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Adverbs (2006)

de Daniel Handler

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Hello. I am Daniel Handler, the author of this book. Did you know that authors often write the summaries of their books that appear here on the package? You might want to think of that the next time you read something like, "A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers." Adverbs is a novel about love -- a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. At the start of the novel, Andrea is in love with David -- or maybe it's Joe -- who instead falls in love with Peter in a taxi. At the end of the novel, it's Joe who's in the taxi, falling in love with Andrea, although it might not be Andrea, and in any case it might not be the same Andrea, as Andrea is a very common name. So is Allison, who is married to Adrian in the middle of the novel, although in the middle of the ocean she considers a fling with Keith and also with Steve, whom she meets in an automobile, unless it's not the same Allison who meets the Snow Queen in a casino, or the same Steve who meets Eddie in the forest. It might sound confusing, but that's love, and as the author -- me -- says, "It is not the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done." A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers. Performed by Oliver Wyman.… (més)
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    Lirmac: Both of these works are playful, form-bending novels-that-aren't-novels.
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Various loosely interconnected stories about love and sex and relationships. I didn’t much enjoy it, although there were some good quotes. The fractured narrative, the lack of closure, the way you could never be sure if a character was someone you’d met in a previous chapter or just happened to have the same name … I understand that these aspects were intentional and probably the whole point of the book, but I found it really frustrating and it didn’t work for me. Plus, pretty much none of the characters were nice people, and as far as I recall, absolutely none of them were happy, so that soured me on it a bit too. ( )
  elusiverica | Aug 15, 2020 |
I wasn't sure about this book when I started it, but its motifs, repetitions, and rotating cast of characters got under my skin. None of them were hugely likeable, but they were all hugely human. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
I don't know what I think of this book..... I read it all the way through, and I never found myself arguing with it or anything, but I didn't exactly fall in love with it either. There is some fun wordplay, and not surprisingly Daniel Holder blends the line between author and narrator in some fairly interesting ways..... but a lot of it didn't make much sense and there was never really a coherent storyline or anything.

The audiobook is read by one of my favorite narrators, Oliver Wyman. I might have enjoyed it a lot less without Wyman's narration. ( )
  Gwendydd | Jun 17, 2017 |
When I teach genre classes, I like to conclude with an "edge case" for the genre, one that pushes my students to make a claim as to whether or not the book fits the genre, which in doing so forces to them to articulate what the genre is. When I taught The Modern Novel, I ended with Daniel Handler's Adverbs, which you might define as a collection of linked short stories, yet the cover of my HarperPerennial edition, at least, claims the subtitle A NOVEL. Though the book is not unified in terms of plot, a number of characters recur (or seem to recur) between stories, and there are recurrent motifs, like pop songs and birds, that bring unity to the book, beyond the fact that the whole book is a meditation on one topic, that of love.

Handler does tie much of the book together in the chapter "Truly," which is more of an essay about the rest of the book (it reminds me of the half chapter in Julian Barnes's A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, a novel similarly on the edge of novel-ness). In "Truly," Handler suggests both that the book is unified and that you're a bit foolish for chasing the unification:

Nobody keeps score, because there's no sense in keeping track of what everything is doing. You might as well trace birds through a book,
[...] or follow the pop songs that stick in people's heads or follow the people themselves, although you're likely to confuse them, as so many people in this book have the same names. You can't follow all the Joes, or all the Davids or Andreas. You can't follow Adam or Allison or Keith, up to Seattle or down to San Francisco or across-- three thousand miles, as the bird flies-- to New York City, and anyway they don't matter. (193-4)

I would argue, then, that the book is unified by its very lack of unity: the reader of Adverbs seeks coherence in an incoherent universe, much as all the characters in the book do. And creating coherence in an incoherent universe, or at least raising the spectre of coherence and then destroying it, is precisely what the novel is all about. (My students liked the book, and did indeed say it was a novel, but I think maybe they just wanted the discussion to end so that class would be over.)
1 vota Stevil2001 | Nov 5, 2016 |
I could not convince myself to finish this book. Perhaps the problem is that I was listening to it, and considering that a lot of the humor of the book is supposed to be in the play on words, I may have missed it. The author is the famous Lemony Snickett of "A Series of Unfortunat Events" fame. I'm never sure what his real name is. This book is a series of loosely connected love stories with some characaters showing up in more than one story. I did not find it very entertaining. Perhaps I should get the real book and give it a try. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
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What do you mean where does the music come from? Where does the music ever come from? The guy says to the girl Something is on my mind and the girl says Really? What is it? and somebody in the orchestra hits a note and they sing. That's where the music comes from. --Morrie Ryskind on the set of a Marx Brothers movie.
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Hello. I am Daniel Handler, the author of this book. Did you know that authors often write the summaries of their books that appear here on the package? You might want to think of that the next time you read something like, "A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers." Adverbs is a novel about love -- a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. At the start of the novel, Andrea is in love with David -- or maybe it's Joe -- who instead falls in love with Peter in a taxi. At the end of the novel, it's Joe who's in the taxi, falling in love with Andrea, although it might not be Andrea, and in any case it might not be the same Andrea, as Andrea is a very common name. So is Allison, who is married to Adrian in the middle of the novel, although in the middle of the ocean she considers a fling with Keith and also with Steve, whom she meets in an automobile, unless it's not the same Allison who meets the Snow Queen in a casino, or the same Steve who meets Eddie in the forest. It might sound confusing, but that's love, and as the author -- me -- says, "It is not the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done." A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers. Performed by Oliver Wyman.

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