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The Mars Room: A Novel por Rachel Kushner
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The Mars Room: A Novel (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Rachel Kushner (Autor)

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"From twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called "the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year" (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner's work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined."--… (mais)
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Título:The Mars Room: A Novel
Autores:Rachel Kushner (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2018), Edition: Canadian Export, 352 pages
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The Mars Room por Rachel Kushner (2018)

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    susanbooks: I feel like the protagonists could have crossed paths, and maybe that's both authors' point, that our lives, no matter our plans, have no narrative cohesion. Some rise, some fall, but it has nothing to do with virtue or talent or who deserves what. Those are all just stories we tell ourselves to feel okay about leaving people behind.… (mais)
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It was ok, but too many POVs. I wasn't interested in hearing about the other characters in such great detail.

It had it's good moments. But I don't care enough about it to write any kind of a review so you will have to see what others have to say about it or, just read it yourself. Ha ha. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
In her novel of prison life, Kushner wants the reader to straddle the line here between knowing her characters have done awful things, and yet have sympathy for the brutal treatment they receive. Romy is no innocent--she committed the crime of which she's accused, and her behavior towards her son is not wonderful. But neither does she deserve what she gets in return.

There's a tricky balance of humor, rage, and pathos here. For the most part, it works, but the rage and open politics of the book (which objectively, I largely agree with) occasionally feel a little too obvious.

The book shines during its blackly comedic portrayals of prison life--prison cheesecakes, Pruno, and yelling death row inmates. The inmates in Romy's block are serious offenders, many in for long time and abandoned by family, and the bleakness of their situation is evident in the descriptions of that breakdown.

While the inmates get fleshed out backstories, the prison largely remains a faceless, oppressive entity. The only exception is a continuing education teacher, who struggles to maintain boundaries with the inmates in between reading Ted Kaczynski in his cabin. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Harrowing. Immerses the reader in the story. I felt and saw the prison, Hauser's cabin, the other inmates, Jackson, Kurt. Tough, tough read that pulls you through the novel. Great writer. Wow! Had to finish to escape the depressing atmosphere created. Characters (most) are not likable but Kushner gets you to understand them and the hopelessness of their situation. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, and it was both gripping and disturbing. Kushner's protagonist is Romy Hall, a woman serving two life sentences for murder after killing a man who had stalked her for over a year. The novel gives a realistic portrait of the brutality and dehumanization of life for incarcerated individuals--the daily humiliations that add up to a sense of being a non-person. It's difficult reading, but necessary, I think. I've participated in prison education, and I think more people need to have the experience of going inside prison walls to see what life is like there. Though only a novel, I think The Mars Room does a good job sketching some of the contours of that life, and it's worth reading on that count alone. ( )
  jalbacutler | May 12, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this novel. Through the story of Romy Hall and her path to prison it paints a picture of a California that John Steinbeck or Woody Guthrie would recognize, a place of beauty and opportunity for those who are privileged enough to access it, but a trap, a catch-22, for those who aren't. It's infused with a mix of hope and existential exhaustion. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | May 8, 2021 |
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"From twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called "the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year" (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner's work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined."--

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