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Second Place: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021 (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021
From the acclaimed author of the Outline trilogy, a fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships.
Praise for the Outline trilogy:
'A landmark in twenty-first-century English literature.'
'Precise and haunting ... Unforgettable.'
'Achieves a kind of formal perfection ... masterly.'
'A work of great stunning beauty, deep insight, and great originality.'
A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. Over the course of one hot summer, his provocative presence provides the frame for a study of female fate and male privilege, of the geometries of human relationships, and of the struggle to live morally between our internal and external worlds. With its examination of the possibility that art can both save and destroy us, Second Place is deeply affirming of the human soul, while grappling with its darkest demons.
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“Cusk, as always, is brilliant at the subtleties of human dynamics, which here are as ever-changing as the landscape against which they’re set.” -- Toronto Star
“Cusk is as brilliant as ever at revealing the tumult that occurs when people with varying strengths of personal will come into close contact with each other. Second Place is the kind of book that requires re-reading, but also rewards it.” -- Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“[Second Place] is engaging, and so thought-provoking that it may well cause readers to re-examine their own lives. . . Cusk captivates the reader, her asides and interpretations astute, often funny and memorable.” -- Winnipeg Free Press
“Cusk has dressed an incisive meditation on the meaning of art in a delicious psychodrama about three couples communing in the woods.” -- Chatelaine --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
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- ASIN : B08Q33BQW5
- Éditeur : Faber & Faber (4 mai 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 1105 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 155 pages
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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.