by Joanna Kavenna

  • ISBN: 0571232612
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  • Author: Joanna Kavenna
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd. (2008)
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  • Rating: 4.4
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The dawn was later by the day; the year was drawing to an end. A coarse wind had ruined the trees; leaves gusted along the pavement. It was Thursday and she had wasted too many days. previous day she had fleeced the clock of minutes, bartering them down. On the journey home, she had found herself thinking of the things she had to do. At Manchester she thought furniture from Liam find a place to stay get a job and as the train eased through the suburbs of Birmingham she thought explain everything to Andreas but by Luton she was thinking leave the country and.

Rosa Lane is a fashionable journalist in her thirties, already the picture of London achievement. A legend, a land once seen and then lost forever, Thule was a place beyond the edge of the maps, a mystery for thousands of years

Rosa Lane is a fashionable journalist in her thirties, already the picture of London achievement. Her handsome boyfriend is something in politics and her other friends are confident, prosperous and ambitious. A legend, a land once seen and then lost forever, Thule was a place beyond the edge of the maps, a mystery for thousands of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic "purity.

Joanna Kavenna wrote her first book at 13; inevitably it was appalling. By the age of 24, she had written 7 apparently unpublishable novels, as well as a doctorate. She spent some years trying to make a living by freelance writing, combining this with disastrous stints as an amanuensis. Eventually, exile seemed the best option, so she spent some years living in America, Germany, Scandinavia and France. This habit for nervous travel eventually produced her first published book, The Ice Museum

For BM. But if he stood and watched the frigid wind.

Joanna Kavenna is a British novelist, essayist and travel writer. Welsh by family, with Scandinavian ancestry, Kavenna spent her childhood in Suffolk and the Midlands as well as various other parts of Britain. She has also lived in the United States, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic States. These travels led to her first book, The Ice Museum, which was published in 2005.

Kavenna also has a mordant way with social satire. Insight, even of the slanting, oblique kind, is in short supply: Rosa’s limitations hold Kavenna back. When Rosa encounters a wealthy wife who exhibits the telltale signs of cosmetic surgery, she imagines the husband coming home from his office, finding his wife had been under the knife again. Darling, new face?’ he would ask, as he picked up the newspaper and rustled it open. The denial is too absolute, her numbness too deadening - everything is in abeyance, and limbo is no place to set a novel. In the immortal words of Elvis, a little less conversation, a little more action, please.


Ranenast Ranenast
Brilliant writing. I liked how the story evolved, it was so undramatic which made the story more powerful and more real. The problems kept piling up, they seemed to gain a life of themselves. I am American but we seem to have this in common with the English, probably with the rest of the world to, is how debt with the interest rates, which I know on credit cards can go as high as 20% or more, can really become overwhelming. The woman in the story has all these other problems and she has the impersonal bank to deal with. Well, I didn't mean for this to become a complaint about the banking system but it seemed apt. In the end the only thing that the protagonist seems able to do is run. In the new world that seems like that will be more and more difficult to pick up and start over somewhere new. But again brilliant writing. I can't wait to read the author's first book and anything she chooses to write.
Trash Trash
Sublimely written, but definitely not a relaxing read. Leans toward disturbing. If you like heavy literature, this is for you.
Longitude Temporary Longitude Temporary
Her mother's death and a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the superficiality of her life are the catalysts for thirty-five year old Rosa to impulsively quit her job as a successful journalist for a London newspaper and enter a painfully long meltdown. Rosa has no prospects or plans and her life rapidly disintegrates. A decade-long live-in relationship with her handsome, but vapid boyfriend abruptly ends and she moves in with a friend. She soon finds out that her ex and her closest friend are about to be married. Without income or job prospects (she's not really looking), her debt mounts and she wears out one and then another friend's hospitality. She's reduced her assets down to a few changes of clothes and a copy of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the complete works of Shakespeare as the train wreck continues in painful slow motion.

I wanted to like this book. The US cover art and back cover blurb are misleading and would lead one to believe Inglorious is chick-lit - far from it. Joanna Kavenna won the Orange award for new writers, so my expectations were high. Kavenna is indeed a gifted writer, her prose is beautiful and Inglorious is an ambitious work that just misses the mark. The novel is relatively plot-less and the ending is unresolved and pessimistic. The work feels much more like an open ended character study, than a completed novel and even that I could indulge, but I found there were inconsistencies that kept pulling me out of the often lovely fictive dream the author created and they made me question the veracity of Rosa's thoughts and actions.

Rosa has many of the symptoms of someone entering a deep, clinical depression, but she's got none of the lethargy associated with depression and a version of mental mania that closely resembles logorrhea - if there were a non-verbal kind. She is an obsessive list-maker and letter writer, although she never manages to cross anything off the lists and the letters are promptly torn up and tossed. What keeps one reading is that she is darkly funny. She spends a good deal of the first third of the book wandering the streets of London and we float through her stream of consciousness as she ponders the meaning of existence and tries to work through various philosophical concepts and ideas, while niggling reminders of her need to find employment, lodging and cash continue to intrude. I found myself at times fascinated with her trains of thought, but at other times annoyed that she has the time and energy to wander aimlessly around London, sit in coffee shops writing endless lists and letters, but she doesn't have the inclination to take care of her own basic survival needs. Her symptoms are so incongruous with the forms of mental illness I've witnessed that I found myself distracted trying to identify her pathology in order to resist the idea that she is simply spoiled and self-indulgent.

Rosa's situation goes from bad to worse and she continues to deteriorate and cut herself off from friends and socially acceptable behavior.Again, I found myself wondering about her friends' seeming obliviousness and indifference to her condition.

Readers will be polarized about this book. Some will forgive the lack of conventional story and character and be charmed by the author's keen sense of irony and the admittedly fine writing that often displays flashes of brilliance. Others may find that the references and quotes border on pretentiousness and lose patience. The fact that I had to stop to and consider which camp I was in and my inability to buy into the reality of Rosa's breakdown left me with the feeling that this was a valiant effort, but the author didn't quite pull it off.
Nayatol Nayatol
Extremely well written book about loss, the endless grind of life and the point of it all... Rosa is a very endearing character (intelligent, perceptive, and funny) and her descent into depression and finding her way out of the lost place where she ends up is very touching. For me, Rosa represents going off the deep end of desperation and craziness that we all have felt at one time or another under the strain of loss, rejection, or loneliness, and the appeal of the book is watching Rosa go all they way, an end that many of us are probably tempted to pursue to varying degrees (but usually too practical or cowardly to go to the extreme that she does). Rather than indulging ourselves in our anger or sadness, most of us manage supress our feelings and keep them under wraps in the mundanity of our daily lives.

Qusserel Qusserel
I really didn't like the main protagonist for about the first third of this book but she had me hooked by the end.
I think what really got me was the unflinching view of all the "actors" in this drama and the subtle slide into insanity or at least un-hinged-ness. The uncompromising view of the protagonist and her "friends", lovers and family.