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I never used to pick up on that kind of stuff but, since I started taking care of myself, I’ve become more sensitive to all kinds of things.

I mean she was being compared with the trees all the time and the videos have plant names in their titles. It’s during the pre- and post-work rushes that you see the sprained ankles and pulled knees, locked shoulders, muscle spasms. THAT BEING SAID I don’t think I liked any aspect of the plot, not a single character, and found the prose grating at times. I’ve become very good at finding the quietest possible time to do anything, and I’ve been a regular at the gym for a while. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

There is no framing device, no pretext for their telling us what they know about this woman, and the background is so lightly sketched that it feels neutralised. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.A net bag hung from her wrist, with a water bottle, a watch, a notebook and pencil and some small plastic items—makeup or deodorant, vitamins perhaps. Chrysalis is a savvy exploration of one woman’s desire to inspire others, and how self-presentation can tip into obsession. The parts all stand alone, and while all revolve around the same figure, “she” is never named, and is always a shadowy and unknowable figure. Thank you Netgalley and Granta for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review. The story is compelling and highly original, reeling you in from the start with a perfectly paced sense of intrigue.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book- it was strange and engrossing but also left me feeling confused.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It depresses me, the way they act like each day is a gift instead of something that accidentally happened to them. I enjoyed the story, and read it as an entertaining and interesting fictional narrative of triumph over adversity (individual shortcomings, bullying, abuse) through an act of self-invention, as well as a persuasive allegory about aspects of our society . An oblique, intimate novel told in lucid, beguiling prose, Chrysalis a story about solitude and selfhood, and about the blurred line between self-care and narcissism.

Metcalfe's debut is a tribute to The Vegetarian, and her non-conformist unnamed protagonist is reminiscent of Ottessa Moshfegh's transgressive women. It's a clever, uncomfortable, modern novel that asks many questions of us and of how we view fellow humans as "content" to consume - the commodification of authenticity, the lure of celebrity. In the foreground was a large and veiny calathea plant, while the garden behind her provided a satisfying textural backdrop – a lilac spray of Russian sage, a japonicus bush with leaves like coins. I was so struck by the strange loneliness of being in our own heads--this journey to selfhood as a complete internalization, without much interest in a relational existence, except inasmuch as it fosters that transformation. Metcalfe is insightful about the world of contemporary influencers, voyeurism and the rise of narcissism, but it’s hard to warm to her aloof heroine.Her resilience becomes performative as she posts videos and launches a career as a cult figure who embraces solitude. They shower with expensive lotions before putting on their expensive shirts, fastening the buttons in the mirror like rich people on TV. Born in Germany and based in the UK, Anna Metcalfe is a novelist and scholar whose work includes Blind Water Pass and Chrysalis. For Susie this woman is a possible role model, someone to emulate as much as she is someone to nurture. It was hard to be in the present, she said, but if her body were heavier and more in control, then her thoughts would clear and her mind would recover its power.

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