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. Week 11: One Word Title > Outline by Rachel Cusk

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message 1: by Jenna (new)

Jenna (jennywatts) This book was just published in the U.S. recently and the reviews from both here and abroad are glowing, just off the charts. They characterized the work as important and challenging ( and depressing maybe). I read at least one book by Rachel Cusk, The Country Life, and loved it, but it was an earlier work and had echoes of Austen and C. Bronte. (Apparently she only reads classic lit, nothing contemporary, and this is reflected in her work.) So if she now is really a significant writer at the height of her craft, and if Outline is an interior-monologue-heavy, metafictional meditation on creativity and relationships - well, it will be different, but we shall see what all the fuss is about!

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Yasmina | 74 comments Well, I have just checked its description:

“A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.
Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. In the stifling heat and noise of the city the sequence of voice begins to weave a complex human tapestry. The more they talk the more elliptical their listener becomes, as she shapes and directs their accounts until certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself.
Outline is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form.”

It sounds really Amazing! Just added it to my To Read List and my To Buy Soon List! :)

message 3: by Jenna (new)

Jenna (jennywatts) Yasmina, I'm glad you are into it! I think it will be possibly challenging, but rewarding - anyway, so glad to have someone else interested in this one! :-)

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