Weather Audible Audiobook – Abridged
"What are you afraid of, he asks me and the answer of course is dentistry, humiliation, scarcity, then he says what are your most useful skills? People think I'm funny."
Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practise her other calling: as an unofficial shrink. For years, she has supported her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but then her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. Sylvia has become famous for her prescient podcast, 'Hell and High Water', and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.
As she dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to acknowledge the limits of what she can do. But if she can't save others, then what, or who, might save her?
And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in - funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 46 minutes|
|Audible.in Release Date||26 March 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,463 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#83 in Psychological Fiction
#91 in Fiction Sagas
#181 in Psychological Thrillers
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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.
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.
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.