The Lucky Ones
A young pregnant mother wrestles with an utterly changed life; a new father searches for a sign of the man he used to be; a daughter yearns for a lost childhood; and a mother reaches out in bewilderment to a child she can't fully understand. A rare novel that illuminates "the bustling concourses of life" without sacrificing emotional depth and complexity, The Lucky Ones co...more
It was the July selection of my library reading group and I have to say it didn't capture my interest at all. Some of the prose was beautiful but often it choked itself on wordiness leaving the impression the writer had swallowed a dictionary or was showing off. I just didn't care about the characters or the minute details of their thoughts and lives. I playfully longed for something dramatic to happen; saying to my husband at one point I wish she'd just murder her husband rather than whining ab ...more
Rachel Cusk, The Lucky Ones (London: Harper Perennial, 2003), 39.
That said, there are some good sections. The first sketch, "Confinement," captures the fear and sense of abandonment of being pregnant and imprisoned for unjust reasons, trying to survive through uncertain ties to other jailed women. The second, "The Way You Do It," probes six discordant personalities on a Swiss skiing holiday, interact ...more
That isn't to say it isn't well written, because I want to make it clear that it is. Cus ...more
Rachel Cusk uses a style of narrative in which she gives perspectives on individuals and groups their own sections in her books and leaving the reader to find the connections. Each is a l ...more
This is not so much a novel as a short collection of longer short stories, the first two are decent enough, the third begins to really interest, but it is the last two that stand out, to the point where i finished the book disappointed that these two we ...more
"Now that the baby had come his life would be lived aginst a mounting force of limitation" (56).
“Samantha bore a curious resemblance not only to her son but also to Robert himself. They were made in the same style. They were like a set of vases, or a series of paintings by a particular artist” (78).
“ ‘I remember, when the twins we ...more
Possibility of more detailed review to come.
Cusk is the Whitbread Award–winning author of two memoirs, including The Last Supper, and seven novels, including Arlington Park, Saving Agnes, The Temporary, The Country Life, and The Lucky Ones.
She has won and ...more