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Jesse Ball

Autor(a) de Census

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About the Author

Jesse Ball was born in Port Jefferson, New York on June 7, 1978. He received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and an MFA from Columbia University. His novels include Samedi the Deafness, Silence Once Begun, A Cure for Suicide, and How to Set a Fire and Why. His poem, Speech in a Chamber, was mostrar mais chosen for the anthology The Best American Poetry 2006. He won the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize for The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp, and Carr. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Jesse Ball

Census (2018) 336 exemplares
Samedi the Deafness (2007) 290 exemplares
How to Set a Fire and Why (2016) 253 exemplares
The Way through Doors (2009) 241 exemplares
Silence Once Begun (2014) 230 exemplares
A Cure for Suicide (2015) 210 exemplares
The Curfew (2011) 182 exemplares
The Divers' Game: A Novel (2019) 143 exemplares
Autoportrait (2022) 31 exemplares
Vera & Linus (2006) 25 exemplares
March Book (Grove Press Poetry) (2004) 24 exemplares
Notes on My Dunce Cap (1843) 17 exemplares
Sleep, Death's Brother (2017) 11 exemplares
The Lesson (2015) 11 exemplares
Parables & Lies 3 exemplares
Anobium: Volume 2 (2012) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (2017) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 50 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2017) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Granta 156: Interiors (2021) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares


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David Mitchell was reading it in some old Guardian article. The way this guy writes, like somebody is just talking, reminds me of the old Studs Terkel interviews in Working and that book about the depression, and I wonder if the author did that on purpose. Because the Census is sort of like a Studs Terkel interview. But yeah, this is a nice book but not my kind of book. I like more of a story.
RaynaPolsky | 17 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
This tale has a lot of artistic analysis juxtapositioned with the inner monologue of the central character. He is on a journey with his childlike adult son, and as the story is written in the 3rd-person, much of it is a reflection piece of his past alongside the forward journey to his inevitable conclusion. While there are parts that feel a bit dense in the handling of the artists recollected (his wife and a performance artist, an author he is obsessed with and references many times), the themes persist and reassert themselves for an overall cohesive story. There is much talk of birds, using the car as a means of transportation and mobile home, outdoors observations, visiting strangers for the census, his evolving role and adherence to the responsibility of being a census-taker in the unidentified time and place of the novel. I especially liked the philosophical arc as it focuses on the role of artistic expression, impending mortality, documenting life and lives, leaving the reader with many quotable takeaways.… (mais)
Delameyo | 17 outras críticas | Apr 18, 2024 |
If this was a thriller, the reader probably wouldn't find out till the end that Sotatsu was innocent; as this is literary fiction we find out right from the start, as the book has a more philosophical aim.

It probably would have been better as a thriller.

As it is, it's an account of an attempt to Kafka-ize a modern progressive society, which lacks the required heft to make a compelling argument, and lacks the required characterization to make up some way for it.

Not a bad book, but very forgettable.… (mais)
lelandleslie | 14 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Mooi en ontroerend boek
Vercarre | 17 outras críticas | Oct 22, 2023 |



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