Alex has spent the majority of his adult life between two very different women--and he can't make up his mind. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man would want.Intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious, she worked tirelessly alongside him to open their architecture firm and to build a life of luxury. But when the seven-year itch sets in, their exha...more
Well this is one of those novels that just makes me wonder if professional reviewers are completely fucking high – or if we even read the same book.
I thought the plot was tedious and oppressive, the characters deeply unlikeable, and the prose stylistically barren. I am giving it two stars because most of this is deliberate and therefore competently done – Stamm is apparently one of those writers who thinks that the best way to reflect the disorientation of the modern world is to write books tha...more
But will German speaking culture ever manage to shake off the fascination of dichotomies? Either or. Science or mysticism. Dionysus or Apol...more
تدور هذه الرواية على لسان الشخصية الرئيسية وهو طالب في فن العمارة يتزوج من صديقة له تدرس معه سونيا مثال للفتاة الكاملة التي يحلم بها الرجال .. إيفونا تدخل على الخط وهي فتاة يتعرف عليها أليكس في مغامرة مشاغبة مع مجموعة من رفاقه فتصبح كلصقة على الجرح ..
إيفونا بولندية مهاجرة غير شرعية قبيحة كما يصفها الكاتب (وإن كان قد عدل عن ذلك في بعض المقاطع ) لا تملك أي سمة من سمات الجمال شخص يكاد يكون غير مرئي وهي بذلك تشكل النقيض من زوجته الفوضى التي تعيشها إيفونا المنساقة بلاأي حد تجاه إليكس تذكره بطفولته وح...more
La historia de ‘Siete años’, ambientada en Munich, está narrada en primera persona por su protagonista, Alex, que se la está contando a Antje, una amiga suya y de su esposa, Sonja. De esta manera sabremos cómo llegaron a estar juntos Alex y Sonja, ambos arquitectos, que mantie...more
This was a very literary novel - much more so than some of the others that I have read - and I really enjoyed exploring the themes and philosophies that were clearly entwined in the...more
but what if you were addicted to yourself? sure sure, an old greek tale, but really, what if, the only way you can be happy is to indulge in yourself, to your appetites, your sex, your love, to the utter length of screwing over your family, friends, colleagues, lovers, children? and then tell us the story ho...more
‘Seven Years’ is a story told in the first person by an architect called Alex. The story flits between two time periods – the present when Alex is married to Sonia and has a daughter called Sophie, and the past when Alex was still a student at university. Alex describes how his architectural career evolved since those times. He...more
The rough storyline is that a man is married to a beautiful, ambitious, intelligent, successful woman, who is a bit sexually inhibited. He has an affair that he rekindles every few years with a woman who is almost her opposite. The story is told from his perspective, and it is supposed to be a s...more
The author paints...more
I have a difficult time relating to people who take zero responsibility for their own actions.
I get the whole existentialist angle, but it just doesn't work in this novel...ended up totally inspid instead.
The male protagonist is also portrayed as pretty weak/cowardly/unlikeable. But his weakness also helps us reflect on our own flaws.
What is love? Do you love A? Do you love B? Should you settle with someone for practicality reasons, or because it's what others expect of you, or for love itself? Is there such a thing...more
As there's no logical explanation to having sex with somebody you're ashamed of there's no explanation to Alex' behaviour as well. He's married with Sonja, an attractive, intelligent woman from a well-off background whom he me...more
All the characters had obvious flaws in them that jumped out to me as a reader. personally I like to think that these flaws were purposely...more
If I had to level one criticism against Seven Years, it would be that the frame narrative strikes me as awkward and unnecessary. I was frequently lost as to the exact chronology of the scenes being described, and while I was always able to work out what was going on, I didn't always fe...more
Not finished yet......but I think he's conflicted here with what he's supposed to do and supposed to make him happy versus...more
It wasn't just a stylistic turn. It just often sounded incomplete, stilted.
Otherwise, it was easy reading. Simple vocabulary, simple sentences.
Every character seems superficial, concerned with appearances, cold, unfeeling. Except for the one who is a lump of coal (some sort of autism?), but who seems to have a heart (or is it just that she built a story in her head, and she doesn't deviate from it even when confronted over and over with a different rea...more