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Loitation and self sacrifice love and mortality Moving seamlessly from present and past casting a fierce yet compassionate eye on two eras and their fixations the result is a work of timeless depth and moral pow. As far as the story itself I thought it was lackluster and a bit pretentious I appreciated what Gaitskill was trying to do that she was trying to explore notions of superficiality and depth when it comes to personal interactions I also liked that she gave her two main characters these women who are by turns pitiful and infuriatingly self destructive a sense of dignity even though they were behaving in ways I found really sad and upsetting But for the most part I thought she was striving too much to be deep and thoughtful and literary I don t really care for that in college level creative writing classes and I don t think I particularly care for it with National Book Award Winners I mean be deep and thoughtful and literary but don t let me see you strain to attain those ualities I don t want to see your effort BTW this isn t the first Gaitskill I ve read but I don t recall the earlier stuff I ve read of hers being uite so strainedWhere this book really shines though is in the writing One of Gaitskill s conceits was to describe some sort of sensory experience using an adjective that appeals to a different sense like the phrase seuined music for instance It s a visual descriptor coupled with an auditory noun yet it worked I could just imagine the kind of glammed out pop rock her character was listening to Perhaps it might have generated a different genre for you but that s okay the point is it instantly brought something to mind and it did so using unconventional word choices As someone who has seriously taken up writing in the past few months I m talking several hours a day my appreciation for a writer who can come up with ways to convey ideas and emotions without resorting to facile cliches is infinite So I was really torn with this book I enjoyed reading it but again primarily for the craftsmanship of the language As far as the story itself though I felt it left a lot to be desired Fishes of the Open Ocean upsetting But for the most part I thought she was striving too much to be deep and thoughtful and literary I don t really care for that in college level creative writing classes and I don t think I particularly care for it with National Book Award Winners I mean be deep and thoughtful and literary but don t let me see you strain to attain those Out of Bounds (Boundaries, ualities I don t want to see your effort BTW this isn t the first Gaitskill I ve read but I don t recall the earlier stuff I ve read of hers being Grass, Sky, Song uite so strainedWhere this book really shines though is in the writing One of Gaitskill s conceits was to describe some sort of sensory experience Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos using an adjective that appeals to a different sense like the phrase seuined music for instance It s a visual descriptor coupled with an auditory noun yet it worked I could just imagine the kind of glammed out pop rock her character was listening to Perhaps it might have generated a different genre for you but that s okay the point is it instantly brought something to mind and it did so The Illusionists using O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, unconventional word choices As someone who has seriously taken One for My Baby up writing in the past few months I m talking several hours a day my appreciation for a writer who can come Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, up with ways to convey ideas and emotions without resorting to facile cliches is infinite So I was really torn with this book I enjoyed reading it but again primarily for the craftsmanship of the language As far as the story itself though I felt it left a lot to be desired

REVIEW Veronica A Novel

Veronica A Novel

S New York One is a young model stumbling away from the wreck of her career the other an eccentric middle aged office temp Over the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness exp. I mean I fight my middle age at every turn But some days you re just cranky about things younger writers younger people Younger subjects Mary Gaitskill can bring out the crank in anyone Or maybe just anyone my age She is a terrific writer and an adept wordsmith And I sorta hated this book and knew I should like it Our heroine Alison is a terminally jaded young woman her mother left her father she s been a model and lived in Europe and failed at everything and seen it all Already she s a bit of a pill Her modeling career which was good but not brilliant brought her into a number of sexual situations which Gaitskill outlines with glacial sophistication but not much heat Eventually Alison falls out of favor either because her look is over or because her married lover tires of her Either way she ends up back in New Jersey in community college and living with her tiresome familyUpon moving to New York she takes up temping while contemplating resuming her modeling career While temping she meets Veronica a larger than life figure who is sadly familiar from literature seize the day love whom you will laugh til it hurts She s almost as shallow as Maude from Harold Maude and nearly as annoying Veronica loved a gay man who gave her HIV which will eventually kill her This isn t really a spoiler Alison tells us this early on as the book travels freely back and forth in timeOh I don t know I just found the whole thing annoying It was also a finalist for the National Book Prize clearly I am a grumpy growing older man with no patience for this stylish claptrap Maybe it was a bad idea to read this during Thanksgiving weekend Harrumph The Black Ice Score (Parker, up back in New Jersey in community college and living with her tiresome familyUpon moving to New York she takes The Black Painting up temping while contemplating resuming her modeling career While temping she meets Veronica a larger than life figure who is sadly familiar from literature seize the day love whom you will laugh til it hurts She s almost as shallow as Maude from Harold Maude and nearly as annoying Veronica loved a gay man who gave her HIV which will eventually kill her This isn t really a spoiler Alison tells Fire and Desire us this early on as the book travels freely back and forth in timeOh I don t know I just found the whole thing annoying It was also a finalist for the National Book Prize clearly I am a grumpy growing older man with no patience for this stylish claptrap Maybe it was a bad idea to read this during Thanksgiving weekend Harrumph

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A finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award here is an evocative novel about female friendship in the glittering 1980sAlison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal glamour of 1980. What stood out most loudly and violently were images of beauty so intense they were almost warped some of these images were human The fashion model seemed suddenly at the centre of the cultural world inextricably wound in with art music and cinema These human images snagged my imagination which twisted and turned reactively picking and chewing over them foolishly trying to get nourishment from them for I wanted to be part of this vibrant and powerful worldMary Gaitskill s Veronica is the intense and stylistic study of a friendship Of love pain illness and rejection set mostly in 1980 s New york it s a richly metaphorical tale set against the nocturnal glamorous tyranny of the fashion modelling industry and unfortunately for some during an eruption of AIDS cases There are moments when the world is at your feet a dream come true But also times when it s nothing than a sleazy degrading nightmare One thing is certain it pays well even if it means having to spend days in the company of complete arrogant sexist assholes For Allison and Veronica both would experience the highs and lows of this hectic ruthless and narcissistic lifestyle both would find ways to grow stronger but also succumb to weaknesses beyond their controlThe novel could be looked at as a kind of exercise in tainted nostalgia The narrator Allison is in her 40 s cleaning offices for a living as we go back through her thoughts to a time when she made it as a model It all started in Paris strutting her stuff on the catwalk and becoming the mistress of one of the city s most successful modelling agents she is still pretty young and not exactly wise in all her decisions losing a lot of money falling in and out with acuaintances some were never even worth knowing before ending up back in the States after her illicit relationship crashed and burned in the city of love After a stint back with her parents and sisters she heads off to The Big Apple looking for work And it s here she meets Veronica whilst proofreading as a temp a brash head strong former model twenty years her senior who shows unpredictable oddball behaviour and dates a bisexual Duncan who she adores Both seem mismatched and Allison finds her at times deplorable being appalled and fixated by Veronica in eual measures So to call the novel an out and out buddy story is misleading You never get the impression they are true friends but each still leaves an impression on the other In a strange way they seem the right fit but you also feel a coldheartedness between them like they wouldn t be bothered if they were never to meet again After Veronica is diagnosed with HIV she losing all those closest to her Allison is drawn to her than ever but with a strong sense of pity as she rapidly loses her health On the whole the novel carries a sombre feeling throughout portraying a brittle echoing emptiness for it s two leading ladies even though it s set in a booming New York bursting at the seems with life and partying The two main characters I eventually came to like with all their issues and hiccups along the way they were just two people trying to make their way in life Gaitskill speaks an emotion that is easy to relate to I was partially impressed with her richly drawn world bringing to life the downtown art scene of the decade for its beauty and glamour but also its fair share of grime and filth She sees the whole picture with a larger canvas of almost viscerally aching melancholy with depictions of some the most unsavoury elements of human interaction big themes being nihilism pity and rejection The plot is somewhat beside the point there isn t really one anyway as its structure relies on a frenetic assemblage of vignettes flashing between the 80 s and the present and my biggest praise for Gaitskill is it s humane and unsentimental approach mixing a cocktail of brutal loneliness with moments of raw tenderness and she gets down and dirty when the story needs to be Mary is not afraid to articulate the anguished thoughts and feelings from which we prefer to turn away But that s just life and the pains and joys beauty and ugliness that go with it I found it an engaging and penetrating work as soulful as it was sorid with characters who were realistic carrying flaws and problems like the rest of us There were a few moments that I found too uncomfortable and below the belt and it might have helped being a tad longer to give of a backstory to Veronica who still felt like a bit of an enigma to me but some of Gaitskill s sentences were just like wow Sincere and oh so truePondered on giving three stars but have upped it to four on deeper reflection


10 thoughts on “Veronica A Novel

  1. says:

    What stood out most loudly and violently were images of beauty so intense they were almost warped; some of these images were human T

  2. says:

    Veronica by Mary Gaitskill came very highly recommended It was on a lot of best of lists and I'd actually had it on my list of To Read for a while This was a book that I couldn't finish and that is a real dilemma for me When I'm not enjoying a book at all I never know whether to uit or keep going If I don't like it early on I feel

  3. says:

    I bet I'd be really inspired by this novel if I were a fiction writer Mary Gaitskill sees the world through no eyes but her own and she communicates that worldview with an unyielding series of remarkably inventive metaphors and physical descriptions interspersed with prose poem reveries in which Gaitskill aband

  4. says:

    In Veronica Alison an aging model whose body is wracked with pain and disease looks back on her life in snapshots as if she is flipping through a portfolio of memories In her prime Alison was beautiful and flawed

  5. says:

    I read Veronica over the course of roughly 15 days sleep work play also took up some time It was addictive and mesmerizing and delirious and

  6. says:

    I mean I fight my middle age at every turn But some days you're just cranky about things younger writers younger people Younger subjects Mary Gaitskill can bring out the crank in anyone Or maybe just anyone my age She is a terrific writer and an adept wordsmith And I sorta hated this book and knew I should like it Our heroine Alison is a te

  7. says:

    If you are looking for a dark gritty book look no further Even though the story bounces from past to present in every chapter once you get used to the writing style and can focus on the plot watch out The plot is intense upsetting and wonderfully gloomy all warped together Lots to take in For the most part it was an OK read I enjo

  8. says:

    As far as the story itself I thought it was lackluster and a bit pretentious I appreciated what Gaitskill was trying to do that she was trying to explore notions of superficiality and depth when it comes to personal interactions I also liked that she gave her two main characters these women who are by turns pitif

  9. says:

    I found this book so powerful that I couldn't write about it right away I've had an ambivalent relationship to other work by Gaitskill I'd only read her stories not her other novel I'm fascinated by it but sometimes repelled The people and th

  10. says:

    I picked up Mary Gaitskill's 2006 novel Veronica as part of my ongoing disgust project and indeed it is a rich depository o

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