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"A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax"--
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374279868
Branch Call Number: FIC CUSK 2018
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 14, 2019

I am sure it is a great book, but it is not for me. Random people who meet the protagonist bare their souls to her. So there are a number of characters who reveal their frailties which the protagonist dutifully records. I did not think I was qualified to rate this book.

Feb 12, 2019

The third book in Rachel Cusk's trilogy, which includes "Outline" and "Transit." Not a lot happen in her books, but she writes with precision and extraordinary insight about family, art, writing, and relationships. Her narrator has an ironic detachment that soaks in all the conversations and stories around her. An excellent series. Too bad about the kinda terrible covers.

Jan 01, 2019

This is more of a philosophy book, disguised as an author's book tour. The narrator interacts with a fellow passenger on a flight, people standing in line behind her, taxi drivers, that sort of thing. Each one has much more wisdom than anyone in my immediate family and has the beautiful words and point of view to convey transforming experience into useful guidelines. Describing this book to friends, I said if you want to read a book about an author going on a book tour who gets into philosophical life-experience conversations with random people she comes across, this is the book for you.

Otherwise, it's kind of frustrating as characters only appear once. What happens to the passenger seated next to her? No idea. The person in line with her? You'll never know. So it's a cute trick to write people's life experiences, in fiction of course, without having to create any plot or tension or consequences for your characters.

She could write a shopping list and it'd be the most beautiful shopping list you've ever seen. But it is a shopping list, at the end. And this is just random conversations with strangers.

Jul 07, 2018

I am unsure why I like Rachel Cusk's novels, but I do. They are so spare, with hardly any action. They are mostly conversations or stories told by the people the main character is talking to. Odd, but beautiful.


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