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Outline: A Novel de Rachel Cusk
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Outline: A Novel (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Rachel Cusk (Autor)

Sèrie: Outline Trilogy (1)

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"Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, 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 dinners and discourse. 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 Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years."--… (més)
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Títol:Outline: A Novel
Autors:Rachel Cusk (Autor)
Informació:Faber & Faber (2014), Edition: Main, 256 pages
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I'm trying to figure out if I loved this book or not. The fact that I tore through it in one sitting shows that I liked it well enough, but somehow it already feels not particularly memorable. I liked the idea of what Cusk did with the book; the protagonist flies to Athens to teach a week-long writing course, and each chapter focuses on some soul searching conversations she has with various people in that time. Much of this was centred around a search for oneself in the context of failed relationships and the passage of time, and this is perhaps where my star rating started to slide a little, as at times the overwrought philosophising in these conversations got in the way of the novel. Cusk clearly had a perspective she wanted to get across, but for me that goal started to force the story too much, and it could have been achieved more effectively in what was left unsaid and without such extended dialogue.

Still, an enjoyable read, but I'm not sure I'll actively seek out book number two in this trilogy.

3.5 stars - almost 4 if Cusk had just given the message in the novel room to breathe a little more. ( )
1 vota AlisonY | Dec 12, 2021 |
Fascinating novel that oddly adds up to less than the sum of its parts. Very thin on plot (a woman goes to Athens to teach a writing class), the book offers a series of incidents, scenes, anecdotes that align temporally and relate thematically, but overall don't build or have any particular narrative shape. She does offer some astonishing insights in almost every section and has a remarkable eye for human frailty. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Una escritora que acaba de separarse viaja a Atenas a dar un curso de escritura creativa y va relatándonos las historias que le cuentan a ella todos aquellos con los que se relaciona, desde su vecino de asiento en el avión, hasta otros escritores compañeros del curso, pasando por todos los asistentes al curso, unas amigas y otra escritora de éxito, amiga de un colega suyo. Todo el mundo tiene algo que contar, e incluso una de las alumnas, que el primer día renuncia y la acusa de no ajustarse a lo que le habían prometido que serían las sesiones, esconde una historia tras su indignación. La mayoría de ellos hablan de sus relaciones amorosas, pero también tienen otras historias que no tienen que ver con sus parejas.
La única que no cuenta directamente ninguna historia, salvo las pinceladas que obtenemos por lo que le ocurre y lo que siente al respecto, es la narradora. Y estás todo el rato preguntándote cuál será su historia.
En algunos momentos, el libro parece un manual de escritura creativa, pero hay que reconocer que algunas de los relatos son realmente interesantes. De hecho lo que parece querer decirnos es que de cualquier vida, por ínfima o vacía que parezca, se puede extraer algo, y que lo mejor es contarlo. El problema es no poder hacerlo. Hasta la dramaturga que ha perdido su capacidad para escribir obras de teatro porque su creatividad se ciñe a resumirlas en una sola palabra nos mantiene en vilo durante el tiempo que relata su drama.
Hasta yo para decir que en realidad me ha aburrido un poco, he escrito todo este tostón. Pues a lo mejor Rachel Cusk tiene razón. ( )
  Orellana_Souto | Jul 27, 2021 |
I decided to read this based on something I read in the NY Times and when I looked at the online reviews I saw a real split. There were people who enjoyed it and some who really seemed to hate it. I found it wonderful. It doesn't really have a plot per se but simply follows our narrator as she arrives in Athens to teach a writing class through the time she is getting ready to leave. I loved the flow of the narrative and the interesting people she meets. I would heartily recommend it but only if you enjoy characters without much plot. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.

The more they talk the more elliptical their listener becomes, as she shapes and directs their accounts until certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself.

Outline is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form.

Thank you Goodreads and Picador USA for a chance to read Outline by Rachel Cusk!

I received this in a giveaway. I am not sure if it is something I would have bought on my own just by reading the cover, But man am I happy that I got the chance. I am at a lost really on how to explain this book. It's not that it is bad because it's not its intriguing. It's one of those books you start to read and think there's no way I'm going to finish this and the next thing you know you have finished. This book is like being inside a writer's head when he or she is getting ready to write a book. They have a list of characters they want in the book so they start interviewing them. While the characters are being interviewed, they are telling the writer all these different stories. I don’t know if I'm describing it right but it really was a different read. One I would recommend to someone that is looking for something different to read because this book is definitely unique. Happy reading everyone! ( )
  jacashjoh | Jun 8, 2021 |
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Cusk uses unostentatious but immaculately chosen language to convey graspable ideas about marriage, divorce and personal identity that have no less an impact for being so.

The novel is structured around a series of encounters between a rotating cast of characters.. The dust jacket calls Outline “a novel in ten conversations,” but that feels slightly inaccurate given that Kaye often acts more like a confessor than a participant. In fact, despite narrating in the first person, she reveals virtually nothing about herself. (Cusk has been more voluble about her own life: her eleven books include three memoirs, one of which created a kerfuffle overseas for its unromantic views about motherhood.)..Cusk is Canadian by birth but grew up in the UK, where she still lives (she has the accent to prove it). That’s a technicality, however, that shouldn’t stop us from trying to lay claim to some part of this beautiful, desolate novel.
 
Rachel Cusk is better known in England than in America; her sharply satirical books about the tolls of family life play better across the Atlantic than here in our often puritanical culture, with its bias towards domesticity..Whereas Cusk's earlier books examined self-definition in the context of marriage and family, her latest ventures outside the home, intriguingly exploring the way people measure themselves in relation to other people's stories. Outline marks an impressive deepening of Cusk's work, and a bold step toward integrating her fiction and nonfiction. There's nothing empty or sketchy about it.
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In this respect, Outline belongs to a strain of literature that runs from the Romantics, through Virginia Woolf, to the memoiristic novels of contemporaries such as Sheila Heti and Karl Ove Knausgaard. It's the hardest kind of fiction to bring off, always running the risk of narcissism and banality, but when it works, it feels paradoxically more miraculous than its artifice-dependent cousins. To my mind Outline succeeds powerfully. Among other things, it gets a great variety of human beings down on to the page with both immediacy and depth; an elemental pleasure that makes the book as gripping to read as a thriller..... I can't say that bothered me, but no doubt it will keep some readers from responding to the book as enthusiastically as I did. It didn't make the Man Booker longlist, for instance. But on the other hand it was serialised in its entirety by the Paris Review, a rare distinction, and a richly deserved tribute to what strikes me as a stellar accomplishment.
 

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"Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, 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 dinners and discourse. 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 Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years."--

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