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Lake Success: A Novel af Gary Shteyngart
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Lake Success: A Novel (original 2018; udgave 2018)

af Gary Shteyngart (Forfatter)

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Fiction. Literature. HTML:Spectacular.NPR  Uproariously funny.The Boston Globe  An artistic triumph.San Francisco Chronicle  A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.The Washington Post  Shteyngarts best book.The Seattle Times

The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND MAUREEN CORRIGAN, NPRS FRESH AIR AND NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review  NPR  The Washington Post  O: The Oprah Magazine  Mother Jones  Glamour  Library Journal  Kirkus Reviews  Newsday  Pamela Paul, KQED  Financial Times  The Globe and Mail

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old sons diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seemaa driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealthhas her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to America.
LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION 
The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literaturemovement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientationare what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel. . . . [It is] a novel so pungent, so frisky and so intent on probing the dissonances and delusionsboth individual and collectivethat grip this strange land getting stranger.The New York Times Book Review 
Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy. . . . The wit and the immigrants sense of heartbreakhe was born in Russiajust seem to pour from him. The idea of riding along behind Shteyngart as he glides across America in the early age of Trump is a propitious one. He doesnt disappoint.The New York Times .
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Medlem:Neumann86
Titel:Lake Success: A Novel
Forfattere:Gary Shteyngart (Forfatter)
Info:Random House Audio (2018)
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Lake Success af Gary Shteyngart (2018)

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Well, that was something. For most of the story, I thought it was a funny but cringe-inducing story of an awful hedge-fund managing almost-billionaire leaving his semi-awful wife and autistic son. But about three-quarters of the way in it turned into something much more than that and the ending really moved me.

Listened to audiobook format. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
I have so many mixed emotions about this book. Here's just a sample of the different thoughts and feelings I had during my time reading it: brilliant, obnoxious, hilarious, tedious, insightful, vapid, witty, frustrating, silly, boring, etc. Sometimes I was rooting for Barry and Seema, and sometimes I just wanted to watch their entire life implode in slow motion. Hopefully I can figure out how I really feel when I discuss it with my book group next week. ( )
  BibliophageOnCoffee | Aug 12, 2022 |
Discovering Yourself on a Greyhound

Barry Cohen is the kind of guy we love to hate, a hedge fund gunslinger living by his own rules, way up in the stratosphere of privilege, so removed that he’s completely disconnected from reality. But he is a bit different in various ways from how we imagine his contemporaries, and how Shteyngart portrays his set.

He has a wife, Seema, Indian, intelligent, independent, who doesn’t fit the mold of trophy wife. He has an autistic son. And he has multi-million dollar watch collection that obsesses him because it brings worth and order to his life.

Then he has a major mid-life crisis fueled by all these events: the government on his tail for insider trading, a disintegrating fund due to horrid trades, a wife who comes to regard him as unimaginative and distant, and a son he claims to love but can’t bear to be around. He snaps and goes in search of a grail of sorts, his better youth, his idolized old love Layla, who lives and teaches in El Paso. To get to her, to escape his life, he sheds everything, his money, his Amex black card, all except the best of his watches, and embarks on a Greyhound plunge into the real America during the run-up to the 2016 election.

Barry thinks of it as On the Road, and maybe his trek is a search for something meaningful. Maybe it’s like Sullivan’s Travels, a quest for relevance that proves circular. Or maybe it’s simply an attempt to escape a world spinning out of his control, replacing it with something more manageable and fulfilling.

Readers can decide for themselves what’s what here. What readers get to see is the lifestyles of the rich in contrast to regular folks in Barry’s landing zones: desperation in Baltimore, quiet refinement in Richmond, laid back riches in Atlanta, generosity in Jackson, MS, equanimity in El Paso, kindness in Phoenix, resolution in La Jolla, and acceptance back in New York.

The novel does satisfy in that Barry learns things about himself, that he is more like his son Shiva than he knew, that he could find a satisfaction of a sort inside himself, that he was more than just a prospector in the financial mines of the world. Years after the adventure, with his marriage dissolved, his relationship with his son more distant, himself more at peace with himself, he earns redemption, and we readers like him better than we did ten years previous. Barry’s a bit more connected to life.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Discovering Yourself on a Greyhound

Barry Cohen is the kind of guy we love to hate, a hedge fund gunslinger living by his own rules, way up in the stratosphere of privilege, so removed that he’s completely disconnected from reality. But he is a bit different in various ways from how we imagine his contemporaries, and how Shteyngart portrays his set.

He has a wife, Seema, Indian, intelligent, independent, who doesn’t fit the mold of trophy wife. He has an autistic son. And he has multi-million dollar watch collection that obsesses him because it brings worth and order to his life.

Then he has a major mid-life crisis fueled by all these events: the government on his tail for insider trading, a disintegrating fund due to horrid trades, a wife who comes to regard him as unimaginative and distant, and a son he claims to love but can’t bear to be around. He snaps and goes in search of a grail of sorts, his better youth, his idolized old love Layla, who lives and teaches in El Paso. To get to her, to escape his life, he sheds everything, his money, his Amex black card, all except the best of his watches, and embarks on a Greyhound plunge into the real America during the run-up to the 2016 election.

Barry thinks of it as On the Road, and maybe his trek is a search for something meaningful. Maybe it’s like Sullivan’s Travels, a quest for relevance that proves circular. Or maybe it’s simply an attempt to escape a world spinning out of his control, replacing it with something more manageable and fulfilling.

Readers can decide for themselves what’s what here. What readers get to see is the lifestyles of the rich in contrast to regular folks in Barry’s landing zones: desperation in Baltimore, quiet refinement in Richmond, laid back riches in Atlanta, generosity in Jackson, MS, equanimity in El Paso, kindness in Phoenix, resolution in La Jolla, and acceptance back in New York.

The novel does satisfy in that Barry learns things about himself, that he is more like his son Shiva than he knew, that he could find a satisfaction of a sort inside himself, that he was more than just a prospector in the financial mines of the world. Years after the adventure, with his marriage dissolved, his relationship with his son more distant, himself more at peace with himself, he earns redemption, and we readers like him better than we did ten years previous. Barry’s a bit more connected to life.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Every page is well-written but there is barely a single character I liked or cared to spend more time with, and the book is TOO timely - more like a weather report than a novel with insights about our awful era. I love Gary Shteyngart but I think he (like so many others) has been spending too much time on Twitter, and he didn't give himself enough time to digest and process and ponder and understand this moment in history before writing about it. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
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Fiction. Literature. HTML:Spectacular.NPR  Uproariously funny.The Boston Globe  An artistic triumph.San Francisco Chronicle  A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.The Washington Post  Shteyngarts best book.The Seattle Times

The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND MAUREEN CORRIGAN, NPRS FRESH AIR AND NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review  NPR  The Washington Post  O: The Oprah Magazine  Mother Jones  Glamour  Library Journal  Kirkus Reviews  Newsday  Pamela Paul, KQED  Financial Times  The Globe and Mail

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old sons diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seemaa driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealthhas her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to America.
LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION 
The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literaturemovement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientationare what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel. . . . [It is] a novel so pungent, so frisky and so intent on probing the dissonances and delusionsboth individual and collectivethat grip this strange land getting stranger.The New York Times Book Review 
Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy. . . . The wit and the immigrants sense of heartbreakhe was born in Russiajust seem to pour from him. The idea of riding along behind Shteyngart as he glides across America in the early age of Trump is a propitious one. He doesnt disappoint.The New York Times .

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