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The Nix: A novel de Nathan Hill
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The Nix: A novel (edició 2016)

de Nathan Hill (Autor)

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"An epic novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own"--
Membre:KimMeyer
Títol:The Nix: A novel
Autors:Nathan Hill (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (2016), 642 pages
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The Nix de Nathan Hill

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    achedglin: Both books are sprawling stories of our contemporary times that have rich characterization, and mix cynicism and wonder with spectacular results.
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This is a sprawling coming-of-age novel about a boy abandoned by his mother, and the man he becomes when he seeks her out years later to try and write a book about her life and history. It’s also about the girl she was before she gave up and married his father.

It jumps back and forth between 2011 and Chicago in the late 1960s, when the city was on the verge of erupting into riots at the Democratic National Convention.

The Nix reminded me a bit of The Goldfinch at points, but the end result wasn’t nearly as masterfully done. I enjoyed the book, but there were several points where Hill spends long chapters on characters completely secondary to the main plot, and I found myself asking why those scenes were relevant.

The only real justification is that they cross paths with the main character, and Hill wanted to paint a bigger picture of their lives. It didn’t help that the audiobook narrator chose to narrate those chapters in the voice of the characters, which made the time spent with them even more annoying.

I also felt like the ending wrapped things up just a little bit too smoothly, especially after so much strife and struggle. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
A great story, weaving together the past and the present. In many places also very funny. I laughed out aloud reading about the on-line roll playing game, the college student that demanded to be allowed to cheat, and the cynical publisher. I also really liked the description of the student protests in Chicago in 1968. A thick book (730 pages), but a very satisfying read. ( )
  Henrik_Warne | Dec 13, 2020 |
A timely and complex read where politics meets family issues meets learning to be a good person. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
As funny as Infinite Jest, as tender as Remains of the Day. It's not perfect but I loved, loved, loved this book. How often do you read 700+ pages and end up wishing there was more? ( )
  alexrichman | Oct 25, 2020 |
The first time I started this book, my head spun at the pace of it. I wasn't "up" for it yet, so put it down for a bit. I'm so glad I came back to it.

The breathless feeling runs through the length of it. Somehow, in the course of this story about, essentially, a mother who left her son, Hill manages to weave in politics (past and current), social media, old media, celebrity, commercialism, consumer culture, law and order, internet addiction, academia, entitled youth, the fast food wasteland... and more.

The narrative jumps between the present-ish (2011) and the 1960's, when Faye, a smart but naive Iowa girl, leaves a scandal at home and ends up in the middle of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

It also follows her son, Samuel, who she abandoned when he was young. He is now an unmotivated college professor and part time elf on the Elfscape, an internet game. When his mother becomes notorious for throwing a handful of rocks at a rightwing politician, he goes in search of her past.

It's a long book (600 pages), and sprawling but, amazingly, never bogs down. The end is slightly too neat, but in some ways that in itself feels right to the story. ( )
  Katester123 | Sep 17, 2020 |
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All told, The Nix is not the most extravagantly awful critically-acclaimed novel I’ve ever read—that would probably be one of Cormac McCarthy’s or Don DeLillo’s howlers. It’s just not very good. The plot is a real mess, with contrived framing devices, jittery narrative focus, and little forward momentum. On a sentence level, Hill dutifully sprinkles unusual metaphors throughout his text in order to demonstrate that he is a serious literary stylist.
 
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