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Malas madres literarias

Regalo del día de la madre. A quien le calce. Fuente: flickr.

Como una extraña y antipática manera de celebrar el Día de las Madres, BookFinder Journal ha elaborado la lista de las 10 peores madres de la literatura universal. Antipática y extraña es también mi decisión de publicar esa lista en Moleskine Literario. Pero no se crean que soy tan descreído. Hoy, que la madre de mi hijo está desayunando con él y mi madre está acompañando a mi padre en el hospital, yo, en mi casa, abro el libro El libro de mi madre de Albert Cohen y leo. Un enorme abrazo a todas. Aquí la lista en orden descendente:
10. Jeanettes Mother from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
The main character is a young girl named Jeanette, who is adopted into a fundamentalist religious community. As Jeanette grows up she discovers that she is a lesbian and finds love and happiness with another local girl. When her psychotic mother finds out she publicly condemns the girl in front of their church/town and proceeds to tie the girl down and attempt two lengthy exorcisms, one via a 14 hour beating and another 36 hours locked in a parlor without food.

9. Sarah from Little Children by Tom Perrotta
Sarah joins the ranks of the litany of literary mothers who neglect their children to focus the self gratification of an affair. While defiantly not the only woman in literature to commit this motherly sin she is getting singled out, I can only have ten on the list.

8. Gertrude from Hamlet by Shakespeare
The fact that she marries her brother in law, who killed her husband, is proof that she`s nuts but what really makes Gertrude a certifiable psycho is that despite all the adultery and killing she tries a little too hard to show compassion to Hamlet giving the kid a serious Oedipus complex.

7. Jocasta from Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Speaking of Oedipus... Everyone in this story is too stupid and selfish for words and Jocasta is no exception. Too proud to kill her child to protect her kingdom, too stupid to not sleep with someone who is half her age when the gods have proclaimed she will commit incest, and soulless enough not to track down who killed her husband; she and the rest of her family are the perfect pawns to entertain the Greek gods.

6. Sophie Portnoy from Portnoy`s Complaint by Philip Roth
Alexander Portnoy is a deranged neurotic mess who, unable to enjoy sex, continues to seek release with more bizarre and deviant acts. To Find the root of Alexander`s issues one doesn’t have to look to far beyond his smothering, flirting, fussing mother who wouldn’t even let him use the bathroom without overseeing what he had accomplished.

5. The mother/stepmother in Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm
She convinces her woodcutter husband to leave their kids out in the forest to die. The children display intelligence and cunning to make it back to the house when the woman gets her husband to trudge them off even deeper into the forest. Child labor would even have been a more motherly option, I mean it was practically fashionable in the 19th century. Abandonment = bad mothering, at least she snuffs it in the end.

4. Norma Bates from Psycho by Robert Bloch
While most of her emotional abuse and tirades about the evils of women and sex go on behind the scenes in this novel, the emotionally crippled murderous fruits of her labor take center stage. Norma Bates defines the role of the psychotic mother in fiction

3. Margaret White from Carrie by Stephen King
Mother of Carrie White, Margaret was religious fanatic who believed nearly everything was sin and became physically and emotionally abusive to her daughter in an effort to get her to conform to her devout lifestyle, usually by locking her in a closet until she prayed for forgiveness. That kind of mother would send anyone into a telekinetic fury.

2. Petal from The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
She leaves her husband shortly after his parents commit suicide and runs off with her lover, but not before selling her daughters to a black market adoption agency... her only redeeming quality is that she gets killed off in a car crash so early in the book.

1. Corinne Dollanganger from Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
After Marrying her father’s half-brother Corinne Dollanganger is widowed, and forced to return to her astringed family home with her four children. Her mother agrees to her moving back on the condition that Corinne hides the (illegitimate) children from Malcolm, her husband and Corinne’s father, until he dies. Instead of working it out on her own she stuffs the children into an attic for years where they are generally ignored and become malnourished, delusional, incestuous and develop every social abnormality in the book. Oh yeah she also tries to kill them off.

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10:11 a. m.

Corinne Dollanganger y su madre, una fundamentalista católica que accedío a perdonarle todo si mataba a sus hijos. De tal palo, tal astilla.    

3:43 p. m.

Se les olvidó Emma Bovary... No te parece?    

6:31 p. m.

Hola Iván, uno de los mejores textos que he leído de un hijo sobre su madre, sin sensiblerías pero no por eso carente de emoción, es Mi madre, in memoriam, de Richard Ford. Su mamá se llamaba Edna Akin, y es la historia de su vida. Extraordinario.    

6:15 a. m.

Wow que gran contradiccion pero a la vez que gran contenido tiene este informe, un poco de mal gusto pero a la vez muy reflexivo.
Gracias por el post! Mi mas sincero abrazo desde Buenos Aires, Argentina!    

10:24 a. m.

Señor Iván Thays:
(comment off topic)
Sé que no viene al caso, pero no encuentro el feed de su blog. Y, como su blog se ha vuelto imprecindible para seguir el acontecer cultural, le piedo, porfavor, me indique cuál la dirección del feed de su blog, ya que no lo ubico en ningún lado.
Cordiales saludos y felicitaciones por su loable labor.
Frank lópez    

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