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Book Title: Chilly Scenes of Winter|
Date of issue: January 2nd 1991
ISBN 13: 9780679732341
The author of the book: Ann Beattie
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.87 MB
Read full description of the books Chilly Scenes of Winter:I probably shouldn't read books like this. I know plenty about disenchanted youth. I'm 24 and spend a lot of time in small bars and on lonely buses. And I liked the book, but I liked it in this weird self-indulgent pornographic way. Yes, every conversation rang true, every character was real. But a Raymond Carver or a Grace Paley can take that grit and veritas and turn it into pure transcendence. Beattie's bleak world sings some, but it doesn't transcend.
And this is probably a terrible metric for measuring a book, but it didn't make me feel any less disaffected. OK, so the ending was a glimmer of light. But if anything that felt like a bit of a cop-out. My immediate thought was "oh, so it's OK for him, but how does this help me? Holy shit, I'm using novels as self-help books. And I recognize that that's self-indulgent, but this was a self-indulgent novel and I'm self-indulgently writing about it on a self-indulgent social network."
And I apologize to anyone who's reading this, by the way, but that's what you get when you transform the solitary act of reading into a social act. Navel-gazing. Lots of navel-gazing.
Would I read more Ann Beattie? Yeah. She's talented as hell. Maybe, if you are the sort of person who generally feels OK about things, you'll appreciate it more legitimately.
Read information about the authorAnn Beattie (born September 8, 1947) is an American short story writer and novelist. She has received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a PEN/Bernard Malamud Award for excellence in the short story form. Her work has been compared to that of Alice Adams, J.D. Salinger, John Cheever, and John Updike. She holds an undergraduate degree from American University and a masters degree from the University of Connecticut.
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