Once I had a handle on the alternating chapter timeline structure, and that I had started on the last book of the sequence, I thought it was great.
This is an incredible book of many intense stories of the process and survival of divorce. It doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs as a concept but give it time and there’s joy, inspiration, hope, sadness, hilarity, devastation, fun and beauty.
It is an intense read, especially in the knowledge that it is all true, and as someone who has not experienced this directly (I think another reviewer has said this) an incredible window into a world that is not often written about. That intensity might be why it’s taken me so long to finish. I generally have five or so books on the go. I didn’t want to binge this, I wanted to remember each one so I took my time.
Looking forward to other publications from Fiction and Feeling.
These are the books I have read in the last 12 months:
author: James Joyce published: 1914
author: Michel de Montaigne published: 1580 rating: 5
author: Rutu Modan published: 2008 rating: 5
author: Carlos Sampayo published: 1989 rating: 3
Author: John Steinbeck published: 1939 rating: 5
author: Hilary Mantel published: 2014 rating: 5
author: Émile Zola published: 1870 rating: 5
author: Cullen Bunn published: 2016 rating: 3
author: Arthur C. Clarke published: 1956 rating: 4
author: John Updike published: 1960 rating: 4
published: 2015 rating: 5
author: Arthur Conan Doyle published: 1928 rating: 4
author: Kelly Sue DeConnick published: 2013 rating: 4
author: Homer published: -750 rating: 5
author: Kelly Sue DeConnick published: 2011 rating: 4
author: Anton Chekhov published: 1921 rating: 5
author: Alan Moore & Brian Bolland published: 1988 rating: 4
author: Christian Williams rating: 4
author: Katsuhiro Otomo published: 1984 rating: 4
author: E.M. Forster published: 1908 rating: 5
author: Anne Brontë published: 1848 rating: 5
author: Mark Todd published: 2006 rating: 5
author: Thomas Pynchon published: 2009 rating: 5
author: Lynda Barry published: 2014 rating: 5
author: Marcus Aurelius published: 180 rating: 4
author: Stephen King published: 1977 rating: 5
author: Naomi Klein published: 2006 rating: 5
author: Edith Wharton published: 1903 rating: 3
I’m Still on:
editor: Katie West published: 2017
author: George R.R. Martin published: 1998
author: Dorothea Brande published: 1934
author/editor: Tom Devlin published: 2015
“I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this.”
I really wasn’t prepared by how relevant it was to so many situations occurring globally at the moment. The mass migration of populations due to climate changes, infrastructure collapse and economics, the refusal of a system to help and indeed the full demonisation of those in transit.
The language is beautifully simple and yet says so much about strength, sadness, suffering, perseverance and dignity.
A really intense, gruelling book about a pretty loathsome wretch. Horrible thing is there’s a billion Rabbits in the actual world. Ahead of its time in many ways. This is my first Updike. His writing is profound. But yeah. Relentless.
“Back when, she could go weeks without anything more complicated than a pout. Now she was laying some heavy combination of face ingredients on him that he couldn’t read at all. Maybe something she’d picked up at acting school. “It isn’t what you’re thinking, Doc.””
Mysterious and strange. Just what we like.
Very aware this is a single spoke in a very large wheel.
You wonder if he even knew where he was going after he wrote that first sentence.
“There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.”