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Book Title: Garden State: A Novel|
The author of the book: Rick Moody
Date of issue: April 2nd 1997
ISBN 13: 9780316557634
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.97 MB
Edition: Back Bay Books
Read full description of the books Garden State: A Novel:(Deep intake of breath, a hesitation)
Expect this review to be a rambling mess as my thoughts on the novel are more or less that.
First - the embarrassing confession - I originally sought out this book because of the Zach Braff movie of the same title which (unlike some of the other reviewers here) I absolutely loved. If you want to read it for the same reason, don't. The two are unrelated.
I found this to be a difficult book to read. When I would put it down (which is not a good sign in itself) for a day or so, I would find it difficult to pick back up. If I wasn't so obsessed with finishing any book that I start, I may have turned my back on this one.
Part of my difficulty was the nearly stream-of-consciousness writing. While I enjoy that type of narration sometimes, the writing here felt so "drugged out," which - of course - was the point. It was just hard to follow at points. Which brings me to the thing that most contributed to my difficulty with the book - the dialogue. It is written in such a way that the characters seem to know what each other are going to say and so sentences never need to be finished. In some ways, this is a more natural way of writing dialogue and makes sense with *some* of the characters in the novel (both uncomfortable first conversations and friends-forever conversations). However, at other times, it feels like it was done to create more enjambment, more stilted unnatural voices to the world. In short, for much of the book, I felt like I simply hadn't done enough drugs to really understand it.
Also, I found it odd that in the very end of the novel, it seemed to reach for some sort of meta-text - questioning whether language could explain what the characters felt and even speaking omnisciently at the end about resolution. If you don't know me, it is worth saying that I have no problems at all with meta-fiction, with any self-referential text... I just found it odd that it waited until the very end to tackle this idea - it made it feel tacked on to me.
(And it is worth mentioning that I typically do not like the omniscient narrator in stories - so therefore, there is a bias...)
All of that being said, I did like the book. I felt that it attained the bleakness that it attempted and made you feel helpless along with all of its characters. Each character felt empty, but most did not fall to being caricatures. The descriptive sections - of which, there are many - showcased definite talent. I'm sure I will read more by this author in the future.
(also believe that the essence of the book may lie on page 147. Would be interested if others who have read it see it the same way...
Read information about the authorRick Moody (born Hiram Frederick Moody, III on October 18, 1961, New York City), is an American novelist and short story writer best known for The Ice Storm (1994), a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, which brought widespread acclaim, and became a bestseller; it was later made into a feature film.
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