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Severance: A Novel de Ling Ma
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Severance: A Novel (2018 original; edició 2019)

de Ling Ma (Autor)

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Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she's had her fill of uncertainty. She's content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost. Candace won't be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They're traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers? A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Ma's Severance is a moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it's a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.… (més)
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Títol:Severance: A Novel
Autors:Ling Ma (Autor)
Informació:Picador (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Severance de Ling Ma (2018)

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    Zone One de Colson Whitehead (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Ma takes Whitehead's neoliberal zombie narrative further, making for a more satisfying read, but I'm not sure I'd have appreciated Ma's without Whitehead's.
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    My Year of Rest and Relaxation de Ottessa Moshfegh (jtoneill0)
    jtoneill0: Also about post-millennial New York, similar sardonic and detached tone, similar sense of ennui
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    The Dreamers de Karen Thompson Walker (Usuari anònim)
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Ling Ma created the perfect dystopian atmosphere. I felt the loneliness of the protagonist acutely, which made me feel part of the story in a way that isn't typical for me while reading. There were also so many layers and themes that unfolded throughout the novel that propelled it forward in an interesting way that was much different from other dystopian novels I've read. My rating is really a 4.5, but I'm rounding up (I wanted a bit more from the ending). Excellent debut. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
The themes are nice, but what's done with them is nothing new. It feels like I've read it all before or heard it all before. There could have been so much more done with this concept, the idea of zombies and humanity and how we're already like zombies in a cycle is really something you get used to in books or concept, but what was done with all of this was nothing fresh or good. It's not a bad book, it's just meh or okay. ( )
  Yolken | Aug 5, 2022 |
I have been saying for about a month that we are living in the prologue of a dystopian novel. Severance is that novel. It is not for the faith of heart. It points a funhouse mirror on our world and asks: how did you handle it?
The year is 2011. Candace Chen is a New Yorker with no family. She had a boyfriend, but her mother and father are deceased and her extended family all live in China. She was born in China, but moved to the US at six. She has a good paying job selling and manufacturing Bibles. But the world is changing. New York is hit with massive hurricanes and storms. But the true issue at hand is a fever, called Shen Fever. It is a fungus that spreads on surfaces and by contact that makes people zombie like. They have no cure or even treatment. Candace is one of the last people in New York because she has no one to go to. She meets up with a group walking to somewhere in Indiana called “The Facility” where they can be safe from the fever. But that group isn’t as great as Candace hopes it will be.
As a character, Candace is not my favorite. She is a bit of a loner and is very stubborn. However, Ma does a wonderful job of giving Candace understandable and realistic motivations. Candace has been taught to work hard and to provide for herself. She waits to leave New York to complete her contract, even though no one else is left. She breaks up with her boyfriend because he wants to drop everything and move to Chicago. Ma has created a complete and complex character, and we see her react to everything that is happening in the world around her.
What I find most compelling about this book, however, is the world building. Ma took an idea of what would happen if an epidemic hit the United States and nailed it. She predicted working remotely, wearing N95 masks, and avoiding people to avoid fever. Candace worked with a company based in Hong Kong, and they told her that she would not be getting what she needed because the factories were shutting down. The fever was difficult to contain, and it was difficult to stop. The fever went from being something far away, like someone’s cousin’s wife had it, to something right in front of them, like a coworker getting it. As the story progresses, it feels more and more realistic and scary.
The plot of the story is non linear, which is very interesting to read. The book is short, but it makes it very hard to stop and get some air. I highly recommend this book. It is a smart, thought-provoking, science fiction novel that seems too close to being real. That is what makes it so intriguing. ( )
  alex.reads88 | May 1, 2022 |
Reader/reviewers seem to have lobbed a number of criticisms at Severance, and, by and large, they're pretty much spot-on. "Severance" is an immigrant narrative and a post-apocalyptic zombie story and a coming-of-age-in-hipster-Brooklyn-in-the-oughts novel, and its disparate parts don't really blend together all that well. The novel can't quite make up its mind as to what it wants to be. The cult leader we meet could have been more compelling. The ending could have been better. Ling Ma writes well, but she's just not writer that Colson Whitehead is.

But I rather liked "Severance" because Ma managed to take her story into some very interesting thematic directions. Her main character, Candace Chen, has led a disjointed life: orphaned in young adulthood, she's a Chinese immigrant who grew up in Utah and expected to find something better in New York City. Candace's parents seem to have adapted in superficial ways but, cut off from their homeland and their families, don't often seem like all that emotionally well-developed. "Severance" would seem to be an obvious title for a narrative like this one. But while a lot of literature attempts to teach its readers how to draw strength from the past, Ma's attitude seems to be more conflicted. In a book that features zombies repeating the same actions they did in life until their bodies run down, the past often seems more of a danger than a resource. Candace's life in Brooklyn was unsatisfactory -- she was lonely and worked a job that was prestigious but not really remunerative or meaningful. Her boyfriend's hipster poverty seems increasingly threadbare by the time he leaves New York and he epidemic hits, leaving Candace without a job and without direction. Ultimately, her challenge, it might be said, is to try to find a livable present and a viable future. Sometimes, Ma seems to be arguing, it's impossible to draw a solid through-line that connects all your experiences, and you have to make do. Sometimes severance is necessary.

The other element of this book that impressed me was the way it addresses the strange contradictions global capitalism. Candace is Chinese-born and speaks a respectable Mandarin, but she's a foreigner in China and her counterparts and the printing company she deals with don't hesitate to let her know that they're aware of how they're being exploited. This ties Candace and the book's Chinese characters -- and, by extension, the rest of us -- together in uncomfortable ways. Saying that epidemics don't respect borders is pretty much a medical fact -- and these days, it's a lesson learned -- but Ma seems to be arguing that the exploitative elements of global capitalism can't be contained by borders either. She subtly demonstrates that everybody in the book is part of the same machine. Guilt and complicity are also unavoidably contagious. Yes, even her would-be writer boyfriend, who refuses to take jobs that threaten his "integrity." In this sense, the zombie epidemic provides Candace and her yet-to-be-born baby with a means of escape from a whole set of seemingly unresolvable problems: her boring job, her dying relationship, the standard immigrant dream she was more-or-less born into. It'd be nice, frankly, if our pandemic could open up the same sort of possibilities for us. We'll have to wait and see.

In closing, I will have to say that I rather liked Candace herself as a character. She's not, it must be said, the most fascinating person that I've met in a book, but I think that her very ordinariness is somewhat deliberate. At one point, Candace's mother implores her to "be of use," and in many ways, Candace is: she's hard working, responsible, and preternaturally efficient. A product of her background, then. She spends much of "Severance" learning that that, in itself, might not be enough. I can't say that she opens up, exactly, over the course of this novel, but, by the end of it, she has a better idea of her former life's limitations. This a problematic novel, but also one that I can recommend to those interested in immigrant narratives and transcultural stories. ( )
  TheAmpersand | Apr 20, 2022 |
Terrible ending. ( )
  ramrak | Mar 25, 2022 |
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Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she's had her fill of uncertainty. She's content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost. Candace won't be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They're traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers? A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Ma's Severance is a moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it's a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.

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