In the Dream House

by Carmen Maria Machado | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1644450380 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingechodewing of Seattle, Washington USA on 12/13/2022
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingechodewing from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Have procured a paperback version, reserved for the Favourite Book of 2022 Roundabout
Shipping order:
Cross-patch (UK)
greenbadger (UK)
Poodlesister (UK)
estelle1806 (Ireland)
Fifna (Netherlands)
Andrasthe (Austria)
Sonkku (Finland)
Icila (France)
mathgirl40 (Canada)
mcsar - not participating
valpete (USA)
echode (USA)

My previous review still stands! Machado is one-of-a-kind:

"What a beautiful, perfect collection of a nightmare. Avid readers know books can save lives, and I daresay this one will save many. I've never encountered anything quite like this book.
(The author is also the narrator for the audio version, with a spoken-word vibe)
Some chapters that resonated with me:
•Dream House as Folktale Taxonomy
•Dream House as Idiom
•Dream House as Choose Your Own Adventure®
•Dream House as Schrödinger's Cat

It's still early days, but this could be the book that defines my 40s."

Journal Entry 2 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, December 30, 2022
Arrived. Thank you, echode.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, January 20, 2023
Interesting. Some beautifully written passages, perhaps too detailed at times for me.
I am assuming this is typical of abuse the world over, no matter the protagonists. It’s the insidious nature of the abuse, hidden from others, hardly discernible and intangible that makes it impossible to overcome. This characteristic is well portrayed.
On the side I loved the ‘ stick of gum’ Hallowe’en story in the notes.

Released 1 yr ago (1/20/2023 UTC) at -- By Post or by Hand--, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Going to the next in line.

Journal Entry 5 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Received in Favourite Book of 2022 Roundabout. Thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 3, 2023
A really powerful book (and it wasn't until part way through that I spotted it was a memoir) about a young woman who embarks on a romantic relationship which turns abusive. The relationship is between two women, and there are some very interesting points made about how people always assume that an abusive relationship is man abusing woman, and how lesbian women sometimes assume that because no man is involved their relationship will be perfect. The other bit that really tore my heart is when the author is at a party and is told by someone that they believe her. Because there is no proof (and indeed in this case no law-breaking) the Dream House woman remains in her social circle with the abuse remaining hidden or disbelieved. Unfortunately I found the very stylised short chapters a bit annoying, but I'm still really glad I read this.

Journal Entry 7 by winggreenbadgerwing at King's Cross, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 6, 2023

Released 1 yr ago (2/6/2023 UTC) at King's Cross, Greater London United Kingdom

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Given to Poodlesister.

Journal Entry 8 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 6, 2023
Thanks for bringing the book and for the BC bookmark and envelope reuse label!

Journal Entry 9 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, March 24, 2023
Heartrending, beautifully written.

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Will be sending on tomorrow or Monday.

Journal Entry 11 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, April 3, 2023
Just received, this went fast! Thank you, Poodlesister for the cute Royal Mail postcard and all the BC bookplates :-)

Journal Entry 12 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Saturday, April 22, 2023
Sorry, did not like this at all. I was confused a lot of the times and some chapters I did not get at all. The footnotes were so distracting and the general tone too passive, like a narration of a spectator of her own life.
Thanks for sharing all the same.

Journal Entry 13 by wingestelle1806wing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, April 22, 2023

Released 12 mos ago (4/24/2023 UTC) at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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Travelling to the next reader, Fifna.

Please let us know when you release it again...

Journal Entry 14 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Received today, thanks estelle1806. And thank you for the stickers!

Journal Entry 15 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, May 15, 2023
'Enjoy' isn't really the right word for this book. It's a tough story, and it's important for these stories to be told. All too often these experiences are downplayed or even flat-out denied. I thought the way the book was set up, with various short chapters with literary tropes and what look like general observations often setting the reader up for her matching experience in the next chapter, was interesting, although it did make it feeling slightly detached at times - but that may well be a way of being able to write about it.
I liked the unexpected kindness of die-hard Republican Uncle Nick: 'Everyone's heart breaks in the same way.' Not entirely true of course, but a kind thing to say. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 16 by wingFifnawing at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Monday, May 15, 2023

Released 11 mos ago (5/15/2023 UTC) at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria

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Travelling to Andrasthe.

Journal Entry 17 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Tuesday, May 23, 2023
got it. thx

update:
This was ... different. The mixture of different text types and formats kept me on my toes. I thought the metatext worked well and the voice of the narrator is unique and elicits sympathy. A real life experience shines through a literary narration broken up and supported by academic musings. For me, this was not distracting, but enriching.

I greatly enjoyed this novel albeit the sensitive topic. Thank you for sharing it!

Journal Entry 18 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Saturday, June 3, 2023

Released 10 mos ago (6/6/2023 UTC) at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria

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on to the next reader

Journal Entry 19 by wingSonkkuwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, July 4, 2023
I received book today. Thank you!

Journal Entry 20 by wingSonkkuwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, August 28, 2023
I was able to finish the book finally. This book was slow and hard to read, not really my interest. At first (most of the book) I wasn't sure at all who was you, who was she and who was I.

Journal Entry 21 by wingSonkkuwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, October 22, 2023

Released 6 mos ago (10/22/2023 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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I will send the book to next reader.

Journal Entry 22 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, October 30, 2023
Received today after the storm Céline.

Journal Entry 23 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, November 5, 2023
Reading this book was like eating delicious slices of a cake. The prose is so exquisite.
That said I don’t see anything different from any relationship turned abusive.
There are terrible women all over the history and today I don’t think that working under a female head of staff is idyllic.
I probable missed the point…Same with the footnotes.
Thank you echode for this contribution.

Journal Entry 24 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, November 6, 2023

Released 5 mos ago (11/6/2023 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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In the mail across the Atlantic against the wild winds.

Journal Entry 25 by mathgirl40 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, November 25, 2023
This book is now with me.

Journal Entry 26 by mathgirl40 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, December 9, 2023
This was an excellent but disturbing, haunting and eye-opening read. It was very tough to read but mesmerizing at the same time. It made me think hard about my preconceptions about domestic abuse.
Thank you, echode, for offering this book to the roundabout!

Journal Entry 27 by mathgirl40 at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Saturday, December 9, 2023

Released 4 mos ago (12/9/2023 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book is on its way to Valpete now.

Journal Entry 28 by valpete at Walnut Creek, California USA on Sunday, December 17, 2023
I found this book to be very disturbing, to say the very least. It did open my eyes to domestic abuse in lesbian relationships, which I knew little about. It was truly heartbreaking on many levels.

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