☆ Speedboat ↠ Renata Adler Guy Trebay ☆ Speedboat ↠ Renata Adler Guy Trebay - Speedboat, Speedboat Winner of the Hemingway Foundation PEN Award When Speedboat burst on the scene in the late s it was like nothing readers had encountered before It seemed to disregard the rules of the novel but it

  • Title: Speedboat
  • Author: Renata Adler Guy Trebay
  • ISBN: 9781590176139
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback

☆ Speedboat ↠ Renata Adler Guy Trebay, Speedboat, Renata Adler Guy Trebay, Speedboat Winner of the Hemingway Foundation PEN Award When Speedboat burst on the scene in the late s it was like nothing readers had encountered before It seemed to disregard the rules of the novel but it wore its unconventionality with ease Reading it was a pleasure of a new unexpected kind Above all there was its voice ambivalent curious wry the voice of Jen Fain aWinner of the Hemin

Speedboat

☆ Speedboat ↠ Renata Adler Guy Trebay ☆ Speedboat ↠ Renata Adler Guy Trebay - Speedboat, Speedboat Winner of the Hemingway Foundation PEN Award When Speedboat burst on the scene in the late s it was like nothing readers had encountered before It seemed to disregard the rules of the novel but it Speedboat

  • ☆ Speedboat ↠ Renata Adler Guy Trebay
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506 thought on “Speedboat

  1. Much of life does not make a lot of sense in the moment it is occuring Only in posterity, when we dwell on memories, are we able to see past happenings in a clearer light The passage of time helps us tame the inveterate romanticism of first perceptions and lets the realization sink in that some things are just what they appear to be and further efforts at figuring out some deeper significance are going to remain futile forever Scattered fragments of time spent with people in places glow like fir [...]


  2. Ever consciously stood motionless amongst a frenetic city scene, detached from the moment Stood watching, in suspended time, and listened to the inner drama of headphone sonics, while the motions and momentum of the surround played out around you Maybe you ve revelled in the self hypnosis of a train journey and watched transfixed as the passing landscapes, pylons, buildings pulsed by in sync with your inner music.Overheard, in passing, a single fragment of conversation which formed both an absur [...]


  3. I can t make any excuses to myself of why I haven t written a review of this book until now It s because I m really fucking pissed at Renata Adler.Speedboat and Pitch Dark are two of the best works of fiction I ve read in the past five years I m certain that Adler s collected essays are amazing And yes, one day I ll read them But right now I want to stew in my selfish indignation that she hasn t written another book of fiction in thirty years It s just too frustrating to me I want I need .Befo [...]


  4. That was a dream, of course, but many of the most important things, I find, are the ones learned in your sleep Renata Adler, SpeedboatAs soon as I read the first page I knew I was going to love Renata Adler This is a hard book to review but one I hope people will read Adler has quite an unconventional writing style I was curious about her as I ve never heard of her before I think I might be a fan.From the first page, I was really sucked in to the story We follow journalist Jenn Fain through her [...]


  5. Newton s Third Law of thermodynamics says that things cannot be held up indefinitely This applies to traffic jams and also especially if you re over the age of 50 when the evidence will be clear even to non physicists, just look in the mirror The angle of dangle is in inverse proportion to the square of the hypotenuse and the radius is constantly half the diameter and twice the circumference except for catwalk models when it s the reverse These are things known to the tiniest schoolgirl Newton s [...]


  6. When I begged Renata Adler a third of the way through to please not give me any plot, no throw ins for the publisher of mystery, suspense, unresolved conflicts, she happily agreed There was no hard edge of the revolutionary who is out to show up the publishing industry or forge any critical new paths Just a kindly smile Until that smile of agreement and recognition I worried That was the suspense Any wisp of a narrative would have decimated the exquisite paragraph long pieces laid out like refra [...]


  7. Excellent slant autobiography, maybe the original of its type I felt as I read that I was getting a purer strain of this stuff, something closer to the source, maybe even the original approach, tone, and form itself A period piece in many ways, nicely dated, historical, fifties, sixties, seventies, Tiny Tim talk at one point, a good deal of perfectly phrased 70s feminism well educated women from the great women s colleges asked if they type , fragmented form to match the times of course For a bo [...]


  8. That writers write is meant to be self evident People like to say it I find it is hardly ever true Writers drink Writers rant Writers phone Writers sleep I have met very few writers who write at all.NYRB Classics, the imprint that s mostly about reviving out of print books they think deserve a second look, got a big hit with Stoner a few years back now Speedboat is getting a little traction, and I m happy to say that it s better I first heard about it in this piece, which compares her to Joan Di [...]


  9. We all carry a storehouse of stories in our head Given the chance, and the right circumstances, we will begin to tell some of them Each will reveal something about us We can t stop transmitting messages no matter how hard we try to conceal what we imagine to be our true self It s all there, waiting to be deciphered Transmission beginnings the moment we open our mouth and speak This all becomes horribly acute if we are with someone we are trying to impress sitting opposite some lovely person and [...]


  10. msarki.tumblr post 5903479 In any group of two or , it seems, somebody is on trial __Renata Adler from the novel SpeedboatNobody ever said the poet essayist novelist short story writer Jim Harrison was anything but a very smart man, charming when not drunk, a very talented cook if the reports are true, an avid walker, and very good at what he does which is basically write, that is, when he isn t involved in these other things outdoorsy men do Renata Adler is a very smart girl too And she tells a [...]


  11. Adler published a novel of 5 previously published short stories that mostly consist of temporally and spatially disjointed, aphoristic paragraphs In sum, a novel of pithy standalone paragraphs Some paragraphs are biting, some banal All are the often subvocal observations of narrator Jen Fain Fain is by turns a journalist, teacher, and political intern, who drifts through jobs and lovers She attended expensive prep schools, summer camps, and ivy league universities studied abroad in Paris and tak [...]


  12. One warm spring Saturday evening in 1968 or 1969, I was walking east on West 57th Street near Ninth Avenue as a middle aged man and a teen age girl wearing a party dress it was graduation party season were walking toward me As we passed each other, the man, who I took to be her father, said to the girl, There s one The girl turned and looked at me curiously over her shoulder as I, stunned, was doing the same All these years later, I still wonder, one what At six one morning, Will went out in jea [...]


  13. Interesting a period piece For a book, though, whose main raison d tre is to be essentially modern, what happens when that particular moment of modernity passes On the other hand, NYC 1971 is something I can dig I was there Still Renata Adler in 1970 was relentlessly gorgeous I still dig her hairIf I were 25 and female, I d probably take her as a role model But that said, being neither, I feel no particular compulsion to finish this, and will shelve it.


  14. A constant incisive crosscutting of anecdote, allegory, reminiscence, and upended maxim, all jumbled into an unfamiliar poetry and forcing new associations out of the disarray.Page by page, the wording and insight here are a pleasure And I appreciate Adler s humor satirizing through cynical, scathing restatement of the familiar, rather than engineering outlandish scenarios to advance a point There are a few outlandish scenarios nonetheless, but they tend to be off on their own, filling some othe [...]


  15. Renata Adler s Speedboat faced great contention upon its release It was not for the content, albeit morally spotty in parts, but rather, that the work was classified as a novel Speedboat is a heterogeneous mixture of story fragments Collected, they feature no sort of temporal progression, nor is there any plot to Speedboat as a whole Instead, these microcosmic tales are connected by context and character alone One of Adler s most immaculate passages states So for these purposes, digitalis, adama [...]


  16. Really it s 3.5, but I like rounding up, even though at times it makes me unreliably enthusiastic This is one of those times where the rating is unreliable , but I think a 3 is too low, or at least that it would put much of what follows in the wrong light And really, that rating is based on Adler s prose, and not the book itself And further really, what I mean is that Adler is one hell of a writer, I just found that I didn t like what she was writing Or, specifically, I liked at times loved alm [...]


  17. Only thirty or so pages remain for me to read, but I just don t return to it.On first glance, this book would seem a perfect fit for my taste It s a collage of cleverly recounted, often humorous anecdotes gathered from the narrator s extensive travels all over the world.Even the most remarkable events are told with a blas tone that began to disgust me and as I read on At times I suspected I was approaching the material from the wrong direction, that maybe I was injecting the wrong mood into th [...]


  18. Oddly enough, this book doesn t rock for me In theory, and reading past reviews, this is a book I would go for but alas, it didn t do anything for me There are seven chapters or stories and there is no real chapter narration, but of a writing that is fragmented and jumps around a lot Most of the stories, if not all, were published in the New Yorker, in the early and mid 1970s It is very much the fiction of its time there are traces of Donald Barthelme s sense of narration or jokes, but Renata A [...]


  19. a snarkfest some funny punchlines but many stale ones a structure to admire if it only had a bit heart and a little less posturing that is, just couldn t get into it best things about it were historical its capturing of 60s and 70s racism, its city university riffs, the tone and portrait of hip and swinging but fried and bankrupt NYC intelligentsia.


  20. This is like reading someone else s memories, jotted down, connected in some way you don t understand, from a specific span of time.There were little bits I really liked The thing about experimental fiction that I m not always sure about is if it s actually telling a story Thus my discomfort and confusion I wish of my GoodReads friends had read this so we could chat.



  21. New York, fine anni 70 Ma anche il resto del mondo Una voce narrante, giovane donna, giornalista Brevi impressioni sparpagliate della sua vita Qual la peculiarit di questo libro, il motivo per cui se ne parla ancora dopo tanti anni, quello per cui amato ma anche odiato In gran parte, lo stile In una parola blas secondo il dizionario indifferente, scettico, disincantato si dice di persona che sia divenuta tale per noia della vita mondana e per abuso dei piaceri, o che ostenti per snobismo questo [...]


  22. Speedboat, first published in 1976, is a sort of proto blog a series of disconnected vignettes from the life of a sporadically employed, serially monogamous, overeducated, slightly neurotic, globetrotting Manhattan based journalist cum professor named Jen Fain Some of the vignettes are genuinely interesting and funny in an absurdist kind of way Other vignettes have a snapshot like quality, being that they are keenly observed scenes expressed in smart snappy prose, but ultimately do not seem prof [...]


  23. Sorry, Nick I read about 60 pages and I can t get into it Just seems like random thoughts with no cohesion no story


  24. Actually teetering on a 4.5I find I am a victim of language Much like Ms Adler, although I cannot speak for her in totality in this regard I love language so much that I have become a victim of language, as such, I feel compelled to abuse it, to disorient it, to bend it, to hone it, to sculpt it in brand new fashions to breed new passions from it This is my ultimate goal And in this fault, storytelling falls to the waist side It becomes secondary A cohesive stream of thought is no longer necessa [...]


  25. What you say is true, the professor said, staring through his study window at the sky, but not so very interesting He ran up the stairs and they were after him He fumbled with his keys, opened the door, slammed it behind him and listened for their breathing and for their steps He heard their steps first, heavy feet on the carpeted stairs then he heard breathing He looked through the peep hole in his door and saw, as usual, nothing He turned suddenly, caught his own reflection abruptly in the mir [...]


  26. I just never got into this It s described as better than Didion but it s not It smells like Didion, but without the ruthless insight I mean, it IS insightful, but not penetrating in the same way that certain Didion essays have changed my life.It s well written, but the endless bourgie vignettes never clicked nor resonated with me I ll try Pitch Dark and then re approach this some other time.


  27. Fascinatingly structured novel in vignettes all of them sharp, and observational, and very much of a time and place In its elliptical style and humor, it surpasses Hardwick s SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, which it resembles We hunt through the paragraphs, many of which are sort of like the platonic ideal of a Talk of the Town article, for the plot, which slowly unwinds itself A total pleasure.


  28. Some quirkily brilliant paragraphs and set pieces here and there, amidst other bits that must have been written under the influence of some pretty strong substances There s no novel here, though not in any sense that has meaning or value to me Ultimately, a third of the way in, I d had enough.


  29. No one, no one has the observational power and weird way with words that Adler does It s like reading a book by aliens way cooler than we are.


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