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By turns harrowing and hilarious this adroitly narrated winner of the Toronto Book Award re creates the world in the imagination of Thelma It's a world in which she can escape some of her painful childhood realities like those games her father likes to make her play where he's the boss and she the naughty secretary And her mother so fiercely favors her younger brother the cherubic Willy that Thelma finds herself perpetually in emotional exile No wonder Thelma asks Funny I ve had a couple of books that are taking me ages to read But I found a copy of Camilla Gibb s Mouthing the Words in a crazy op shop on Redfern Street for one dollar was intrigued and finished it in two days Published in 2002 at a time when I was paying attention to new voices in Canadian fiction I remember hearing good things about the book so have been meaning to read it now for over a decade I enjoyed it The best thing about the book is Thelma spiky and funny and traumatised the main character and I did enjoy following her journey from childhood to adulthood I liked the

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Mouthing the Words

Mor prove to be as indomitable as her wit Moving and comic at once Hallucinatory hilarious and haunting Boston Globe Prickly unsentimentala portrait of terrible comic humanity New York Times Book Review Mesmerizing Lush visceral prose rings with an authority rarely found in first novels Washington Post Book World A novel of astonishing power An instantaneous classic Balti Sun Elegant sings with an almost Victorian delicacy and sophistication San Francisco Chronicle One of the few books that made me feel it in my gut Haven t read it in a long while and really want to go back to it one day

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Practically every adult she meets to adopt her Along Thelma's bumpy way from a rural English village to Canada to a law degree at Oxford she meets many potential parents and even makes some friends but it is with the companions of her fertile imagination with the scaredy baby Janawee moody and timid Ginniger and big strong stoic Heroin that Thelma finds comfort With them too she loses an already tenuous connection to reality though ultimately Thelma's spirit and hu This book was excellent It was original intriguing and interesting dealing with several difficult subjects without becoming too heavy or feeling too tragic This book isn t your average tragic life story it s It s easy to get lost inside Thelma s rather complex mind explore her mental state and the thoughts that this brings her It s not boring and although you may look back and think some of the things in the book are almost unbelievable it feels completely realistic The protagonist sounded like Sylvia Plath and Austen Burroughs combined Hard hitting and real but with the hin


10 thoughts on “Mouthing the Words

  1. says:

    From the look of this book I was expecting casual young adult fiction but it was neither a casual story nor YA lit Relatively short at only 238 pages the novel was intense serious with subtle touches of humor and beautifully written Gibb covers some intense subject matter such as the sexual abuse and mental illness of the protagonist and handles it adeptly — the protagonist’s emotional state is convincingly bleak but without t

  2. says:

    Sharp witty darkly humourous this book is a fantastic read I read it in a day found the characters easy to relate to The imagery is extremely realistic without being overpowering is exceptionally delicate

  3. says:

    Funny I've had a couple of books that are taking me ages to read But I found a copy of Camilla Gibb's Mouthing the Words in a crazy op shop on Redfern Street for one dollar was intrigued and finished it in two days Published in 2002 at a time when I was paying attention to new voices in Canadian fiction I remember hearing good things about the book so have been meaning to read it now for over a decade I enjoyed it The best thing a

  4. says:

    It took me a chapter or two to fully entangle myself in this book because of my personal head space than anything else I think but once I was in I was in Simultaneously tender and brutal Mouthing the Words is perhaps one of the most resonant survivor journeys I have ever seen represented in the written formI particularly appreciated the fragmented and darkly chaotic passages describing Thelma's experiences with

  5. says:

    This was such a uniue story probably because the main character used imaginary friends and voices and retreated into her imagination for the bulk of her life because she was terribly abused both sexually and emotionally I co

  6. says:

    This book was excellent It was original intriguing and interesting dealing with several difficult subjects without becoming

  7. says:

    Super uick page turner about a girl named Thelma who survives child abuse from her father sexually and from her mother emotional and physical

  8. says:

    One of the few books that made me feel it in my gut Haven't read it in a long while and really want to go back to it one day

  9. says:

    I don’t find this book hilarious in anyway but oh how fantastic it is dark and absolutely mad but in a way where you can feel it I love it I wanna be an icicle

  10. says:

    uick review This book is certainly harrowing but rarely hilarious It mentioned hilarity in both the summary here on Goodreads and on the cover of the book itself I disagree It is clever sharp uick but the content is as gloomy as you'll findThis book what to say about this book I've only refrained from giving it a 5 star rating as I found it so miserable so #triggering in it's biting portrayal of sexual abuse anorexia and borderl