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Rachel Cusk

Autor(a) de Outline

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About the Author

Rachel Cusk was born on Feb 8, 1967 in Canada. She spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles and finished her education at St Mary's Convent, Cambridge. her education at St Mary's Convent, Cambridge. In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British mostrar mais Novelists'. That year she published The Lucky Ones (2003), her fourth novel, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. Since then she has published four more novels; her latest is Outline (2014). She has also written several non-fiction books. A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001) is a personal exploration of motherhood. The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy (2009) is a memoir about time in southern Italy. In 2015 she made the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist with her title Outline. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Séries

Obras de Rachel Cusk

Outline (2014) 1,884 cópias
Transit (2016) 856 cópias
Arlington Park (2006) 631 cópias
Kudos (2018) 598 cópias
Second Place (2021) 511 cópias
The Country Life (1997) 394 cópias
Saving Agnes (1993) 261 cópias
The Bradshaw Variations (2009) 238 cópias
Coventry: Essays (2019) 237 cópias
In the Fold (2005) 211 cópias
The Lucky Ones (2003) 157 cópias
The Temporary (1995) 95 cópias
Parade (2024) 11 cópias
Charlie Engman: MOM (2020) 5 cópias
Quarry (2021) 4 cópias
Det är så man gör (2019) 3 cópias
Cusk Rachel 1 exemplar(es)
We Didn’t Mean to Go to the Sea (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
Diger Ev (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
La seconda casa 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Balkan Trilogy (1960) — Introdução, algumas edições1,109 cópias
The Little Virtues (1962) — Introdução, algumas edições558 cópias
Bonjour Tristesse/A Certain Smile (1956) — Introdução, algumas edições298 cópias
Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists 2003 (2003) — Contribuinte — 273 cópias
Granta 78: Bad Company (2002) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Granta 115: The F Word (2011) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
The Best American Essays 2020 (2020) — Contribuinte — 93 cópias
The Guardian Review Book of Short Stories (2011) — Autor — 50 cópias
Complete Stories (1900) — Prefácio, algumas edições40 cópias
The Paris Review 208 2014 Spring (2014) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Granta 1 - Eu — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Warum Lesen: Mindestens 24 Gründe (Bibliothek Suhrkamp) (2020) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Red: The Waterstones Anthology (2012) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias

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Abcdarian | outras 25 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
A longtime fan of this author, her writing impresses me with its talent for musing and description. I read over half the book noting favorite passages but it came due at the library and I did not care to keep on or reorder it. It is all about characters and their lives yet I knew none of them enough to care, or I would start to be interested in someone, say Angelika, and then we are swept into another discussion and portrait. NYT reviewer Dwayne Garner describes the book as cerebral, "the small conversations and monologues in “Outline” are, at their best, as condensed and vivid as theater," and likens it to plays written by Harold Pinter or Wallace Shawn which is the feeling you get reading it. I am now seeking her memoirs.… (mais)
 
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featherbooks | outras 106 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
“she saw herself always animated by a nameless dissatisfaction: it had filled her out, like the wind fills out a sail, and propelled her along while she did her best to steer a course. She didn’t know exactly where she was going, just that it was necessary to remain in motion while avoiding outright disaster.”

I read this book for our October bookclub discussion. The author was born in Canada to English parents, then spent some time in the US before the family returned to England. This novel is a contemporary domestic drama that looks at a day in the life of five different women living in upper middle class suburban England. It was shortlisted for The Orange Prize for fiction in 2007.

The story is essentially a scathing examination of the daily minutiae of the life of entitled white women in the suburbs. It is cleverly written, perspicacious and cutting but somewhat depressing. Some refer to it as Mommy lit, although I feel it would act as a fairly good deterrent to this lifestyle and could possibly be prescribed as a contraceptive.

The book shifts between different perspectives and scenes. Amanda hosts a morning tea for the school mums and their toddlers at her pristine house with white couches and decor with predictable results. Another group of mothers go shopping at a soulless mall, listening to banal advice on how to cover their unsightly bulges. Juliet tries to escape the monotony of her life and find inspiration and a return to her aspirations of brilliance by sharing Wuthering Heights with a group of uninspired teenage girls. Solly is pregnant with her fourth child and rents her spare room out to overseas students whose lives she finds more intriguing than her own rather beige existence. Maisie finds herself disillusioned and overwhelmed by the untidiness of her kitchen and possibly the smallness of her life. Christine hosts a dinner and struggles to hoist herself up the social ladder from her working class roots.

The novel shines a spotlight on the existential crises of a group of privileged women and their distinctly first world problems. Cusk writes brilliantly in a way that makes some of the characters seem very familiar, with their racism, self-absorption, obnoxious children, materialism and passive brand of feminism. Their husbands vary from the right-wing bigot type, to the ethereal, nice guy model who looks the part but just doesn’t quite get it.

Her writing is wise and vivid. Even the womens’ relationships to their homes and cleaning is analyzed. “She was so accustomed to feel the presence in herself of a power of renewal that she had been slow to sense that it was no longer there; that she now existed on a kind of loop or circuit that took her round the same places and brought her back again and again to the same things. It was not defiance but inability that explained her failure to impose herself on the kitchen: an appetite for cleanliness and order, for things to be cleared away so that they could be begun again, was simply no longer a desire she visited on her circuit.” Or, “She felt entombed, unprotestingly, in the untidiness of the house: it was draped over her like a shroud with no openings for her arms and legs, so that when she walked around it or reached out to touch it she felt a kind of dragging following movement, and a sense of amputated numbness.”

This book is worth reading as a cynical and sagacious study of modern suburban life, but don’t expect positivity or inspiration!
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mimbza | outras 44 resenhas | Apr 26, 2024 |
Five mothers who live in prosperous Arlington Park are the subject of this book. We look at their lives during a single rainy day. Their husbands are shadowy, their children pretty ghastly, and the women themselves seem, for different reasons, to be a pretty grim bunch. They have lives that are pretty dreary, choked with unpleasant routine.

And yet it’s a book to read with satisfaction and pleasure. It can be funny, despite everything, and its real joy is the detailed yet telling descriptions of familiar things: a shopping centre, a bedroom, a kitchen the morning after, and in its evocation of mood.

I wouldn’t want to pass much time with any of these women in real life, but between the pages of a book, they were definitely worth getting to know.
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Margaret09 | outras 44 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |

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Obras
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Resenhas
339
ISBNs
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