Dora: A Headcase. likes. The new novel by Lidia Yuknavitch (author of The Chronology of Water). Dora: A Headcase. Lidia Yuknavitch, intro. by Chuck Palahniuk. Hawthorne ( PGW, dist.), $ trade paper (p) ISBN Reimagining a famous patient as the subject of her own story. Lidia Yuknavitch’s coming-of-age novel doubles as a feminist rewriting of Freud’s.

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From a Merchant Ivory movie or something. Except the reader gets to experience more of Freud truly!

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Because I knew while I was reading that I was in the throes of the next thing. A Headcase Steve Aylett: But that’s how Dora speaks. A scene begins, builds, and ends. I have the ability to look at my present and live it hezdcase my whole body. Would you rather we were checking out your Internet porn?

All in all, an enjoyable read and considering the amount of heafcase that’s getting published these days I feel like I’m being way too picky but still. A Headcase is first and foremost an irreverent portrait of a smart seventeen year old trying to survive. Dora was never a victim, and the redemption is not her own, it wasn’t something she earned, it’s something she lucked into, something she stumbled upon after taking advantage of so many people.


M other is cleaning the spoons again. Yuknavitch has wrestled with the force of her own convictions and given a powerful voice to a badass character born on the literary landscape.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Ida manages to untether herself from her past, but the wounds inflicted early on remain unhealed. What the fuck did he think he was doing? Return to Book Page. View all 3 comments. Headcase was like a Fantasy B Movie, along the lines of a slasher movie headcaae the slash. She is a remarkable young woman and a helluva writer.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ida loses her voice and experiences more trauma—a rough cut of her experimental film has gone underground viral and unethical media agents are trying to hunt her down to buy the material.

‘Dora: A Headcase’ by Lidia Yuknavitch

I rub my eyes. Aug 18, Mara rated it it was amazing Shelves: This old hen really does prefer them above all.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has. I can’t wait to see what Lidia comes up with next. In the meantime, Freud is not completely awful.

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You can even lose your She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. From where I sit in the kitchen, I hwadcase see the reflection of her trippy-looking head: But the novel constantly transcends this conceit in beautiful and surprising ways.


Disturbing, but smart, entertaining, and gratifying as an illustration of people growing up despite their upbringing. View all 63 comments. I secure scissors from the drawer.

May 04, Ruby rated it it was amazing Shelves: More and more like Sid Vicious. I put my hand on the window and watch fog surround my fingers.


She fights back by incessantly recording other people’s voices with a super headcas digital recorder, and by creating films in which the voices hearcase others stupid voices, ordinary voices, regular city noise, etc. Katherine Dunn Author of Geek Love. Ida has a secret: Her posse of weirded out, drugged out friends are touchingly loyal to each other.

When you hold it just the right amount of time? In this story, the psychoanalyst is every bit as twisted, the parents just as addled, the world as hysterical, as the girl herself. As he drives away I close my eyes and put my face up to the sky.

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