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A haunting fable of art, family, and fate from the author of the Outline trilogy.
A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma - and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.
Second Place, Rachel Cusk’s electrifying new novel, is a study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. It reminds us of art’s capacity to uplift - and to destroy.
A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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|Durée||6 heures et 18 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||04 mai 2021|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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Presented as a collection of communications (perhaps, from a series of letters) to someone only ever referred to as ‘Jeffers’, the novel opens when M visits a gallery in Paris and becomes captivated by an artist’s self-portrait. Convinced that this artist can help her achieve a true sense of self, M invites him to stay in the guest lodge of her remote, coastal home…
Whereas we are usually led to believe that a good author will ‘show don’t tell’, Cusk succeeds in doing the complete opposite here. Whatever information is gained comes from M herself, and Cusk constantly challenges the reader to decide just how reliable her narrator is. M deftly leaps from one conceptualisation to the next, but whether this is in a quest to discover or hide her true nature is always open to interpretation.
I found ‘Second Place’ a strangely compelling read, and was particularly drawn to the many evocative descriptions of the natural environment. However, whilst I can easily recall how the novel starts and finishes, I’m left with only a vague impression of the middle section. In part I think this is fitting, it is after all a book in which the narrator’s thoughts and impressions are jumbled and fleeting, but I rather think it’s more due to M’s monologue being so frequently tinged with self-pity (despite her protestations that it isn’t), that I was often tempted to ‘tune-out’.
Overall: A difficult character to like, but Cusk succeeds in giving M a unique and strangely compelling voice.