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The Portable Veblen: A Novel (2016 original; edició 2016)

de Elizabeth McKenzie (Autor)

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"A young couple on the brink of marriage--the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist--find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. Veblen (named after the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term "conspicuous consumption") is one of the most refreshing heroines in recent fiction. Not quite liberated from the burdens of her hypochondriac, narcissistic mother and her institutionalized father, Veblen is an amateur translator and "freelance self"; in other words, she's adrift. Meanwhile, Paul--the product of good hippies who were bad parents--finds his ambition soaring. His medical research has led to the development of a device to help minimize battlefield brain trauma--an invention that gets him swept up in a high-stakes deal with the Department of Defense, a Bizarro World that McKenzie satirizes with granular specificity"--… (més)
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Títol:The Portable Veblen: A Novel
Autors:Elizabeth McKenzie (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Took me a while to get into it, but overall a good story. Just didn't feel a connection to the protagonist, but now that I've finished the book, I wonder if that was the point, as most of the characters are emotionally unavailable. So from that perspective, I can appreciate what the author did. I really enjoyed the overall writing style, as I felt I was reading literature and not just some trashy beach read. I'm all for trashy beach reads, of course, but a steady diet of them isn't good.

Last 150 pages flew by--story really picks up there. ( )
  ms_rowse | Jan 1, 2022 |
At times I found the writing to be a bit dense and overly detailed for the light, quirky tone, but as someone who also as a child created imaginary worlds that starred squirrels, I enjoyed it overall. A strange but fun jaunt through how our families impact us as adults, even when we're not consciously aware of it. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
I really felt like this novel was more of a 3.5, but I'm rounding down. Elizabeth Mckenzie really wants the reader to see Veblen as a literary iteration of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl: a really unique, quirky, aloof, slightly damaged, and highly intelligent character. And that's cool - I don't mind that. It felt a little forced and perhaps ultimately formed more of a list of personality traits rather than a person with real thoughts and feelings. Veblen drifts through the novel passively, and I wanted her to really take action.

The other characters that make up the cast of the novel were far more interesting without feeling fabricated. Let's get some novels dedicated to them, or the Vreeland family, or Melanie and Linus. Those could feel a bit more authentic. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
Weird. Not sure why it was long listed and short listed for all sorts of prizes. I had a hard time getting through it. ( )
  chasidar | Dec 30, 2018 |
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"A young couple on the brink of marriage--the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist--find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. Veblen (named after the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term "conspicuous consumption") is one of the most refreshing heroines in recent fiction. Not quite liberated from the burdens of her hypochondriac, narcissistic mother and her institutionalized father, Veblen is an amateur translator and "freelance self"; in other words, she's adrift. Meanwhile, Paul--the product of good hippies who were bad parents--finds his ambition soaring. His medical research has led to the development of a device to help minimize battlefield brain trauma--an invention that gets him swept up in a high-stakes deal with the Department of Defense, a Bizarro World that McKenzie satirizes with granular specificity"--

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