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Free download The Summer Without Men ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Î ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ The Summer Without Men Author Siri Hustvedt – Die New Yorker Dichterin Mia hat eine Krise und verbringt den Sommer in der Nähe ihrer 90 jährigen Mutter die im Heim lebt Mia schreibt sich iCh sonst eine Menge vom Herzen und allmählich entdeckt sie The Summer PDFEPUBsich wieder ne. Thirty years on poet Mia Fredricksen’s husband Boris asks her for a pause in their marriage so he can explore his feelings for his young French lab assistant First things first Mia goes crazy and ends up in a mental hospital for a short time But then she sucks it up and goes back to her Minnesota hometown to teach poetry writing to teen girls for a summer getting sucked into a bullying drama She also makes friends with her neighbors and her mother’s cadre of old ladies – I especially loved Abigail and her habit of adding secret silly disturbing or sexual scenes to her embroideryThis is a capable if not groundbreaking story of the shifts that happen in a long marriage and the strange things we all do as we face down the possibility of death There are also some wry comments about the unappreciated talents of the female artist However compared to the other two novels I’ve read from Hustvedt this seemed thin and a little bit feeble Very much a minor achievement but a uick and enjoyable enough summer readFavorite lines“Thirty years is a long time and a marriage acuires an ingrown almost incestuous uality with complex rhythms of feeling dialogue and associations”“If a man opens a novel he likes to have a masculine name on the cover; it’s reassuring somehow You never know what might happen to that external genitalia if you immerse yourself in imaginary doings concocted by someone with the goods on the inside”“After all we none of us can ever untangle the knot of fictions that make up that wobbly thing we call a self”“We all smell of mortality and we can’t wash it off”

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Die New Yorker Dichterin Mia hat eine Krise und verbringt den Sommer in der Nähe ihrer jäh. My latest for CCLaPI will admit that I can be very smug I've been obsessively immersed in books for so long now that I tend to have opinions on everything literary founded or un So of course I had an opinion about Siri Hustvedt wife of Paul Auster posed kind of ridiculously in her author photo with her black turtleneck and piercing stare writer of what I'm not sure what I thought she wrote mainstream ish fiction for smart moms maybe Stuff like The Time Traveler's Wife or The Memory Keeper's Daughter or anything by Jodi Picoult where it's all plangent and emotional but in a kind of self absorbed way and has meaty characters but predictable plots full of poignancy and exuisite misery Or something I haven't read those other books either so who knows I could be wrong about them too Anyway I'd been sure that the books Siri wrote were not ones I'd necessarily scorn but also not anything I was in a hurry to pick up And I will further admit that I often let my preconceptions become self fulfilling prophesies So when I started this book and realized it was going to be about a bunch of girls a middle aged cuckoldee a handful of widows in an old folks' home a passel of tweens in a poetry class a young mother and her voluble bewigged toddler I wasn't really thrilled Those are obvious choices of people to write about over tilled ground seemingly automatically ready to go off into clichéd sentimental territory where everyone teaches each other valuable life lessons by sharing pain and going through trauma and coming out stronger on the other sideAnd it's true in some ways that's what happened But oh Siri charmed me She wooed me and impressed me and dragged me over to her side She's super smart but subtle about it not cloying or show offy like the hipster kids I so adore Marisha Pessl Benjamin Kunkel et al She weaves the many narratives deftly with a really mature and intentional sense of pacing Her language is lovely She spatters the narrative with all kinds of musings on psychology philosophy physiology history literature which are all actually relevant if not to the actual plot than to the mind of the narrator whose thoughts we spend the whole novel navigating Lots of the book is in fact about other books there are book club meetings and poetry classes and uite a lot of reading and musing on reading She also does this cool thing where she subverts her own use of bad clichés by having the narrator then actually picture the cliché to diffuse it which I surprisingly really loved And she's got some good meta ness too some breaking of the fourth wall and earnestly addressing the reader taking us by the hand or blindfolding us or otherwise revealing her own machinations before she performs them thus further distancing her from the sentimental heavily plotted pabulum that I'd been afraid I was in forI'm not saying the book was without flaws Certainly not all the characters are as full as they could be the seven tweens were virtually indistinguishable to me even after repeated mentions of this or that trait assigned to one or the other but that's not unfitting for the plot arc they were involved in which was one of shifting narratives fluid identities tweenagerhood as a many headed beast rather than a selection of individuals And the old ladies were seemingly ranked in order of importance to the narrator and assigned characterizations accordingly but isn't that a bit like life You don't know everything about all your mom's friends; you know a few interesting things about the ones you find interesting And then also she did this weird amateur thing which I can't believe her publisher let her get away with actually where instead of using italics for emphasis she used ALL CAPS like some shouting internet commenter which was totally bizarre and made me cringe every time and probably wouldn't bother people who aren't copyeditors but still is just wrongBut on the whole this was a really engaging book very smart very full I'm trying to say that I was wrong okay I'm allowing myself to loosen my grip on a deeply held conviction and admit fault Aren't you proud of me Just don't expect me to pick up Lovely Bones anytime soon

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The Summer Without MenRigen Mutter die im Heim lebt Mia schreibt sich ihre Wut über ihren untreuen Ehemann und au. Polymathic chicklit with a PhD something I'd been hoping to find for ten years Some time ago I had concluded it just didn't get published as there wasn't enough of an audience I'd never read Siri Hustvedt before assuming that her books were yet run of the mill English language literary fiction The rest of her work does still sound that way to me TBH But a few weeks ago I idly clicked on reviews for this book and among the negative ones it was criticised by chicklit readers for being too pretentious and by literary readers for being too superficial And also how was it a Summer Without Men if she uoted male writers and philosophers all the timeThis tale of Mia an academic and poet on a break from her marriage sounded very promisingWe have such chicklit cliches such as a younger French Other Woman; going back to a former home town after a relationship breakup; one sided ranting about the failings of the errant man; a group of schoolgirls who remind the protagonist of her younger days; a book group of elderly ladies reading Jane Austen; characters who whilst not noted for their wealth never worry about moneyAlongside such things standard chicklit often has bright characters who are denoted by brief references to their study or work and the use of a couple of longer words in conversation but if you'd like to know about that side of them you're inevitably disappointedNot here Reflections on the ideas of philosophers and poets and not just the best known ones form substantial parts of Mia's thoughts; we have a page long ponder of affective neuroscience; an obscure set of Goya prints form an apt backdrop to a scene involving bitchy preteens; punning references to the linguistic turn; and the ridiculously hip occurrence of some subversive vintage embroidery I could go on I like it when a book gives me a few things I don't know to look up but not so many that this interrupts the flow of the story and this was perfect on that count Mia feels very deeply and thinks knows very deeply too If she were a real person I would want to be friends with her I only had two disappointments with this book One it doesn't have chapters Two the lack of references to psychology other than Freud and that Mia didn't seek to tie up some of the neuroscience musings with her own experiences of a brief breakdown and recovery or the past aspects of her relationship Some attachment theory for instance would have worked perfectly I recall a couple of other reviewers saying there was too much self analysis in this book; I would have liked if the narrator accompanied it with reference and theory as she does so well in some other subject areasI loved this book but I hesitate to give it five stars at least on here to stand in my list alongside the likes of Kavalier and Clay and Middlemarch; yet its moments of glaring cliche alongside its erudition are what made it work so very well for me as comfort reading