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Alla scrivani dove l'importante non è la trama ma l'oggetto in apparenza inanimato in realtà custode di memorie dolori lutti e desideri A unire uesti frammenti la scrivania dei diciannove cassetti e le emozioni estrem. This is the worst book I ve read in years The narratives are incredibly disjointed and confusing None of the characters is interesting enough to warrant the energy reuired of the reader to piece together their stories in a meaningful way The writing itself is trite and one gets the feeling that one has read similar stories by better writers By far the worst flaw of the book is the lack of propulsion I m amazed that I read the entire book as there was nothing driving the book forward Without giving too much of the novel away I will say the image of the shark was arresting and beautiful but that the furniture motif felt forced and fell flat Why this book was nominated for the National Book Award is beyond me

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Great House

Atura di Pinochet Un giorno a venticinue anni di distanza dall'accaduto una ragazza forse la figlia del poeta rivendica la scrivania Da ui parte una miriade di racconti che si intreccinao tra loro e che ruotano intorno. I m a genre guy than a literature reader but I ve been trying to branch out lately I m glad I did because I ve read some amazing things that I probably wouldn t have tried otherwise However it only takes one book like this send me running back to the mystery or sci fi section for comfort It wasn t bad but it s just working so damn hard to be an important book that it really isn t much fun to read And maybe all books shouldn t be fun but they really shouldn t feel like this much work eitherThe book begins in the early 1970s in New York with a writer named Nadia losing all her furniture due to a break up with a boyfriend A mutual friend steers Nadia to Daniel Varsky a young Chilean poet who is getting ready to leave New York and has an apartment full of furniture he wants to loan out until he returns The most impressive item is a large desk Nadia takes the furniture and later hears that Daniel was tortured and killed in Chile during Pinochet s brutal rule of the countryYears pass and the one constant in Nadia s life is the desk However when a young woman claiming to be Daniel s daughter from a fling he had in Israel shows up Nadia immediately relinuishes the desk to her but soon regrets itSeveral other stories are told in parallel to Nadia s An Israeli man mourning the death of his wife pours his heart out in a story to the son he never understood The husband of a British writer discovers a shocking secret about his wife after her death and a young woman reflects on her love for a man who had an odd relationship with his sister and their father who is trying to recreate the study of his childhood home that was lost in the Holocaust Eventually the links between all of the stories emergeKrauss is one of those writers who impresses me technically but leaves me a bit cold despite writing something that was obviously going for the heart A big part of my problem is that that four of the characters are almost exactly the same Nadia the British writer the young woman in love and the Israeli son are introverted types who live their lives mainly through books and words to the point of ignoring everything else I especially found Nadia tiresome because this is a woman with every advantage who deliberately chooses her writing career over relationships yet whines about her own nature constantly It s hard to feel too sympathetic for someone who cut themselves off of their own free will and yet who is so fragile that the loss of a desk will plunge them into a depressive bout of writer s blockThe plot comes together in a nice web of cause and effect but overall this book felt like getting stuck in a conversation with someone who obviously wants to be doing something else but then proceeds to tell you about everything they ve talked about with their psychiatrist

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Un giorno di inverno del 1972 un giovane poeta cileno lascia i suoi mobili tra cui una massiccia scrivania con diciannove cassetti a una scrittrice newyorchese Lui tornerà in Cile dove sparirà nelle carceri della ditt. How Did She Do What She Just DidI looked forward to reading this novel for several years was apprehensive in the first couple of chapters persisted got my bearings then in the second half grew confident that it would blow my mind which it didThe novel makes demands on you you have to exert yourself but the rewards are enormous and profoundAs at the time of writing this review if I can call it that I finished the novel less than 24 hours ago I still haven t worked out what else to say about it There is so much I want to talk about with somebodyanybody However because of the desire to avoid spoilers I know there are things I mustn t say in a review The problem is it s these aspects of the novel that fascinate me and they are so numerous so I m going to write whatever spoiler free thing comes into my head relatively spontaneously I m sorry I can t do better than that yet but I want to at least make a start while the book is still fresh in my mindOne thing I must say though is that I admire what Nicole Krauss achieved as a writer in this novel My immediate reaction was how did she do what she just did Somehow she seemed to drag me along from the relatively mundane to the sublime Only I just never anticipated how sublime it would beThe Absence or Loss of PlotIt isn t a narrative driven novel There is no plot to speak of or is there There is a sense in which Nicole Krauss is rebelling against the traditional plot To that extent this is an exemplary Post Modernist workThe narratives are set at different times Lots of dates are mentioned The first thing I tried to do after I finished was to write down the dates and what happened Some sort of chronology emerged I moved the pieces around like a jigsaw puzzle and bit by bit a clearer picture eventuated But it s one you could keep returning to year after year trying to get better at reading or assembling it The StructureThe book is less than 300 pages long However it took me almost a hundred pages to detect its rhythm and feel comfortable I think this was because I had anticipated something uite different possibly as a result of the blurbThe structure of the novel is uite simple to describe However aspects of it resemble and raise similar issues with respect to the juxtaposition of different narratives as a recent novel that consisted of nested stories It s divided into two parts The second part is almost a mirror image that expands on or resolves the first part Each part has four chapters roughly 40 pages each Each chapter has a title Three of the chapter titles are repeated in the second part The fourth and last chapter in the book is given a new title but relates to the same personpeople The seuence of the chapters changes between the two parts of the novel Each chapter is narrated in the first person or less as a monologue There is relatively little dialogue We really get into the head of each narrator whether or not we like or empathise with them There are a few stylistic anomalies in some chapters eg clumsy similes which made me wonder whether Krauss attention to detail might have slipped However ultimately I decided that she knew what she was doing all along and that this inelegance was a trait of the narrator not the authorThe JourneyThe novel doesn t just progress from A to B or from A to Z However regardless the novel maps a journey All of the steps are carefully recorded By the time we get to the end of the novel we re conscious of the journey as a whole What seems to be fragmentary as we progress is ultimately assembled together in a manner that accomplishes completeness a whole an entirety a world a universe a Great HouseEually importantly the journey is not just the journey of these narrators Krauss has a uniue ability to make the journey seem like our journey as well I don t just mean this in the sense of empathy or verisimilitude I mean that she makes us make it our journey as well We have to exert ourselves We personalise it We don t just observe characters acting It s almost as if we get up on stage and join them We are trying as hard as them to make sense of this world that is being presented to all of us in fragments This world that Krauss is portraying is not just their world It s our world as well We learn about ourselves as we learn about her narratorsI m reluctant to describe the individual narrators or the chronology of events It might seem trite to say that it s essential for you to experience them yourself as part of your journey through the world of the novel I can t and don t want to take and don t want to spoil your journey for you It has to be your own journeyThe Great HouseThere are many times on the journey when you ask yourself what the Great House isIt could be many types of house both literally and metaphorically an actual physical home with all of its furniture and contents including a writing desk a family as in the House of Usher a Temple even a Book whether holy or notWhatever type of house I think it s a defence or buttress against the abyssWhenever I read the word abyss particularly in the context of philosophy I wonder how the word originated I tend to visualise it as a hole or an emptiness However there s also a sense in which it is the opposite of being grounded it might mean that we are un grounded We have no solid physical foundation upon which to stand or build a home It might seem paradoxical but just as we might fall into the abyss we might float or fly away from solid ground if we are un grounded Great House is concerned with this abyss and what it takes to be grounded although not necessarily in so many words The two words that come to mind for me are absence and loss In a way both describe the non presence of some object or characteristic or person Absence could mean that it has never been present loss might mean that it was once present but is no longer soThe novel raises the uestion how do we or should we deal with the abyss with the absence with the lossEach narrator is missing something whether or not it has always been absent or whether it has been lost or whether it has been burned or stolen or whether it has been given away whether permanently or temporarilyEach narrator is estranged by the absence or loss Each narrator tries to do something about it in their own uniue wayIt s uestionable whether you can overcome the absence or loss by yourself Although the absence or loss might apply to a physical object like the desk it applies eually to relationships like loveKrauss explores these issues in the context of the Jewish predicament However I think it is eually applicable to other religions and culturesThe Jewish people have had to deal with two challenges the loss of Jerusalem and the HolocaustOne response to the loss of Jerusalem is to Turn Jerusalem into an idea Turn the Temple into a book a book as vast and holy and intricate as the city itself Bend a people around the shape of what they lost and let everything mirror its absent formeach one of us can only recall the tiniest fragment a pattern on the wall a knot in the wood of a door a memory of how light fell across the floor But if every Jewish memory were put together every last holy fragment joined up again as one the House would be built againor rather a memory of the House so perfect that it would be in essence the original itselfa perfect assemblage of the infinite parts of the Jewish memorywe live each of us to preserve our fragment in a state of perpetual regret and longing for a place we only know existed because we remember a key hole a tile the way the threshold was worn under an open doorSo memory is part of the mechanism by which we combat the abyss and books are the depositories of memoriesMany of the characters react to the absence or loss by way of their silence They internalise and bottle up their anguishSometimes you need to be opened up or uncorked or unlocked Sometimes you are the key hole and somebody else holds the key Sometimes you have to realise that you yourself hold the key Together our fragments form a perfect assemblage Together we form a Great HouseThis novel is a Great House assembled out of the fragments of real or imaginary lives By the time the novel is finished its shape becomes apparent and everything locks into place It is a truly holy book Hinterlands and Commodities un giovane poeta cileno lascia i suoi mobili tra cui Untold Secrets of Planet Earth una massiccia scrivania con diciannove cassetti a Apocalyptic Cartography una scrittrice newyorchese Lui tornerà in Cile dove sparirà nelle carceri della ditt. How Did She Do What She Just DidI looked forward to reading this novel for several years was apprehensive in the first couple of chapters persisted got my bearings then in the second half grew confident that it would blow my mind which it didThe novel makes demands on you you have to exert yourself but the rewards are enormous and profoundAs at the time of writing this review if I can call it that I finished the novel less than 24 hours ago I still haven t worked out what else to say about it There is so much I want to talk about with somebodyanybody However because of the desire to avoid spoilers I know there are things I mustn t say in a review The problem is it s these aspects of the novel that fascinate me and they are so numerous so I m going to write whatever spoiler free thing comes into my head relatively spontaneously I m sorry I can t do better than that yet but I want to at least make a start while the book is still fresh in my mindOne thing I must say though is that I admire what Nicole Krauss achieved as a writer in this novel My immediate reaction was how did she do what she just did Somehow she seemed to drag me along from the relatively mundane to the sublime Only I just never anticipated how sublime it would beThe Absence or Loss of PlotIt isn t a narrative driven novel There is no plot to speak of or is there There is a sense in which Nicole Krauss is rebelling against the traditional plot To that extent this is an exemplary Post Modernist workThe narratives are set at different times Lots of dates are mentioned The first thing I tried to do after I finished was to write down the dates and what happened Some sort of chronology emerged I moved the pieces around like a jigsaw puzzle and bit by bit a clearer picture eventuated But it s one you could keep returning to year after year trying to get better at reading or assembling it The StructureThe book is less than 300 pages long However it took me almost a hundred pages to detect its rhythm and feel comfortable I think this was because I had anticipated something Doubts on Avicenna uite different possibly as a result of the blurbThe structure of the novel is Uninvited uite simple to describe However aspects of it resemble and raise similar issues with respect to the juxtaposition of different narratives as a recent novel that consisted of nested stories It s divided into two parts The second part is almost a mirror image that expands on or resolves the first part Each part has four chapters roughly 40 pages each Each chapter has a title Three of the chapter titles are repeated in the second part The fourth and last chapter in the book is given a new title but relates to the same personpeople The seuence of the chapters changes between the two parts of the novel Each chapter is narrated in the first person or less as a monologue There is relatively little dialogue We really get into the head of each narrator whether or not we like or empathise with them There are a few stylistic anomalies in some chapters eg clumsy similes which made me wonder whether Krauss attention to detail might have slipped However CaddyGirls ultimately I decided that she knew what she was doing all along and that this inelegance was a trait of the narrator not the authorThe JourneyThe novel doesn t just progress from A to B or from A to Z However regardless the novel maps a journey All of the steps are carefully recorded By the time we get to the end of the novel we re conscious of the journey as a whole What seems to be fragmentary as we progress is Chris (Ties of Passion, ultimately assembled together in a manner that accomplishes completeness a whole an entirety a world a The Matchmakers Apprentice universe a Great HouseEually importantly the journey is not just the journey of these narrators Krauss has a The Saint Peters Plot uniue ability to make the journey seem like our journey as well I don t just mean this in the sense of empathy or verisimilitude I mean that she makes Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files us make it our journey as well We have to exert ourselves We personalise it We don t just observe characters acting It s almost as if we get Double Deception (Code Name: Danger us in fragments This world that Krauss is portraying is not just their world It s our world as well We learn about ourselves as we learn about her narratorsI m reluctant to describe the individual narrators or the chronology of events It might seem trite to say that it s essential for you to experience them yourself as part of your journey through the world of the novel I can t and don t want to take and don t want to spoil your journey for you It has to be your own journeyThe Great HouseThere are many times on the journey when you ask yourself what the Great House isIt could be many types of house both literally and metaphorically an actual physical home with all of its furniture and contents including a writing desk a family as in the House of Usher a Temple even a Book whether holy or notWhatever type of house I think it s a defence or buttress against the abyssWhenever I read the word abyss particularly in the context of philosophy I wonder how the word originated I tend to visualise it as a hole or an emptiness However there s also a sense in which it is the opposite of being grounded it might mean that we are The Pastor Takes a Wife un grounded We have no solid physical foundation The Calamity Janes un grounded Great House is concerned with this abyss and what it takes to be grounded although not necessarily in so many words The two words that come to mind for me are absence and loss In a way both describe the non presence of some object or characteristic or person Absence could mean that it has never been present loss might mean that it was once present but is no longer soThe novel raises the Internal Affairs / Protector of One uestion how do we or should we deal with the abyss with the absence with the lossEach narrator is missing something whether or not it has always been absent or whether it has been lost or whether it has been burned or stolen or whether it has been given away whether permanently or temporarilyEach narrator is estranged by the absence or loss Each narrator tries to do something about it in their own Fallen Angel uniue wayIt s Duister kwaad (Maggie ODell us can only recall the tiniest fragment a pattern on the wall a knot in the wood of a door a memory of how light fell across the floor But if every Jewish memory were put together every last holy fragment joined A Matter of Chance up again as one the House would be built againor rather a memory of the House so perfect that it would be in essence the original itselfa perfect assemblage of the infinite parts of the Jewish memorywe live each of Mom Over Miami us to preserve our fragment in a state of perpetual regret and longing for a place we only know existed because we remember a key hole a tile the way the threshold was worn The Latin Surgeon under an open doorSo memory is part of the mechanism by which we combat the abyss and books are the depositories of memoriesMany of the characters react to the absence or loss by way of their silence They internalise and bottle Nanny in Hiding (The Hathaways of Morgan Creek up their anguishSometimes you need to be opened The Ranchers Christmas Match up or Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue uncorked or Pollinators & Pollinator Habitat on Federal Lands unlocked Sometimes you are the key hole and somebody else holds the key Sometimes you have to realise that you yourself hold the key Together our fragments form a perfect assemblage Together we form a Great HouseThis novel is a Great House assembled out of the fragments of real or imaginary lives By the time the novel is finished its shape becomes apparent and everything locks into place It is a truly holy book


10 thoughts on “Great House

  1. says:

    So I say again writing a book of short stories fitting them together Tetris like and calling it a novel DOES NOT MAKE YOUR BOOK A NOVEL Also telling your publisher to put a novel on the cover after the title DOES NOT MAKE YOUR BOOK

  2. says:

    As I sit down to assess the past year with Rosh Hashanah fast approaching I decided to read a Jewish author who I have never read before Recen

  3. says:

    How Did She Do What She Just Did?I looked forward to reading this novel for several years was apprehensive in the first couple of chapters persi

  4. says:

    I’m surprised this was written after History of Love because for me though perhaps grown up it’s less accomplished The design is brilliant

  5. says:

    After reading The History of Love I promised myself to read something else by Nicole Krauss when I had the chance I found Great House

  6. says:

    I’m a genre guy than a literature reader but I’ve been trying to branch out lately I’m glad I did because I’ve read some amazing thin

  7. says:

    How to Extract EmpathyKrauss is a mistress of extracted empathy She can drag it out of you even when you fight it particularly empathy for writers for Nadia a writer prevented by success from writing what she ought; for Dov an Israeli prevented by apparent paternal sadism from becoming a writer at all; for Lot

  8. says:

    This is the worst book I've read in years The narratives are incredibly disjointed and confusing None of the characters is interesting enough to warrant the energy reuired of the reader to piece together their stories in a meaningful

  9. says:

    A common criticism of this book is that it’s like four short stories than a novel It’s true the four narratives with a little tinkering could stand alone as brilliant inspired stories There’s a suspicion too that Nicole Krauss has difficulties writing novels Only two in ten years – in stark contrast to someone like Murakami

  10. says:

    This book is not about a house great or minute It’s about aview spoilerdesk hide spoiler

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