✨Review✨The Performance ~ Claire Thomas CW: domestic abuse3/9/2021, 2:30:06 AM
✨Review✨The Performance ~ Claire Thomas CW: domestic abuse, loss of a child The Performance is less about the bushfires surrounding the theatre, and more about the three women that are watching the Beckett play. It’s firmly character driven and I think if you go into it believing it’s plot driven or there’s some massive connection to the characters you’ll be disappointed. It certainly divided our readalong group, but I’m in the camp of loved. One thing I loved about it is the internal monologues of the three women. The psychology student in me was excited to see how they think, what their anxieties were, and what made them exist in the world. I think the ‘performance’ may also have been less about the play and potentially about how they are going through life, performing to the people in their lives, but maybe I’m thinking about it too hard. There are a lot of heavy topics in this one, it was by all means not an easy read. I connected mostly to Summer, probably because she’s closer to my age and her anxiety was running rampant. The social issues packed into this book are various and many, I think that’s one thing that felt real about it. We all have been told by society to care about all the causes that we spread ourselves so thin across all of them and then it’s not possible to care about all the things at once. In that way the themes are a bit rough, but I think it works. It is extremely well written, you can tell @drclaireet has care for these characters and the play she’s writing about. And as a PhD student, to see something wonderful someone has produced after theirs is comforting 😂 Big thank you to @tandemcollectiveglobal , and @hachetteaus for sending me a copy of this one and for the group (who I’ve tagged) for their readalong chats.