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Book Title: Atmospheric Disturbances|
The size of the: 6.27 MB
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of issue: May 27th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780374200114
The author of the book: Rivka Galchen
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books Atmospheric Disturbances:This book has been widely reviewed, and I understand why. It's basic premise is unique, and the writing is sometimes stunning. As a first novel, I'd say it's fairly accomplished. The problem is I didn't really like it. The whole book kept me at an arm's length, as if I were reading an extended logic problem. At time's the writing was interesting, but at other times it seemed way too aware of its own cleverness (One line that sticks in my mind is "she centimetered toward me" or something like that). I like amazing, poetic language in a book, but I don't like it to be so aware of itself that it parades around the page like an exhibitionist proclaiming, "look at me! I'm clever!"
The book _is_ clever, and it includes references to Derrida, Lacan and Freud, leading me to believe that I and all my fellow English graduate students are the target audience for this book. Which is fine. I like a smart book. But I also want to care. And I didn't care: not about the narrator or his wife or any of the other characters who populate this book.
There's a line in the book when the narrator says that people critique Borges by saying that he's not emotional. The narrator says he thinks that's wrong, but he doesn't have time to elaborate. I viewed this as a missed opportunity to make a case for the non-emotional, intellectual book that I was reading in the guise of talking about Borges (again, "so smart! Look at me, I'm smart!"). Why introduce this idea just to avoid it, when the book so clearly begs this question?
There were many loose ends in this book, including the main plot line.
Right, I get it. Lack of resolution. Soooo post-modern. I could see what it was doing, I just didn't like it.
Read information about the authorRivka Galchen (born 1976) is a Canadian-American writer and physician. Her first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, was published in 2008. She currently is an adjunct professor in the writing division of Columbia University's School of Art. In 2010, she was chosen as one of the 20 best writers under 40 by The New Yorker.
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