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Genesis: A Novel

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A major new novel about sex and the citizen by the award-winning author of Being Dead

The timid life of actor Felix Dern is uncorrupted by Hollywood, where his success has not yet been shackled with any intrusive fame. But in the theaters and the restaurants of his own city, "Lix" is celebrated and admired for his looks, for his voice, and for his unblemished private life.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Picador (first published January 28th 2003)
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And after all the quashing there remains a tale

GENESIS may not live up to Jim Crace's monumental peak of writing he reached with BEING DEAD, but I think it deserves much more examination than those who dismiss it as a work of Ego onanism. The very nature of the story of an Actor who struts the stage and movie screen but is shackled in his personal life by his inability to connect to the women with whom he finds himself is perhaps too obvious a metaphor for men today, but it is a well developed m
Clive Thompson
Crace does not pick easy subjects. Death (Being Dead), Religion (Quarantine) and now sex (Six). To be frank though, this is not a book about sex, it is the life history of Lix who is an extremely fertile person and 'causes' pregnancy every time he has unprotected sex. This forms the vehicle for describing his life as a college student, out of work actor and, eventually, successful actor. All this happens in a make believe (European?) town called the City Of Kisses where rules and regulations hav ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Felonious rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The firemen in Fahrenheit 451
Shelves: burnpile
I usually find Jim Crace's writing beautiful and poetic. Not even his writing saved this story for me. This is a story about the conception of one man's children and the emotion, frame of mind (of both the man and the women) and the physical act at the time of conception. There was nothing about this story to like, the story, characters even the depth was missing any quality that would have made this a good read. Maybe the story was just to stripped of the fantasy and perceptions we as humans li ...more
I usually like anything Jim Crace writes, but I didn't think much of this one. By halfway through I was bored with it and thinking of giving up. I wish I had. The characters weren't very likeable and I felt no affinity with any of them. The storyline was about how an actor fathered six children (hence the title) by various partners at various times during his life in a city somewhere in Europe. Yes, it was about as interesting as that. If you haven't read Jim Crace before, I would recommend tryi ...more
I admire Jim Crace's boldness and imaginative power. But this work left me absolutely cold. The lead character is a man of inexplicable fame and fecundity in a future repressive society, and the while I think the story was meant to illuminate larger themes of love and sacrifice and relationship, it just seemed to me to go nowhere. It's too bad. There aren't many novelists who can write equally well about the Stone Age, Jesus' 40 days in the desert, and two decomposing bodies, but this novel was ...more
A beautifully written book, with elegant prose and an intriguing idea. However, months (years, maybe) after having read it, I have little memories of it save that it was a good read, that it dealt with a man cursed with a extraordinary gift for fecundity and that I remember wondering what Crace wanted to tell with this story.
Jim Crace seems to have an underground following. He is a highly inventive and theme-challenging author, which is what I really like. He's not an Oprah pick author, and because of that I highly recommend his novels! This one follows a man through six of his sexual relationships. It's better than it sounds. :P
Jun 18, 2008 Erikka rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fiction fans,
Recommended to Erikka by: Jason Nelson
Shelves: reads-of-08
A man impregnates every woman he sleeps with (if he doesn't use protection that is), the premise of the fourth Jim Crace title I've read. The storyline is interesting and kept me reading, but there was the missing element of deeper meanings that Crace did so well and easily in Being Dead.
Another of Crace's concisely written books, giving an individual perspective, this time on one man's children over his several relationships - whether they were the product of long-term relationships or a 'coupling.'
Love Crace's work generally - this one didn't let me down at all.
Nope. Straight-up did not care. Maybe an okay book, but it almost completely failed to grip me. Couldn't really figure out how the multiple story lines (guy who's super fertile, speculative post-flood fictional city) fit together . . . nope.
May 02, 2007 adam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People
Chronicling a guy's life which is unique because every woman he has had sex with carries a child. Interesting in that it does not flow linearly but a little schmaltzy at the end. Quarantine was a better book but this one was enjoyable enough.
The main character gets every woman he sleeps with pregnant. This is his story of how each of his children came to be.

I enjoy this guy's writing. It's very poetic at times. A "manly" look at things. . . I wonder if it's truthful.
A fascinating study of a fictional actor and the fictional town in which he lives, and the children he sires with every lover.
Very different to the other two Jim Crace books I have read. Not so keen on this one.
I was expecting this novel to be much better than it actually was.
This book's final scene is one that I find indispensable.
Eugenia Williamson
A dissappointing Crace book, you say? Yes, I say.
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James "Jim" Crace is an award-winning English writer. His novel Quarantine, won the Whitbread Novel award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Harvest won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Crace grew up in Forty Hill, an area at the far northern point of Greater London, close to Enfield where Cr
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