Transit

Transit

Book - 2017
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"The stunning second novel of a trilogy that began with Outline, one of The New York Times Book Review's ten best books of 2015 In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions--personal, moral, artistic, practical--as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city she is made to confront aspects of living she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life. Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility, and the mystery of change. In this precise, short, and yet epic cycle of novels, Cusk manages to describe the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life, through a narrative near-silence that draws language toward it. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one's life and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real."-- Provided by publisher.
"Sequel to Rachel Cusk's Outline"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374278625
0374278628
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Jul 23, 2017

I've come to harmonious ease (since "Outline") with her outward ramblings (still, dialog format occasionally bothers me) constantly shaken by inward restraint.

The effect maybe personal, whether to live life in a slow-bleeding-to-death fatalism or a fantastical plot full of contrivances.

Like "Outline", both books are inspiring for writers(-to-be), as if I could come up with remarkable materials from seemingly insignificant experience.

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pennys54
Jul 04, 2017

Wonderful prose

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spiderfelt_0
Jun 11, 2017

What a bittersweet feeling to finish. I've loved every minute spent w/ the transitory people filing the pages of Transit. There is so much to ponder here. It is rich with meaning, filled with both observation and insight that bears rereading.

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laphampeak
May 29, 2017

An insightful novel - more of a thinking realm than a physical one. As the main character is renovating the inside of her new house she is also looking at relationships and friends and their internal past and present.

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uncommonreader
Jan 24, 2017

Cusk is a wonderful writer with interesting things to say. The narrator, the same woman as in "Outline", has moved to London with her two sons. The book is a series of encounters she has with a variety of friends and strangers. She listens and is revealed.

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