I Am Mary Dunne

I Am Mary Dunne A Beautitul Woman In Her Early Thirties, Mary Lavery, Nee Dunne Lives In New York And Is Happily Married To A Much Feted British Playing Playwright But Before This There Have Been Other Lives, Two Previous Husbands, And A Catholic Girlhood Filled With Suppressed Passion A Brief Encounter With An Old Friend Brings Back A Sudden Flood Of Memories From The Past Memories Which Confuse And Disturb Female Desire And Sexuality, And The Elusive Nature Of Identity Are Brilliantly Explored In This Novel Which Glimmers With Insight And Truth

Brian Moore 1921 1999 was born into a large, devoutly Catholic family in Belfast, Northern Ireland His father was a surgeon and lecturer, and his mother had been a nurse Moore left Ireland during World War II and in 1948 moved to Canada, where he worked for the Montreal Gazette, married his first wife, and began to write potboilers under various pen names, as he would continue to do throughout

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  • I Am Mary Dunne
  • Brian Moore
  • 05 April 2017
  • 9780006548355

10 thoughts on “I Am Mary Dunne

  1. says:

    I read this book when I was very young, either teen or early twenties I found Mary s identity problems because of the different last names she had had infantile and her PMS problems contrived Clearly the author was a male It s impressive that I remember being annoyed after almost 20 years This book portrayed a woman that was everything I did not want to be And after several husbands I can with confidence say I never had any identity issues for that reason My last name does not define me It shouldn t have done so for you either, Mary Dunne.

  2. says:

    I thought this novel my first by Moore was excellent, with one exception as the novel progressed, Moore increasingly turned Mary s internal monologue into a frame for flashbacks, losing the monologue s power that was built up earlier in the novel The past can be part of the present, but not for such long periods of time Everything doesn t have to be explained or given a background or cause Moore should have done less.

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book I read both negative and lukewarm reviews which almost convinced me to skip it I decided to give it 10 pages if I lost interest before then I d shelve it, but I was hooked after 5 Please, NYRB , republish this with a beautiful cover like you did The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne which I Am Mary Dunne surpasses, IMO I can safely say I found the writing and characterization spot on, and though Mary s mad twin was mentioned a bit than I would have liked and I can understand why some see it contrived or mansplain ey , it didn t distract me or take me out of the novel Mary s fear, doubt, irritability, mania, distaste, severe anxiety, guilt, repression she s not a likable character by any means, but I found her fascinating, real every character in the book could be someone I know I even saw some of myself in Mary, and I m a guy and so, so readable I also think the different sides of her personality, the inner and outer monologue, were wound together perfectly I didn t love every character, but every character was fully realized and three dimensional Even the ones I hated, I loved to hate.I think Mary has severe anxiety in addition to other mental issues and maybe I m just projecting since I, too, suffer from anxiety how one little incident like forgetting your name briefly can set off a domino effect of endless, exaggerated and paranoid thoughts How you sort of lose yourself, or the idea of who you are, that derealisation of, What am I supposed to be What am I supposed to be thinking And the fear of going insane Except she actually is going insane The whole book is her down tilt I don t see her having these identity problems BECAUSE of her different last names, it s not that literal Her different last names are how she mentally categorized each chunk, each stage of her life she wasn t defined by who she was married to, but who she was and what she was when she had that last name The years she had it It s all in this paragraph Not knowing is the worst, it is those other things I do not know, like the name and the face of the woman who was in bed with my father the afternoon he died, it is those things I will never know, they are what frighten me, and it is because of them that I can no longer find my way back to the Mary Dunne I was in my schooldays, to that Mary Phelan who giggled and wept in the Blodgett s bed sitter, or to that girl who laughed long ago in a winter street when Hat cried, Mange la merge, when such things were funny, and I was Mary Bell I will not even be able to go back to today when I am Mary Lavery, for today was a warning, a beginning, I mean forgetting my name, it was like forgetting my name that day, long ago, Juarez, I will forget again, I will forget often, it will happen to me every day and perhaps every hour, and as I sat on my bed and thought of that, the dooms came down, the Juarez dooms That paragraph is one of the many reasons I loved this devastatingly honest novel I can t imagine those who loved Judith Hearne not loving this one.

  4. says:

    Probably of a 3.5 star than 3 star for me This is the fifth or sixth novel of Moore s that I ve read, but the first that isn t set in N Ireland Published in 1968, the book is a first person narrative told by Mary Lavery, a 32 year old Canadian living in New York with her third husband Terence, a successful British playwright While the present consists of a single day, during which Mary constantly refers to her evil twin PMT issues , a series of encounters a hairdressing appointment, a lecherous encounter with a stranger in the street, lunch with an old friend and a disastrous dinner with a friend of her second husband, force her to retell the stories of her past marriages and confront the demons associated with them.Moore is known for his empathetic portrayal of female characters, and this one is another that he has been praised for creating my problem was that I just didn t warm to her She is possibly on the verge of a breakdown, but as she looks back upon her life, I had little sympathy for her because of the way she had treated some of her ex partners And as was the case in The Doctor s Wife, I felt a little uncomfortable when reading the pretty graphic sex scenes.All in all, a novel that, while critically acclaimed, didn t stand out for me in comparison to the others of his that I ve read.

  5. says:

    A difficult read that has an almost claustrophobic aspect It s difficult to understand if the principle character is on the edge of some kind of major breakdown or it is in fact just PMT as she thinks It was difficult to warm to Mary because of the way she had treated others in the past but I really felt the confusion and anxiety she experienced as the story unfolds Not sure what I expected from the ending but for me the story felt a little unfinished I don t think this story is for everyone but I enjoyed it overall.

  6. says:

    I am Mary Dunne covers a single day in the life of Mary Lavery, n e Dunne, ex Mary Bell, ex Mary Phelan She s currently married to her third husband but can t help remembering events from the past even though she has trouble with her memory Brian Moore is a new favourite author of mine but I was a little wary of this one at the beginning as he adopts a first person narrative where we are dropped straight in to the confusion that is Mary s life but Moore handles it really well and although it takes a little while to work out which husband is which and who all the other people are in Mary s life Moore slowly reveals the details so that we can begin to make sense of her life Within the first few pages of the book Mary recounts her morning visit to a beauty salon where the receptionist forgot Mary s name but when she asked Mary for it Mary s mind went blank until she gave her name as Mrs Phelan, her name from her first marriage Then upon leaving the salon she was stopped in the street by a smiling man, a stranger, who said I d like to fuck you, baby and then walked off leaving Mary stunned then angry It s not a great start to the day Mary is currently living in New York but she s originally from Montreal, Canada Her current husband is Terence Lavery, a British playwright, and as the novel unfolds it seems that she s finally settled on a man whom she truly loves and who loves her But she always feels that she s playing a part with each husband she has had to act differently.I play an ing nue role, with special shadings demanded by each suitor For Jimmy I had to be a tomboy for Hat, I must look like a model he admired elegance Terence wants to see me as Irish sulky, laughing, wild And me, how do I see me, who is that me I create in mirrors, the dressing table me, the self I cannot put a name to in the Golden Door Beauty Salon She doesn t quite know who she is With each husband she feels that she has to be different Even when she changes jobs she feels that her identify has to be detroyed and re created She feels that she is split into three Selfs Sensible Self, My Buddy and Mad Twin On the day of the novel she is mostly possessed by her Mad Twin self And she s a bit of a blabbermouth, she says things before thinking through the consequences.I am, always have been, a fool who rushes in, a blurter out of awkward truths, a speaker up at parties who, the morning after, filled with guilt, vows that never again, no matter what, but who, faced at the very next encounter with someone whose opinions strike me as unfair, rushes in again, blurting out, breaking all vows.This confession comes when she s relating a visit from an old gent who is looking to rent the flat while she and her husband are going to be away She notices that his clothes are a little shabby and recognises him vaguely from somewhere and or less accuses him of casing the joint Emabarrased, he tries to leave, but Mary Mad Twin Mary , realises that she s made a mistake, chases after him to try to apologise even though it s too late It turns out that he s lonely and just likes looking around rich people s flats and meeting people During the novel we find out about Mary s past, her family and her previous jobs but the stand out scenes for me are the two times throughout the day when she meets up with old friends First she meets up with her old friend from Montreal, Janice Sloane, who s in New York for a few days This lunch scene is very amusing, right from the start there s a mix up over the restaurant they re going to Throughout the lunch they end up revealing things about each other that are surprising and hurtful They talk, then argue then make up The second scene is at the end when she gets a phone call from an old friend, or rather an old friend of her second husband, who wants to meet up with her His name is Ernest Truelove is Moore trying to signal something here and he has dinner at the Lavery s apartment, gets increasingly drunk, makes some startling revelations and makes a complete ass of himself Moore s characterisation is brilliant here as although Ernest appears at first to be an obnoxious caricature, introduced for comic effect, he gradually becomes realistic and, although he s still a ridiculous character at the end, we begin to empathise with him Here s a quote from a section from the end of the novel, after Ernest has told his story There, in the dining room, amid the wreck of dinner glasses, dishes, wine bottles, there settled on all three of us an instant of total immobility, as though the film of our lives had jammed We sat, frozen in stop frame, until, suddenly, Ernie s head jerked forward and he turned to me, his face screwed up in a painful parody of a boy s embarrassed grin Yes, he said I guess I have finished Eh, Maria Golly, I ve gone and done it again Made a fool of myself, imposed on people s kindness, irritated the people I most want to be friends with You and Terence Golly Having castigated himself, he, like all those people who are quick to apologize, considered himself at once forgiven He grinned again and said, What a horse s ass I am I ll bet that s what you re thinking I am Mary Dunne is another great novel by Moore I have also read The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and The Feast of Lupercal which were both excellent novels This was read as part of the 1968Club challenge.

  7. says:

    The main character has than PMS I beleive it crossed the line into premenstural phycosis I felt almost as strung out as she when I finished the book The central theme appeared to be identity crises, but mental illness was always lurking about waiting to engulf Mary I found Moore s view of women often times seemed very stilted Not a good read It left me feeling almost a neurotic as the heroine ick

  8. says:

    I really couldn t get into this book Mary Dunne seems to be floundering in New York, working on her third marriage and can t get a grip on her life She seems to have three personalities inhabiting her body who are at war with each other It got tedious after a while trying to keep track of them

  9. says:

    Beautifully depressing What a gifted writer, Mr Moore was.

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