Hideous Kinky

Hideous Kinky

by Esther Freud

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Overview

The debut novel from the author of Summer at Gaglow, called "a near-seamless meshing of family feeling, history and imagination" by the New York Times Book Review. Escaping gray London in 1972, a beautiful, determined mother takes her daughters, aged 5 and 7, to Morocco in search of adventure, a better life, and maybe love. Hideous Kinky follows two little English girls -- the five-year-old narrator and Bea, her seven-year-old sister -- as they struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a trip to Morocco with their hippie mother, Julia. Once in Marrakech, Julia immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while her daughters rebel -- the older by trying to recreate her English life, the younger by turning her hopes for a father on a most unlikely candidate.

Shocking and wonderful, Hideous Kinky is at once melancholy and hopeful. A remarkable debut novel from one of England's finest young writers, Hideous Kinky was inspired by the author's own experiences as a child. Esther Freud, daughter of the artist Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, lived in Marrakech for one and a half years with her older sister Bella and her mother. Hideous Kinky is now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet ("Titanic," "Sense and Sensibility").

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780880016889
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/1999
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,064,407
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Esther Freud is the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and the daughter of the painter Lucian Freud. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in London.

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Hideous Kinky 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a hippy single mother and her two daughters during a couple of years that they spent living in Morocco, as told by the younger daughter. It captures that atmosphere of the 1960s and the colour and life of Marrakech, but I'm not totally convinced by the narrator being such a young child - when her sister Bea insists on going to school, she is too young, so she can't be more than 5 or 6 at most.An enjoyable and quick read, only 186 pages long.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed by this. Given the setting and the situation I didn't see how it could be dull, and it might even be educational. Somehow it managed to be incredibly dull, and I don't feel as though I learned a great deal either. For a good few chapters I didn't really understand who was who, or the relationship between the characters. Then I became irritated by the author's habit of setting up a dramatic situation, and then resolving it a page later so any tension that built up instantly evaporated. I suppose it's based on a true story, and if that's the way it happened, then that's the way it happened.....didn't encourage me to read more by this author though.
sanddancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mother and her two daughters move to Morrocco on the hippie trail in the 1970s, where they led an unconventional life. The story is told from the point of view of the youngest child, so it is told with a degree of naivety and wonder. However, I wasn't that convinced by this - it didn't come across as an authenic child's voice all of the time. I also struggled to feel any sympathy for the bohemian mother.
bookweaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my least favorite books from "1001 Books You Must Read," I just didn't connect with the characters in this book at all. It's funny, because I'm a single mother living overseas...but I did it sensibly....with a JOB! Maybe I just didn't get it because I don't have much to say abou this book.
susanpenter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really appealed to my sense of creativity, it lets you escape in a way that all people from traditional backgrounds at times tend to dream about. The book was much better than the film, although the cast were not the let down.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The narrator of Hideous Kinky is a five-year-old British girl, whbo has been taken, along with her 7-yr-old sister, to Morocco in 1970 by her mother who is immersed in the hippie lifestyle.The novel appears to be at least in part autobiographical. The voice of the child narrator rings with a truth that lends the novel an immediacy I don't think it would otherwise have. It's almost as if the child is directly in front of you, simply telling her story.At 185 pages, it is a quick read, made even quicker by the writing style.I liked Hideous Kinky because of that immediacy, the feeling that you are listening directly to the narrator.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago