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The Summer Without Men [Anglais] [Relié]

Siri Hustvedt
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Description de l'ouvrage

3 mars 2011

Out of the blue, your husband of thirty years asks you for a pause in your marriage to indulge his infatuation with a young Frenchwoman. Do you:

a) assume it's a passing affair and play along

b) angrily declare the marriage over

c) crack up

d) retreat to a safe haven and regroup?

Mia Fredricksen cracks up first, then decamps for the summer to the prairie town of her childhood, where she rages, fumes, and bemoans her sorry fate as abandoned spouse. But little by little, she is drawn into the lives of those around her: her mother and her circle of feisty widows; her young neighbour, with two small children and a loud, angry husband; and the diabolical pubescent girls in her poetry class. By the end of the summer without men, wiser though definitely not sadder, Mia knows what she wants to fight for and on whose terms.

Provocative, mordant, and fiercely intelligent, The Summer Without Men is a gloriously vivacious tragi-comedy about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old war between the sexes - a novel for our times by one of the most acclaimed American writers.


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Siri Hustvedt is a novelist of great intelligence. She knows the ways of the world and of the heart . . . THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN is a new departure. Despite its painful subject matter - marital rupture, encroaching death, the tormenting antics of malice-ridden girls - the novel is a mordant comedy. (Lisa Appignanesi, The Observer)

a rich and intelligent meditation on female identity, written in beguiling lyrical prose . . . heady and intoxicating (Lucy Scholes, Sunday Times)

Hustvedt is a writer of luminous perception (Jane Shilling, Telegraph)

It's a warm, affecting tale about love, loss and finding consolation in female friendship. Hustvedt captures both the absurdity and the tragedy of life (Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler)

Hustvedt's intensely visual writing spans the generations. She can conjure up a child's realm of imaginary friends as evocatively as the brave face adopted by the elderly living in "a world of continual loss". The story of one woman regaining her own identity, it's by turns funny, moving and erudite, playfully reminding us of a contemporary Jane Austen. (Claire Colvin, Daily Mail)

[Mia] is alarmingly funny and her narrative toys with the immediacy of the epistolary novel . . . Events are coupled with commentary, commentary leads into event and temporal sequence is delightfully confused. Such digressive freedom is one of the pleasures of THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN, in which fiction, fantasy, and historical fact are interweaved. (Stephanie Bishop, TLS)

THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN shows a mind alive, at work and boundlessly curious about the way people live and love. It is the kind of book with which to grapple and argue, to challenge and fight, but also with which to engage and at which to marvel. (Jennifer Levasseuer, The Age)

Siri Hustvedt is an intelligent, intuitive, talented writer (Lionel Shriver, Financial Times)

Distinctive and enthralling...The Summer Without Men is satire, full of brilliant disquisitions on all manner of things - the nature of love, the difference between men and women, the question of madness. But it is satire with a heart, a great big glorious heart, and I loved every minute of it. (Sara Dowse, Canberra Times)

Spirited and intelligent. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Biographie de l'auteur

Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993. Since then she has published The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American and The Summer Without Men. She is also the author of the poetry collection Reading To You, and four collections of essays, Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the memoir The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves.

Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.

www.sirihustvedt.net


Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 224 pages
  • Editeur : Sceptre (3 mars 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1444710524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444710526
  • Dimensions du produit: 14,4 x 22,3 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.1 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (7 commentaires client)
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Né en 1955, Siri Husvedt a fait ses études à Columbia University. Elle vit à Brooklyn. Ses romans, tous publiés chez Actes Sud - Les Yeux bandés (1993 ; Babel n° 196), L'Envoûtement de Lily Dahl (1996 ; Babel n° 380), Yonder (1999 ; Babel n° 774), Les Mystères du rectangle (2006, essais sur la peinture), Tout ce que j'aimais (2003 ; Babel n° 686), Elégie pour un Américain (2008 ; Babel n° 1006), Plaidoyer pour Eros (2009, essais littéraires) et La Femme qui tremble (2010, essai) - ont été largement remarqués.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Profound and full of humour... 20 août 2012
Par Theodora
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Oh, I loved this book. It was my first e-book when I got my Kindle for Christmas...
This novel is the second one I have read by Siri Hustvedt (I read a German translation of anothter one, but I forgot the title, sorry!), but I liked "The Summer without Men" better. There is a psychologically interesting plot about a slightly more than middle-aged couple, many characters (girls and women), reflexions about life and love (never tedious or sentimental), modern communication (SMS, etc.). The style is brilliant and funny.
Go ahead and enjoy !!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The summer without men 28 mars 2013
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Ambiance,au demeurant très bien rendue,sombre et déprimante
L'auteur fait une démonstration assommante de ses connaissances philosophiques avec un ennuyeux "name dropping"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Irene G. 21 octobre 2013
Par Irene G.
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Marvellous story, beautifully written. Temporarily separated from her husband, the main character goes back to her mother and discovers many things about herself and her family. She's a poetess, so we have that extra pleasure. Look out for the subversive sewer (as in, one who sews!) Have given this book to many friends, and always reorder one for myself.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent, witty, fierce! 11 octobre 2013
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A wonderful book about the feminine condition... The contrast between the mature narrator whose marraige is on "pause" and the group of adolescent girls angrily testing their powers on each other is beautifully done. The unraveling of the story of the teen girls' clan and their revenge on the "different" girl gave me the chills -- This provocative incident is certainly drawn from life, since something like that happened at my high school, and similar incidents to other women friends. I also liked the descriptions of the creative writing class.

Why only 3 stars? Well, I'm not really sure...! First, I was spoiled by Siri's "Thinking, Looking" composed of brilliant essays. Then, "The Summer Without Men" left me vaguely unsatisfied & disappointed, as if the author introduces a provocative story and then skims over the surface without going in deeply enough (it should have been double the length).

It has already become a cult book, but for me it's not a keeper, except perhaps as cult book to keep! But for all its faults, this is A MUST READ. Enjoy and decide for yourself.
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