[E-Book] ↠ Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story | By ✓ Rachel Kadish #2020


  • Title: Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story
  • Author: Rachel Kadish
  • ISBN: 9780618919833
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback

  • Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story By Rachel Kadish In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy famously wrote, Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way This celebrated maxim seems questionable at best to literature professor Tracy Farber If Tolstoy is to be taken at his word, only unhappiness is interesting happiness is predictable and bland Tracy secretly nurtures an unusual project proving that hIn Anna Karenina, Tolstoy famously wrote, Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way This celebrated maxim seems questionable at best to literature professor Tracy Farber If Tolstoy is to be taken at his word, only unhappiness is interesting happiness is predictable and bland Tracy secretly nurtures an unusual project proving that happiness can be uniquely interesting, in literature and in life Although challenging the masterly Tolstoy creates a potential threat to her job security, Tracy is confident After all, she s her own perfect example content with friends and work and satisfied to be single at age thirty three But then she meets George, who will sweep her off her feet and challenge all of her theories When love proves complicated than Tracy had imagined, she struggles to find happiness in a way that fulfills both her head and her heart.
    Rachel Kadish
    I often begin writing when something is bothering me Years ago, I was thinking about Virginia Woolf s question what if Shakespeare had had an equally talented sister Woolf s answer She died without writing a word.What, I wondered, would it take for a woman of that era, with that kind of capacious intelligence, not to die without writing a word For one thing, she d have to be a genius at breaking rules.My novel The Weight of Ink reaches back in time to ask the question what does it take for a woman not to be defeated when everything around her is telling her to sit down and mind her manners I started writing with two characters in mind, both women who don t mind their manners a contemporary historian named Helen Watt and a seventeenth century Inquisition refugee named Ester Velasquez It s been a delight working on their story The Weight of Ink is my third novel, but I ve also written two other novels and one novella, plus a few dozen essays and stories Whether I m writing fiction or nonfiction, I put words to paper because it s my way of metabolizing life To paraphrase Henry James I don t really know what I think until I see what I say Thanks for visiting this page, and for your interest in books.

    Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story By Rachel Kadish

    Commentaires:

    M
    The only thing worse than chick lit is pretentious chick lit This book was so awful it was actually recommended to me and apparently I will need to be selective about what suggestions I honor I agree with the premise, that that dumb line about happy families being all alike is not true and the implication that there is nothing interesting about happiness, while being something I myself have often said, is certainly simplistic however, to create an entire novel about that is in itself a pretty b [...]

    Mary
    This book kind of did a number on me I finished it on the last day of a trip, when I was feeling sort of tired and a little sick So reading, but with vulnerabilities The novel s heroine is a literature professor who wants to debunk Tolstoy s line from Anna Karenina Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way She says that would mean that a person must be unhappy in order to be interesting So she tells us her engaging love story, which is really very well done It f [...]

    Patricia
    A somewhat tedious novel about a 33 year old female English professor named Tracy Farber, who falls in love with a man named George George is only a few years older than Tracy, but one obstacle to their relationship is that he is the son of a strict Christian fundamentalist, while Tracy is Jewish Although George has turned away from his religion, he still is worried about his father s reaction Meanwhile, Tracy feels that George is rushing her into marriage, because they have only been together f [...]

    Katherine Marple
    From the opening pages For people who claim to want happiness, we Americans spend a lot of time spinning yarns about its opposite Even the optimistic novels end the minute the good times get rolling Let me be clear some of my best friends are tragic novels But someone s got to call it like it is Why the taboo What s so unspeakable about happiness Tolstoy Lied was impressively honest Rachel Kadish brilliantly pulls out the American obsession of unhappiness tragedy injustice wavering state of mank [...]

    cameron
    I almost didn t finished this book The first third was wonderful and funny and intense This academic, tenure focused woman is the perfect character to use to describe the darkly comic aspects of academe I know this portrayal to be true Also true in PHD level literature is that dissertations have become and More about less and less, forcing one to focus great importance on minutiae Halfway through the book, our main character displays this same kind of thinking to a budding romance Well, at that [...]

    Nima
    I loved the basic argument about whether only stories with sad endings could be considered good literature This has long been something which I felt was a limiting parameter in how we evaluate what is considered quality writing This is well written, nicely paced mystery and love story One of my favorites.

    Rachel Pollock
    I love that Rachel Kadish writes books about women who don t show up in fiction much The academic drama in this is spot on, at times exhaustingly so, and I didn t figure out the reveal ahead of time Not for everyone, but we ll done.

    Superstition Review
    The moment I fell in love with the novel Tolstoy Lied A Love Story by Rachel Kadish would be halfway through page six Before that point the novel was well written commentary on literature critiquing as delivered by if it can be said without unnecessary repetition an intelligent and sarcastic narrator as both so often go together that they become one But her passionate defense of books, and her description of how an addiction forms for the sound of pages turning much the way growing up by the sea [...]

    Ashley
    Had I not been feeling terrible for 4 days of my spring break with ear infections in both ears, I probably would not have finished this book Although, in Kadish s defense, the chances of me falling in love with a book immediately after reading my most loved Franny and Zooey are slim to none Basically, I felt like she s just recently realized that love feminism companionship art religion are at times paradoxical, and at most times messy It s all well and good that she s realized these things and [...]

    Amanda
    Ugh, does not want Pretentious, condescending pseudo intellectual crap Basically chick lit, but not even that well written Kadish attempts to gain ballast by spewing her sophomoric word vomit from the mouth of an I m way cooler than this petty academia professor whose very I m way cooler ness defeats the purpose of the whole critique A great read for people who really wish they were reading pulp but want to look smart.

    treehugger
    Oh the beautiful smart language, the satire of workplace academic politics, the hilarious gay professional allyDownsides trite love descriptions, disappointing closure to romantic climax, possibly incorrect depiction of bipolar disorder So much self doubt, and lots of obfuscation in characters thoughts and dialogue so that there were a few passages I read than 4 times and still didn t know what I was expected to take away from itOverall, great smart yet light enough read

    Darshan Elena
    Despite her investment in feminist literary criticism, Kadish succumbs to the trope of the magical black man in this waste of a novel.

    Rebecca
    I don t understand how a writer of such obvious talent could write such a mundane book.

    Debbie Shoulders
    I feel very mixed about this story of an a young English professor seeking tenure, a feat at a New York City University Seeking to refute Tolstoy s idea that Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, Tracy at first thinks that her happiness is not based on love but when romance comes to her unexpectedly, she seeks to disprove this maxim And that is where I had problems The romance comes on suddenly with someone who doesn t seem to have any chemistry with Tracy [...]

    Jacinta Carter
    I realize that this is subtitled A Love Story, but the romance aspect of it kind of bothered me I enjoyed reading about the main character s career, and I loved her interactions with her friends In my opinion, this good novel would have been even better if the focus had been on the main character as strong and independent, rather than dragging in a romantic relationship.

    Andrea
    While I enjoyed the book overall, I found the main character to be annoying and pretentious It also seemed to drag on, and I was forcing myself to get to the end rather than feeling excited to find out how it ends I most likely wouldn t recommend this to anyone Not the worst, but not impressive.

    Stephanie
    In Tolstoy Lied A Love Story, English professor Tracy Farber struggles to balance the challenges and uncertainties of both her professional and personal life, ultimately losing control of both before ever creating order in either Facing a possible promotion at work tenure within the university s English department she must negotiate departmental politics and juggle the demands of her own teaching and research projects while also advising a brilliant but unstable graduate student named Elizabeth [...]

    Cynthia Haggard
    I can see why a friend of mine raves about Rachel Kadish TOLSTOY LIED turns out to be a funny, smart and pitch perfect rendition of office politics in an English Department in an un named University in New York City But even as I enjoyed reading this wry account of love and academia for a thirty something not yet tenured English professor, there were a couple of problems that I feel are worth mention.The novel hit a bump for me just after the beautifully written and funny beginning, which introd [...]

    Libby
    In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy opens with the statement, All happy families are alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way Nonsense replies Rachel Kadish s protagonist, a 33 year old assistant professor of English Oh yeah says the rest of the novel I ll show you Sort of There is a lot to like about this book, which aggressively champions happiness and love, albeit through the words of a woman who declares at 33, mind you that she s given up on romance Unsurprisingly, she then meets a ma [...]

    Caitlin
    I thought this book would be a romantic comedy type story It was much deeper than I anticipated and I loved it It is well written with a narrative voice that sucks you in You care about Tracey and even as she makes mistakes you find yourself rooting for her Her premise is that Tolstoy pulled the wool over everyone s eyes and literature has followed his principle ever since he wrote in Anna Karenina my favorite book that Happy families are all alike and unhappy families are unhappy in their own w [...]

    Alan
    The lie that Tolstoy allegedly told, which gives this novel its title, is the famous first sentence of Anna Karenina Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way Rachel Kadish, in setting out to disprove this obviously false statement, declares her aim of writing a book that takes happiness and love seriously Her heroine, Tracy Farber, states the thesis on page 160 it s also the thesis of an ambitious academic study Tracy aims to write It s as if our whole literary [...]

    Lisa
    If you enjoy a book about books for which a quote like this is the least bit appealing then this book might be for you I love the escape Academics aren t supposed to say that, but it s true I love to dive into somebody else s vision, nightmare, utopia, whatever I love how books put a dent in our egos True, this books is chic lit which will put some people off from the start, but if given a chance it captivates with countless ideas that keep making me stop reading to think philosophically deep th [...]

    Catherine Siemann
    Ow This academic novel cut too close to the bone, what with the internecine struggles and the insinuation that having a nervous collapse will harm your academic career less than taking too long to defend your dissertation um, see what I mean Her academic colleagues seemed pretty stereotypical, although definitely recognizable archetypes.I ve seen it described as smart chick lit, and I think I resent the notion that any novel dealing with a single woman is inherently chick lit paraphrasing the To [...]

    Marry
    I ve finished reading Tolstoy Lied A Love Story just a few minutes ago and the book had me thinking about happiness and its true meaning It made me realize that you can never gain happiness without beating the odds, which are loneliness, anger and heartaches You can never truly say you re happy without feeling lonely, angry or heartbroken.People misunderstand happiness They think it s the absence of trouble That s not happiness, that s luck Happiness is the ability to live well alongside trouble [...]

    Joyce
    Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way So said Tolstoy Tracy Farber is going to prove him wrong Just as soon as she gets tenure Or maybe getting married will get in the way Severe interdepartmental strife in her Manhattan university s English department may get in the way of all of these plans.In the end, Peple misunderstand happiness They think it s the absence of trouble That s not happiness, that s luck Happiness is the ability to live well alongside troub [...]

    Tori
    Another random library find The premise is something I ve wondered about and discussed with some of my other reader friends are happy people inherently uninteresting, and therefore not worth writing about While the book sounds like and is fancy chick lit, I was willing to give it a swing to see if it came to anything worthwhile Unfortunately, it doesn t prove much of anything, except that happiness is difficult to find, and no one is ever truly 100% happy, except for maybe a brief, shining momen [...]

    Kate
    About six pages in, I realized I needed to keep a pen handy while reading this book By the time I was through, I had favorite lines circled than some of the books I read for undergrad Fueled by her career, satiated on books, and supported by trusted friends, Tracy Farber had turned her back on the prospect of love Haunted by the topic of happiness and Tolstoy s assertion that Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, Tracy embarks on a personal and professiona [...]

    Redlilly24
    I am giving this book three stars for the writing The writing is very educated, you can tell the author got a good education on how to write a book but not particularly a talent Thus to me this story she is trying to sell is masked by good writing, take away the writing and the story is a flop, nothing new, nothing profound It feels as though the author is trying way to hard to inrtoduce something new and fresh about love and relationships, yet it fails Honestly, I did not find anything interest [...]

    Catherine
    Overall, I would rate the book as predictable chick lit The characters are maybe different than standard fare she s an American lit professor at a New York university, not yet tenured, and clashing increasingly with a colleague in the department but meeting The Guy is inevitable.What I liked most about this book was the feminist intellectual perspective on something as commonplace as love She s her own person, she doesn t need a man, she has important career considerations to think about But whe [...]

    Karen
    Felt like chick lit pretending to be serious Too many characters, and since Tracy s understanding of most of her co workers changed throughout the book it was hard to get a grasp of their personalities George, the male lead character, seemed domineering and disrespectful of Tracy s career from the first date, so it was hard to read about Tracy continually brushing these things aside view spoiler I thought for a bit that the happy ending would be a return to singlehood, which would ve made me hap [...]

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