Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

Book - 2015
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"From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781594634475
1594634475
9780399184079
0399184074
9781594634482
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm

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asoria
Jun 06, 2017

This book was awful. Groff created some incredibly unpalatable characters and wove a narrative that reeked of pretentious narcissism. I found the book to be amazing to the degree it repulsed me.

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Nightingalestar
Feb 19, 2017

It's been a long time since I've read a book that disappointed me so much. The novel started out promising, especially with the story of the family history and background of Lancelot's childhood. However, the beautiful language which at first was a pleasure to read became more and more pretentious and self-aware. As I read more and more, I found that the writing was this wall that stopped me from being immersed in the world of the story. It was like the writer and all her beautiful sentences were this brittle, beautiful and yet tedious shell covering incredibly empty characters. The words were beautiful but they made me feel nothing. I've read novels that said more with less and conveyed more emotion with less.

It also became very redundant. I get it! Lotto is so perfect, and beautiful and everyone loves him. The times Mathilde would go on and on about how much people loved Lotto and how much she loved him were so numerous it became obvious the writer had nothing new to say about Lotto's character. It got boring, quite frankly.

And the "twist" in the story was so predictable and forced.

The only good thing which I wish the novel was more about, is the story of Lotto's mother, Antoinette. Her story in how she met Lotto's father really drew me in in the beginning, and her story would have made for a much more interesting novel.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

One of the worst books that I have ever read. I was shocked to see how well reviewed this book was. There is nothing redeeming about the two main characters or their tale together or their tales leading up to meeting one another. Both a terrible "love" story and a terrible "tragedy" as well. Not sure what the point of Groff's tale was suppose to be.

Marlowe Dec 27, 2016

I absolutely loved this book, and would consider it one of my new favourites. Groff is a talented writer who uniquely weaves the tale of husband and wife, through twenty plus years of marriage, from both perspectives. The title is so apt, as the characters are driven by fate, and fury, respectively, and their lives entwine to form an epic tale, and yet, an ultimately human one. The joys, hardships, and secrets necessary to create a marriage are explored, paired with an interrogation into misogyny, female rage, and the genesis of creativity. These characters are difficult at time to relate to, but their story is rich and rewarding.

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maggiepcurtis
Dec 17, 2016

This was my second attempt to read this book. Reading it was a struggle. After 100 pages, I began to skim but still didn't want to spend the time on characters I just didn't like. Did not finish it. And I'm confused why it is on so many best seller and recommended lists.

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Luvgoodreads
Sep 18, 2016

After all the great reviews, I was ready for something special. It disappointed on so many levels, but the biggest one was the that Groff's story perpetuates the old sexual stereotype that men can sleep with as many women as they want - in fact Lotto is cheered on and admired for his sexual prowess and popularity ("We all know how much Lotto loves v****a". Yuk!). While wifey Mathilde contorts herself into all kind of states in attempting to keep her big secret. Oh, and "she doesn't tell lies", she just eliminates saying some things, when all she does is lie to keep her precious thinking he's her first. If this is representative of "young, modern marriage", good luck to you all!

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chmac
Sep 03, 2016

also couldn't finish this book. Gave it a couple of tries, but decided I had better things to do with my time. Juvenile characters whom I didn't really care about. Maybe it got better, but I won't know.....

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corinotton
Aug 04, 2016

I couldn't even finish this book. The characters weren't likable, the story didn't move along and didn't capture my interest at all.

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sonoraanne
Jul 17, 2016

Quit 1/3 through. Characters not interesting.

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Mazo
Jun 07, 2016

I thought I was going to read a story about marriage, but this is much much more than that. An excellent read!

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