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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [Format Kindle]

Karen Joy Fowler
3.9 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (13 commentaires client)

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Praise for WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
 
“You may find yourself on a beach or by a pool or just with some surplus time . . . Use it to read this goddamn book.”—Gawker
 
“Elegantly and humorously orchestrated . . . Knitting together Rosemary’s at times poignant, at times hilarious scraps of uncovered memories, Fowler creates a fantastical tale of raw, animalistic love.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“A novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get . . . [Its] fresh diction and madcap plot bend the tone toward comedy, but it never mislays its solemn raison d’être. Monkeyshines aside, this is a story of Everyfamily in which loss engraves relationships, truth is a soulful stalker and coming-of-age means facing down the mirror, recognizing the shape-shifting notion of self.”—Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review
 
“If you think such blurring of the categories between animals and humans is sentimental bunk or worse, blasphemy, Fowler's subversive novel dares you to think again.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s “Fresh Air”
 
“All sorts of fascinating questions arise from her story: what is freedom, what is captivity, what is animal, and what is human. By the time you get to the last section of the novel, which is absolutely sublime, I have to tell you, you will feel as though Rosemary and Fern are your own siblings. And you, too, may be, as I was, completely beside yourself with a mixture of misery and joy.”—Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”
 
“A boldly exploratory evocation of a cross-species relationship . . .Fowler has thoroughly researched her fascinating subject.”—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books
 
“Fowler knows how to make her story funny and sad and disturbing and revelatory by erecting a space in which her reader is allowed to feel all of that for herself.”—Salon
 
“[The novel] lies somewhere between psychological thriller, scientific theory and coming-of-age story, a seemingly untenable combination. But Fowler, through wit and mastery of her craft, handles the complexity effortlessly.”—USA Today
 
“Halfway through Karen Joy Fowler's enthralling novel "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," I was sort of beside myself, too, with that electric thrill of discovering a great book. I wanted to stay up all night to finish it, but I also wanted to stop and call all my book-loving friends immediately and blurt, "You have to read this book!"”—The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
 
“Readers raved about all [three] of these books, but the narrative immediacy of Fowler’s won the day…by all accounts a deeply affecting read”ELLE, The ELLE Readers’ Prize, July 2013

“Fowler’s interests here are in what sets humans apart from their fellow primates. Cognitive, language and memory skills all come into playful question. But the heart of the novel — and it has a big, warm, loudly beating heart throughout — is in its gradually pieced-together tale of family togetherness, disruption and reconciliation. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is Fowler at her best, mixing cerebral and emotional appeal together in an utterly captivating manner.”—The Seattle Times 

“Rosemary’s voice is achingly memorable, and Fowler’s intelligent discourse on science vs. compassion reshapes the traditional family novel into something more universally relevant. The Cookes are unlike other families and like them at the same time, and through Rosemary’s unique perspective Fowler forces us to confront some tough truths. This brave, bold, shattering novel reminds us what it means to be human, in the best and worst sense.”—The Miami Herald
 
“Beneath the basic plotline lies a story as fantastic, terrible and beautiful as any Grimms' fairy tale.… Throughout the book, Fowler's brilliant wordcraft intertwines tragedy and levity in a masterful crazy quilt of innocence, loss, renewal and bittersweet hope.”—Santa Cruz Sentinel
 
 “Rosemary’s voice—vulnerable, angry, shockingly honest—is so compelling and the cast of characters, including Fern, irresistible.  A fantastic novel: technically and intellectually complex, while emotionally gripping.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions—Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“A strong, unsettling novel . . . Fowler explores the depths of human emotions and delivers a tragic love story that captures our hearts.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Rosemary’s experience [is] a fascinating basis for insight into memory, the mind, and human development . . . Fowler’s great accomplishment is not just that she takes the standard story of a family and makes it larger, but that the new space she’s created demands exploration.”—Publishers Weekly
 
"In this curious, wonderfully intelligent novel, Karen Joy Fowler brings to life a most unusual family.  Wonderful Fern, wonderful Rosemary!  Through them we feel what it means to be a human animal."Andrea Barrett, author of Servants of the Map and Ship Fever
 
“Karen Joy Fowler has written the book she's always had in her to write.  With all the quiet strangeness of her amazing Sarah Canary, and all the breezy wit and skill of her beloved Jane Austen Book Club, and a new, urgent gravity, she has told the story of an American family. An unusual family—but aren't all families unusual?  A very American, an only-in-America family—and yet an everywhere family, whose children, parents, siblings, love one another very much, and damage one another badly.  Does the love survive the damage?  Will human beings survive the damage they do to the world they love so much?  This is a strong, deep, sweet novel.”—Ursula K. Le Guin, author of Lavinia, The Unreal and the Real, and the Earthsea Cycle
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative. It is anything but. This novel is deliciously jaunty in tone and disturbing in material. Karen Joy Fowler tells the story of how one animal—the animal of man—can simultaneously destroy and expand our notion of what is possible.”—Alice Sebold, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon
 
“You know how people say something is incredible or unbelievable when they mean it's excellent? Well, Karen Joy Fowler's new book is excellent: utterly believable and completely credible - a funny, moving, entertaining novel that is also an important and unblinking review of a shameful chapter in the history of science.”—Dr. Mary Doria Russell, biological anthropologist and author of The Sparrow and Doc

“It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.” Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being
 
"This unforgettable novel is a dark and beautiful journey into the heart of a family,   an exploration of the meanings of memory, a study of what it means to be 'human.'  In the end the book doesn't just break your heart; it takes your heart and won't give it back."—Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply and Stay Awake
 
“It really is impossible to do justice here in a blurb. This is a funny, stingingly smart, and heartbreaking book. Among other things, it's about love, family, loss, and secrets; the acquisition and the loss of language. It's also about two sisters, Rosemary and Fern, who are unlike any other sisters you've ever met before.”—Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen and Pretty Monsters

Présentation de l'éditeur

***Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014***





Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.



Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.





It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern - it's pretty hard to resist - don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 we were all completely beside ourselves 2 septembre 2014
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Lu en anglais sur mon Kindle. J'ai commandé ce livre au hasard (en tenant compte cependant des commentaires des lecteurs); je ne connaissais pas cet auteur. ce fut une véritable et merveilleuse découverte! J'ai savouré ce livre en tous points! C'est en effet un livre que l'on ne peut résumer sans en dévoiler l'intrigue; il est original, rempli de sensibilité, intelligent, bouleversant et l'écriture, finement dosée, est un régal, Certains passages méritent d'être lus et relus tant ils "visent juste". Il n'est pas facile d'entamer un autre livre après avoir lu celui-ci tellement il est marquant.
J'espère que la traduction française lui fera honneur; en effet, son livre précédent, très apprécié en anglais d'après ce que j'en ai lu, ne l'a pas été en français. Ce serait vraiment regrettable de saboter sa qualité. Je lis beaucoup (en anglais) et ne mets pas souvent de commentaires mais ce livre-ci mérite vraiment qu'on en fasse l'éloge.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent roman 12 août 2014
Par Richard
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un roman original dans la narration. Difficile d'en parler sans dévoiler l'intrigue, mais l'histoire est prenante et les personnages intéressants. Je recommande vivement!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un roman original 1 septembre 2014
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J'avoue avoir choisi son livre pour son titre... et du coup, j'ai été un peu déçu car j'avais des attentes assez élevées. Cela dit, l'auteur nous offre une histoire intéressante avec une héroïne très attachante. On sent qu'il y a eu beaucoup de recherche et sans doute de l'expérience personnelle. A recommander à ceux qui défendent la cause animale.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 so interesting and well written 19 août 2014
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So hard to believe that it is not her true life story. Enjoyable, thought provoking, truth questioning and exposing, a delight
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Décevant 20 novembre 2014
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Difficile d'écrire un commentaire utile sans dévoiler une partie importante de l'intrigue. Je n'ai pas été séduit par ce roman - pourtant un best-seller - qui mêle psychologie, philosophie, questions existentielles en partant d'une situation familiale bizarre. Ça part un peu dans tous les sens ; les repères chronologiques sont confus (délibérément ?) et, en refermant le livre, je ne sais pas très bien ce qu'on a voulu me raconter.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 very interesting in many ways 12 novembre 2014
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Je ne suis pas ressortie de ce livre indemne. On va de surprise en surprise au début, ce qui fait que l'on repense à ce que l'on a lu auparavant sous une autre lumière. Il remet en question toute construction de notre imagination sous la plume de l'auteur avec l'oubli d'un ''simple détail'', qui apparait ''inopinément''.
Excellent exemple de manipulation par l'information, en quelque sorte...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read 7 septembre 2014
Par Jocelyne
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I really enjoyed this book, which I picked up after it's Booker Prize long-list nomination.

I am about the same age as the narrator and found that the character descriptions were spot-on, as were the descriptions of university life in the 1990s.

Intriguing story, well developed characters and plot. An enjoyable read.
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