The New Yorkers
And now, December of 2012, I'm re-reading this book, because it is so skillfully done. Also, it's quite enjoyable, although I am getting rather tired of New York, but then, I live out in the wilderness of Seattle, by choice, so all the descriptions of how wonderful the city is just leave me cold. I like visiting New York, and then when I notice that I am spending more and...more
The narrative follows several characters living in NYC who while l...more
And yet. The truth is, I just couldn't seem to stay interested in the characters. This was partly because they were not excep...more
Ho fatto letture impegnate praticamente tutto l'anno, merito uno stacco a Natale. Fra l'altro come si può pretendere di leggere roba seria quando per casa ti girano due bambini urlanti, due violinisti che, giustamente, sviolinano di continuo, una mamma (non la mia) sempre ai fornelli e un papà (questa volta è mio) che ha un difetto notevole: non riesce mai a stare zitto.
Insomma, non si capisce neanche come abbia fatto a leggere un libro intero...more
E' un libro grazioso, una lettura piacevole, e ci sono molti frammenti molto intensi e degni di nota.
I personaggi, come molti hanno notato, non sono personaggi di cui ci si potrebbe ricordare ad oltranza o che ti colpiscono con la loro intensità... a parte i cani, forse, che sono i veri protagonisti di questo romanzo di quartiere. Ma ciononostante, ci si trova istintivamente a simpatizzare per qualcuno e a trovare irritante qualcun altro, e, l...more
This book had many many characters, that after a while, was easy to follow, but there was hardly any spacing when jumping from one to the other, which was very very annoying. All the characters lives were interwined with each other and they simi-centered around a couple of the characters dogs. But at one point, one...more
Jody is a blond music teacher, living alone in her studio apartment in the West Side neighborhood in New York. The block featured in this novel is described as "not fashionable," but the appeal is its proximity to the park, as well as its rent-controlled ap...more
"If Cathleen Schine's The New Yorkers were a movie, it would be directed by Nora Ephron and would feature lots of fuzzy sweaters and adorable close-ups of dogs," opines the Seattle Times. Critics agree that while sweet and engaging enough, The New Yorkers is not riveting, although it does offer an insightful, microcosmic view of urban alienation. Each character taken individually is somewhat unremarkable; it's the dogs that enliven their owners and, by extension, their owners' abilities to conne...more
That many of these very human enc...more
This novel is about people who live in NY and love dogs and was written as a tribute to
New Yorkers after the 911 tragedies.
A lonely single professional woman takes a dog and beco...more
E' una storia fatta di piccole cose e di piccole e grandi scelte: Jody, che ama definirsi "zitella" e la sua pitbull Beatrice, la giovane Polly appena abbandonata dal suo ragazzo, Simon, amante della caccia ed Everett, divorziato e ormai amareggiato dalla vita. Bei personaggi, soprattutto George,...more
This one had an odd POV--a hidden narrator with real opinions who occasionally made herself known but never revealed her identity.
If you're not a dog lover, you may not appreciate this book much. Or, I should say, if you are a dog lover, you'll appreciate this book more.
My favorite Schine is still probably The Love Letter, or the first one I read, Al...more
The book portrays an interconnected group of neighbors in New York who walk their dogs, get take-out food, eat out at the local restaurant and fall in and out of love.
The book offers all the characters you would hope for, including a looking-for-love young woman, a curmudgeonly older man, an unmarried 40-year-old music teache...more