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Impossible Views of the World
Impossible Views of the World | Lucy Ives
14 posts | 17 read | 27 to read
A witty, urbane, and sometimes shocking debut novel, set in a hallowed New York museum, in which a co-worker's disappearance and a mysterious map change a life forever Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze. But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact. From the Hardcover edition.
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Megabooks
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Bailedbailed

This book is terrible. I gave it 150 pages. It‘s pretentious and confusing. The characters are one-dimensional. I tried to finish it because I paid full price for it, but I‘m going to consider it a donation to a beloved indie. Don‘t let the gorgeous cover fool you!

Leftcoastzen I completely understand, sometimes you wonder how some books get published.Life is too short . 6mo
Megabooks @Leftcoastzen I figure I‘m due a dnf because I haven‘t had one in awhile. I just could not get in sync with this one. You‘re right, life is too short!! 6mo
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Megabooks
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New day, new book.

The cover is very purple, so I decided to go with purple beaker bookmark. I bought this book on a whim at an indie bookstore two years ago, so we‘ll see if I like it!

QuietlyLaura Cute bookmark! ☺️ 6mo
BooknerdsLife Love that bookmark 💜 Happy reading 🤗 6mo
Megabooks @QuietlyLaura Thanks!! 😊😊 6mo
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Megabooks @BooknerdsLife Thank you!! 👍🏻 I hope I enjoy the book! So far, I‘m having trouble getting the rhythm of the writing. (edited) 6mo
BooknerdsLife @Megabooks Awww that‘s a shame 😬 Hope it will get better soon 🤞🏼😊 6mo
Megabooks @BooknerdsLife I think it might. The story seems comic, which is a nice break from all the serious books I‘ve been reading! 6mo
BooknerdsLife @Megabooks I just read the blurb of the book and it sounds very interesting indeed! 😊💖 6mo
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Travelinglibrarian
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wrenaymuhree
Bailedbailed

Cover: gorgeous. Writing: dreadfully pretentious and R A M B L I N G. It took me several attempts to meander my way through 8 pages, at which point I gave up. I could barely even summarize what happened in those 8 pages...so many meandering diatribes that were so full of trying-too-hard descriptions, it's difficult to stay connected. I felt my eyes glazing over like in the days of old, when forced to read a particularly draggy textbook.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! Recently released. I like this cover! Stella, a curator at Manhattan's Central Museum of Art, has her soon-to-be ex-husband stalking her, her workplace romance with a narcissist collapsing, and her colleague Paul missing. Amidst all this, a mysterious 19th-Century map appears, linking a poem, novels, and a counterfeiting scheme. She learns why Paul is missing. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Gnora That cover is on point!! 😍 2y
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JessieReadsInBK
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Panpan

Beautiful cover. Awful book. I only finished it because it's for my book club.

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Garabrandtreviews
Panpan

I wanted to love the book.... the premise seemed so good. It was just so.... boring. The characters were all rather drab, and the narrator would just go on and and on. There were parts that were interesting, but it just could not save it.

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merelybookish
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Mehso-so

This book is part mystery, part messy life being sorted out. The mystery part is fun. It starts with a map of an imaginary, world and leads to commonplace books, obscure 19th-century novels, utopian society pamphlets, and museum catalogues. The messy life being sorted out part is not fun. It includes office affairs, a difficult mother, jerky exes and general ineptitude.
If you like art and research, this book is ok. If you don't, don't bother

tpixie Sounds like I need to tear out 1/2 the book and read the other 1/2! (edited) 3y
merelybookish @tpixie Yes, I enjoy research and so found that part really fun. But I almost gave up in a few parts. The writing wasn't always awesome. 😐 3y
tpixie @merelybookish good job interpreting that mixed up post! ( Sounds like I need to tear out 1/2 the book and read the other 1/2!) I just discovered that I like historical novels and like looking up some of the historical facts in between the novel part. 3y
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merelybookish
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"an allegience that is nearly perfect in its combination of mutual understanding and/or easy going neglect. I never feel that I need to act in elaborate ways to keep up the friendship, which is pretty much all anyone can ask."
Love friends like that! I am lucky to have a few.

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merelybookish
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When a book's plot but some of the writing makes you cringe, do you give up or soldier on? 😕

Reecaspieces Give up usually. Too many good books out there I have not read 3y
SpeculativeFemale I usually soldier on. I'm all about the story. I can put up with some pretty bad writing if it's a good story. 3y
Rachel.Rencher Depends on how bad... for me, poor writing usually makes the plot not enjoyable. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks I give up on the book if the writing is bad, but sometimes check the ending! 3y
irregularreader Ugh this just happened to me. I soldiered on and it wound up being okay. . . Until the ending. I actually fell off the couch I was rolling my eyes so hard 3y
merelybookish @Reecaspieces @SpeculativeFemale @Rachel.Rencher @ValerieAndBooks @irregularreader Thanks everyone for weighing in! This book is set in an art museum so some of it is really interesting but the relationships and dialogue are 🙄. I think I'll give it another chapter or so. 3y
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WordWaller
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Hey guys! I think that's the longest streak I've ever gone without posting. Lately I've been going through some rough life stuff, a surge of depression, and a lot of busyness! This last weekend I got to sit in this hammock overlooking the MN River Valley and realized I need to have more time to just be. So hopefully I'll be around more as I leave more space on my calendar for reading for fun (:

RanaElizabeth Ugh, sorry life got a hold of you. But glad to hear you got a recharge, and in a hammock! Always take time for and care of yourself! 3y
Hoopiefoot Hang in there and enjoy your hammock time! We'll always be here when you're ready to jump back into things! 3y
DivineDiana This looks like a spectacular space to regroup and ponder your next step! 💗 3y
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Hoopiefoot (Sorry for the terrible hammock pun there 🤣) 3y
LauraBeth I was wondering where you were! This looks lovely and peaceful! Sorry to hear that you've been battling rough stuff 💕💕 3y
RealBooks4ever **hugs** Glad to have you back! 😺 3y
DGRachel {{hugs}} me-time is super important. Take good care of yourself! 3y
TrishB Welcome back 💗 3y
CAGirlReading So sorry to hear you've been going through a difficult time! Beautiful photo and glad to have you back💖🙂 3y
ValerieAndBooks Hugs! To "just be" is always a good thing to try to do. 3y
Litlady Big hugs and so glad to see you back! 🤗💞 3y
BooksForEmpathy I could learn a thing or two from you! So inspiring! 3y
LeahBergen 💕💕 3y
bookwrm526 Lovely view, glad you're back :) 3y
ReadingEnvy We're here and always glad to see you, but you don't have to think of litsy as a should. Whenever it works for you! 3y
moranadatter Glad to see you! Take care of yourself. 3y
WordWaller @RanaElizabeth @DivineDiana @Hoopiefoot @LauraBeth @RealBooks4ever @DGRachel @TrishB @CAGirlReading @ValerieAndBooks @Litlady @BooksForEmpathy @LeahBergen @bookwrm526 @ReadingEnvy @moranadatter 💗💗💗 thank you everyone! You're all wonderful and I've missed you all. I would definitely echo the same to you all--self care is everything! 3y
tpixie @DivineDiana i second your remark! A peaceful place, a beautiful view- a good way to to recharge, get those cozy feelings. 3y
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WordWaller
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If Gil's not into this book than neither am I! #PondandGil #CatsofLitsy #LittenKitten No for seriously though.... my brain is finding EVERY distraction not to read this because I NEED to. #ARC #galley

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
Zelma He looks really unimpressed. 😂 3y
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melissarochelle
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A mystery in an art museum?! Sounds like perfect travel reading.

(Do you ever remember trips because of the books you were reading? I remember reading The Kind Worth Killing on a flight from Denver and hoping Evie would stay quiet just a little bit longer so I could keep reading.)