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Slow Emergencies: A Novel

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  231 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Lin has a husband, two daughters, and close friends. But dance is her passion. Inescapably, it imposes itself upon her, until the inevitable moment when she must choose between her family life and the all-consuming world of dance to which she aches to return.

Slow Emergencies conveys an irresistible impulse to create, and illustrates the emotional turmoil that ensues for L
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comme toujours, j'ai aimé l'écriture de Nancy Huston. Je me suis toutefois senti moins concernée par le sujet (la conciliation entre maternité et aspirations individuelles) que je l'aurais cru. Peut-être à cause du choix extrême que fait le personnage principal... Ceci dit, c'est une réflexion pertinente sur le caractère souvent envahissant et exclusif d'une vraie vocation d'artiste.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
On the one hand: I stayed up way too late reading this, and finished it the next morning before breakfast. So clearly, something worked. It flows quickly and intensely, and it's very difficult to look away. The writing feels just slightly off from my personally preferred aesthetic, but it has it's own electric pulse and overall, it works. Like, I would prefer if Jeanette Winterson had written this. But I was glued to the page, so.

On the other hand: it doesn't feel quite like a 4 star novel. I t
Debbie Bateman
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book. Some of the sentences are so utterly breathtaking, I had to read them over several times before I could bare to move on. Slow Emergencies is as lean and elegant as the dancer it describes, and as heart rending as the mother it follows through her unexpected and costly life choices.
Drôle de livre...L'écriture de Huston est difficilement descriptible. Je crois que c'est la forme narrative qui est unique. Faudrait que je m'informe auprès mes littéraires afin de pousser plus loin ma réflexion. On dirait un récit naturaliste ou plusieurs dialogues style «nature morte».
Jan 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
vague and poorly developed. it felt the auther purposely wrote this in an abstract manner just for the sake of being abstract. it's impossible to like or even understand/empathize with the main character.
Olga Zilberbourg
A ballet dancer tries to manage her career, marriage, and two children at the same time. A thoughtful and passionate little novel on the dilemmas facing a woman artist.
Luisa Fer
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book introduced me to Nancy Houston and I became a fan.
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une belle petite histoire de Nancy Huston. Très facile à lire et à apprécier. La fin est plutôt déroutante.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with Nancy Huston's novels.
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Huston lived in Calgary until age fifteen, at which time her family moved to Wilton, New Hampshire, USA. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was given the opportunity to spend a year of her studies in Paris. Arriving in Paris in 1973, Huston obtained a Master's Degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, writing a thesis on swear words und
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