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Asymmetry: A Novel por Lisa Halliday
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Asymmetry: A Novel (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Lisa Halliday (Autor)

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"Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly," tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, "Folly" also suggests an aspiring novelist's coming-of-age. By contrast, "Madness" is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. A debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday" --… (mais)
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Título:Asymmetry: A Novel
Autores:Lisa Halliday (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2018), Edition: First Edition, 288 pages
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Etiquetas:to-read, female-author

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Asymmetry por Lisa Halliday (2018)

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I bailed on page 110 because this story was so disjointed. I wanted to read a more linear story, one that did not go off into a million tangents.
  SqueakyChu | Sep 13, 2021 |
Nicely written, but an MFA novel, with two unrelated sections featuring entirely different characters and situations (plus a coda that calls back to the first and artily links them), whose relationship to each other is fodder for the reading group guide in the back and the overwrought marketing copy. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
This book got so much hype that it was almost inevitable that it would be a let down. After reading it, I listened to the author, Lisa Halliday, interviewed for the NYT "The Book Review" podcast. Retrospectively it helped to hear that the author intended the unique construction of the book - two short stories followed by an even shorter section comprised of a the dialogue of a brief interview of one of the main characters from the first story on a radio show - to have no apparent relation to each other. After the first half of the book, there is an abrupt switch to a completely different place and cast of characters. The only thing I could glean from the two halves of the book is that they both took place at a similar time - during the Iraq war.

After the first half, I was left frustrated and wanting to know more about Alice and Ezra's relationship; after the second half I was not really that interested in Amar. The final short "coda" is said to contain the clue as to how their stories fit together, but it was lost on me. I went back and re-read the final section with no additional insights. I guess I will have to read the whole book again if I really want to discover the "shocking" clue(s) . . . ( )
1 vote wagnerkim | Jul 21, 2021 |
I am nonplussed by this book. I liked the first part very much, though despite its length, it has the characteristics of short stories that I dislike: It seemed fragmentary, a vignette, lacking the development of plot or of characters that novels offer. I wouldn’t have caught on to how the three parts relate to one another if not for the “book club” questions at the end of my e-book edition. And while that seems like an intellectually clever little trick, for me it lacked the emotional resonance that would have given it substance and made it transcend being anything but a clever device. I am puzzled about what some readers seem to find so thought-provoking about it. I’m left feeling that I missed something very significant that would have given this book more weight if I caught it. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
I think the best description of how I consumed this book was I floated along with it and enjoyed the ride immensely. When I finished it I read the book group questions at the back and initially thought I must have missed some of the point but I went and read other reviews and I felt much better. I think I did understand how it is constructed and how it all fits together. This is a wonderfully inventive book and one that has me thinking this will be an author I read more books by (once she has written them). ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
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An exceptional debut examines imbalances in love and geopolitics.
Halliday’s structure shows exquisite control of leitmotif and patterning; each half gradually intensifies in emotion to reach a devastating climax. The weakest note is the epilogue, a transcript of a Desert Island Discs interview, in which Blazer is reported to have won the Nobel Prize, approves of the method of the novel we are close to finishing, and attempts to seduce Kirsty Young, the presenter. I see why it is there: to make it easier for the reader to connect the two narratives that have gone before, but it lacks their lightness of touch. Blazer’s record choices do, however, make for a great playlist, and listening to them will call further attention to the ambitious music of this exceptional debut.
adicionada por sneuper | editarFinancial Times, Luke Brown (Mar 23, 2018)
 
Lisa Halliday’s striking debut is certainly – as the title implies – a sharp examination of the unequal power dynamic between men and women, innocence and experience, fame and aspiration. Through its fractured structure and daring incompleteness, it also explores the unreliability of memory, the accidents of history and the exercise and understanding of creativity. Most of all, it wonders whether we can ever “penetrate the looking-glass” of our own personality to imagine another consciousness – a question as relevant to human relationships as it is to novel writing. (...)
Can any of us escape our own perspective? What are the risks, if we do not? What is art for, and how do we fit our lives around it? This is a debut asking a dizzying number of questions, many to thrilling effect. That it leaves the reader wondering is a mark of its success.
adicionada por sneuper | editarThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Feb 28, 2018)
 
And that is the magic of this exquisite, impressive book: the way it plays with influence and assumption. As Ezra notes, “Our memories are no more reliable than our imaginations, after all. But I’m the first to admit it can be irresistible, contemplating what’s ‘real’ versus ‘imagined’ in a novel.”
(...) For us, the ride is in surrendering to falling down rabbit holes to unknown places. The moment “Asymmetry” reaches its perfect ending, it’s all the reader can do to return to the beginning in awe, to discover how Halliday upturned the story again and again.
adicionada por sneuper | editarThe Washington Post, Karen Heller (Feb 23, 2018)
 
The leap from the novel’s first section to its second is so great, and yet so intuitively logical, that it forces the reader to rethink the Alice section entirely: It is now clear that she is not a version of Lisa Halliday, but just one of the many voices Halliday can invent, if she chooses. In its subtle and sophisticated fable of literary ambition, and the forms it can take for a young woman writer, Asymmetry is a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word—a piece of work that an apprentice produces to show that she has mastered her trade.
adicionada por sneuper | editarThe Atlantic, Adam Kirsch (Feb 18, 2018)
 
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"Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly," tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, "Folly" also suggests an aspiring novelist's coming-of-age. By contrast, "Madness" is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. A debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday" --

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