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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel (2021. Auflage)

von Patricia Lockwood (Autor)

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Titel:No One Is Talking About This: A Novel
Autoren:Patricia Lockwood (Autor)
Info:Riverhead Books (2021), 224 pages
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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021 and the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021
  Paraguaytea | Sep 25, 2021 |
Perhaps the judges of the Booker Prize chose this novel, and I'm using the word novel loosely, for their shortlist because it certainly is a reflection of our current state of being. A state where innumerable humans are caught up in social media and, at times, feel the need to become an active part of it and it's jargon.
As the unnamed protagonist in this book displays, the internet can become all too consuming and drag one into a bottomless pit of opinions and positions.
The book is written as if it were a bunch of tweets and for that reason maybe readers who are apart of the twitter family will find it cohesive and understandable. Others, like myself, who have never found the point of short unexplained tweets will find this book annoying. ( )
2 abstimmen Carmenere | Sep 24, 2021 |
When I read the Booker Prize shortlist I generally save books written by Americans for last, and after reading and thoroughly enjoying 'The Fortune Men', 'The Promise' and 'A Passage North', my favorite novel of 2021 to date, I picked up this nominee for this year's Most Clever American Novel, a supposed satire about social media in American culture, which was somehow attached to a tragedy involving the baby of the main character's sister, based on the author's own sister and her child, who had the same fatal condition. This unnamed character is a famous social influencer, who cares about her popularity more than her marriage, and the first half of the book is filled with overly clever comments that left me cold and reminded me of listening to a bad standup comic who relied on crude jokes to entertain her audience:

"chuck e cheese can munch a hole in my you-know-what"

"An episode of 'True Life' about a girl who liked to roll herself up, get into a pot with assorted vegetables, and pretend that cannibals were going to eat her. Sexually."

"...which coffeemakers were but a shit in the mouth of the coffee christ."

"“Ahahaha!” she yelled, the new and funnier way to laugh, as she watched footage of bodies being flung from a carnival ride at the Ohio State Fair. Their trajectories through the air were pure arcs of joy, T-shirts turned liquid on them, just look what the flesh could do when it gave in, right down to the surrendering snap of the..."

Lockwood, Patricia. No One Is Talking About This (p. 9). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

"She had become famous for a post that said simply, "Can a dog be twins?" That was it. Can a dog be twins? It had recently reached the state of penetration where teens posted the cry-face emoji at her. They were in high school. They were going to remember "Can a dog be twins?" instead of the date of the Treaty of Versailles, which, let's face it, she didn't know either."

Imagine reading over 100 pages of similar drivel, with plenty of sophomoric butt, nipple and dildo humor mixed in. I nearly quit reading the book 50 pages in, but I read several reviews that encouraged me to continue, as the second half was said to be much better.

I held my nose and skimmed through the next 50 pages before reading the second part, in which the social influencer learns that her sister is carrying a child who appears to have a serious genetic disorder. Unfortunately Lockwood trivializes the grief that a mother and family experience when they learn that a yet to be born baby has a life altering and potentially fatal condition, the hope that the doctors were wrong and the baby will be normal, and the torturously slow process of watching the child's slow and inevitable decline towards a painful death. I occasionally care for children such as these in the hospital, and I was deeply offended by Lockwood's insensitive handling of this process, especially since her own sister had a child with the same fatal genetic condition. The last straw for me was the uproarious laughter by several family members just before the baby's funeral, which I found infuriating and deeply insulting.

I would hope that Ms Lockwood obtained her sister's permission to "craft" a novel about her late child and family, but even if she did I thought that this was incredibly vulgar, cruel and distasteful, and the attempt to meld these two themes didn't work for me at all. This is a "love it or hate it" book, and I fall firmly in the latter category, as this sorry excuse for a novel is a perfect example of why I don't like modern American literature, with few exceptions. ( )
4 abstimmen kidzdoc | Sep 22, 2021 |
Didn’t finish. Didn’t make sense even when I knew what she was trying to do ( )
2 abstimmen kayanelson | Aug 7, 2021 |
  joyblue | Jul 4, 2021 |
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Her stupidity panicked her, as well as the way her voice now sounded when she talked to people who hadn't stopped being stupid yet.
"What about the stream-of-a-consciousness that is not entirely your own? One that you participate in, but that also acts upon you?" One audience member yawned, then another. Long before the current vectors came into being, they had been a contagious species.
But worth remembering: the mind had been, in its childhood, a place of play.

It had also once been the place where you sounded like yourself. Gradually it had become the place where we sounded like each other, through some erosion of wind or water on a self not nearly as firm as stone.
This did not feel like real life, exactly, but nowadays what did?
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