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My wife used to read the TLS books of the year edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get Then one fateful year everyone recommended a certain book she urchased it in expensive hardcover read it in a day and was completely flummoxed The book was garbage What to make of this She decided that the UK Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns publishing scene is so small and her word incestuous that they just read the same five books and then talked about them for a week before moving on She no longer looks to the TLS end of the year special for any tips And Rachel Cusk s abysmal Outline seems to be another case of British froth that has now migrated across theond for no obvious reason You might really like to read Outline if for instance you really want to read a version of Jacob s Room without all that excessively beautiful rose and you just can t get enough of the ost Sebaldian I did this then I did that I thought about a kiss then I sat on a cat contemporary novel Yes this is a book in which a woman goes to Greece and talks about stuff with eople You may be shocked to learn that a eople get divorced andb Genocide of One people tell stories about themselves But I suggest you should be shocked that a book set in contemporary Greece of alllaces is so hermetically sealed in the world of upper middle class creativebusiness types You should be shocked
dreary rose of Literary Fiction can receive such rapturous reviews You should be shocked that deep wisdom about being prose of Literary Fiction can receive such rapturous reviews You should be shocked that deep wisdom about being dreary rose of Literary Fiction can receive such rapturous reviews "You Should Be Shocked That Deep Wisdom About Being In " should be shocked that deep wisdom about being in net of words and trying to find a different way of living in the world and the odd spot of anti literary meta narrative a story might merely be a series of events we believe ourselves to be involved in but on which we have absolutely no influence at all the story of improvement has even infected the novel though Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal perhaps now the novel is infecting us back again so that we expect of our lives what we ve come to expect of our books can be thrown between two covers and sold to the generalublic And if you re not shocked by that at least be shocked by the fact that FSG saw fit to The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage publish this in a sans serif font as if adverting to the fact that everyone can talk about it but nobody will read it To be fair I learned about theroject to translate Karl Krauss s Last Days of Mankind from it last year so it s not all bad Staggeringly uniue in its simplicity Essentially a series of interactions over a week long trip to Greece where the lead is teaching a writing class the characters are so rich yet so contained and the lead s character was at once the most interesting and the most invisible I dug through the the text for information about her frustrated and thrilled that her interlocutors even a random stranger from an airplane knew about her life s story than we did But by the end I somehow felt that I knew her I could redict how she would respond Realness is an overused idea but the character began to feel truly human I especially loved the writing classroom scenes which were so stripped out of things that I associate with great literature and yet were so much than a stage lay A series of interwoven microfictions New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book perhapsCusk sowers of observation are remarkable That goes without saying She s really excellent with characters lying or behaving oddly And something about the lead that is smart she seems to inspire confession and that makes the scenes immediately believable I also wonder how much KNOWING this is the first Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat part of a trilogy makes a difference I felt no urgency to learn what I don t know justleasure Little beats will stick with me a boat accelerating too uickly a friend handing a hoto overMy one complaint for better and worse is that I never felt compelled to keep reading It s a brilliant heady book but intentionally has no grip This made me fascinated by it but it also slowed me down Mellifluous with a beautifully honed thematic core The tone nimbly alternates between black despair and forlornness and sub. Outline is a novel in ten conversations Spare and lucid it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens She leads her students in storytelling exercises She meets oth. Tle humor If EM Forster excelled at intrusive narrators always commenting on events Rachel Cusk s narrator here might be called unintrusive for the way she hangs back and let s others speak One of the walking wounded herself her damage manifests itself in a kind of unuestioning assivity She "s going through the motionsThe narrator is an unnamed divorced woman English a writer of middle " going through the motionsThe narrator is an unnamed divorced woman English a writer of middle who is in Athens one hot summer to teach a writing workshop A key motif here is of looking back and seeing that for many years you lived your life almost unconsciously that time then simply elapsed and in retrospect you see it as freedom yes but you also see it as unfocused almost rambling free style in essence
and this is something a mindset a way of being you could not this is something a mindset a way of being you could not today if you tried such being the indelibility of experience When I looked at the family on the boat I saw a vision of what I no longer had I saw something in other words that wasn t there Those eople were living in their moment and though I could see it I could no return to that moment than I could walk across the water that separated us And of those two ways of living living in the moment and living outside it which is the real Robot Programming p 75Later we meet a woman Elena who says Very often I have felt that my relationships have no story and the reason is because I have jumped ahead of myself the way I used to turn theages of a book to find out what happens in the final chapter I want to know everything straight away I want to know the content without living through the time span 191 Here too is someone living outside the moment rather than in it Since reading the book is the moment we live for Thus Elena deprives her relationships of their essence so busy is she trying to head off any surprises any ain This is a brilliant novel It s astonishingly fresh It reminds me in its compression and economy not its style nor its themes of a few other exuisite books including Ernest Hemingway s best novel The Sun Also Rises Per Petterson s stark Out Stealing Horses and Willa Cather s terse frontier fable My ntonia While I m reading a book I m often aware that my Our Fake Relationship perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it s still the same day as when I began reading though years may have gone by for the characters among whom I ve spent the last hour or two While reading this book on the other hand real timeassed much faster than story time And story time moved so very slowly that my reading The Blitzkrieg Legend pace slowed down too I d freuently realise that I d been on the sameage for a long time that I was in a sort of suspended mode not reading hardly thinking uite numbed The image of a Salvador Dali The Crown painting came to mind several times while in that suspended mode the one where the clocks all stopped at aarticular moment in time are slowly melting awayIt is not only Dali s warped clocks that reflect my experience with this book it is also the title of his Über Nacht painting The Persistence of Memory The narrative voice is obstinatelyersistent and remembering is its obsession I say narrative voice rather than narrative voices because although there is a chorus of voices they all sound the same They sound the same because they are mediated to the reader for the most Ad Astra part through the voice of the narrator She reports what they say When they are allowed to speak directly it is very refreshing and if as on a few occasions the narrator gives the reader a little view of them as they speak it s like manna in the desert Yet it is not what I feel myself Angeliki said rearranging the lovely grey tissue of her sleevesThat little detail about the sleeves showed me the character for the first time when her long long story reported by the narrator had failed to make her real for me Theersistently. Er visiting writers for dinner She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor The eople she encounters speak volubly about themselves their fantasies anxieties et theories regrets and longings And through these disclos.
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Relentless telling that makes up so much of this book mostly concerns one theme fractured relationships and broken marriages In all of the stories related to this theme there is a defining moment as if each character s ersonal clock had stopped at just that moment Years may have assed but they remain obsessed with remembering the incident and seem to have an endless need to talk about it a compulsion verging on
lunacy And the irony is that it is the lucidity of the narrator s robing uestions that rompts the outburst And the irony is that it is the lucidity of the narrator s robing uestions that Das Unbewusste vom Standpunkt der Physiologie und Descendenztheorie prompts the outburst lunacy every timeLucidity and lunacy Thatairing of words which sound similar while being very different echoes the wordplay the author uses to mark the beginning and end of this otherwise serious narrative In the early Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pages a character mistakenly uses the wordrolixity for Love Letters proximity His slip up is funny because it is already clear to the reader that he is going to be tediously long winded At the end of the book the same character uses the word solicitude when he means solitude That brings in a little humour again because this character has in fact been maddeningly over solicitous during the course of the book a behaviour which causes his solitude in the end NeatThe conch shell on the cover is neat too Like a human ear Relentlessly listening Reading Outline is like spying on an author in therocess of auditioning characters for a future novel In other words it is indeed an outline an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer s mind Cusk interviews her Eat to Beat Illness potential characters and lets them tell her emotionallyivotal stories about themselves She makes no other dramatic demands of them They become like a Greek chorus of voices without a lay A writer unnamed until the enultimate chapter travels to Athens to host a writing workshop Each chapter either recounts a conversation with someone she meets or a group discussion with her writing class If Cusk has an agenda a unifying theme to these conversations it is the shredding of romantic illusion Its rincipal agents sexual attraction and arenthood are both mercilessly called to account Cusk it becomes clear had had enough of illusion The narrator bitter herself extols the virtues of Λίγη Ζωή passivity as ahilosophy of life And by extension it s as if Cusk is bored with creating the illusions necessary to write novels She s like the magician who can no longer be bothered to go through the charade of masking the tricks She s a writer letting us know how bored she is with the theatre of constructing novels However boredom is never going to be the best mainspring inspiration for the creation of a novel There wasn t enough contrast in the tone or thrust of the voices for me There was a sense everyone was hired to conform to a reconceived and adamant argument And as such there was no sense of discovery in the novel Beneath the surface of this novel is a current of unresolved bitterness belonging you sense to the author herself
"one of the "of the s central remises is that every relationship is doomed to fail to become little than a distorting outline or as one character uts it there s a disgust that exists indelibly between men and women and that you are always trying to urge with what you call frankness Frankly that s a melodramatic statement to me a distortion of Love is Murder perspective caused by unresolved bitterness And this bitterness left in itsure state The Ulfric's Mate prevents anyossibility of evolution Thus the novel ends as it begins with little sense of a meaningful journey with little resolution In short it s a novel that s much easier to admire than to love It s very well written with some truly brilliant observations it s intelligent it holds its focus It s also a novel that arouses the suspicion now and again that there might be a conceit involved the Alans Letters presence of the emperor s new clothes factor I enjoyed reading it at the same time I have a feeling I ll remember nothing about it six months from now. Ures aortrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast a What's Your Body Telling You?: Listening to Your Body's Signals to Stop Anxiety, Erase Self-Doubt and Achieve True Wellness portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss Outline is Rachel Cusk’s finest work yet and one of the most startling brilliant and original novels of recent year.