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The Summer without Men by Siri Hustvedt

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    A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf (tandah)
    tandah: Reflection on one's existence in relation to others
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    Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (thorold)
    thorold: Two novels 160 years apart that explore the roles of women by creating a view of the world in which men are peripheral or irrelevant.
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    Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (tandah)

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Beautifully written novel, but sometimes feels like the writer is trying too hard to show readers how intellectual she is with all the little philosophical asides. Overall a worthwhile read.

Favorite quotes:

"Time is not outside us, but inside. Only we live with past, present, and future, and the present is too brief to experience anyway; it is retained afterward and then it is either codified or it slips into amnesia. Consciousness is the product of delay." (33)

"All at once, I felt sad for the whole lot of us human beings, as if I had suddenly been transported skyward and, like some omniscient narrator in a nineteenth-century novel, were looking down on the spectacle of flawed humanity and wishing things could be different, not wholly different, but different enough to spare some of us a little pain here and there. This was a modest wish, surely, not some utopian fantasy, but the wish of a sane narrator who shakes her red head with its slices of gray and mourns deeply, mourns because it is right to mourn the endless repetitions of meanness and violence and pettiness and hurt." (133) ( )
  Mon_Ro | Feb 20, 2016 |
This is the fourth Siri Hustvedt novel I have read, and I can now say that she is consistently readable, thought-provoking and full of ideas. This one at first glance appears to have very little plot, but is packed with sharp and humourous observations on life, love and people's motivations, mixed with a fair bit of philosophy and psychology. It tells the tale of a woman whose husband decides to take a "pause" in their marriage to pursue an affair, while she retreats to her childhood hometown in the mid-West to reflect, recover, and find friendship with a number of women of different ages and backgrounds. ( )
  bodachliath | Nov 12, 2015 |
Enjoyed the book. Main character is suffers a mental breakdown triggered by her husband taking a pause in their relationship and moving in with another woman. As the novel progresses, she regains her competency and command of her life
  shvizdos | Jul 27, 2015 |
Hustvedt brings together a kind of 21st century Mrs Herzog with the old "maiden, mother and crone" canard to take an ironic look at some of the ways gender identities still define the lives of middle-class middle-American women, and at the creative ways in which women sometimes manage to subvert those definitions. It's a very clever novel, full of interesting ideas and more-or-less buried literary allusions (not to mention poems, parodies of poems, emails, and Stevie-Smith-style pen-drawings), but it's doesn't come over as a philosophical mind-stretcher like the other two of her novels I've read: more like very superior chick-lit (for literature graduates and above). If Mrs Gaskell were still around and living in the Midwest instead of Cheshire, this is what she might have written instead of Cranford... ( )
1 vote thorold | Jul 20, 2015 |
I loved that there were so many well-drawn characters in this book. There was Abigail, the octogenarian who embroidered art secretly in pockets and linings of her clothes; Mr. Nobody, a character who presents himself anonymously to Mia to criticize her at first and later to engage her intellectually; there is Lola, Mia's neighbor who perseveres with two children and a husband who may be censored or pitied; there is Mia's junior high girls' poetry group, which forms a bullying coven against one of its members. In the end, Hustvedt, in the midst of feminist monologues, treats them all with grace, understanding, and good humor. ( )
1 vote WintersRose | Nov 30, 2014 |
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Here, although the subject matter is serious - a woman's search for her lost identity - the tempo is upbeat. In a narrative without chapter breaks, Hustvedt explores the idea that differences between the genders is less important than "how much difference the difference makes".
Hustvedt creates a voice for Mia that is witty, concise, demanding; delighted by the concordances of sounds in words, compassionate and aware of its own faults. Hustvedt shows us Mia as she stumbles through the female relationships around her, all painted in with a wry eye.
Velment, men ikke helt vellykket
Siri Hustvedt er med sitt navn og sine aner liksom litt norsk, selv om hun er oppvokst i Minnesota og nå bor i Brooklyn. Hun skriver sine bøker på engelsk, og de oversettes til mange språk, deriblant norsk. Hennes siste roman er velment, men ikke udelt vellykket.
added by annek49 | editNRK, Anne Cathrine Straume (Mar 22, 2011)
Spenstig om kvinneliv
Siri Hustvedts nye roman «Sommeren uten menn» har en overraskende letthet kombinert med en intellektuell spenst og vitalitet som synes å ha blitt forfatterens varemerke.
Siri Hustvedt byr på mye humor og mye klok menneskelig innsikt i denne nye og tynne lille romanen på drøye 200 sider. Med utgangspunkt i en utroskapshistorie av den svært konvensjonelle og slitesterke typen: Middelaldrende ektemann vil ha en pause fra sitt 30-årige fellesliv med sin kone Mia for å dyrke sin nye franske og unge lidenskap, stiger det fram en fortelling om kvinneliv i flere generasjoner. Det hele fortalt med omtanke og omsorg, med brutalt klarsyn og med høyt refleksjonsnivå
added by annek49 | editDagsavisen, Turid Larsen (Mar 16, 2011)
Er det mulig å tilgi en utro ektemann?
Siri Hustvedt har skrevet en sjeldent god bok ANMELDELSE: Når jeg leser en bok, setter jeg alltid eselører ved de sidene der jeg finner noe virkelig godt. I «Sommeren uten menn» kunne jeg gjerne hatt flere på hver eneste side. For dette er en sjeldent god bok
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Mar 14, 2011)
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LUCY (Irene Dunne): You're all confused, aren't you?
JERRY (Cary Grant): Uh-huh. Aren't you?
JERRY: Well, you should be, because you're wrong about things being different because they're not the same. Things are different, except in a different way. You're still the same, only I've been a fool. Well, I'm not now. So, as long as I'm different, don't you think things could be the same again? Only a little different.

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Mia is forced to reexamine her life when her husband puts their marriage on "pause" after thirty years. She returns to the prairie town of her childhood, and is drawn into the lives of those around her.

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