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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Electricity by Ray Robinson. Electricity by Ray Robinson Goodreads Author. Lily's epilepsy means she's used to seeing the world in terms of angles -- you look at every surface, you weigh up every corner, and you think of your head slamming into it -- but what would she be like without her sharp edges?
Prickly, spiky, up-front honest and down-to-earth practical, Lily is thirty, and life's not easy but she gets by. Gets on with it. Has to -- what c Lily's epilepsy means she's used to seeing the world in terms of angles -- you look at every surface, you weigh up every corner, and you think of your head slamming into it -- but what would she be like without her sharp edges? Has to -- what choice is there? So she's learned to make do, to make the most of things, to look after -- and out for -- herself.
Coping, managing, surviving. Needing no-one and asking for nothing. Just her and her epilepsy: her constant companion. But then her mother -- who Lily's not seen for years -- dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she'd long since left behind.
At the same time, however, it's also somewhere disturbingly unfamiliar: newly reunited with one of her brothers, and hoping to track down the other, Lily is no longer alone. Forced to renegotiate the boundaries of her life, she realises she has alot to learn -- about relationships, about the past, and about herself -- and some difficult decisions ahead of her. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Nov 11, Bob Walenski rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone openminded who likes good clever fiction. Somehow I realized this book was different. The cover picture was a head turning one, and a surprising choice given the nature of the story. But Lily is an amazing girl. I loved the author's creativity. To actually capture in words a visual representation of what a seizure might feel like was very thought provoking.
I have also never before seen a book with the chapters numbered in reverse, so that you read down toward chapter one. The language is so utterly and thoroughly British, and street smar Somehow I realized this book was different. The language is so utterly and thoroughly British, and street smart and slangy that I often had to stop and figure out what exactly I had just read, only to marvel at the cleverness of it.
Spot on as a quick easy read that will grab your imagination and make you identify with Lily and root for her through all of her daily activities and ordeals. I also learned a bit about what epilepsy is like, and I suspect that was a large part of the author's intent. I rated this a 5 star just because it was just such a surprise. I didn't have any expectations, and I love when books open up and surprise me like this one did! View 2 comments. This is such a hard book to review.
It's powerful and real, and for me personally, sometimes too real. Robinson gets my admiration for his writing, his voice, the incredible detail and the research he must have done to write this novel. I don't think I've ever read a female voice so real to me as Lily, maybe made more real by how she shares my name. All the other characters in this novel -- they're not only believable but wholly flawed and unreliable people who I wouldn't doubt for a moment exis This is such a hard book to review.
All the other characters in this novel -- they're not only believable but wholly flawed and unreliable people who I wouldn't doubt for a moment existed somewhere in real life if someone told me so.
They don't feel like characters, they feel like people. That word feels shallow compared to what I wish I could describe.
Which makes the content even harder to get my head around. That doesn't even feel like the right way to phrase what I mean.
I don't know how to review this novel. It's hard to talk about the difficult parts without spoilering, but this isn't a book for people with abuse triggers. What happens to these people, what they experience, how they feel, how real and honest and their outlook and attitudes. How abhorrent and despairingly common people like Don are. That even those they abuse can love them and want to hold on.
I'm a mess inside but there are sparks there like a good life, too. How hard it is to find wonderful friends, how they come from tiny chances, tiny moments, but how beautiful those people are. Ray Robinson is brilliant, and his portrayal of a woman with epilepsy, her dreams, her day-to-day, her past, her choices, her mind, the people she meets, is a fresh and assaulting insight that has challenged me emotionally and educationally.
My head is a mess of half hating this book. It throws the lives and situations that are hard to talk about and are far too common into daylight.
As a writer, I love this book. It's clever, so real. As a reader, my heart feels drowned and washed-up. View 1 comment. Jan 22, Katie R rated it it was amazing. The best work of fiction I've read involving epilepsy. It really managed to capture in words the feeling and confusion of living with epilepsy outside of just having seizures.
It was nice to see a protagonist who had epilepsy but had goals, relationships, and a life outside of her seizures even while they interfered. I don't feel so alone anymore, even though this was obviously not an autobiography. It was a beautiful story with a real and relatable protagonist. Jul 18, Gael rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I feel like I would have enjoyed the story more if less had been about Dave. Like take out pages worth of blah-di-blah as the author likes to call it about Dave, and spend more time in the search for Mikey, or more specifically the search for the pub in Ireland and the possible family reunion.
I am disappointed that this end was left loose. Especially considering the search for Mikey was the "main story". Though after finishing the book it felt as if the failed romance with creepy ass Dave I feel like I would have enjoyed the story more if less had been about Dave. Though after finishing the book it felt as if the failed romance with creepy ass Dave took up more space.
Jan 12, Margot rated it it was amazing. I picked this up because one of the agents I'm interested in represented this author. I'm loving it - it's really amazing! Set in England with a year-old protagonist named Lily, who has severe epilepsy, Electricity chronicles Lily's unusual life and her experiences in London as she attempts to track down a long lost brother.
Edgy, gritty, entertaining, and fun to read!
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