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This Isn't Easy for Me

4.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Sabine is a theoretical physicist from Berlin and Renata is a prominent Polish-born American investor. They arrange to meet for the first time in the lounge of a Boston hotel, where Sabine wants to discuss a personal matter.

They touch on a succession of topics: quantum gravity (Sabine’s academic specialty); Renata’s strange diet and her famous husband Mark, who’s a mathema
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by The Russian Estate
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Adam
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for a rainy afternoon.

It reads briskly, but it's a complex story, and it's told entirely in conversation, and the dialogue isn't even attributed to the speakers—but it's never hard to follow. The two people speaking are Sabine, a physicist from Berlin, and Renata, a very successful economist from Poland. Sabine calls the meeting so she can confess to how she fell in love with Renata's husband. This is only the basis of their meeting; the conversation touches on so many thin
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B. Morrison
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I came to this novel with a certain wariness. For one thing it is written entirely in dialogue, which in itself is not an easy thing to pull off and further complicated by not having any dialogue tags or chapter breaks. For another, the two people talking are women and the author is a man. On the other hand, it had been praised by Jen Michalski, an accomplished author herself and a friend.

I needn’t have worried. The two women’s voices are sufficiently distinct that I knew who was talking without
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David
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book length conversation of only dialogue with no speaker identifiers sounds overly academic and geared primarily towards experiment, but Berengaut actually manages to pull this off as a narrative. Not just narrowly either, but well. I always knew who was talking. The characters were highly developed and their thought and speech patterns were individualized and quite distinct. Beyond that, it still told an engaging story. I'm impressed, highly impressed.
David
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing narrative consists entirely of a fascinating conversation between two women. Like all good conversations, the dialogue wanders between unexpected topics, amusing trivia, revealing personal details and plots twists. Read it in one sitting if you can.
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