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  1. says:

    There is some kind of style in this book that made me like it That style is strange and I did not know how Davis was able to walk away with it1 No plot2 No dialogues3 Started the 1st person narration unreliable with the ending of the story4 Time period went back and forth with no pattern5 Unnecessary characters events musingsIt’s an endless recollection of the unnamed narration’s failed love story with a

  2. says:

    Fuck That's really all I can say

  3. says:

    15 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti you're bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis' short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story her first novel made available to our library system's e book exchange t

  4. says:

    One of the few books I come back to over and over again I have never read anything uite like this nearly plotless dialogue less book detailing the slow decline of a relationship The tone is hauntingly lonely and there is never a uestion about where the narrative is headed but the observations are so smart and the

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    Minimalist Fiction and Self AwarenessDavis's minimalist voice which I find myself mimicking in this review always a sign of a style's power to inhabit the imagination and control the pen is not at all the usual minimalism This novel is life with its content subtracted away It's about a love affair but we are scarcely told anything

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    I always cry at endingsThis is the way in which we learn to let go while holding onBecause when loss lessens us to the point that love's lessons leave us spent less is Sometimes it takes a certain sort of numbness—time work drugs sleep food

  7. says:

    Senryu ReviewSupreme break up bookin stark self aware prose trumpsall night make up sex

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    I made it than half way through this basic retread of some short stories Lydia Davis has previously written and published Seems she writes a bit here and there about a boy and her relationship and perhaps a bit about a girl and her relationship and sometimes about both of them and her relationship with them all and by the time I get to where I am I am so tired and too tired of reading this boring tale of nothing Ray Johnson the artist whose

  9. says:

    How much do I adore Lydia Davis? I like her writing because no one is able to categorize it Sometimes a work of hers that ap

  10. says:

    It seems like every sentence in this book was carefully constructed to convey the maximum amount of sadness any person has ever felt in the history of people feeling sad I tried reading this once before and couldn't get past the whole 'story about writing a story' thing and Davis's style of writing was so extremely different than what I'm used to that I put it away for later when I could appreciate it This t

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Summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lydia Davis

The Story as she attempts to organize her memories of a love affair into a novel With compassion wit and what appears to be candor she seeks to determine what she actually knows about. Minimalist Fiction and Self AwarenessDavis s minimalist voice which I find myself mimicking in this review always a sign of a style s power to inhabit the imagination and control the pen is not at all the usual minimalism This novel is life with its content subtracted away It s about a love affair but we are scarcely told anything about what either person looks like We hear in passing that the narrator likes to identify species of grass and spiders but we aren t given any names of grasses or spiders She falls in love with a man but we have no idea what kind of person he is They are both attached to a university but we hear next to nothing about what they study or teach She is a translator of French but there is no French in the book That is especially unusual think of other Francophiles like Wallace Stevens or John Ashbery who can t help thinking through French Nothing has content everything is told as her recollections of actions and places In this contentless and abstract world the writer s voice is all we have We listen as she wonders whether her memories are correct and admits that some art not We hear her descriptions of her own behavior always written as if she were at some remove from them When she is suffering most acutely from the absence of the man she fell in love with we hear that she seems to see herself from a distance That is the book s strangest moment We have always seen her from a distance What kind of narrator could construct a novel so impeccably abstracted from the proper names and the direct emotions of life and then say that in her memory she was only abstracted in that way during a short period of grief The book is psychologically unusual deeply sympathetic sad and detached but also at the same time entirely perverse and because of that perversity incomprehensible The book is in its own way a masterpieceNote added in winter 2017Some years after I wrote this I visited Davis at her farmhouse It was after the publication of Cows and she was increasingly central to American writing I wonder about the effect all that might have on the carelessness of the minimalism in this book which seems sometimes untended The recent work has been aware of its subtractions faced outward toward an audience that already expects certain kinds of reticence and abbreviation curated and wary of preciousness I wonder then if Davis s work suggests two ways to be minimalist the first commoner kind in which an author knows she is performing minimalist gestures and the second rarer and interesting kind in which an author is growing into awareness of her minimalisms

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The End of the Story

Herself and her past but we begin to suspect along with her that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding any tale retrieved The End eBook #186 from the past must be fiction. Senryu ReviewSupreme break up bookin stark self aware prose trumpsall night make up sex

Summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lydia Davis

Mislabeled boxes of the eBook #8608 problems with visiting nurses confusing notes an outing to the county fair such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of. 15 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti you re bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story her first novel made available to our library system s e book exchange to see what the hoopla was all about Delight turned to unalleviated boredom rather uickly followed by utter exasperation with the realization at about page 40 that it never was going to get any better It s further frustrating that many GR folks found beauty in this when all I could find was an excuse to keep my Extra Strength Tylenol nearby This was one painful slog disguised as art Its 240 page entirety is devoted to the first person obsessions of a 35 year old woman obsessing over every single micrometer ngstrom tissue thin sense memory of a failed relationship with a man really barely older than a kid twelve years younger than her That s it Just apart time university professortranslatoraspiring novelist perhaps not unlike um Lydia Davis exhausting every detail of what really amounted to little than an ill advised fling Worse yet it s obsession times two because not only does she obsess about the relationship she feels the need to write a novel about the experience Yeah okay we ve all chalked up a crummy relationship or two in our dating CV but few of us feel the urgency to dissect the experience then novelize the attempt to write the novel Allow me to share with you a snippet of this not of the protagonist s recalling the relationship which is plenty bad enough but of her describing the process of sorting through the memories to write the novel But at other times I am really confused and uncomfortable For instance I am trying to separate out a few pages to add to the novel and I want to put them together in one box but I m not sure how to label the box I would like to write on it MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but if I do that it may bring me bad luck because the material may not really be ready I thought of adding parentheses and writing MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the word ready was still too strong despite the parenthesis I thought of throwing in a uestion mark so that it read MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the uestion mark immediately introduced doubt than I could stand The best possibility may be MATERIAL TO BE USED which does not go far as to say that it is ready but only that in some form it will be used though it does not have to be used even if it is good enough to useThis is just her thought process in compiling the material for this failed relationship a relationship by her very admission she had no business being in This to me is just a protracted pointless exercise in nothingness It s not an achingingly poignant artistic exposition into the mind of a woman in a failed relationship This is a few rungs above gibberish Maybe Ms Davis style of writing works better in short story format but in a 240 page plot less novel it escapes me how this was even publishedJust recalling this dreck brought my headache screaming back I was gonna round up thanks to some really odd non seuitur dream recollections toward the end that made me chuckle but nah