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It's like poetry. You may or may not know what she means by what she says. And like poetry a few nice lines stay in your head. I can't recommend it to any of my friends. It's not a novel. It's meandering thoughts on her life.
reads like a 101 world politics primer. juxtaposition being all, each snippet vies on the page for equal attention. all I had was a building sense that nothing mattered more or less than anything else. and when, with scarce 30 pages left of the novel to go Lizzie, the protagonist, is asked what she is most scared of, top of her list is dentistry. Her teeth, for goodness' sake. if this is the dread the novel has been building towards, and for which Ocean Vuong would have us prostrate ourselves to, then, really, the state of the world.
The best book I’ve read this year so far. Offill writes so beautifully, and her acutely perfect observations had me highlighting sentence after sentence. It’s personal and political and poetic and pageturningly good.
I don't understand how this novel could be put on the same tier and Maggie O'Farrell and Hilary Mantel on the shortlist for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction. It doesn't even seem like fiction to me as there's hardly a plot. This slim volume of random paragraphs loosely gathered into an order doesn't even tell a story. Not recommended
Jenny Offill weaves a novel for our times, our anxieties on the future of the planet, of politics, of mental health and social media, and in short paragraphs and stories this creates a tapestry for a brilliant novel that values its readers and there are plenty takeaways. Highly recommended
I bought this book as the reviews of it were good. A review is only one person's opinion, and sometimes I suspect that the authors family write them! I'm sorry to say that I found this book totally boring and uncohesive. If there was a plot, then I struggled to find it. Shan't bother with reviews in future, but shall read the relevant synopsis and make up my own mind.
I adored Dept. Of Speculation so was looking forward to Weather and was not disappointed. Concise, dryly funny, upsetting and thought-provoking, this is a perfect novel for our times. I folded down so many page corners to re-visit later.