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  • Title: Outline
  • Author: Rachel Cusk
  • ISBN: 9781443447102
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Outline is a novel in ten conversations Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens She leads her students in storytelling exercises She meets other visiting writers for dinner She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor The people she encounters speak, volubly, about themselves their fOutline is a novel in ten conversations Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens She leads her students in storytelling exercises She meets other visiting writers for dinner She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor The people she encounters speak, volubly, about themselves their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets and longings And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss Outline is Rachel Cusk s finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant and original novels of recent years.
    Outline Outline is a novel in ten conversations Spare and lucid it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens She leads her students in storytelling

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    1. Damn you, Rachel Cusk This book was absolutely infuriating As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it And so, I burned through it in a a little than 24 hours It bears little resemblance to any other novel I ve ever read The characters seem vague and unformed, but they come through with periodic startling observations about life and human nature that hit me like a punch in the stomach The star system here on is totally useless for this book Yeah, it s probably completely useless [...]

    2. Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer s mind Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotionally pivotal stories about themselves She makes no other dramatic demands of them They become like a Greek chorus of voices without a play A writer, unnamed until the penultimate chapter, travels to Athens to host a writ [...]

    3. In Outline, a writer named Faye perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she meets up with, friends those friends have brought along, et cetera Sometimes Faye listens to these people without comment, sometimes she challenges them, sometimes she reveals something about herself That s all The novel [...]

    4. To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile.The book is series of conversations delivered with a twanging chord of tension and self interest Or really, it s a collection of confessions delivered to a listener who reciprocates only rarely she is an ear, an eye, a filter less participant than sponge.The subject of the con [...]

    5. 5 pristine, refreshing, clear stars 2016 Bronze Award Third Favorite Read Tie I am a man that resides in the world of emotion They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, but other times they make me flounder, weigh me down like the experience of walking in the cold snow with a hole in my boot that leaves my precious foot frigid and lonely.I am unsure why the last paragraph came to my consciousness as I [...]

    6. Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and Outline doesn t hide her skills.But I found this book to be lacking The premise, on its face, is interesting a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wide disparity of outlines and shapes of people s lives It sounds existential and philosophical and hip and like half of all of the other novels that are coming out right now For the most part, the book executes its intended [...]

    7. Nothing much really happens in Outline A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English language writing workshop She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages The stories Faye hears from this man, from her co teacher, from her students and friends make up the narrative, and in between we learn a little of her own life So it s not terribly eventful, and there certainly isn t a plot, but the characters conversations are fascinating, having that pl [...]

    8. My wife used to read the TLS books of the year edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed The book was garbage What to make of this She decided that the U.K publishing scene is so small and her word incestuous that they just read the same five books and then talked about them for a week before moving on She no longer looks to the TLS end of [...]

    9. Rather 4,25.Phew, this is something else There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read There is at the same time nothing and too much going on It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling altough it reminded me of Jenny Offill, Valeria Luiselli, Miranda July and especially Ben Lerner It is so dense and deep that you really have to stay 100% concentrated all the time Often, I was enjoying a certain episode, anecdote or [...]

    10. To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice and a tempting one to make To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection If you are just a passive receiver, all bits of the ceaseless flow of information fit your narrative there s no need to shape them in accordance with your purposes In exchange for cohesion you get all kinds of bypassing, unfinished, often interesting stories In ot [...]

    11. This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature Not really a novel in terms of plot there really isn t one , it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few days to teach a writing course As she recounts these conversations and their settings, a few facts from her own circumstances emerge.This doesn t sound like much to base a novel on, but as I read, I began to realize tha [...]

    12. I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside I didn t dislike the writing I even found it quite profound in places, but there s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable Last year I read the first few pages of Cusk s Aftermath, about her divorce, and found it similarly detached In general I just think her style doesn t connect with me I m unlikely to pick up another of her books.A few lines I appreciated As it happened I was no lo [...]

    13. Rachel Cusk j escreveu nove romances, mas s agora conheci o trabalho da autora com o primeiro livro de uma trilogia recentemente lan ado pela Quetzal Em 2003 foi escolhida pela Granta como uma das melhores jovens romancistas Na altura tinha apenas 37 anos Recebeu com este romance rasgados elogios pelos v rios meios de comunica o e cr ticos liter rios Foi finalista do Pr mio Baileys em 2015 Se passar algum tempo a ler este romance, ficar convencido de que Rachel Cusk uma das mais inteligentes esc [...]

    14. Joan Didion once wrote that we tell ourselves stories in order to live Rachel Cusk s Outline illustrates this love of storytelling The narrator of the book, a woman writer from England, tells the stories of all the people she encounters, beginning with a man she meets on a flight to Greece and continuing with all the various acquaintances she meets in the country where she is teaching a writing course for a few days The book consists entirely of the different monologues of the people The man on [...]

    15. A tactic familiar with professions as diverse as interrogators, lawyers, and psychologists is to resist the polite urge to fill silences with small talk, to refrain from being your conversation partner s crutch, in the hope that the other guy will be sufficiently destabilized by the solecism to overcompensate with his own palaver Interrogators hope to get access to secret, front of mind information attorneys seek an uncharacterized narrative psychologists aim to obtain insight into thought proce [...]

    16. Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013 2014 I stopped reading in the third installment.

    17. Seemed too soft for me at first, kept thinking it was pillowy, aerated, possibly thanks to the large type and space between lines and comfortable margins of the paperback I read It s probably a 165 page double spaced manuscript at most, formatted to 249 easily turned pages, a good idea on the part of the publisher to accelerate a reader s progress since it s not plot driven at all and only over time does the outline of the narrator, her history and pain, become and apparent At best, this one s [...]

    18. I ve never read anything like this At first I didn t like it much, but toward the end I had trouble putting it down You end up considering the world from the intimate pov of the dozens of strangers in the story, and admiring Cusk s technique, intelligence and curiosity.

    19. It s meandering, and subtle, and subtextual I liked Outline so much once I d jettisoned the audiobook and settled down with the printed words so that I could read slowly, re read, circle back I haven t read Cusk s Aftermath, her memoir about her divorce, but apparently she kicked up a real shitstorm with it, and this oblique fictional experiment is a result of that It s a sequence of linked conversations with a female character who is not Cusk but also not unlike Cusk who listens to several peo [...]

    20. I enjoyed this book a lot as I was reading it but I honestly can t remember precisely what I liked or, really, much of what I read I know I liked the writing there s an elegance to it and to the slow, careful unlayering of the characters thoughts and motivations as they tell the narrator the stories of their lives or pieces of them We never really get to know anyone even tho they are sharing masses of details, many many words, about some of the most personal aspects of their lives Their relation [...]

    21. Outline is a novel in ten conversations Our MC Faye, is a writer on her way to Greece to teach a week long writing seminar Along the way she has conversations with her seatmate who lives in Greece and she ends up going sailing with, fellow teachers and old friends This is a captivating story with not much plot I know that sounds contradictory but it is I couldn t put this down it was a fascinating look into Faye s life and ultimately her grief I really liked this and am looking forward to checki [...]

    22. Na badana e contracapa desta edi o, existem algumas daquelas frases jornal sticas que tentam um leitor a comprar o livro N o foi bem o meu caso, que j me defendo deste tipo de aliciamento e tamb m porque o pobre tem no um rating de 3.44 Mas ofereceram mo e h que ser agradecida E n o que os cr ticos dos Independent, New York Times, Observer, t m raz o Rachel Cusk quebra todas as regras Um romance letalmente inteligente Uma pe a de prosa das mais ousadamente originais e divertidas Rachel Cusk uma [...]

    23. La novela de Rachel Cusk es con toda seguridad uno de los libros m s originales, inteligentes y provocadores que he le do en lo que va de a o A pesar de su aparente sencillez y brevedad, tanto la idea de la que parte como su ejecuci n me parecen asombrosas y brillantes a partes iguales Bien pensado, quiz es precisamente esta simplicidad narrativa lo que permite destacar a las magn ficas reflexiones que elabora Cusk sobre las relaciones humanas y su capacidad para definir, e incluso modificar con [...]

    24. this is a book that should be read at least twice i mean this in all seriousness but i m not going to read it twice because i am pretty much unable to read books twice unless i have a gun to my head, so this review will be at best superficial, at worst worthless and misleading please do believe me in this highly original, genre defying novel, an english writer who has traveled to athens, greece, to teach a class on writing you see the layers already has a number of encounters, and of these encou [...]

    25. What a curious, odd and elliptical novel I am unsure if the word novel even applies in this instance Anti novel seems like it we only learn the name of the mysterious narrator at 84% of the ebook, who is solely defined by the conversations and interactions she has with those around her, from a man she sits next to on a plane to students in a writing class in Greece.In Chapter X, the writing teacher who supplants the narrator recounts her own conversation with a plane passenger The longer she li [...]

    26. Outline by Rachel Cusk3 stars 6 out of 10Rachel Cusk is a name that I know however I have not read anything by her previously Outline is a short novel In it, the narrator travels to Greece in order to teach a writing course The major part of the novel details the people that she meets and the tales that they tell her As the book progresses we learn , by implication, both about these people and about the narrator.I quite liked reading this book, especially initially Its style is quite different f [...]

    27. I, like most of the other reviewers here it seems, was of two minds about this book It s such a brilliant concept and Cusk is a highly skilled writer, deploying emotional modulation in sneaky but resonant ways There s an elegance to it and the fictional reality is so seamless that I was slightly shocked when the narrator s name is dropped on page 211 and it s not Rachel But I did have some friction with a narrator so opaque and distanced This, by her own admission, is deliberate She s getting ov [...]

    28. I can see this one being something readers either love or hate Fortunately I fall into the former category Outline doesn t have much of a plot, it is in fact as the blurb here on says a novel in ten conversations A novelist travels to Athens to teach a writing course, and meets a lot of different people along the way The first conversation is with the man next to her on the plane, and others include an author she meets in a restaurant, the students on her writing course, and another woman who ha [...]

    29. I took a long, slow time to read this book I savoured every single sentence and if I didn t have such a line up of books I want to get to, I would turn it over and start again right now I loved it Like art, this book was Beautifully constructed, not a line wasted Fiercely intelligent and innovative It s observational in an extreme sense not plot or character driven, and I found this refreshing and so engaging, unlookawayable It was people watching, really, but deeper than you could get from quie [...]

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