The Summer Without Men (Anglais) Broché – Séquence inédite, 26 avril 2011
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Revue de presse
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) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
Présentation de l'éditeur
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.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .
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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 !!
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.
L'auteur fait une démonstration assommante de ses connaissances philosophiques avec un ennuyeux "name dropping"
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I loved that book and it was my discovery of a great novelist who offers deep insights of a woman's mind always with a touch of humour.Publié le 20 mai 2012 par Solstice
J'ai acheté ce livre, simplement, par ce que son auteur c'est la femme de Paul Aster.
Je suis contente de l'avoir acheté. Livre en excellent état.