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Fates and Furies: A Novel de Lauren Groff
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Fates and Furies: A Novel (edição: 2015)

de Lauren Groff (Autor)

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"From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart"--… (mais)
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Título:Fates and Furies: A Novel
Autores:Lauren Groff (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2015), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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Had it on my to-read list but then I saw this headline; "US president chooses Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies as his pick of the year (2015)" and I bumped it up a little higher.

I hate it so far.
About half-way now and hate it less.
Done.

I will never read another book by her. I like things a little more spelled out and it sucks listening to confusing/not fully explained books on CD because you can't easily go back and look. This is me: "what did I miss?", "did it say what was in the will and I missed it?", "was there a clue that hinted about who she slept with and is that really what she is saying?", "why two versions of the baby story, how do they differ?", "why did that guy drown?", "why is that all we know about that?", "if she would say yes, what did she say the first time". Again, I can't go back and hunt on a CD.

I hate books that make me feel dumb. Hearing the plays that he wrote, why? To learn more about his inner being? What was I supposed to learn? I liked his plays, they were like stories within the story but I don't know why they were so fully explained or included.

WTF does the female MC know about Lotto's childhood or Cholly and Land's relationship? She says something like "I imagine this is how it happened" and then gives us a totally believable version because we know about Lotto's childhood. And, she had no way of knowing how it played out between Lotto and Land's mothers but she is the one telling us. Was there a note with the mother's things?

RE: audio book.
1. Why don't they give you a warning when your at the end of a CD? It just continues until I start to realize I've heard it before...
2. Part 2 was hard as an audio book IMO because you couldn't tell when it was past or present. I wonder if the physical book changed font or gave some other clue.
3. Female narrator's MC voice was nice but I didn't enjoy her other character voices. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |
I guess this is a spoiler...

SECRETLY FRENCH is my new favourite over the top melodramatic absurd plot twist. SECRETLY FRENCH.

Anyway, so there's this guy, Fate, and he meets this girl, Fury. They get married and adopt a dog. As the dog is not the main character, it survives the end of the book. Not all the humans are so lucky.

Despite SECRETLY FRENCH, this is one of the better books about the troubled lives of rich white New Yorkers. ( )
  linepainter | Aug 15, 2021 |
fiction (marriage drama). I got bored with Lotto during the "Fates" part, and then I tired of Mathilde during the "furies" part. Maybe it would have been better if the two perspectives weren't separated into halves, as to give us respite from one personality or the other. Otherwise, the writing was pretty good (though a bit pompous as thespian/playwright characters are intended to be?) and the unraveling of secrets was pretty good too. I would have liked it a lot more but for the tired pacing. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
One of those books I went into knowing nothing about, it had just been so breathlessly recommended by folks I knew that I decided to just go for it. To start with I was rather fascinated and delighted, the prose is florid and over-the-top at times, but in a fun way, and the portrait-of-the-playwright-as-a-young-horndog was fun and funny. Lotto is a great, ridiculous, hillarious, and over-bearing presence, a comical and biting satire of the male ego that had this male reader alternately laughing at the over-the-top boorishness or cringing when things struck just a little too close to home. A middling actor and (as we are told over and over again) a brilliant playwright, Lotto's utter obliviousness to his wife Mathilde's internal life is remarkable but at the same time not to far off the mark, so I was really looking forward to hearing "her story" of their marriage in the back half of this book (first and second halves my audiobook was expertly read by Will Damron and Julia Whelan, respectively, and they do a great job with the range of voices, accents, and narrative registers Groff uses throughout). Finally, I thought, we'll see what's going on in Mathilde's world!

Well, yes, I was definitely surprised by the "secret history" that Groff weaves for us in the second half of the book, but not really in a good way. The plot, already plenty melodramatic in Lotto's half of the novel, becomes straight up over-the-top Gothic in the second (Or perhaps more Dickensian? I think Groff was aiming at all of the above, with plenty of Shakespeare and Sophocles thrown in the mix as well... It's a lot). I won't spoil things here but suffice it to say that Mathilde has more than her fair share of secrets and skeletons in the closet, and if you were expecting a realistic portrait of a marriage, I don't think this is going to satisfy that desire. Not to say that this fictional relationship isn't plenty nuanced and detailed, but it's definitely further into [b:Gone Girl|19288043|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1554086139s/19288043.jpg|13306276] territory than I ever imagined it would be, but where that book carefully seeds the wild twists and turns that eventually arrive, Fates & Furies is somehow both more far-fetched and less interesting. And where both the sunny and drunken excesses of Lotto's youth and the starving artist grind in New York both felt lived in, Mathilde's secret childhood feels like a cartoon.

All in all, happy I read this one, would read other work by Groff in the future (but probably short stories instead of novels), but overall I'm quite surprised that this one became such a hit. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
I loved this book in the beginning. I found the prose artful and engaging, abstract in that it tended more toward train of thought than adhering to the rules of proper grammar, which I really liked. (It wasn't Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway train of thought - more like when you jot down ideas to get them on paper and don't go back to edit them.) It was entertaining, insightful, well-paced . . . and then I entered Part 2.

The book is sectioned into Part 1, Fates, and Part 2, Furies. Both are the tale of a marriage, the first as seen through the eyes of the husband, the second through the eyes of the wife. I didn't like the wife's perspective as much. It seemed more focused on the way she viewed herself, the real her, versus the way her husband saw her, the way she wanted to be.

This book is very different from what I usually read. It was written in a different style, had a different subject matter, and was told in a different manner. I didn't like the characters, but I liked the writing so much it didn't matter. (I often don't like the characters in books.) If the second half failed to please me as much as the first, it may have been due to the fact that it was a complete departure from what I was expecting. 4.5-5 stars. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
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‘Fates and Furies,’’ Lauren Groff’s pyrotechnic new novel, tells the story of a marriage and of marriage writ large. It is also an exploration of character — good, evil, flat, round, genetic, forged by circumstance, all of the above — and a wild play upon literary history. Groff grafts the contemporary fiction of suburban anomie and New York manners onto künstlerroman, myth, and epic in a dazzling fusion of classic and (post)modern, tragedy and comedy.
adicionado por smasler | editarBoston Globe, Rebecca Steinitz (Sep 12, 2015)
 
Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and “Fates and Furies” is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers — with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.
adicionado por Laura400 | editarThe New York Times, Robin Black (Sep 8, 2015)
 
The novel tells the story of Lotto and Mathilde Satterwhite. He is the darling of a prosperous Florida family – “Lotto was special. Golden”. She, an apparent “ice princess”, is the survivor of a past about which her husband has only the fuzziest idea beyond it being “sad and dark”, and above all “blank behind her”. The first half of the book offers Lotto’s view of their life together as he rises from charming but failed actor to celebrated playwright, thanks in no small part to Mathilde’s editorial finesse. The second half reveals that Mathilde has, through implacable willpower, transcended circumstances that read like a hotchpotch of Greek tragedy, fable and detective novel. Much of what Lotto takes for granted in his good fortune, it turns out, is due to Mathilde’s ruthless machination, right down to their marriage itself. She genuinely loves him, but she initially set out to win him for mercenary reasons.
adicionado por smasler | editarThe Guardian (UK), Laura Miller (Dec 24, 2014)
 
Lotto’s story is fairly plausible, a life that might transpire in the world the rest of us inhabit; Mathilde’s story contains more outlandishly fictional twists than those of David Copperfield, The Goldfinch’s Theo Decker, and Becky Sharp combined.
 

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"From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart"--

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