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Cat Person e outros contos

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,752 ratings  ·  593 reviews
Nesta reunião de doze contos que tratam de amor, desejo, poder e consentimento, Kristen Roupenian se revela uma das vozes mais originais e provocativas da ficção contemporânea.

Kristen Roupenian era uma autora desconhecida até a publicação de “Cat person”, em dezembro de 2017, no site da revista New Yorker. Narrando o encontro de Margot, de vinte anos, com Robert, de 34, a
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Published January 18th 2019 by Companhia das Letras (first published January 15th 2019)
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. The stories are well written. They are. But I didn’t like this book. It’s so bleak. There is no joy, no air in these stories. There is nothing wrong with that but it didn’t make for a great reading experience. So many of the stories were flat. Garish without heart or soul. Violent and grotesque without purpose. There isn’t a character or story I will remember with fondness. The characters were often flat, caricatures. I can’t say I will remember much of this book at all. I really tried to ...more
Larry H
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a crazy collection of short stories this was!!

Kristen Roupenian's debut collection, You Know You Want This , is at turns frank, brutal, disturbing, kinky, poignant, emotional, and eye-opening. Her stories are about relationships of all kinds—parental, romantic, sexual, those between friends and lovers, and even those between relative strangers. The relationships are rarely equal, in that most often, someone has the upper hand, although it might not always last for long.

This collection
Ilenia Zodiaco
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, racconti
Racconti spiazzanti, racconti che ti mettono a disagio, che spezzano le convenzioni consolidate sulle relazioni, a cominciare dall'assunto per il quale ci sia una perfetta corrispondenza di sentimenti tra due amanti, che amare significa prima di tutto comprendere, che il desiderio sia sempre trasparente e innocuo, che il sesso sia un atto d'intimità. L'autrice mette a nudo l'asimmetria presente in ogni dinamica relazionale contemporanea e per far questo mette in scena degli incubi, spesso grotte ...more
Elyse Walters
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s true.... I knew I wanted
“You Know You Want This”, the instant I learned about it.

I love the feel of the physical book… I find the book cover and color delicious... simply wanting to touch it. I don’t own it, ( accepting gifts)... :),
but I spent a bit of time reading the stories while in the bookstore... shhhh,

I knew I wanted to ‘listen’ to the large talented cast of readers by both men and women.
I almost bought this with my Audible monthly credit. ....that’s how much I wanted to read it,
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, 2019-read
I went into this equally curious and suspicious: I applaud a writer who gets the internet talking about a short story (, but the hype around Roupenian's debut collection has gained proportions that invite some kind of backlash. Looking at the actual material, the book as a whole is a little uneven and in parts feels underdeveloped, but hell, this is an exciting writer who has the potential to go places. Roupenian ventures into the darker recesses of the h ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I went into these stories braced not to like them. I quite enjoyed Cat Person and the surrounding controversy, but heard these stories were full of unlikeable characters and disturbing situations. And they are, but Kristen Roupenian has an uncanny sense of the inner lives of people - their messy, uncomfortable, inner lives. There is one story in here that feels like it doesn't fit unless you think of the characters as cat people. And really, it does fit in the way that the male character is a wh ...more
Lark Benobi
The lack of genuine human intimacy, or even the hope of genuine human intimacy, is the most disappointing element in these suffocatingly ugly stories.

This collection reminds me of the stories I used to write with my best friend in 8th grade, when we were both sure we knew everything about sex, even though our knowledge was theoretical, and when we were also under the impression that sex, so adult and so secret, must be perverted, and a little gross.

Great stories do exist that tell their stories
Evi *
Sono 12 racconti, di cui quattro veramente notevoli:
Cat person
La prova nel portafiammiferi
Voglia di morire

Gli altri dove l'autrice introduce in maniera audace elementi grotteschi e visionari che si distaccano un po' troppo dal realismo mi hanno tenuta più distante e perplessa.
Per chi ha letto la scrittrice americana Shirley Jackson, cospicuamente pubblicata da Adelphi e a cui l’autrice rende debito, si possono scorgere alcune affinità.

Cat person, il racconto che dà il titolo alla raccolt
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I think it's safe to say that the majority of people reading this book have done so simply because we read 'Cat Person' last year and were curious what else the author of it might come up with. I know that's why I picked it up.

Cat Person was an interesting story in many ways. For one, it was all too familiar to a lot of women, myself included. It wasn't particularly well-written (in that the writing style was nothing extra special; it just described what it needed to and got the job done), and t
Jessica Sullivan
If you were alive and online in 2018, you probably read and talked about Kristen Roupenian’s short story, “Cat Person.” Well, get ready for her debut collection, because it’s here and ready to punch you in the gut—or, perhaps more aptly, bite your face off.

Drawing comparisons to Carmen Maria Machado and Ottessa Moshfegh, this dark, perverse, macabre collection explores relationships with a distinct focus on power dynamics. The subjects are mostly women, and they are at times the victims and the
Skyler Autumn
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 Star

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I am in love with Kristen Roupenian, I will read whatever this woman writes. You Know You Want This, is a collection of short stories that examines relationships, sex and gender dynamics. From the mind that created 'Cat Person' (a short story that still haunts my dreams) you get 12 unique tales ranging from an exploration of what makes someone the nice guy, to a perverse menage a trois that has deadly consequences to a woman who uses her kink of biting to her adva
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Istinti oscuri

Non sono una lettrice di racconti e di solito non mi faccio catturare dal tam tam mediatico intorno ad un libro. In questo caso, la lettura è venuta proprio per mera curiosità e marketing efficace.

Cat Person, il racconto più letto e più condiviso del momento, ha suscitato la mia curiosità.
Non riuscendolo a trovare in rete (è disponibile ma solo in lingua originale), ho cominciato con lo scaricarmi l'anteprima della raccolta, nella speranza di trovarlo già lì e farmi quindi una ide
☽ Sono sempre vissuta nel castello Chiara
Cat person è il classico caso in cui la fama del libro precede il libro stesso: il racconto più letto nella storia del New Yorker, il più retwittato, la nuova promessa della letteratura americana, un contratto già firmato per un futuro libro e una serie tv.
Insomma, era una lettura inevitabile e questa volta le mie aspettative non sono state deluse. Anzi.
Una raccolta questa che nasce e si declina attorno ad un concetto chiave: quello del desiderio, il principio di ogni rapporto umano, forse il pr
Maria Johansen
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kristen Roupenian fastholder sin læser i tolv modbydeligt frastødende noveller med sex, magt og menneskelige relationer i centrum, og hun udnytter til fulde det faktum, at det frastødende også altid tiltrækker.
Hendes noveller er gribende intense, og hun demonstrerer en beundringsværdig fornemmelse for relationelle forhold. Hun dyrker magtbalancer og tror tilsyneladende ikke på ligeværdige forhold – i al fald i litteraturen – og fordi alle kynisk forfølger deres eget begær, ender det faktisk ald
Katie Long
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adjectives that kept coming to mind while I was reading this one are fresh and fun. Of course, Roupenian doesn’t hit them all out of the park, but her voice and style are vibrant even in the couple of stories that don’t quite land. My favorite is the delightfully eerie “Sardines,” but there were several other standouts too. I’m here for whatever she does next.
John Decker
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
There are three stories in this that are terribly clunky and out of place. I cannot bring myself to give it five stars. But the remainder of these are fantastically disgusting. This collection takes the absurd and wince-worthy all the way — sometimes for ambiguous, sometimes sociopolitical reasons — and I am here for it.
Marcello S
Nella versione Italiana questa raccolta prende il titolo dal suo racconto più noto, diventato - poco più di un anno fa - uno dei contenuti più letti e condivisi sul sito del New Yorker. Pare che questo abbia portato Kristen Roupenian a firmare un contratto editoriale di un milione di dollari. E che ne verrà fuori anche una serie HBO. Non male.

In generale è una raccolta discontinua e ho trovato meno scossoni di quanto pensassi.
La prosa non è particolarmente brillante e alcuni racconti mi sono s
I came to You Know You Want This with mixed, muted expectations. Although I liked ‘Cat Person’, I’ve found most of the debate around it tiresome, and my interest was only properly piqued when I heard this collection contained horror stories. I have also read a number of very negative reviews, the kind of negativity you don't often see in the mainstream media these days – at least not without controversy being stirred up on social media. I’m especially thinking of this review in the New York Time ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5, rounded down.

Standard disclaimer: short story collections are SO not my forte, and I usually only succumb when there is a really compelling reason to do so; typically, as with this one, media hype. I'd read 'Cat Person' and enjoyed both the writing and the story itself, but had read largely negative reviews on the collection and her other work, so was wary and kept shoving this further down in the TBR pile.

I am delighted that my reservations were largely unfounded - and aside from 2 or 3 st
Jessica Woodbury
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, story-collection
3.5 stars
I don't blame anyone for wanting to immediately capitalize on the massive success of "Cat Person" by getting a collection of stories out as soon as possible, but I can still wish they'd waited a bit until the collection was more solid and cohesive.

I do not mind so much that the stories here can vary quite widely in theme, style, and genre. But there are two or three particular buckets you can sort them into rather than a mosaic of a wide variety of styles, leaving it feeling like a few
Martie Nees Record
Genre: General Fiction – Short Story Collection
Publisher: Gallery Publishing Group
Pub. Date: January 15, 2019

Mini Review

From the author of “Cat Person”—“the short story that launched a thousand theories” (The Guardian)—comes Kristen Roupenian's highly anticipated debut, a compulsively readable collection of short stories… that explore the complex—and often darkly funny—connections between gender, sex, and power across genres.” (Goodreads blurb).

There seems to be two types of storytelling in th
Sara Mazzoni
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incollo quello che scrivevo su Facebook una settimana fa, sottoscrivendolo ora che ho letto anche gli ultimi due racconti:

Sto leggendo Cat Person, la raccolta della scrittrice americana Kristen Roupenian, uscita per Einaudi (titolo originale You Know You Want This). Roupenian ha riscosso un grande successo grazie al racconto che dà il titolo al libro, uscito sul New Yorker alla fine del 2017 e diventato virale. Coglieva lo spirito del tempo (l’esplosione del MeToo) e innescava reazioni, a volte
Anita Pomerantz
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Edgy. Interesting. Definitely not a book for people who like trigger warnings.

While Roupenian isn't Saunders (yet), I really, really enjoyed reading her short story collection. Published on the strength of "Cat Person" which was published in the New Yorker and went viral, Roupenian's other stories push the boundaries, but in almost all of them, I could relate on some level to the interior dialogue of her characters. What I loved the most about her work is that she is fearless. She
These stories were a mixed bag and my suspicion is, that the publisher asked Roupenian, after the phenomenal success of Cat Person, if she had any other stories to publish. A lot of them feel quite unpolished and young, relying on shock value and overstretching the point.
Cat Person, with its razor sharp observations and truthfulness, still surpasses the other stories by miles. Some stories were intriguing, but most of them lacked the mature style of her famous story.
I'm very much looking forwar
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that I have that out of my system I honestly don't know where to start...this collection of short stories has skyrocketed to one of my favorite collection that fast...yes I know I sound like a crazy person with all my rambling but I honestly loved each and every story in this collection. EACH and EVERY STORY...I can't put into words how they made me feel because my feelings are still al
Kristen Roupenian got a book deal on the strength of Cat Person, the New Yorker short story that buzzed across the Internet in late 2018, stoked by the still red-hot embers of the #metoo movement.

Last year, I read and loved the story Cat Person.
This year, I read the collection You Know You Want This and loved the story Cat Person.

And that's the unfortunate truth: this collection is wildly uneven, a hodgepodge of ideas that needed a bit more germination or different execution. The lightning in
Jaclyn Crupi
A collection of mediocre short stories, nothing more, nothing less.
“He would remember her for the rest of his life; they would be joined by the glistening strands of his fear.”

When the short story Cat Person was first published, it generated a lot of hype. I suppose readers identified with it in some way, and enjoyed debating individual interpretation of events. It sparked a lot of talk, that’s for sure! It read kind of like what a gritty Sally Rooney story might read like, and with Kristen Roupenian’s debut short story collection, I was expecting more of the s
Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much Gallery Books for my free copy of YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS: “Cat Person and Other Stories” -

This collection is illustrious, unsettling, provocative, compulsive, and at times, villainous. I loved all twelve stories in very different ways but they all have the same cohesive, sharply written voice.

In the opening story, “Bad Boy”, a couple takes in a friend who has just been through a breakup and begins to use him in ruthless ways. In the story “Sardines”, an off putting 11-year-old
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