"Adverbs" is a novel about love ...more
It’s time for my library’s annual Winter Reading Challenge. The challenge, should I choose to accept it (duh, of course I do), is to read five books between January 20th and March 20th. Once completed I can earn myself yet another bragalicious mug for my collection . . .
Oooops, wrong mug . . .
Easy peasy lemon squeazy, right? Well, the kicker this year is the theme is “Love on the Rocks.”
Romance is not my forté. The extra kick in ...more
The problems with that practice in my life are not ethical; they are practical:
1) I read in two- to three-months fury spurts, just like how I knit, except the reading trend is unrelated to avoiding other things in my life. Said fury spurts cannot be fabricated or induced, they just happen. I forget this, however, with great frequency, and buy fury spurts' worth of books sometime ...more
This is the kind of book where, all while I was reading it, I was thinking about how I would read it again, more slowly, more thoughtfully, with more intense concentration.
And so I did; I read it twice through, one after the other, and good fucking grief, it is so achingly good. The second time maybe a tiny little bit less so because I already knew so many o ...more
shhhhh! This review isn’t for everyone. Neither is this book. But like this book, this review is for you—you only. Maybe you and that other guy, or the woman who contorts herself trying to see the title of what your reading and thinking no one notices her doing it. She might be a character in the story, Adverbs, but she isn’t because that would be that story, and this is this story, which isn’t a story, exactly, but it is because it’s a review…of sorts, the only type I’m in the mood to write. So...more
I hated the first chapter of this novel, so much so that it took almost 200 pages for me to recover and trust Daniel Handler.
Still, once it all started to come together, I did an amazing about face.
By the end, I loved “Adverbs” and felt sad that I had to leave this crazy assortment of characters behind (or was it them who left me behind?).
I didn't want the party to end.
Across the Great Divide
The first chapter concerns an unnamed apparently heterosexual male character ...more
By the end I was confused and annoyed, and now I'm reliving that confusion and annoyance. I confess, I've decided to abandon this one short story/chapter/ejaculation before the e ...more
I was so excited to finish this book so that a. I could never read it anymore and b. I could write this scathing review.
Tripe the First: Adverbs: A Novel. A Nov ...more
Like Watch Your Mouth, Handler uses recurring images, phrases, motifs, characters, spooling them through his stylish prose with its sardonic Sorrentin ...more
What is love? The song suggests that ‘oh baby don’t hurt me’ so does that mean is love about pain? I think that this is probably not the impression you want to give… unless you are into that sort of thing, which most women 15-65 seem to be if this is so popular.
Well, when I was young, I used to think that this represented love.
I’m not sure that that is so healthy either, but I had a ton of them.. they were my ‘go to’ I guess…
When I google ‘Love is’ I get this comic strip ...more
Thousands of readers apparently either love or hate this book or feel something in between too. Love is like this. Sometimes it feels a lot like hate or something in between, and that's OK.
Adverbs is a loosely knit chain of modifiers. Everything is so unrelated in its relatedness. And it's all about love . . . and people, people with similar names and a volcano or a man-made disaster, maybe. Some will see this absurd romp as the work of a genius; some ...more
Quoth Handler "Yes, there's a volcano in the novel. In my opinion a volcano automatically makes a story more interesting." And there is a volcano in the novel, it seems to be one of his favorite things to talk about. In addition to this there is an abundance of birds, alcohol, and taxis.
I'd like to provide a timeline and a list of characters but the story ...more
"It is not the diamonds or the birds, the people or the potatoes; it is not any of the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done. It is the way love gets done despite every catastrophe [...] attractively, artfully, aggressively..."
-Daniel Handler, Adverbs, p. 194.
I have mixed feelings about this book! Though, the mix of my feelings is mostly positive, with just a few dashes of uncertainty and confusion and mild disappointment. S ...more
One is reminded of Sir Arthur Sullivan, who is said to have been unhappy his entire life, dismissing the success of all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, mourning his failure to succeed with more "serious" composition.
One thing that drove me insane was how difficult it was to follow which characters were belonged where, and how they were connected to each other. The author drops these hints as to who someone is- a girl mentioned in passing in one passage suddenly receives a central role in another. Little tidbits like this make y ...more
At first, I didn't realise this is a novel rather than a series of short stories. Hell knows what the plot is; maybe there isn't one. The chapters seem disjointed. Half the time you don't know whose the "voice" is. Where names reoccur, you're not sure if they ...more