Thursday, April 5, 2018

Book Beginning: The Lesser Bohemians




I move. Cars move.

-- Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, which won the Baileys Women's Prize in 2013. Lesser Bohemians won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2016.

This isn't my favorite type of beginning, short and choppy. The first chapter starts with a stream of conscience scene of the protagonist, an 18-year-old Irish girl in London for drama school, at an audition.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. I'm definitely curious! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I've heard a bit about this one and am interested to read it in the future.

  3. I like the beginning. It makes me wonder what the person's thought process is to compare himself to a car.

  4. I hope this one gets better for you, Gillion. I don't mind stream of conscience sometimes. It depends on how it is done. Have a great weekend, and thank you for hosting!

  5. Gillion, I am so sorry! My first link is to the wrong post - my delete button and returns button are too close and I pressed the wrong one. Can you delete it? My post today is from Jean Plaidy's book St Thomas's Eve!

    I agree with you about the opening of Lesser Bohemians - too short and staccato. It doesn't make me want to read on, but I do like stream of conscience sometimes - in Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway for example. So I'd want to know more before deciding to read the book.

  6. I don't always like stream of consciousness, I have to be in the mood for it. I like the setting though. Enjoy!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  7. I agree with you about the beginning. It does sound like an interesting book. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

  8. The cover alone makes me curious! It is very clever!

    Happy Friday! I'm featuring Watching Glass Shatter... ;)

  9. LOVE the cover.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I've definitely been interested in A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, but didn't really know about this one.

  11. Interesting that the cover is chopped pieces of an image and the text is choppy, too.

  12. Those are the two shortest sentences I've read this year. I would definitely keep reading. The book cover is unique too.


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