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Laura van den Berg

Forfatter af Find Me

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 (2008) — Bidragyder — 467 eksemplarer
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Bidragyder — 273 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 267 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers (2019) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
Best New American Voices 2010 (2009) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents (2019) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Fairy Tale Review: The Grey Issue — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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You know how sometimes the end can completely ruin the rest of a book? It's like that, only in this case, it's really the entire second half slowly prepares you for the way the ending is a fizzle.

I started Find Me knowing that it's ranking on goodreads was awful. But it sounded so freaking cool, that I had to do it anyway. In fact my to-read notes were: "A woman immune to the impending amnesia-plague uses it as a chance to rewrite her life, but supposedly it's terrible?" As billed.
OK, that's not fair: the first half was far from terrible. In fact, while I don't think even the first half would have wide-based appeal, I thought it was fantastic: just a touch of surrealism, beautiful language, The central discourse --the interconnection of current self and the people we've been in our lives; how memory matters (or doesn't) and whether we choose to be who we are or are shaped -- was interesting and I felt van den Berg really had a lot of new ideas on this well-worn topic and certainly a new way of showcasing. A side note on "beautiful language:" I think there's a fine line between "lyrical" and "purple prose" and often the more beautiful the language is purported to be, the less I like this book; van den Berg steers well-clear of this problem. She is a master of English. Her sentences are gorgeous, thought-provoking and clear. They build her story, rather than detract from them. It's honestly the only reason I finished part two -- she's truly superlative.

The second half, though, is rough. It's basically a travelogue through the post-apocalypse, although just how apocalyptic is kind of unclear. The problem is that without a solid plot to support everything else, the surrealism and existentialism become overwhelming and repetitive. This part both drags and is actively painful to read. I kept hoping it would get better, but it doesn't: it just ends, all of a sudden, after completely abandoning narrative and leaving a very surreal passage. I'm not even totally sure what happened in the end.
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settingshadow | 20 andre anmeldelser | Aug 19, 2023 |
Exceptionally good stories exploring discovery and realization. It's not uncommon to find collections that are essentially the same story retold in different contexts. Here, instead, each story takes on a different angle, or level... The title story that finishes the collection is absolutely my favorite, but I suspect without the groundwork laid by the rest it wouldn't have the impact it does.
Kiramke | 15 andre anmeldelser | Jun 27, 2023 |
This book spends 278 pages to go absolutely nowhere. I had no idea pandemics were this boring.
zmagic69 | 20 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2023 |
Joy lives a lonely life, working 3rd shift at Stop & Shop, addicted to cough syrup and living in a basement. There is a pandemic and Joy is immune to it. She is admitted to a hospital and is treated with tests, etc to figure out why.

This book was so weird to read. It didn't really go anywhere.
JReynolds1959 | 20 andre anmeldelser | Mar 21, 2023 |



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