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reads like a 101 world politics primer. juxtaposition being all, each snippet vies on the page for equal attention. all I had was a building sense that nothing mattered more or less than anything else. and when, with scarce 30 pages left of the novel to go Lizzie, the protagonist, is asked what she is most scared of, top of her list is dentistry. Her teeth, for goodness' sake. if this is the dread the novel has been building towards, and for which Ocean Vuong would have us prostrate ourselves to, then, really, the state of the world.
The best book I’ve read this year so far. Offill writes so beautifully, and her acutely perfect observations had me highlighting sentence after sentence. It’s personal and political and poetic and pageturningly good.
I don't understand how this novel could be put on the same tier and Maggie O'Farrell and Hilary Mantel on the shortlist for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction. It doesn't even seem like fiction to me as there's hardly a plot. This slim volume of random paragraphs loosely gathered into an order doesn't even tell a story. Not recommended
It says much that is representative of people's thoughts and worries at this point in the century, and there are certainly some nice lines. But it is like a chat show - lots of rather self-satisfied wittering, without adding anything new to the conversation, and without any plot or character development or hint of denouement. Without even very much generosity toward the world.
I bought this book as the reviews of it were good. A review is only one person's opinion, and sometimes I suspect that the authors family write them! I'm sorry to say that I found this book totally boring and uncohesive. If there was a plot, then I struggled to find it. Shan't bother with reviews in future, but shall read the relevant synopsis and make up my own mind.
I adored Dept. Of Speculation so was looking forward to Weather and was not disappointed. Concise, dryly funny, upsetting and thought-provoking, this is a perfect novel for our times. I folded down so many page corners to re-visit later.
This book had a bit too many rambling thoughts that lead nowhere. I think the topics raised and the sentiment of the book were great and so current but I just couldn’t engage and didn’t care about the characters.
Talvez nada seja mais contemporâneo do que um romance sobre um apocalipse iminente, como Weather, da americana Jenny Offil. O livro, como o anterior dela, o ótimo Dept. Of Speculation, é constituída de fragmentos, quase aforismos, que tentam dar conta de um momento de caos – lá, o fim de um casamento, aqui, o fim de um mundo, ou um modo de vida. Não há muito de uma narrativa ou aquilo que se convencionou chamar de personagens, mas um acúmulo de situações e pessoas que, no conjunto, constituem um panorama de algo maior. Uma série de colagem de citações – algumas explícitas, outras, não – dão conta do caos de um mundo em ebulição, de um momento cultural antropofágico no qual os referenciais estão evaporando – assim como tudo aquilo que se toma (ou tomava-se) como certo.