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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. 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 like I owe it to at least give it a chance and keep reading Eventually I m half way through and even if I still don t like it I m like Well I m half way through now But this one I finally just put down It s the story of a women who had been a model in Europe fell from grace contracted Hepatitis and met an older slightly crazier woman named Veronica in NYC who died from AIDS The story wasn t really about Veronica though it was about the infected former model I think eventually further toward the end we would have learned about how Veronica influenced the other girl s life or something Reviews praise the writing as poetic but I thought it was flowery and weird and hard to follow I found myself skipping over whole paragraphs which is why I eventually decided What s the point

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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 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 stunning and beautiful and expansive and breathless and depressing and hard and devastating and wonderful Not everyone will love it and I ve no trouble seeing why Still it really hit the spot for meThe structure is linear but with lots of flashbacks and sometimes the transition from present to past is so smooth that you don t realize you were in the present day at the start of a paragraph only to find yourself 2 decades in the past at the end of it This isn t hard to follow if you can get into the flow of the writing and let it carry you The best thing about this novel is that it s very much alive Even when it deals with death and decay it manages to hum and pulsate with aliveness It s not nihilistic it s not ironic it s not flippant It s guttural and sometimes it guts you But sometimes it caresses and warms you with the loveliness of fleeting moments deep love and small joys This is largely due to the the sharp and precise beauty of Gaitskill s prose It s in your face when it needs to be and allows you to take a step back without ever keeping you at arm s length when that s necessary It knocks the wind out of you but lets you get it back before socking you again

Summary Veronica A Novel

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


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 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 vibran

  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 like I o

  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 e

  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 She related to the world with vanity but also with a vague sadness and misunderstanding She tells her stories as if her

  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 stunning and beautiful and expansive and breathless and depressing and hard and devastating and wonderful Not everyone will love it and I've no trouble seeing why Still it really hit the spot for meThe

  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 wr

  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 wonderful

  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

  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 the situations often seemed ugly to the point that I wondered if an unconscious sadism wasn't at work Then I'd wonder if that was only my sueamishness speaking I also sometimes had tr

  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

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