You: Or the Invention of Memory: A Novel

You: Or the Invention of Memory: A Novel By Jonathan Baumbach, With each new novel, post modern legend Jonathan Baumbach subtly reimagines the shape of the wheel In his latest, YOU, subtitled Or the Invention of Memory, the narrator remembers or imagines or invents the story of a not easily defined relationship with a complex and variable woman known in the novel only as You The style will captivate, needing no explanation as to wWith each new novel, post modern legend Jonathan Baumbach subtly reimagines the shape of the wheel In his latest, YOU, subtitled Or the Invention of Memory, the narrator remembers or imagines or invents the story of a not easily defined relationship with a complex and variable woman known in the novel only as You The style will captivate, needing no explanation as to why Baumbach s novels continue to connect with a wide variety of readers You are warily approaching the first sentence of my new novel, not wanting to be taken unaware, or not wanting to be plunged into something from which there is no perceptible exit or perhaps both at once, separate and inseparable concerns.The opening sentence, with your unspoken consent, has edged its way into the barely remembered past.. You Or the Invention of Memory A Novel With each new novel post modern legend Jonathan Baumbach subtly reimagines the shape of the wheel In his latest YOU subtitled Or the Invention of Memory the narrator remembers or imagines or inven

  • Title: You: Or the Invention of Memory: A Novel
  • Author: Jonathan Baumbach
  • ISBN: 9780979209185
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. In a throw away sentence in The Friday Book, John Barth mentions attending a conference with fellow PoMo author Jonathan Baumbach Until reading that sentence I had never heard of the man checking here on GR he has a slew of books, almost all of them ignored or unknown his collective ratings of all works might not even reach 200 Thank you Mr Barth for unearthing an author in need of disinterring, for if this first novel of his that I have read is any indication of the rest of his oeuvre, he is a [...]

    2. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally As regular readers know, one of the subjects I often tackle here is that of so called genre literature versus mainstream or general, or academic, or whatever term you d like to use , and of the various similarities and differences between the two for example, there s what I consider the most important differenc [...]

    3. If we are ever to get back together, I tell myself you see I do occasionally reconsider the unthinkable it will have to be as if we were both different people It is not that I woke up one morning no longer in love with you as that I consciously, willfully, put my romantic longings aside and chose to live in the prosaic real world In the past when we separated it had seemed to me part of some larger unintelligible process working toward some transcendent reconciliation.My childlike father used to [...]

    4. A Barthean situation with shades of Calvino but boasting a sui generis style, this book is the anti memory novel to Proust s memory novel.

    5. A little set up Sometimes I read record or book reviews where the reviewer treats descriptions like nostalgic or sentimental like they re four letter words I suppose I can understand that if you re trying to delve into huge universal themes and don t have time with petty personal issue and histories.Also, I recently read a feature on the avclub about music one cannot listen to any You know, maybe the music you listened to with an ex that broke you re heart, the favorite song of a dead friend fam [...]

    6. I ll probably have to say about this later, but wanted to comment that this book was a fast and fun read I m still not exactly sure what happened, though The main character, JB the author s initials is obsessed with a woman who may or may not at one point become his wife They meet frequently on elevators They break up and obsess over each other I think I need to read it again.Let me just say, though, that it bugged me that the copyeditor doesn t know the difference between a while and awhile mi [...]

    7. I really liked the beginning and middle, but like many novels, it started to drag towards the end I lost interest and didn t complete the book However, the writing is so excellent, I ll no doubt return to finish the novel and re assess it.

    8. Jonathan Baumbach s latest really enjoying it his humor and fine writing, his wonderful portrayal of the subtleties and complexities of the mind and heart in love and attraction

    9. This is a fun, fast read I particularly liked the female character in the beginning of the story YOU which was ME for a while Can t help but love that

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