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Outline (2014)

por Rachel Cusk

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"Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinners and discourse. She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor. The people she encounters speak, volubly, about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Outline is Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years."--… (mais)
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Una escritora que acaba de separarse viaja a Atenas a dar un curso de escritura creativa y va relatándonos las historias que le cuentan a ella todos aquellos con los que se relaciona, desde su vecino de asiento en el avión, hasta otros escritores compañeros del curso, pasando por todos los asistentes al curso, unas amigas y otra escritora de éxito, amiga de un colega suyo. Todo el mundo tiene algo que contar, e incluso una de las alumnas, que el primer día renuncia y la acusa de no ajustarse a lo que le habían prometido que serían las sesiones, esconde una historia tras su indignación. La mayoría de ellos hablan de sus relaciones amorosas, pero también tienen otras historias que no tienen que ver con sus parejas.
La única que no cuenta directamente ninguna historia, salvo las pinceladas que obtenemos por lo que le ocurre y lo que siente al respecto, es la narradora. Y estás todo el rato preguntándote cuál será su historia.
En algunos momentos, el libro parece un manual de escritura creativa, pero hay que reconocer que algunas de los relatos son realmente interesantes. De hecho lo que parece querer decirnos es que de cualquier vida, por ínfima o vacía que parezca, se puede extraer algo, y que lo mejor es contarlo. El problema es no poder hacerlo. Hasta la dramaturga que ha perdido su capacidad para escribir obras de teatro porque su creatividad se ciñe a resumirlas en una sola palabra nos mantiene en vilo durante el tiempo que relata su drama.
Hasta yo para decir que en realidad me ha aburrido un poco, he escrito todo este tostón. Pues a lo mejor Rachel Cusk tiene razón. ( )
  maripax | Jul 27, 2021 |
I decided to read this based on something I read in the NY Times and when I looked at the online reviews I saw a real split. There were people who enjoyed it and some who really seemed to hate it. I found it wonderful. It doesn't really have a plot per se but simply follows our narrator as she arrives in Athens to teach a writing class through the time she is getting ready to leave. I loved the flow of the narrative and the interesting people she meets. I would heartily recommend it but only if you enjoy characters without much plot. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.

The more they talk the more elliptical their listener becomes, as she shapes and directs their accounts until certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself.

Outline is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form.

Thank you Goodreads and Picador USA for a chance to read Outline by Rachel Cusk!

I received this in a giveaway. I am not sure if it is something I would have bought on my own just by reading the cover, But man am I happy that I got the chance. I am at a lost really on how to explain this book. It's not that it is bad because it's not its intriguing. It's one of those books you start to read and think there's no way I'm going to finish this and the next thing you know you have finished. This book is like being inside a writer's head when he or she is getting ready to write a book. They have a list of characters they want in the book so they start interviewing them. While the characters are being interviewed, they are telling the writer all these different stories. I don’t know if I'm describing it right but it really was a different read. One I would recommend to someone that is looking for something different to read because this book is definitely unique. Happy reading everyone! ( )
  jacashjoh | Jun 8, 2021 |
Very readable, flowing style, mixing interior monologue with reported conversations, or third person monologues.
However, although truths are being told, after a while the distance between the narrator and the stories being heard, lead me to emotional detachment. Although individually poignant, the truths in the stories are not great truths, revelatory truths, they are everyday truths, so that I began to wonder what is this narrative torrent all about?
This is the first of a trilogy of novels, and I finished it feeling that I was very much engaged in a work in progress, exploring consciousness and trying to verbalise approaches. I am interested, but am suspending judgement on whether it is all pretentious waffle or something meaningful.
He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of exposition: while he talked she began to see herself as a shape, an outline, with all the detail filled in around it while the shape itself remained blank. Yet this shape, even while its content remained unknown, gave her for the first time since the incident a sense of who she now was. ( )
  CarltonC | May 23, 2021 |
Outline is an unconventionally structured novel that describes the conversations the narrator, Faye, has with various people as she journeys to and then resides in Athens while she teaches a writing course. The reader is privy to only the vaguest of details about Faye - an outline, as it were - while her acquaintances go into great, profound detail about their own lives.

I didn't know what to expect from this novel, but I found myself enjoying it very much. Cusk has a wonderfully detached, almost cool (as in cold) writing style that she applies to both Faye's side of the conversations and that of her acquaintances. There isn't any 'character voice' as such; the other characters' voices are filtered through Faye's own language.

It's true that not a lot happens, but I don't think a book like this needs much plot. The other characters relay such wonderful, moving and disturbing stories about themselves that you could almost read Outline as a series of short stories. However, there's just enough information about Faye that makes me want to find out more about her in the next two books in this trilogy.

I've only read one other book by Cusk, The Country Life, which I thought was fairly average and more of a conventional novel. Outline, however, is innovative and thought-provoking, and now I want to read her other books, too. ( )
  mooingzelda | Apr 27, 2021 |
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Cusk uses unostentatious but immaculately chosen language to convey graspable ideas about marriage, divorce and personal identity that have no less an impact for being so.

The novel is structured around a series of encounters between a rotating cast of characters.. The dust jacket calls Outline “a novel in ten conversations,” but that feels slightly inaccurate given that Kaye often acts more like a confessor than a participant. In fact, despite narrating in the first person, she reveals virtually nothing about herself. (Cusk has been more voluble about her own life: her eleven books include three memoirs, one of which created a kerfuffle overseas for its unromantic views about motherhood.)..Cusk is Canadian by birth but grew up in the UK, where she still lives (she has the accent to prove it). That’s a technicality, however, that shouldn’t stop us from trying to lay claim to some part of this beautiful, desolate novel.
adicionada por vancouverdeb | editarThe Star
 
Rachel Cusk is better known in England than in America; her sharply satirical books about the tolls of family life play better across the Atlantic than here in our often puritanical culture, with its bias towards domesticity..Whereas Cusk's earlier books examined self-definition in the context of marriage and family, her latest ventures outside the home, intriguingly exploring the way people measure themselves in relation to other people's stories. Outline marks an impressive deepening of Cusk's work, and a bold step toward integrating her fiction and nonfiction. There's nothing empty or sketchy about it.
adicionada por vancouverdeb | editarNPR
 
In this respect, Outline belongs to a strain of literature that runs from the Romantics, through Virginia Woolf, to the memoiristic novels of contemporaries such as Sheila Heti and Karl Ove Knausgaard. It's the hardest kind of fiction to bring off, always running the risk of narcissism and banality, but when it works, it feels paradoxically more miraculous than its artifice-dependent cousins. To my mind Outline succeeds powerfully. Among other things, it gets a great variety of human beings down on to the page with both immediacy and depth; an elemental pleasure that makes the book as gripping to read as a thriller..... I can't say that bothered me, but no doubt it will keep some readers from responding to the book as enthusiastically as I did. It didn't make the Man Booker longlist, for instance. But on the other hand it was serialised in its entirety by the Paris Review, a rare distinction, and a richly deserved tribute to what strikes me as a stellar accomplishment.
 

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"Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinners and discourse. She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor. The people she encounters speak, volubly, about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Outline is Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years."--

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