Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 455 pages.

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo

With new books arriving, I didn't want to leave any of the ones from my last book haul on my tbr shelf, so I finally overcame my hesitation to start such a hyped-up book and fell into Girl, Woman, Other last night. So far, this is absolutely gorgeous. 

 

Be warned, tho, Evaristo values style more than using capital letters or punctuation. 

Here are the first few paragraphs of the book for illustration:

"Amma

is walking along the promenade of the waterway that bisects her city, a few early morning barges cruise slowly by

   to her left is the nautical-themed footbridge with its deck-like walkway and sailing mast pylons

   to her right is the bend in the river as it heads east past Waterloo Bridge towards the dome of St Paul’s

   she feels the sun begin to rise, the air still breezy before the city clogs up with heat and fumes

   a violinist plays something suitably uplifting further along the promenade

Amma’s play, The Last Amazon of Dahomey, opens at the National tonight

 

she thinks back to when she started out in theatre

when she and her running mate, Dominique, developed a reputation for heckling shows that offended their political sensibilities

   their powerfully trained actors’ voices projected from the back of the stalls before they made a quick getaway

   they believed in protest that was public, disruptive and downright annoying to those at the other end of it

   she remembers pouring a pint of beer over the head of a director whose play featured semi-naked black women running around on stage behaving like idiots

   before doing a runner into the backstreets of Hammersmith howling"