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Pure Poetry: A Novel
Meet Lila Moscowitz, a smart-mouthed, Jewish American beauty with a voracious appetite for sex, a remarkable talent for outrageous lies, and an unerring knack for screwing up her life. An accomplished poet, renowned for writing "smut and filth in terza rima," she goes about her life in Pure Poetry with enough attitude and verve to win your heart forever. But since fleeing ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published June 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
(first published 2000)
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A good book about a strong woman who pretty much wrecks everything that's given to her. She's a poet that's been holding off on her collection of poems for some time while she recovers from her first marriage. Through analyzing her relationships with everyone around her, she comes to learn more about herself (won't go into specifics, lots of secrets) and is not too happy with what she finds. There isn't much of a resolution to her character's dilemmas in this book, but it seems very intentional ...more
I am so glad I discovered this writer while just browsing in the library. I LOVE her writing style. The main character in this novel is hard not to love, despite some serious flaws. Kirshenbaum is VERY witty and crazy smart. Only real complaints are that the ending gets too abruptly wrapped up. It didn't have the strength of the rest of the novel, and there are a few gaps I felt like needed filling in, in terms of the main character's obsessive relationship to Max. But overall enjoyed the book i ...more
Meh. A few great passages, but separated by a lot of self-absorbed crap. I almost had to institute my rule - that you have to continue reading a book until (100 - your age). Luckily this book had a well-written passage circa page 70 to save it, or I would have dumped it earlier. The main character was fairly three-dimensional, but many of those facets were irritating. There wasn't really a beginning or a middle, and the end was premature and oversimplified.
I picked up this book because it looked like fluff. I love the classics and the pop icons as much as anybody, but let's face it--sometimes a girl needs some fluff. It wasn't what I expected at all. The characters are well-written, the story is lively and well-told, and this book is full of passages that are totally quote-worthy. And there is some serious insight going on in this book--but you could totally take it to the beach.
Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of two short story collections, six novels, and numerous essays and reviews. Her work is noted for its humorous and ribald prose, which often disguises themes of human loneliness and the yearning for connection. Her heroines are usually urban, very smart, and chastened by lifetimes of unwelcome surprises. Kirshenbaum has been published in German, French, Hebrew, Tu ...moreMore about Binnie Kirshenbaum...