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Book Title: Het buitenleven|
The author of the book: Rachel Cusk
Date of issue: June 11th 2008
ISBN 13: 9789023428985
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.29 MB
Edition: De Bezige Bij
Read full description of the books Het buitenleven:I found this book completely baffling. The central protagonist acts in ways that are only explicable to me as an expression of mental illness, and yet the reviews I found seemed to suggest it was her employers who were mad. I found it all to be quite in the reverse - at the very least Stella is crippled with social anxiety, misses social cues, and cannot ask for many things directly. (A towel, girl! Ask for a towel!) Her "solutions" to her problems are incredibly foolish, and the constant litany of injuries she suffers as a result - severe sunburn, hangovers, mysterious rashes, a tumble down a flight of stairs - are ludicrous for one person to suffer in the string of so few days. Much is left unexplained - the bedtime pain Stella experiences; Toby and Pamela's relationship; how any why anyone excuses Stella (because while much can be done in a spirit of compassion, why don't these people think she's disturbed?) and I understood the point of so little of many of the novel's other characters - the groundskeeper; the post office owner (who was my favorite character of the lot!)
The 'reading group' guide at the back of the book "helpfully" pointed out that the story borrows much of its plot from Jane Eyre. If that's true, it would explain much - especially in the degree to which I disliked the story. I never got along very well with the Brontés and their simpering, fragile, swooning heroines. Give me the sharp wit and witticisms of an Elizabeth Bennett anyday.
Read information about the authorRachel Cusk was born in Canada, and spent some of her childhood in Los Angeles, before her family returned to England, in 1974, when Cusk was 8yo. She read English at New College, Oxford.
Cusk is the Whitbread Award–winning author of two memoirs, including The Last Supper, and seven novels, including Arlington Park, Saving Agnes, The Temporary, The Country Life, and The Lucky Ones.
She has won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes: her most recent novel, Outline (2014), was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmith's Prize and the Bailey's prize, and longlisted for Canada's Giller Prize. In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'
She lives in Brighton, England.
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