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What I Loved

Posted by the editors on Monday, 11 April 2011

What I Loved

What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt, cover

What I Loved (novel) (2003) by Siri Hustvedt.  The New York art scene, love, personality disorders and murder. The book jacket calls it “a beautifully written and insightful novel about the way we live now” (Kirkus UK), and Geraldine Bedell, in The Observer section of The Guardian, says it is”…an intellectual page-turner…a ferociously clever book”.  Nevertheless, and though I thoroughly enjoyed Hustvedt’s “The Sorrows of An American“, I tend to agree with, which stated:  “A mannered, somewhat formulaic account of a critic’s long and complicated friendship with an artist, presented by Hustvedt (Yonder, 1998, etc.) with just a touch of melodrama amid the melancholy…told in a gossipy, insider’s tone likely to put off anyone not in (or interested in) the New York art world.”  I may even be tempted to go a bit further in saying that the writing  made me wonder, at times, how well Hustvedt really masters the English language.  Interesting in parts, but really rather tiresome in the long haul. (PR)

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The Sorrows of an American

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 5 April 2011

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The Sorrows of an American, by Siri Hustvedt, first edition cover

The Sorrows of an American (novel) (2008) by Siri Hustvedt.  This very good novel, Siri Hustvedt’s (The Blindfold (1992), What I Loved (2003)) fourth, as distinctly post-modern and intellectually accomplished as it may be, looks with warmth and tenderness on the struggles of thoughtful, sometimes lost, men and women, families, generations, neighbors, artists, the lost and the found and offers, not a solution to their, and our own, problems but an admirable, and sensitive, sense of belonging. (PR)

A new novel, The Summer Without Men, was published in April 2011.

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