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Weather: A Novel Kindle Edition
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‘She’s such a fine, funny writer, her observations shot through with luminous intelligence and emotional insight… glorious’
‘Do yourself a favour and buy this book’
‘Weather achieves a rare triumph – it’s an uncannily realistic portrait of what it’s like to be alive right now’
‘A fitting dance macabre for our spiralling existence… Superb’
‘There’s something faintly miraculous about how Offill gets us from there to here; baby-steps from instagrammable anecdotes to a weightiness that you can feel in your stomach’
‘Jenny Offill writes beautiful sentences; she is also a deft creator of silences. It’s this counterpoint of eloquence and felt absence that enables her to register the emotional and political weather of our present’
Ben Lerner, author of The Topeka School
‘Offill distils all our contemporary fears into one brilliant, funny and terrifying novel… The apocalypse has never been this enjoyable’
‘To read a Jenny Offill novel is to come away feeling more engaged with the world and less alone’
the Irish Times
‘If you’ve not yet discovered Offill’s sublime blend of hilarity, warmth and existential despair, there’s no better place to start… a marvel’
the Mail on Sunday
‘A barometer of how it feels to live now’
the Sunday Times
‘This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy’
Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
‘Gorgeous, funny and deadly serious’ --< b>Max Porter, author of Lanny
'Smart, topical and very funny: read it and you won t feel so alone' Monocle
'In Weather, Jenny Offill distills all our contemporary fears into one brilliant, funny and terrifying novel. Convinced that Doomsday is coming, protagonist Lizzie begins to overthink and obsess over preparing for the end. The apocalypse has never been this enjoyable' i-D magazine
'[Weather] is glorious. [Jenny Offill is] such a fine, funny writer, her observations shot through with luminous intelligence and emotional insight' Alex Preston, Observer Book Clinic
'Terrific, immersive writing' Big Issue
Superb... a treasure trove of oddities... Five stars' Independent
'Brimming with heart-catching lines' -- --New Statesman --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B082WRFH8C
- Publisher : Granta Books; 1st edition (13 February 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 277 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,760 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Weather by Jenny Offill is based on an extensive monologue of Lizzie Benson, a young librarian with inadequate degree. She is a mother, a wife, a caring sister of a drug addict brother, juggling between work and family, squeezing inside it's minute cracks concerning thoughts of the disturbing world. She fears the gradually nearing snippets of doomsday and shows distress over the factors rightfully responsible.
The whole novel is written in a form of inner thoughts gathered together and typed heavily in decorative sentences. While it reflects exactly the way a human mind thinks, it does not reflect anything beyond what every human in this earth's surface speculates on, on a daily basis, in between errands and unfortunate days. It does not really bring anything out into the front, anything that is strictly restricted to one's subconscious. Whatever she thinks of has already been thought of without solutions or possible remedies. Neither does the book strictly present to it's reader a single question that discomforts their privileges comforts into further questioning themselves and rethinking or reforming own choices.
I tried repeatedly with ample amount of open-mindedness to understand, assign and reassign meanings to this particular novel but have never before been this this disappointed in a book so highly acclaimed. It's short, claustrophobic and quick a read, took me half a day if I deduct all those minutes I took breaks in between to understand what the point of either the narrative or the theme is. However, to solely depends on someone's opinion of any book at all would be a grave mistake and anyone is welcomed to figure the book out for themselves. You may as well end up liking it and that's simply of the the features of the innumerous variations of human interests and tastes.
Weather is a novel that is everything and more – it literally as the title suggests, speak of the weather – the situation of climate change that we are in which isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It is about a marriage that seems to be in control and yet felt to me that it was tearing at the seams.
It is also about the protagonist, Lizzie Benson’s sort of stream-of-consciousness that comes from her brother’s mental and physical health, her mentor’s closing off to the world, and to what extent she will go to test her endurance when it comes to empathy and the state of the world.
This is not a book that can be read in one go. You have to savor it and give it some time. It is fragmented and will take some time to get into. Maybe nothing extraordinary ever happens in the book as well (quite subjective). It reminds us of times – of impending doom that hangs over all of us – and yet more often than not we choose to ignore it. It is bleak and has moments of joy. The writing as I have mentioned isn’t easy, but it shouldn’t deter you from reading Offill. She is simply the best.
Offill’s Weather does not only talk about the external weather, which of course is the larger focus of the novella. But Offill does hone in on our interior lives, the storms we weather everyday—the beleaguered relationships, the guilt of careers not pursued, the crushes that never quite turn into affairs, the parenting that we feel like we’re almost always failing at.
At its core, Weather is about a part-time librarian Lizzie who replies to the queries received by her once grad-school professor, Sylvia, in response to her portentous podcast. She notices that the tone of the replies gradually turns more and more despondent. The tumult in her personal life intensifies concomitantly with the worsening environmental condition.
Weather is unconventional in its narrative and execution; there are apparently many plot-lines but none reach resolution. For a reader, this could go either way. It may seem to hint at the potentiality of things to branch off into myriad possibilities or it may appear to be merely a clever ornamentation. I found myself languishing somewhere between these two alternatives, struggling to love Offill but discerning the ambition of her work regardless. For the reluctant reader, the good news is the book’s size—it’s a rather short book which you can easily see through in one sitting.