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The Affairs of Others (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Amy Grace Loyd

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For fans of Siri Hustvedt and Nicole Krauss, THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS is an exceptional debut about the awakening of a young widow and 'carries a considerable erotic charge, but there's much more to it besides: grief is Amy Grace Loyd's subject and her narrative is as psychologically acute as it is sensual' (DAILY MAIL).



In the five years since her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has retreated from view. She has moved from one New York neighbourhood to another, but she has not moved on. Now the owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen tenants who will not intrude upon her grief.



Everything changes when a new tenant moves in upstairs. Intoxicating and dangerous, Hope is on the run from a failed marriage and in thrall to a seductive, sinister man. As her noisy affair destroys the building's quiet, and another tenant disappears, Celia is forced back into contact with life through violence, sex and the secrets barely concealed within the brownstone's walls.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (29 août 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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21 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Life could be benevolent. I'd forgotten." 27 août 2013
Par Luan Gaines - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Shameless. Brave. Unflinching. Brutally honest and slyly observant of the roles we play on the stage of life. Post-9/11 New York still in the grip of color-coded terrorist alerts, widowed Celia Cassill has wrapped herself in the sturdy embrace of an apartment building, landlady to George, a gay man; the Braunsteins, a married couple; and Mr. Coughlan, a retired ferry captain. George has asked to sublet his apartment for a short time to write in Europe, though Celia has purposefully constructed her rental agreements to specify no sublets. The burden of sorrow she carries since her husband's losing battle with cancer obscured by the necessary accoutrements of apartment management, Celia feels security slipping away as she agrees (just this once) to allow Hope to move in, unable to resist the lush personage of the new tenant, who is in search of temporary respite after a divorce.

Whatever a younger Celia might have imagined for herself, it never included the agonizing loss of a beloved spouse, loneliness in her late thirties or the weighty grief that seems to have settled in her bones. Soon the wonder that is Hope settles into George's tastefully appointed apartment, scattering her flowery scent, emotions and creature comforts everywhere, danger sliding through the cracks along with a bevy of sophisticated friends and well-wishers. And Celia is drawn into a drama both enriching and terrifying, her carefully-constructed interior breached, life demanding a return to the living.

Loyd leaves no stone unturned, nor is anything sacred in the exploration of Celia's world without her man, her coping skills, ritualized reapportioning of daily activities, need for control. Her tenants become less abstract, taking shape in a manner she hasn't anticipated, her life laid bare, instincts intact enough to understand that "we were necessary distractions. A jigsaw she was arranging like a hobbyist." Visceral, sometimes violent, literary and utterly without artifice, Loyd explores the wild terrain of love and desire, littered with sorrow, renewal and the endurance of the human spirit: "You could love what you could not foresee, that we are all shape-shifting whether we want to or not." Luan Gaines/2013.
16 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This woman can write! 30 septembre 2013
Par J Harveld - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you want the sugar-coated stuff, go elsewhere. If you want pure entertainment, made for TV stuff, go elsewhere. But if you want beautiful writing -- some long sentences, some short, but every one of them startling and creating an undertow of desire, longing, and urgency -- this is the book for you. If you want to learn about life, how we get through it, the dark stuff, how we lose and how we gain, this is the book for you. If you want to see a woman kick a man's ass, this is the book for you. If you like a sexy scene or two, this is the book for you. If you want it all tied up neatly, go elsewhere, but if you want the sort of evolution and ending that shows how surprising life can be even when we humans sorely wish it weren't, the sort of ending that shows even the loneliest and most defiant among us can locate a sense of home, can live on, give in to our warts and all, then pick this up and read it. It's a meal of a book. Several courses. Hang in and you'll be glad you did. Promise.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Evocatively written study of city lives shared 20 septembre 2013
Par Anonymous - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't read a lot of literary fiction. I prefer films, particularly those in the Hitchcock tradition of suspenseful and atmospheric studies of well-crafted characters. But I'd heard about The Affairs of Others from a friend in Brooklyn, where I've lived, as an imaginative work set in the borough and about the often intense interactions that occur between urban-dwelling neighbors. The book was a revelation. Yes, it features Brooklyn (specifically, Brooklyn Heights) as a vital, almost living and breathing character. And yes, there is suspense, both about a missing ferry captain and, more profoundly, about how the novel's protagonist, Celia, will emerge from a series of unexpected and extraordinary events involving tenants in her building. In fact, there's a powerful 'Rear Window'-quality to the book that extends the Hitchcockian insight about voyeurism in the close quarters of cities beyond the sights of others to their sounds, smells and palpable feelings.

That's quite an achievement in itself. Yet it also makes Loyd's book sound too much like a clinical authorial exercise. What was ultimately most remarkable for me about the novel is its frequently lush and always evocative writing. I was surprised at my pausing over and re-reading certain passages, even lines or turns of phrase, that not only resonated perfectly in their situational context in the story but conveyed a wider truth. That pausing, moreover, made me realize how much I was enjoying the pacing of the book: it slowed me down, allowed me to linger over a scene or some dialogue in ways I don't usually, either in reading or moviegoing. To me, that enabling of fresh ways of experiencing a character, a place or even time is a gift (unfortunately, too rarely given) that outstanding fiction offers to patient reading. Reading The Affairs of Others provided an unexpectedly rich bounty for me and I look forward to re-reading it.
12 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "My husband died a difficult death. I went with him, or a lot of me did." 27 août 2013
Par Amelia Gremelspacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Celia is now in her thirties and notices that, "The body of a woman aging. It's a landscape that, even as it vanishes, asks a lot of the eyes." She is a widow, a contingency for which her younger self has not planned. Celia has taken her small savings and bought a converted Brooklyn brownstone in which to live out her days. She has finished it with quiet taste and rented it to a group of people chosen for their probable discretion and lack of drama. "I am not here to make a family of them, to know them too well." Her building serves as metaphor, not only for the reader but for Celia herself. She will live out her years in her gracefully aging form. She cannot "keep from remembering for fear I'd forget."

Two years into her partial solitude, the building stirs to life. The quiet gay man persuades her to co-rent to a lively woman, Hope, and her intrusive efforts to forget a marriage that has failed. The "green" couple who live a virtuous recycled life begin to crack and shatter. Finally, the elderly gentleman on the top floor disappears despite Celia's discreet care.

Celia is a woman who keeps the memoirs of her marriage in a quiet closet for fear that constant observation will rob them of their magic. She has eavesdropped that she is considered rigid and sad. She has taken refuge, and now must cope with her shelter awakening to messy life. This is a lovely novel full of the vignettes of humans in flux. The deep longing to join her husband in a kind of suspended life has been denied, and Celia's reaction is provocatively drawn. It is rather like the pins and needles of a leg which had gone numb coming back to feeling. Widow or not, Celia I cokes the choices of a woman no longer able to depend on the spring and moistness of youth. In addition, Lloyd holds a mirror to the men facing the same conundrum, and reflects the glance of the women looking over their shoulders.

The intertwined and enmeshed lives of neighbors is not a fresh concept. Rather the the point of view and intent of its landlady lends a fresh perspective on this permutation of family in the city. Family may not have been the intent, but a type of family is the result. The growth and mess of this woman's life is lovely and bewitching with a sly touch of humor that engaged me fully.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Young Widow, Wrapped in Grief, Must Interact with Her Tenants 5 septembre 2013
Par Rhiannon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
It is difficult not to compare Amy Grace Lloyd's The Affairs of Others to Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking. The main character, Celia, possesses a raw grief for her husband. Remembering small details and constantly wrapping herself in the past. Just as Didion wove poetry into her memoir, Lloyd gives Celia's thoughts poetic slants. Her realization of distance and street names in a particular scene when she is walking between Atlantic and Pacific streets perfectly encompasses how one can suddenly look at something they have seen many times before, and now look at from a new perspective.
Celia doesn't want to move on. She wants to live on her memories and dismisses anyone wedging their way into her microscopic life. She can't stand that life and time move forward and exerts her control on the only thing she can: her apartments. She wants quiet tenants who keep to themselves. But when a subletter begins a loud affair, an elderly tenant goes missing and a couple's marriage shows signs of strains, Celia is forced to acknowledge the progression of time and other relationships occuring around her everyday. Although she is stubborn and numbs her pain, she is not weak. She is both resents and is protective of her tenants.
The Affairs of Others is a deeply moving novel focusing on the minutiae of grief, the desire to hold onto the past as the clock ticks, inevitably, forward.
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