read his review, ordered it immediately after all, did he not turn me on to B.
S Johnson and Gilbert Sorrentino and let it sit on my TBR shelf for an entire year until I went looking for something that might be read quickly Its moment arrived, and I read it But before reading it, I noticed another GR friend s review an ominous 2 star er, with an advisory Recommends it for I couldn t Uh, oh Two well read GR friends with virtually opposite reactions Not wanting to be further predisposed, I waited Having now read most of the Levy canon, this falls somewhere in the middle range not quite as good as her masterpieces, Hot Milk and The Unloved , but a bit accessible and better developed than Swallowing Geography or Ophelia and the Great Idea It actually most reminded me of the early work of another of my fave Brit authors, Philip Ridley, and had the author not been on the cover, I d have suspected it was his.
You know that tv cliche of a bunch of really little kids getting asked what they wanna be when they grow up And every kid answers something flashy like Movie star and Cowboy because it was the first flashy thing that came into their head And then the story moves on as if there are no other thoughts in the heads of those children Billy and Girl is like that I waited for the posturing to mean something other than off the top of their heads tv baby reflected sheen in their eyes I waited to feel as in love with the characters as the author clearly was I couldn t feel that It felt like reading a magazine or watching a tv ad.
Girl has vague notions of romance She has even vaguer notions about her daddy I m not sure where the Freezer World stuff comes in I m guessin Some fantastic prose here, and some powerful exploration exhumation extrapolation of psychic pain At times, unfortunately, I felt the characters fell into simple cypher territory, or became just mouths to speak some short, gnomic, sentences Nevertheless, there are some breathtaking set pieces, and I did enjoy the feeling of not quite having a grip on the reality of the text Definitely a talent, though my wife who has read all of her books tells me some of her later work is better We shall see This Brilliant, Inventive, Tragic Farce, Deborah Levy Creates The Ultimate Dysfunctional Kids, Billy And His Sister Girl Apparently Abandoned Years Ago By Their Parents, They Now Live Alone Somewhere In England Girl Spends Much Of Her Time Trying To Find Their Mother, Going To Strangers Doors And Addressing Whatever Prozac Woman Who Answers As Mom Billy Spends His Time Fantasizing A Future In Which He Will Be Famous, Perhaps In The United States As A Movie Star, Or As A ↠´ Billy and Girl Î Download by ✓ Deborah Levy Psychiatrist, Or As A Doctor To Blondes With Breast Enlargements, Or As The Author Of Billy England S Book Of Pain Together They Both Support And Torture Each Other, Barely Able To Remember Their Pasts But Intent On Forging A Future That Will Bring Them Happiness And Reunite Them With The Ever Elusive Mom Billy and Girl Are Every Boy And Girl Reeling From The Pain Of Their Childhoods, Forgetting What They Need To Forget, Inventing Worlds They Think Will Be Better, But Usually Just Prolonging Nightmares As They Begin To Create Or So It Seems Alternative Personalities That Will Allow Them To Survive And Conquer And Punish In The End, The Reader Is As Bewildered As Billy and Girl Have They Found Mom And A Semblance Of Family, Or Are, They Completely Out Of Control And Ready To Explode



Roughly seven years ago I snagged a galley of this from the discards pile outside the library of the local community college Apparently there was once a feminist leaning group at the college who did zines and classes on theory and stuff and this was part of their library collection.
I have gotten better books for free.
Read this one if you appreciate zaniness for the sake of zaniness There were a few good lines and Billy s narration of his conception to birth sequence was cool but the characters were super annoying, which, for a character driven novel spells trouble.
Part of the trouble with this book is how dated it feels now Maybe if I had watched TV in the nineties I would care about this but I dunno.
ñ Billy and Girl ¸ If like me you enjoy being bounced around on the biceps of brawny sentences that throw lots of slangy declarative punches and fragmentary jabs, and hardly ever duck behind a namby pamby qualifying clause, then you will probably enjoy this book where voice is king But beware, this king is a dictator to whom all characters must bow by sounding exactly the same and not wanting much that is to this reader, anyway deeply felt or believable except to have that king s royal tongue in their mouths.
whoa this was wild tragic, comedic Levy s stories are so original.
For a while, it was hard to tell where this was going Levy s icy sharp language seemed all that kept me engaged Then our unreliable narrators kept shooting themselves in the feet, the bad life choices just kept piling up, and we seemed headed for an ending in tears But not quite I think review coming.
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umm, I didn t engage much with the characters, I didn t feel the plot stood up, I didn t really feel any traction So why four stars Because I liked some of the writing and the satire was brilliant three and a half stars really, but rounded up because it s Christmas nearly.
thought a bit about this the tale of kids trying to find parents Girl knocks on random doors to see if their mother lives within is blunt and a bit obvious the Freezer World consumer satire is funny, and sometimes biting the characters were knock about laugh a lot ones, so when something serious like kidnap happens I didn t really feel the pain That s even though Billy is writing a book about pain he wants to be a doctor when he grows up Readable, but a bit broad and flat for me.

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