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Love glory and freedom express themselves in Seven Lies eBook #229 a lifelong fantasy of going to America By a series of increasingly dangerous maneuvers he mak. Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I m sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main character whose perspective the story is told from In parts of this book he seems to be just alive not diminishing not improving not happy nor sad just there and in his period of just existing I find myself easily distracted still reading but off in my head somewhere else and I ll be two or three paragraphs ahead before I realize I m not really reading the book but instead thinking of things I should do today or that I need to get something in particular done at work today And that may not seem uncommon to some but when I read I forget the entire world and everything in it and all that exists is the words written on the pages so for me to be easily distracted while reading is rare with the exception of reading textbooks for classes I m not in love with Yet despite the struggle to continue to read and focus that comes every so often in this book I find I still enjoyed it This book is what it was meant to be and if written any different would not portray what I feel it was meant to portray I feel this is one of those books that the times you read it the you see understand and are able to take from it I also feel that with multiple reads I will enjoy it and will have to improve my rating of it I recommend this book to people looking for something different If you buy all of your books from the shelves of a book section in a supermarketand there is nothing wrong with that then this is not the book for you If you read nothing but high action and adventure books fantasy or paranormal this book is not for you Now if you enjoy a specific genre of books but still read bits of other things and are open minded to different types of books then I think you should give this book a shot I would love to tell you that if you like book A and B then you should read this book but I have yet to read a book uite like this one Entrepreneurial Vernacular parts of this book he seems to be just alive not diminishing not improving not happy nor sad just there and in his Advanced C Programming by Example period of just existing I find myself easily distracted still reading but off in my head somewhere else and I ll be two or three Poslije svega (After, paragraphs ahead before I realize I m not really reading the book but instead thinking of things I should do today or that I need to get something in Die Herrenschneiderei particular done at work today And that may not seem uncommon to some but when I read I forget the entire world and everything in it and all that exists is the words written on the Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone people looking for something different If you buy all of your books from the shelves of a book section in a supermarketand there is nothing wrong with that then this is not the book for you If you read nothing but high action and adventure books fantasy or Pretend God Is Deaf paranormal this book is not for you Now if you enjoy a specific genre of books but still read bits of other things and are open minded to different types of books then I think you should give this book a shot I would love to tell you that if you like book A and B then you should read this book but I have yet to read a book uite like this one

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Part political thriller part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel a young East German whose yearnings for. I found this to be a disappointing read all in all Lasdun writes beautifully but on occasion he has too fine a temperament to sustain the reader s interest for anything longer than a long short story But in my opinion a novel reuires than just endless psychological reflection it needs at some point the drama of an intensely active life The novel opens with the narrator having a glass of wine thrown in his face at a cocktail party in New York in 2003 or so The novel is about why this happened but given Stefan s past as a dissident poet in the former East Germany it is not too difficult to guess The first revelation is therefore not much of a surprise The problem is that the exact nature of his betrayal is never truly made clear and it is later revealed by someone other than Stefan that everyone else was doing it anyway This lowers the gravity of Stefan s crime such as it was in my opinion There is a second revelation right at the end but for the life of me I could not see how this materially changed the novel s outcome A surprise in order to be one should not only take the reader unawares but change the texture of the novel in some significant way I felt that the second revelation did not do this if everyone was a traitor even those Stefan himself never suspected no one really was Perhaps that is ultimately Lasdun s message do not betray too easily because it may turn out to be unnecessary But I think this message initiated by a merely inconvenient splash of red wine in the face is not enough to sustain a 200 odd page novel

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Es this fantasy come true his past seemingly locked behind the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him But then his world begins to fall apar. Deeply unsatisfying as a whole the individual vignettes comprising The Life and Lies of Stefan Vogel were taut and well rendered From the early and mostly inexplicable seediness of the narrating Stefan to a jarring show of author insertion as Stefan becomes still further detached placed again inexplicably into third person mode with his future wife Inge the parts which make up this whole linger resonantly when the book is closedThis is a credit to James Lasdun s considerable chops as a short story writer painting richly vivid portraits with words character insights and in situ environmentsThe book succeeds less as a novel in my opinion where the tying together of numerous disparate elements the psychology root cause behind a treadmill of half truths a familial balancing act between failure and privilege the love story of a young pair of migr dissidents and an art scene y high society thriller with political subtext is essential for any novel to workWith a rushed and contrived seeming ending at least in the Advanced Reader s Edition that I have Seven Lies as a whole didn t work for me at all

  • Paperback
  • 208
  • Seven Lies: A Novel
  • James Lasdun
  • English
  • 10 July 2018
  • 9780393329087

About the Author: James Lasdun

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry He has been long listed for Seven Lies: eBook å the Man Booker Prize and short listed for the Los Angeles Times T S Eliot and Forward prizes in poetry; and he was the winner of the inaugural UKBBC Short Story Prize His nonfiction has been published in Harpe.



10 thoughts on “Seven Lies: A Novel

  1. says:

    I found this to be a disappointing read all in all Lasdun writes beautifully but on occasion he has too fine a temperament to sustain the reader's interest for anything longer than a long short story But in my opinion a novel reuires than just endless psychological reflection; it needs at some point the drama of an intensely active life The novel opens with the narrator having a glass of wine thrown in his f

  2. says:

    A short uncomfortable novel that relates the story of Stefan Vogel who left East Germany with his wife in 1986 to

  3. says:

    Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren't lies as well Dissident poet in East Germa

  4. says:

    Stefan Vogel the main character in Lasdun's novel is a vaguely likeable character who drifts through life getti

  5. says:

    attracted by the book title i bought it at a second hand bookstore in taiwan i thought the book will be a detective or ethical book but it’s different from what i thought it is uite boring to a point where it le

  6. says:

    Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I'm sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it the attitude of the main charac

  7. says:

    Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true

  8. says:

    I was living in Munich when the old Stasi East German secret police files were opened It was a wrenching experience for many and fought against for many years People went and looked at their files and discovered which of th

  9. says:

    Deeply unsatisfying as a whole the individual vignettes comprising ' The Life and Lies of Stefan Vogel' were taut and well rendered Fr

  10. says:

    Not in a horror flick gone wild kind of way rather in a chilling suicky fashion The story is like a particularly horrible yet riveting car crash Something verging on obscene yet radiating a twisted human essenceTh

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