Levy's writing is detached in a way that makes this heartbreaking story palatable. There's no sense that you are meant to pity her. It's read more like an explanation. Or like she herself is trying to see and figure out what has happened to her. It's quite amazing, actually.
Rave rave RAVE review. Dark subject matter meets the most colorful writing. Rolling Stone called Cat Marnell "Hot Bukowski" and that sums it up perfectly. Just... So. Damn. Good!
Super Bowl Sunday, Italian style.
Just started this for my book club and already taken by the writing. I was hesitant to read it because of all the hype and now I don't want it to end!
I read this book during the days leading up to my 30th birthday and am not sure I would have the same response that I did if I had read it at a different moment it my life. It was one of those reading experiences when you sigh to yourself "Someone gets me" and you feel less alone as a result. Heti's "novel" is an acquired taste and I am glad I waited till I was older to read this one.
Unlike anything I have ever read , THE VEGETARIAN is a searing novel that makes your skin crawl (in a good way). It is a difficult book to read but aren't those usually the best ones?
This book was strange, dark and delightful. It's an acquired taste, for sure, but anyone who likes quirky, unexpected books will enjoy this one.
So many feelings in such a tiny book. Not one bit of me wanted it to end but the length was just what it needed to be; every sentence is more important when there are less of them. There was a hopeful melancholy mood to this book that felt strikingly real to me. I don't know if it is possible for anyone to not like this book.
I am so glad that I know how to make myself happy with museums and books and new places and coffeeshops and NYC and that being here, amongst my people, will be enough for me. #hereforthebooks
You know that dropping feeling when you just finished a really great book and have to figure out what to read next? That was the state I was in when I started THE FALL GUY. And thankfully-- it was another solid book. It is a little too pleasurable to be considered "great" (I think "great" implies something important) but I couldn't put it down. Read it, just read it. It is really fun and I promise you'll be entertained.
I had been aching for a book that was plot driven with empathetic characters (aren't we all) and this hit the spot. I found it to be an engaging read that opened my eyes to a different side of New York that I see everyday but haven't taken the time to truly notice. I am so thankful for this book for making me see my city and country in a new way...