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Florida por Lauren Groff
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Florida (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Lauren Groff (Autor)

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'Floridaisa magnificent collection, executed withtremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way.Lauren Groff is a virtuoso.'Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple; a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational centre- an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise and affecting, Floridais a magnificent achievement.… (mais)
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Título:Florida
Autores:Lauren Groff (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 288 pages
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Florida. To this Australian, it means Disneyworld, hurricanes and beaches. But what I took away from Lauren Groff’s collection of short stories is that Florida is full of creepy things. Think alligators, snakes and hurricanes. Then add in hot, hot humidity. This collection is definitely not going to draw the tourists to Florida, but it does evoke an incredible sense of setting. Florida feels at times unsettled, and cloistered or oppressed in others.

Like the setting, the characters are often running away from something. Sometimes it’s something simple, like trying not to be a shouty mum. Other times, it’s trying to escape something more sinister like a snake or even a family member. The stories are written very well – Groff can construct a world in just a few words. (She reminds me in that way of Curtis Sittenfeld’s writing). Setting is conjured so quickly and becomes an unspoken character is each of the stories. The characters are all very distinct, even when they are nameless like the ‘not-shouty mum’ and the woman who takes one holiday a year from caring from her mum. Family is also a strong theme, with many of the characters escaping theirs for respite but finding that they love them more than they think.

The stories aren’t overly joyous or happy, so this is not a collection to read when you want light entertainment. Yet they are strangely fascinating, amongst their deadly creatures and tense emotional moments.

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  birdsam0610 | Oct 10, 2021 |
Florida is one very strange physical state, but this collection of short stories of the same name, is mostly very good. The word mostly is a qualifier that seem to slip in to most every review of mine dealing with short stories. Simple fact -- not every story can shine as bright. ( )
  jphamilton | Aug 7, 2021 |
I struggled to get through Groff's short story collection. At first, I thought it was an essay collection. I've read a couple of Groff's personal essays, and the voice of the protagonist in the first story, "Ghosts and Empties," reminded me of her personal essays. So I started reading on somewhat shaky ground. Groff is adept at character development and uses imagery in wonderful and surprising ways. She is an exceptional writer, but I was still disappointed by this collection.

I felt hamstrung by the title--Florida. Aside from a couple of stories taking place in Florida, I didn't feel the connection of the stories to the title. I've lived in northern Florida for over 30 years now. I'm a transplant, and I've had a love-hate relationship since I moved here. I sense a bit of that with Groff, especially since she seems to focus on the negatives of Florida (hurricanes, snakes, transients), but I never felt any of the stories were really about Florida, at least not the Florida I know. Yes, it's a weird state politically and demographically, and it still has considerable wildness (although the population is quickly encroaching on that), but except for the book title and the occasional mentions of Florida, Groff could have been writing about any other coastal Southern state, or maybe France since a couple of stories take place in France. In fact, "Yport" had wonderful geographic detail that gave me a strong sense of place.

I also struggled with liking her characters enough (or finding them interesting enough) to keep reading. Few characters were sympathetic. To be honest, there were times I wanted to say, "Yankee, go home!" and I'm a Yankee. ( )
  BaileyBrown | Jun 7, 2021 |
As usual, a wonderful collection of writing by Lauren Groff, who just continues to go from strength to strength. ( )
  JBD1 | May 22, 2021 |
There were lots of aspects of these stories that I liked as I read them, but the collection as a whole didn't cohere into something I enjoyed until almost the very end when I was able to put them all together and get what she was trying to do. At first, each story ran together for me - if Florida Man is perpetually eating bath salts and driving four-wheelers into a swamp, then apparently Florida Woman is continually mired in unhappy relationships and snakes - but even though a notable percentage of these stories hit similar downbeats, each one conveys some bit of weird Florida-ness in a slightly different way. It might feel like the protagonists are mostly interchangeable, and they are, but as vessels for the emotions of disorientation, disillusion, and dislocation they're just fine. "Yport", the last, longest, and best story, doesn't even take place in Florida, but its narrative of a mother in a strange place trying to cope with several different flavors of disenchantment in her life and her work is a perfect example of how Groff is able to explore several things at once when she gives her ideas enough room to develop. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
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'Floridaisa magnificent collection, executed withtremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way.Lauren Groff is a virtuoso.'Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple; a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational centre- an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise and affecting, Floridais a magnificent achievement.

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