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Fates and Furies

por Lauren Groff

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"From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart"--… (mais)
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Immensely enjoyed reading this (on recommendation by a friend). Taken as a whole, the prose style for each part of the book was mesmerizing. Where Fates, and following Lotto was embued with a sense of longing and dream-like composition, Furies and Mathilde had a distinctly purposeful cadence. Hers was full of anger, even a kind of defiance not only against her family members but perhaps even against the readers --- as if to prove something to us all. ( )
  postsbygina | Feb 27, 2024 |
Put forward as the story of a marriage, and perhaps of Marriage, but I'm not having it. Yes, a marriage is here all right, but this is basically a story of two individuals, of their own histories and aspects. Their marriage is a structure of co-dependence, and I couldn't argue that it's much more. He needs her practical care and her adoration, and the self-congratulation that comes with believing he stole the heart of purity incarnate, but never has interest in her life before meeting him (he has a vague sense that her childhood and adolescence weren't all that pleasant, but he's not curious as long as she didn't fuck anyone before him), and has no interest in her inner life with him except as her moods affect her displays of affection for him. She needs him as an anchor and as a kind lover, as somewhere safe to roost, but she closes much of herself off to him (not that he cares to test her resolve) and remorselessly hides and dissembles her actions to prevent the possibility of his deep desire for children being met.

That's quite a far cry from what I believe the common understanding of the marriage ideal to be, which somewhere includes the desire to know, and maybe even to try meeting, the inner needs of the loved one. Lotto and Mathilde are more self-centered, and the story of the relationship they create together is far less than the story of them as individuals.

As those individuals, Mathilde is the more interesting of the two, and thus the second half of the novel, which is her half, was I thought the more interesting read. Supported by a horrific incident from early childhood, she believes herself to in some essential sense be evil, or harbor evil within her. Her lonely and disturbing upbringing not helping in any way, we can wonder to what extent her belief has any validity (she's no Gone Girl, at any rate), but it's one of her foundations of self-identity, and one she vows to never show Lotto. She is the character who experiences true torment, to which Lotto can only offer up some unimpressive self-pity of the priveleged in competition. Advantage, Mathilde.

She displays the most well-known trait of those characters of Greek mythology that the title of the novel implicitly identifies her with, though she also has enough feeling to hold back the righteous vengeance of the Furies when a greater good is at stake. This alone makes her more complex a character than the mostly shallow "genius" that is her husband, who carries the weight of the first half of the novel on his golden shoulders.

But all that summary without taking note of the gorgeous and complex prose... which is enough to keep one going even if one is not enraptured by these characters and the fairly bleak beating heart of the novel. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
3.5 stars ( )
  EllieBhurrut | Jan 24, 2024 |
Nice writing. Strange plot. Really unhappy people. I recommend reading second half of the book, Furies, then doubling back to the first part, Fates. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
An intricate and complexly woven story of two damaged people in a marriage told seamlessly first by the husband and then by the wife. ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
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‘Fates and Furies,’’ Lauren Groff’s pyrotechnic new novel, tells the story of a marriage and of marriage writ large. It is also an exploration of character — good, evil, flat, round, genetic, forged by circumstance, all of the above — and a wild play upon literary history. Groff grafts the contemporary fiction of suburban anomie and New York manners onto künstlerroman, myth, and epic in a dazzling fusion of classic and (post)modern, tragedy and comedy.
adicionada por smasler | editarBoston Globe, Rebecca Steinitz (Sep 12, 2015)
 
Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and “Fates and Furies” is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers — with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.
adicionada por Laura400 | editarThe New York Times, Robin Black (Sep 8, 2015)
 
The novel tells the story of Lotto and Mathilde Satterwhite. He is the darling of a prosperous Florida family – “Lotto was special. Golden”. She, an apparent “ice princess”, is the survivor of a past about which her husband has only the fuzziest idea beyond it being “sad and dark”, and above all “blank behind her”. The first half of the book offers Lotto’s view of their life together as he rises from charming but failed actor to celebrated playwright, thanks in no small part to Mathilde’s editorial finesse. The second half reveals that Mathilde has, through implacable willpower, transcended circumstances that read like a hotchpotch of Greek tragedy, fable and detective novel. Much of what Lotto takes for granted in his good fortune, it turns out, is due to Mathilde’s ruthless machination, right down to their marriage itself. She genuinely loves him, but she initially set out to win him for mercenary reasons.
adicionada por smasler | editarThe Guardian (UK), Laura Miller (Dec 24, 2014)
 
Lotto’s story is fairly plausible, a life that might transpire in the world the rest of us inhabit; Mathilde’s story contains more outlandishly fictional twists than those of David Copperfield, The Goldfinch’s Theo Decker, and Becky Sharp combined.
 

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"From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart"--

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