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No one is talking about this de Patricia…

No one is talking about this (edição: 2021)

de Patricia Lockwood

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Título:No one is talking about this
Autores:Patricia Lockwood
Informação:Penguin Group (USA), Incorporated, 2021.
Coleções:Lista de desejos, Para ler

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No One Is Talking About This de Patricia Lockwood


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No One is Talking About This is a novel with two very different parts that separate the online world from the real world. It’s not always the easiest of reads as you need to keep your wits about you in the first half, and the second half is incredibly sad. Ultimately though, it is rewarding.

The premise for the first half of the novel about living in the online world seems eerily prescient given that’s where a lot of the world has been primarily communicating for the last year. The unnamed narrator is someone big in the online world thanks to a viral tweet and her day is spent on the portal, with its in-jokes, language, memes and arguments. She spends hours crafting the perfect tweet and contorting herself into just the right position for a selfie. The online world is demanding and rather forgetful; she knows that if she leaves it, she will soon be forgotten. This part of the story is told in short paragraphs with a dream like quality; if you’re alert (and y’know, truly part of the portal) you will note some internet crazes and memes long gone. If you don’t remember, it can be difficult to understand the moment. Sometimes the narrator is overseas talking about life in the portal on stages with other influencers, sometimes she’s at home thinking about it. But her life is centred around the portal always. She seems adrift, afloat and not quite part of the concrete, 9-to-5 world. While it may not be desirable for all, she seems reasonably happy but even feelings take a back seat to the portal.

The second half of No One is Talking About This is very much in contrast as the narrator is told by her mother to return home due to a family emergency. Almost immediately, the dream like feel of the narrative is replaced by sharper edges and there’s a growing sense of uneasiness as the narrator is forced back into the real-world cold turkey. It’s by choice of course – her love for her family sees her dropping everything and forgetting the portal. Suddenly, her life is not an infinite online world, but confined to just a few others in a small town. This is where the understanding of the title comes in and the narrator is right – nobody is talking about it. Why do we talk about cute animal pics and make gifs when tragic things are happening? Why doesn’t everyone talk about the things that matter and change the lives of others?

Lockwood writes fantastically, capturing the timelessness that occurs when you doom scroll or fall in an internet hole but also successfully conveying the urgency of a life that will be cut short. She also demonstrates how fantastically inconsequential online life is, from the short time span of the internet to how fast it moves on without you. This is in direct contrast to the family emergency in the second half, where time hangs still in parts and nobody is ever forgotten. It’s an excellent juxtaposition that will have you considering just how much online presence is really necessary.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for the copy of this book. My review is honest.

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  birdsam0610 | Apr 25, 2021 |
The first half is a bit of a plotless slog through aphoristic Twitter speak, the second half has much more emotional impact. ( )
  mhartford | Apr 25, 2021 |
This novel old in short segments, the first half is about her life centering around the Portal, a stand-in for twitter. She went viral once and has been speaking and making appearances with other people who are twitter-famous. Then something real happens to a family member.

Lockwood wrote the funny, heart-breaking and perfect memoir, Priestdaddy, and this novel is similar in tone and with characters who largely correspond to her family members. But while Priestdaddy is a book you could pick up in a decade or two and enjoy, [No One is Talking About This] is for this moment in time, being a snapshot of life during the Trump Presidency and of that moment of extremely on-line culture. Lockwood is a poet and it shows here. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Apr 2, 2021 |
I was not sure where this was going for the first third of the book. The format seemed forced, of course mirroring the twitter format. And filthy.

But oh is there a turn, and Lockwood delivers a heart-felt tale that will catch in your throat at the end. ( )
  kcshankd | Mar 22, 2021 |
Her life does not take place in the real world anymore, everything that is important happens online, on the portal. She travels from place to be to place to be not really caring about where she is but only about what she can make of this experience in her virtual bubble. Her followers are not only her supporters but also her way to escape from those real problems which are looming over mankind. She has gone further than others, than the dictator who took over the country in 2016 and rules via the platform, she has her only language and her own style which is post-ironic and at the same time post-sense. Reading her own feed from just a couple of months ago, she is unable to understand herself. Suddenly, however, reality catches her and another universe with completely different values and rules opens up.

Patricia Lockwood has been praised for her poetry, “No One Is Talking About This” is her debut novel which I’d call rather experimental in its quite unique style. The book is broken in two parts, the first dealing with the unnamed narrator’s virtual life, the second when she has to come down to earth and face problems of the real world.

The narrator feels detached from her body which has become a mere shell and only serves as a projection screen for her online self. She is aware of the number of her followers and deduces her importance from it. Today’s influencers are so far form reality that the protagonist does not seem to be exaggerated since they all are so over the top that they have lost all credibility and humanness. Lockwood cleverly reveals online mechanisms we all have already fallen prey to: looking up something, digging deeper, roaming from one website to the next, from one forum to another, just to end up in a kind of conspiracy bubble.

“One day it would all make sense! One day it would all make sense – like Watergate, about which she knew noting and also did not care. Something about a hotel.”

Yes, she is totally superficial and stupid and cannot survive a single day without her cell phone. It needs a major blast to take her back into something like a real life. And quite unexpectedly, her values shift, her focus moves from her fictional online self to real humans.

It’s the novel of the moment, reminding us that there is more than the next tweet or Instagram post. The protagonist is wonderfully created and showing her ability to open her eyes and change perspective also provides some hope in those chaotic times. ( )
  miss.mesmerized | Feb 17, 2021 |
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