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Atura di Pinochet Un giorno a venticinue anni di distanza dall'accaduto una ragazza forse la figlia del poeta rivendica la scrivania Da ui parte una miriade di racconti che si intreccinao tra loro e che ruotano intorno After reading The History of Love I promised myself to read something else by Nicole Krauss when I had the chance I found Great House at a local thrift store for 1 and it was one of the best dollars I ever spent There are several narratives to follow and they are tied together by a desk a desk that was part of the stolen property of Jews displaced by the Third Reich Each of the narratives is a story in itself a glimpse into the lives of people who struggle with their humanity and how they fit into the world at large What each story has at its core is the theme of loss memory and isolation Many of these characters have an excruciating inability to reach beyond themselves and touch others or let anyone inThis book is written like a maze weaving in and out characters coming and going It is a puzzle with pieces that lie just out of the reach of your hand and without which you can never make a complete picture There were moments when I wondered if I had missed something crucial I felt so lost and then Krauss would lay down her next layer and I would find the pieces interlocking and making sense There was within that revelation an accompanying feeling that I had discovered something not only about the characters but about myselfThis is a book that raises important uestions and leaves you pondering answers long after you have reached the final page How much can you know about another person Does a person deserve to have his secrets respected after death How long can you close a person out before it is too late to make amends Can we ever understand a person fully if we do not have access to their history their stories their losses How can we not live with death every day when we all know death is the ultimate outcome for each of usAnd then there is the concept of a thing carrying the memory and in some way the residual life of those who are lost I know from experience that when a person is gone any possession they cherished takes on a different meaning In some ways it can come to embody the idea of that person and feel like a bridge to their soul And we can be linked in our minds to our pasts by smells and textures and breezes that blow through windows carrying sea spray or the smell of roses We can sometimes feel that if we could recreate those things that material world we could repossess our lost lives our childhood or our lovesKrauss writes prose that flows and sings and carries you along like a river For example she describes an Alzheimer s patient in words that capture perfectly what those of us who have known the progress of this disease easily recognize I could see in her eyes that beneath those words there was nothing just an abyss like the black water pond she disappeared into every morning no matter the weather Then followed a period when she became scared aware of how much she was losing by the day perhaps even the hour like a person slowly bleeding to death hemorrhaging toward oblivionAnd then even that period passed and she no longer remembered enough to be afraid no longer remembered I suppose that things had ever been any other way and from then on she set off along utterly alone on a long journey back to the shores of her childhoodIf I was jolted by her transition from story to story I was pulled back into the story immediately by her use of description and language The thread may have been tenuous at times but it was worth any effort reuired to follow the thread to its end The Geography of Witchcraft your hand and without which Hold On To Me you can never make a complete picture There were moments when I wondered if I had missed something crucial I felt so lost and then Krauss would lay down her next layer and I would find the pieces interlocking and making sense There was within that revelation an accompanying feeling that I had discovered something not only about the characters but about myselfThis is a book that raises important uestions and leaves Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you pondering answers long after Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you have reached the final page How much can Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you know about another person Does a person deserve to have his secrets respected after death How long can If Wishes Were...Daddies you close a person out before it is too late to make amends Can we ever understand a person fully if we do not have access to their history their stories their losses How can we not live with death every day when we all know death is the ultimate outcome for each of usAnd then there is the concept of a thing carrying the memory and in some way the residual life of those who are lost I know from experience that when a person is gone any possession they cherished takes on a different meaning In some ways it can come to embody the idea of that person and feel like a bridge to their soul And we can be linked in our minds to our pasts by smells and textures and breezes that blow through windows carrying sea spray or the smell of roses We can sometimes feel that if we could recreate those things that material world we could repossess our lost lives our childhood or our lovesKrauss writes prose that flows and sings and carries West of Heaven you along like a river For example she describes an Alzheimer s patient in words that capture perfectly what those of us who have known the progress of this disease easily recognize I could see in her eyes that beneath those words there was nothing just an abyss like the black water pond she disappeared into every morning no matter the weather Then followed a period when she became scared aware of how much she was losing by the day perhaps even the hour like a person slowly bleeding to death hemorrhaging toward oblivionAnd then even that period passed and she no longer remembered enough to be afraid no longer remembered I suppose that things had ever been any other way and from then on she set off along utterly alone on a long journey back to the shores of her childhoodIf I was jolted by her transition from story to story I was pulled back into the story immediately by her use of description and language The thread may have been tenuous at times but it was worth any effort reuired to follow the thread to its end

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Great House

Un giorno di inverno del 1972 un giovane poeta cileno lascia i suoi mobili tra cui una massiccia scrivania con diciannove cassetti a una scrittrice newyorchese Lui tornerà in Cile dove sparirà nelle carceri della ditt How Did She Do What She Just DidI looked forward to reading this novel for several years was apprehensive in the first couple of chapters persisted got my bearings then in the second half grew confident that it would blow my mind which it didThe novel makes demands on you you have to exert yourself but the rewards are enormous and profoundAs at the time of writing this review if I can call it that I finished the novel less than 24 hours ago I still haven t worked out what else to say about it There is so much I want to talk about with somebodyanybody However because of the desire to avoid spoilers I know there are things I mustn t say in a review The problem is it s these aspects of the novel that fascinate me and they are so numerous so I m going to write whatever spoiler free thing comes into my head relatively spontaneously I m sorry I can t do better than that yet but I want to at least make a start while the book is still fresh in my mindOne thing I must say though is that I admire what Nicole Krauss achieved as a writer in this novel My immediate reaction was how did she do what she just did Somehow she seemed to drag me along from the relatively mundane to the sublime Only I just never anticipated how sublime it would beThe Absence or Loss of PlotIt isn t a narrative driven novel There is no plot to speak of or is there There is a sense in which Nicole Krauss is rebelling against the traditional plot To that extent this is an exemplary Post Modernist workThe narratives are set at different times Lots of dates are mentioned The first thing I tried to do after I finished was to write down the dates and what happened Some sort of chronology emerged I moved the pieces around like a jigsaw puzzle and bit by bit a clearer picture eventuated But it s one you could keep returning to year after year trying to get better at reading or assembling it The StructureThe book is less than 300 pages long However it took me almost a hundred pages to detect its rhythm and feel comfortable I think this was because I had anticipated something uite different possibly as a result of the blurbThe structure of the novel is uite simple to describe However aspects of it resemble and raise similar issues with respect to the juxtaposition of different narratives as a recent novel that consisted of nested stories It s divided into two parts The second part is almost a mirror image that expands on or resolves the first part Each part has four chapters roughly 40 pages each Each chapter has a title Three of the chapter titles are repeated in the second part The fourth and last chapter in the book is given a new title but relates to the same personpeople The seuence of the chapters changes between the two parts of the novel Each chapter is narrated in the first person or less as a monologue There is relatively little dialogue We really get into the head of each narrator whether or not we like or empathise with them There are a few stylistic anomalies in some chapters eg clumsy similes which made me wonder whether Krauss attention to detail might have slipped However ultimately I decided that she knew what she was doing all along and that this inelegance was a trait of the narrator not the authorThe JourneyThe novel doesn t just progress from A to B or from A to Z However regardless the novel maps a journey All of the steps are carefully recorded By the time we get to the end of the novel we re conscious of the journey as a whole What seems to be fragmentary as we progress is ultimately assembled together in a manner that accomplishes completeness a whole an entirety a world a universe a Great HouseEually importantly the journey is not just the journey of these narrators Krauss has a uniue ability to make the journey seem like our journey as well I don t just mean this in the sense of empathy or verisimilitude I mean that she makes us make it our journey as well We have to exert ourselves We personalise it We don t just observe characters acting It s almost as if we get up on stage and join them We are trying as hard as them to make sense of this world that is being presented to all of us in fragments This world that Krauss is portraying is not just their world It s our world as well We learn about ourselves as we learn about her narratorsI m reluctant to describe the individual narrators or the chronology of events It might seem trite to say that it s essential for you to experience them yourself as part of your journey through the world of the novel I can t and don t want to take and don t want to spoil your journey for you It has to be your own journeyThe Great HouseThere are many times on the journey when you ask yourself what the Great House isIt could be many types of house both literally and metaphorically an actual physical home with all of its furniture and contents including a writing desk a family as in the House of Usher a Temple even a Book whether holy or notWhatever type of house I think it s a defence or buttress against the abyssWhenever I read the word abyss particularly in the context of philosophy I wonder how the word originated I tend to visualise it as a hole or an emptiness However there s also a sense in which it is the opposite of being grounded it might mean that we are un grounded We have no solid physical foundation upon which to stand or build a home It might seem paradoxical but just as we might fall into the abyss we might float or fly away from solid ground if we are un grounded Great House is concerned with this abyss and what it takes to be grounded although not necessarily in so many words The two words that come to mind for me are absence and loss In a way both describe the non presence of some object or characteristic or person Absence could mean that it has never been present loss might mean that it was once present but is no longer soThe novel raises the uestion how do we or should we deal with the abyss with the absence with the lossEach narrator is missing something whether or not it has always been absent or whether it has been lost or whether it has been burned or stolen or whether it has been given away whether permanently or temporarilyEach narrator is estranged by the absence or loss Each narrator tries to do something about it in their own uniue wayIt s uestionable whether you can overcome the absence or loss by yourself Although the absence or loss might apply to a physical object like the desk it applies eually to relationships like loveKrauss explores these issues in the context of the Jewish predicament However I think it is eually applicable to other religions and culturesThe Jewish people have had to deal with two challenges the loss of Jerusalem and the HolocaustOne response to the loss of Jerusalem is to Turn Jerusalem into an idea Turn the Temple into a book a book as vast and holy and intricate as the city itself Bend a people around the shape of what they lost and let everything mirror its absent formeach one of us can only recall the tiniest fragment a pattern on the wall a knot in the wood of a door a memory of how light fell across the floor But if every Jewish memory were put together every last holy fragment joined up again as one the House would be built againor rather a memory of the House so perfect that it would be in essence the original itselfa perfect assemblage of the infinite parts of the Jewish memorywe live each of us to preserve our fragment in a state of perpetual regret and longing for a place we only know existed because we remember a key hole a tile the way the threshold was worn under an open doorSo memory is part of the mechanism by which we combat the abyss and books are the depositories of memoriesMany of the characters react to the absence or loss by way of their silence They internalise and bottle up their anguishSometimes you need to be opened up or uncorked or unlocked Sometimes you are the key hole and somebody else holds the key Sometimes you have to realise that you yourself hold the key Together our fragments form a perfect assemblage Together we form a Great HouseThis novel is a Great House assembled out of the fragments of real or imaginary lives By the time the novel is finished its shape becomes apparent and everything locks into place It is a truly holy book Daring to Date the Boss years was apprehensive in the first couple of chapters persisted got my bearings then in the second half grew confident that it would blow my mind which it didThe novel makes demands on Sasvim skromni darovi you Larenzos Christmas Baby you have to exert Protective Instincts (Mission: Rescue yourself but the rewards are enormous and profoundAs at the time of writing this review if I can call it that I finished the novel less than 24 hours ago I still haven t worked out what else to say about it There is so much I want to talk about with somebodyanybody However because of the desire to avoid spoilers I know there are things I mustn t say in a review The problem is it s these aspects of the novel that fascinate me and they are so numerous so I m going to write whatever spoiler free thing comes into my head relatively spontaneously I m sorry I can t do better than that Protecting His Brothers Bride yet but I want to at least make a start while the book is still fresh in my mindOne thing I must say though is that I admire what Nicole Krauss achieved as a writer in this novel My immediate reaction was how did she do what she just did Somehow she seemed to drag me along from the relatively mundane to the sublime Only I just never anticipated how sublime it would beThe Absence or Loss of PlotIt isn t a narrative driven novel There is no plot to speak of or is there There is a sense in which Nicole Krauss is rebelling against the traditional plot To that extent this is an exemplary Post Modernist workThe narratives are set at different times Lots of dates are mentioned The first thing I tried to do after I finished was to write down the dates and what happened Some sort of chronology emerged I moved the pieces around like a jigsaw puzzle and bit by bit a clearer picture eventuated But it s one Claimed by a Cowboy (Hill Country Heroes you could keep returning to Bluegrass Christmas (Kentucky Corners, year after Forced Alliance year trying to get better at reading or assembling it The StructureThe book is less than 300 pages long However it took me almost a hundred pages to detect its rhythm and feel comfortable I think this was because I had anticipated something uite different possibly as a result of the blurbThe structure of the novel is uite simple to describe However aspects of it resemble and raise similar issues with respect to the juxtaposition of different narratives as a recent novel that consisted of nested stories It s divided into two parts The second part is almost a mirror image that expands on or resolves the first part Each part has four chapters roughly 40 pages each Each chapter has a title Three of the chapter titles are repeated in the second part The fourth and last chapter in the book is given a new title but relates to the same personpeople The seuence of the chapters changes between the two parts of the novel Each chapter is narrated in the first person or less as a monologue There is relatively little dialogue We really get into the head of each narrator whether or not we like or empathise with them There are a few stylistic anomalies in some chapters eg clumsy similes which made me wonder whether Krauss attention to detail might have slipped However ultimately I decided that she knew what she was doing all along and that this inelegance was a trait of the narrator not the authorThe JourneyThe novel doesn t just progress from A to B or from A to Z However regardless the novel maps a journey All of the steps are carefully recorded By the time we get to the end of the novel we re conscious of the journey as a whole What seems to be fragmentary as we progress is ultimately assembled together in a manner that accomplishes completeness a whole an entirety a world a universe a Great HouseEually importantly the journey is not just the journey of these narrators Krauss has a uniue ability to make the journey seem like our journey as well I don t just mean this in the sense of empathy or verisimilitude I mean that she makes us make it our journey as well We have to exert ourselves We personalise it We don t just observe characters acting It s almost as if we get up on stage and join them We are trying as hard as them to make sense of this world that is being presented to all of us in fragments This world that Krauss is portraying is not just their world It s our world as well We learn about ourselves as we learn about her narratorsI m reluctant to describe the individual narrators or the chronology of events It might seem trite to say that it s essential for Where Theres Smoke you to experience them The Santangeli Marriage yourself as part of Here Lies Daniel Tate your journey through the world of the novel I can t and don t want to take and don t want to spoil Blood Bound (Unbound, your journey for Lady Gwendolen Investigates you It has to be Deadly Memories your own journeyThe Great HouseThere are many times on the journey when Captivating the Witch you ask Cutting Loose (Harlequin Blaze yourself what the Great House isIt could be many types of house both literally and metaphorically an actual physical home with all of its furniture and contents including a writing desk a family as in the House of Usher a Temple even a Book whether holy or notWhatever type of house I think it s a defence or buttress against the abyssWhenever I read the word abyss particularly in the context of philosophy I wonder how the word originated I tend to visualise it as a hole or an emptiness However there s also a sense in which it is the opposite of being grounded it might mean that we are un grounded We have no solid physical foundation upon which to stand or build a home It might seem paradoxical but just as we might fall into the abyss we might float or fly away from solid ground if we are un grounded Great House is concerned with this abyss and what it takes to be grounded although not necessarily in so many words The two words that come to mind for me are absence and loss In a way both describe the non presence of some object or characteristic or person Absence could mean that it has never been present loss might mean that it was once present but is no longer soThe novel raises the uestion how do we or should we deal with the abyss with the absence with the lossEach narrator is missing something whether or not it has always been absent or whether it has been lost or whether it has been burned or stolen or whether it has been given away whether permanently or temporarilyEach narrator is estranged by the absence or loss Each narrator tries to do something about it in their own uniue wayIt s uestionable whether Along Came Twins... (Tiny Miracles, you can overcome the absence or loss by Brazilians Nine Months Notice (Hot Brazilian Nights! yourself Although the absence or loss might apply to a physical object like the desk it applies eually to relationships like loveKrauss explores these issues in the context of the Jewish predicament However I think it is eually applicable to other religions and culturesThe Jewish people have had to deal with two challenges the loss of Jerusalem and the HolocaustOne response to the loss of Jerusalem is to Turn Jerusalem into an idea Turn the Temple into a book a book as vast and holy and intricate as the city itself Bend a people around the shape of what they lost and let everything mirror its absent formeach one of us can only recall the tiniest fragment a pattern on the wall a knot in the wood of a door a memory of how light fell across the floor But if every Jewish memory were put together every last holy fragment joined up again as one the House would be built againor rather a memory of the House so perfect that it would be in essence the original itselfa perfect assemblage of the infinite parts of the Jewish memorywe live each of us to preserve our fragment in a state of perpetual regret and longing for a place we only know existed because we remember a key hole a tile the way the threshold was worn under an open doorSo memory is part of the mechanism by which we combat the abyss and books are the depositories of memoriesMany of the characters react to the absence or loss by way of their silence They internalise and bottle up their anguishSometimes Behind the Film Stars Smile you need to be opened up or uncorked or unlocked Sometimes A Ranchers Christmas (Saddlers Prairie, you are the key hole and somebody else holds the key Sometimes Return to Yesterday you have to realise that Ill Remember You you A Knight In Rusty Armor (The Lawless Heirs yourself hold the key Together our fragments form a perfect assemblage Together we form a Great HouseThis novel is a Great House assembled out of the fragments of real or imaginary lives By the time the novel is finished its shape becomes apparent and everything locks into place It is a truly holy book

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Alla scrivani dove l'importante non è la trama ma l'oggetto in apparenza inanimato in realtà custode di memorie dolori lutti e desideri A unire uesti frammenti la scrivania dei diciannove cassetti e le emozioni estrem A common criticism of this book is that it s like four short stories than a novel It s true the four narratives with a little tinkering could stand alone as brilliant inspired stories There s a suspicion too that Nicole Krauss has difficulties writing novels Only two in ten years in stark contrast to someone like Murakami who knocks them out with what s becoming almost a facile and self harming ease The stories are connected by a mysterious writing desk reminiscent of Edmund de Waal s The Hare with Amber Eyes when it s a collection of Japanese netsuke that are used to follow bloodlines Though the desk vanishes for great stretches of the narrative it haunts the lives of every character in these pages Initially the desk is another victim of the Nazis It vanishes from the home of a Jewish family in Germany At the heart of the book is an antiues dealer who restores furniture looted by the Nazis to their Jewish owners So the desk becomes a symbol of both home and heritage and in Great House we see how it affects the lives of a truly fabulous cast of characters The characters are so vividly engaging that we miss them when they are gone which is probably my only misgiving about this book It s difficult to keep the bigger picture in mind because of the overwhelming sweep and luminosity of each new page It s a bit like falling in love when the new lover utterly eclipses all who have come before But it has to be said that there s brilliant writing in this book than any I ve read this year so on the whole a massive thumbs up from me And just wish Nicole Krauss was prolific Let Sleeping Dogs Lie years in stark contrast to someone like Murakami who knocks them out with what s becoming almost a facile and self harming ease The stories are connected by a mysterious writing desk reminiscent of Edmund de Waal s The Hare with Amber Eyes when it s a collection of Japanese netsuke that are used to follow bloodlines Though the desk vanishes for great stretches of the narrative it haunts the lives of every character in these pages Initially the desk is another victim of the Nazis It vanishes from the home of a Jewish family in Germany At the heart of the book is an antiues dealer who restores furniture looted by the Nazis to their Jewish owners So the desk becomes a symbol of both home and heritage and in Great House we see how it affects the lives of a truly fabulous cast of characters The characters are so vividly engaging that we miss them when they are gone which is probably my only misgiving about this book It s difficult to keep the bigger picture in mind because of the overwhelming sweep and luminosity of each new page It s a bit like falling in love when the new lover utterly eclipses all who have come before But it has to be said that there s brilliant writing in this book than any I ve read this Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose year so on the whole a massive thumbs up from me And just wish Nicole Krauss was prolific


10 thoughts on “Great House

  1. says:

    So I say again writing a book of short stories fitting them together Tetris like and calling it a novel DOES NOT MAKE YOUR BOOK A NOVEL Also telling your publisher to put a novel on the cover after the title DOES NOT MAKE YOUR BOOK A NOVEL If you write a collection of short stories IT IS OK TO CALL IT A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES Because you are Nicole Krauss especially because you will probably STILL BE NOMINATED FOR THE NATIO

  2. says:

    As I sit down to assess the past year with Rosh Hashanah fast approaching I decided to read a Jewish author who I have never read before Recently in one of the groups I am in here on Goodreads the Reading for Pleasure book group I

  3. says:

    How Did She Do What She Just DidI looked forward to reading this novel for several years was apprehensive in the f

  4. says:

    I’m surprised this was written after History of Love because for me though perhaps grown up it’s less accomplished The design is brilliant but let down by the execution There are four first person narratives all of them Jewish The Holocaust is rarely overtly mentioned but it haunts the entire novel Its memorial is a de

  5. says:

    After reading The History of Love I promised myself to read something else by Nicole Krauss when I had the chance I found Great House at a local thrift store for 1 and it was one of the best dollars I ever spent There are several narratives to follow and they are tied together by a desk a desk that was part of the stolen property of Jews displaced by the Third Reich Each of the narratives is a story in itself a glimpse into the

  6. says:

    I’m a genre guy than a literature reader but I’ve been trying to branch out lately I’m glad I did because I’ve read some amazing things that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise However it only takes one book like this send me running back to the mystery or sci fi section for comfort It wasn’t bad but it’s just working so damn hard to be an ‘important’ book that it really isn’t much fun to read

  7. says:

    How to Extract EmpathyKrauss is a mistress of extracted empathy She can drag it out of you even when you fight it particularly empathy for writers for Nadia a writer prevented by success from writing what she ought; for Dov an Israeli prevented by apparent paternal sadism from becoming a writer at all; for Lotte an Holocaust traumatised emigre writer who reportedly goes skinny dipping every day on Hampstead Heath; for Isabel a failed Oxford

  8. says:

    This is the worst book I've read in years The narratives are incredibly disjointed and confusing None of the characters is interesting enough to warrant the energy reuired of the reader to piece together their stories in a meaningful way The writing itself is trite and one gets the feeling that one has read si

  9. says:

    A common criticism of this book is that it’s like four short stories than a novel It’s true the four narratives with a little tinkering could stand alone as brilliant inspired stories There’s a suspicion too that Nicole Krauss has difficulties writing novels Only two in ten years – in stark contrast to

  10. says:

    This book is not about a house great or minute It’s about aview spoilerdesk hide spoiler

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