A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the story...
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Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall. This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student. Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013-2014. I stopped reading in the third installment.
Na badana e contracapa desta edição, existem algumas daquelas frases jornalísticas que tentam um leitor a comprar o livro. Não foi bem o meu caso, que já me defendo deste tipo de aliciamento - e também porque o "pobre" tem no Goodreads um rating de 3.44. Mas ofereceram-mo e há que ser agradecida.
E não é que os críticos dos Independent, New York Times, Observer,... têm razão?
«Rachel Cusk quebra todas as regras.»
«Um romance letalmente inteligente.»
«Uma peça de prosa das mais ousadamente originais ...more
5 “pristine, refreshing, clear” stars.
2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie)
I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, but other times they make me flounder, weigh me down like the experience of walking in the cold snow with a hole in my boot that leaves my precious foot frigid and lonely.
I am unsure why the last paragraph came to my consciousn ...more
Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che è divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell’ultimo capitolo.
Il suo ruolo è quello di osservare e ascoltare. Sembra possedere una capacità innata di spingere i suoi interlocutori ad aprirsi e a parlare di sé. E i personaggi che attraverso i suoi incontri conos ...more
To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile.
The book is series of conversations delivered with a twanging chord of tension and self-interest. Or really, it's a collection of confessions delivered to a listener who reciprocates only rarely; she is an ear, an eye, a filter; less participant than sponge.
The subject of the ...more
The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I’ve not been badgered about her constantly—she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-in-one so I picked up Outline.
I’m pleased I read the third book first. It is even better than the first by orders of magnitude, though I’d feared I’d begin to see the seams if I read all three books at once. Never mind. ...more
To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits of the ceaseless flow of information fit your narrative; there's no need to shape them in accordance with your purposes. In exchange for cohesion you get all kinds of bypassing, unfinished, often interesting stories ...more
Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it reminded me of Jenny Offill, Valeria Luiselli, Miranda July and especially Ben Lerner).
It is so dense and deep that you really have to stay 100% concentrated all the time. Often, I was enjoying a certain episode, anecd ...more