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A Gate at the Stairs de Lorrie Moore
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A Gate at the Stairs (original: 2009; edição: 2010)

de Lorrie Moore (Autor)

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"...As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer--his 'Keltjin potatoes' are justifiably famous--has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny. The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed..."--dust cover flap.… (mais)
Membro:PenelopeKaplan
Título:A Gate at the Stairs
Autores:Lorrie Moore (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2010), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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Tassie, 20, grew up on a farm in the Midwest. She's now attending college in a university town not so far away. She gets a job as a nanny in a family looking to adopt. Her younger brother, not particularly a good student, manages to graduate high school and is considering joining the military. She meets a guy, but he's not exactly who she thinks he is. Her roommate is a good friend, but she doesn't see much of her because she's basically moved in with her boyfriend, leaving the apartment to Tassie. The family she nannies for hosts a weekly group dedicated to discussing interracial challenges. Meanwhile, something in this same family's past comes back to haunt them.

Does that sound confusing and disjointed? Yes, it does. And that pretty much sums up the book and its writing. I read quite a few other reviews that express my thoughts perfectly, better than anything I can summarize here. This book had so much potential. There were times I thought the writing was brilliant. The sentences were well-constructed (though sometimes maybe overdone) and thought-provoking. As were the various scenarios in this novel. But there was nothing pulling it together. It was like a bunch of short stories forced together to make a book. In and of themselves, they were good and if explored further, could've made a good novel. But each sub-plot really had nothing to do with another, and most were left unresolved, or at best, unsatisfying. And the ending -- I hated it. This book was ultimately such a disappointment to me, largely because the potential was there, but was never carried out. ( )
  indygo88 | Aug 26, 2021 |
> La passerelle, par Lorrie Moore
Lorrie Moore déchire le rideau de la bien-pensance made in USApour dévoiler une société qui, d'un côté, ne cesse de faire l'éloge de la mixité raciale et qui, de l'autre, pratique une ségrégation sournoise.
Premier acte : la candide Tassie quitte son Middle West natal pour s'inscrire à l'université avant de se laisser déniaiser au contact du monde étudiant, face à des professeurs qui pourraient sortir d'une comédie de David Lodge. Le second acte raconte comment Tassie, en quête d'un job de baby-sitter, débarque chez Sarah et Edward Brink, qui cherchent à adopter un enfant. Et qui ne tarderont pas à accueillir sous leur toit une métisse de deux ans, Mary-Emma, un petit ange providentiel pour les Brink, mais indésirable pour le voisinage : les démons du racisme ordinaire vont alors surgir des coulisses, tandis que Lorrie Moore déchire le rideau de la bien-pensance made in USA pour dévoiler l'envers du décor - une société qui, d'un côté, ne cesse de faire l'éloge de la mixité raciale et qui, de l'autre, pratique une ségrégation sournoise. Un superbe récit d'apprentissage, au détour duquel l'auteur de Vies cruelles égratigne le chromo d'une Amérique pudibonde où le regard d'autrui est parfois lourd d'accusations. Et où l'on vous montre du doigt si "vous tondez votre pelouse à l'envers" --L'Express
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 9, 2021 |
I liked this book. The first part, where Tassie starts to work as a nanny for a couple that adopts a baby got my interest easily. It was interesting, I haven't delt with adoption in any way, so all I read was new and at times I wondered whether the things described are according to (American) reality.
The other part went on quite unnoticed, untill the tragedy happened. After that I was caught again like in the beginning, even more struck by some of Tassie's actions.
For a 1001-book I thought it was quite an easy read. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Oct 28, 2020 |
Ogni tanto mi dedico a recuperare perché... "leggi poca narrativa americana".

Eh! Se non la leggo è perché ha poco o niente da dirmi, oppure dice troppe cose, tutte assieme, in maniera a volte prolissa a volte ridondante e, quasi sempre, con l'immancabile elemento di gratuita morbosità.

Qua c'è tutto: il troppo, la ridondanza e un paio di morbosità. Ma almeno dice qualcosa.
È una sorta di romanzo di formazione sul primo anno di università della campagnola che sbarca nella cittadina universitaria più vicina a casa e che le pare una metropoli. C'è libertà, solitudine, inadeguatezza e interrogativi. Ovviamente autoreferenziali anche se siamo nel dicembre 2001, poco dopo le Torri gemelle: ma i giovani sono così (pare)

Ah, chi scrive le sinossi da quarta di copertina dovrebbe essere tenuto a provare in tribunale di aver prima letto l'opera che sta riassumendo.
Millantatori.
  ShanaPat | Sep 23, 2020 |
Overall I did not like this as much as Moore's short stories. Iit seemed less plotted than filled with a number of random-seeming events. She is a good writer, but sometimes the writing seemed too much, too clever. Here is an example of her writing:

“It was like the classic scene in the movies where one lover is on the train and one is on the platform and the train starts to pull away, and the lover on the platform begins to trot along and then jog and then sprint and then gives up altogether as the train speeds irrevocably off. Except in this case I was all the parts: I was the lover on the platform, I was the lover on the train. And I was also the train.”

However, there were things I liked about the book; intriguing characters, great sense of place, and ambiguous moral dilemmas. In this book, the year is 2001, and Tassie, a college student, takes a job as nanny for a white couple who are adopting a mixed race baby. The couple seem like terrible parents, but Tassie seems to like and identify with both the mother and the daughter. The parts of the book about race in the US are very thought provoking, and Tassie's coming of age is heartbreakingly easy to identify with. ( )
  banjo123 | Jun 27, 2020 |
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As the drifts of perfectly turned moments mount up about the reader's shoulders, along with a corresponding paucity of dramatic incident, forward motion becomes increasingly difficult. Moore is a great writer, but you wish that every once in a while, she would settle for just being good.
adicionado por Shortride | editarTime, Lev Grossman (Oct 5, 2009)
 
Moore has performed a brilliant feat. She has retained the shining, fluid, and, yes, funny surface of her earlier work. But she has also given us a narrator who attempts to peer through the shimmering veil of language to the truth behind.
adicionado por Shortride | editarSlate, Claire Dederer (Sep 7, 2009)
 
What Moore crafts is so like life that to condemn Tassie for the ways in which she fails and falls short as a person would demand that we examine such behavior in ourselves. Thank goodness this book is funny, otherwise, it would be nearly unbearable.
adicionado por Shortride | editarAssociated Press, Patrick Condon (Sep 3, 2009)
 
Aggressively clever, meticulously crafted -- and exhausting.
adicionado por jjlong | editarSalon, Stephanie Zacharek (Sep 1, 2009)
 
Great writers usually present us with mysteries, but the mystery Lorrie Moore presents consists of appearing genial, joshing and earnest at once — unmysterious, in other words, yet still great. She’s a discomfiting, sometimes even rageful writer, lurking in the disguise of an endearing one.
 

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"...As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer--his 'Keltjin potatoes' are justifiably famous--has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny. The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed..."--dust cover flap.

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