Look at Me
Charlotte’s narrative is interwoven with those of other casualtie...more
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i wish i had read this when it first came out. and i am mad at myself for not loving this book as much as everyone else seems to have - when i read other reviews of it, i am jealous that it didn't grip me as much as it did others, as much as her other books have gripped me.
there are definite strengths here. she demonstrates an uncanny and impressive cultural prescience; the way wi...more
Look at Me I'm giving a weak four stars, if there were half-stars it would be a three and a half. Right after I finished reading this I started Egan's collection of short stories Emerald City, and I'm happy I gave Look at Me four stars, so that I could give the story collection three stars and feel like the three Egan books I've read are clearly rated according to my enjoyment of them. I don't know what will happen if I re...more
I am so hot for Jennifer Egan right now. As I read this book (about a whole lot more than a model who gets a new face after a car accident, by the way), I often had to stop and admire the fluidity of Egan's narrative, how she moved in and out of action, in and out of flashback, in and out of a character's head. This book seemed so effortless, yet complicated, and I learned a lot about novel-making from reading it.
There was a chunk of about 60 pages near the end when I suddenly was...more
Reading during one of those godawful endurance tests when works spills well beyond the professional boundaries I've established long ago to keep my job's ruinous hands off the things that make life enjoyable almost always spells disaster for whatever unfortunate book is the victim of bad timing (and often absolutely no free time at all), as late nights and occupational frustration leave little brainpower and less desire to read things I'm not paid...more
There are three storylines: a model, an academic and a young girl—all connected by a woman who’s barely in the book. The main story is the most compelling: After a horrific car accident renders Charlotte, a fashion model, all but unrecognizable, she attempts to get her career going again. Charlotte is reminiscent of Ab Fab’s Patsy Stone: a hard-drinking f...more
I'm sure there is a great novel out there which deals with issu...more
It was a fairly quick read that I couldn't easily put down. There is an interesting commentary on technology and c...more
In Look at Me, Charlotte, a model by trade, must redefine herself and her life after a disfiguring car accident. She finds that no one she knows knows her anymore, and she ends up inexplicably tied to a private detective and ne...more
The themes Egan deals with here are dynamite: our hyper-visual culture, the blurred dichotomy between a person's "inside" and "outside," double and triple lives, mutable identities, identities that crumble due to madness. She's intuited the connect...more
* slightly poetic but otherwise totally banal prose style.
* huge numbers of plots that never actually get joined together.
* fascination with characters,...more
Meanwhile another Charlotte, the 16-year-old daughter of model Charlotte’s best friend from high school, is experi...more
Kindle "daily deals" are dangerous. Given the rate at which I buy them, I am destined never to read them all in my lifetime.
Here's one I did just finish reading. Jennifer Egan recently garnered praise for her novelAVisit from the Goon Squad. I guess this is why I had the chance to download this previous offering of hers, recently republished having been written back in the 90s, and thus offer up this review.
Look at Me is certainly ambitious in scope, with the stories of 4 main characters and a p...more
The accident couldn’t have happened to a better person since Charlotte was already given to trying to penetrate the masks that others present to the world and...more
An ex-model is disfigured in an accident, an...more
She can move across any topic or character with incredible ease and grace. I have gotten lost in her books for hours on end and had separation anxiety after having to put...more
The book is written in both first person and third. Charlotte Swenson takes first person. She’s an aging model- well, aging by the standards of the fashion world. She’s thirty five, but claims to be 28. She’s sp...more
I think that I will read more Jennifer Egan. The plot of this book always ke...more
She is the author of three novels, The Invisible Circus, Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the bestselling The Keep, and a short story collection, Emerald City. She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's and...more