[[ Prime ]] The End of the StoryAuthor Lydia Davis – Sharkmotorcyclehelmets.co.uk

10 thoughts on “The End of the Story

  1. says:

    There is some kind of style in this book that made me like it That style is strange and I did not know how Davis was able to walk away with it 1 No plot 2 No dialogues 3 Started the 1st person narration unreliable with the ending of the story 4 Time period went back and forth with no pattern 5 Unnecessary characters, events, musingsIt s an endless recollection of the unnamed narration s failed love story with a man 12 years her senior The narrator is a college literature professor and a translator Her boyfriend is a jobless young man, penniless and dabbles in writing poetry Both of them are trying to write their first books They live together, they probably are having sex Although Davis chose not to mention sex she also did not mention I carefully waited for this while reading love That is a unusual strange feat she was able to write a book about her love story without mentioning sex and even love Point this book is emotionally cunning It talks about love yet it is not mushy not even sentimental Is that possible Yes, you have to read between the lines and interpret what the characters are doing and probably bring in your own stories of failed love affairs and you will know what I am trying to say here.This is not for everyone though as the narration goes on and on If you don t pay attention to what she is saying, you ll say that all her blubbering is rubbish It is like listening to an old friend Hey, we don t listen to everything that our friends say, right They are friends but sometimes they talk rubbish too Well, as I was saying, let s say you had a friend in high school that you accidentally bumped with one afternoon You decided to go to a caf and catch up with each other s lives You asked how she was She said okay Then you remembered that she used to date another friend back during the time you all were in high school She said that her relationship with him did not work out You asked why Then she started to tell you everything about it Will you listen Are you interested If that friend was Lydia Davis, I would 239 pages of brilliant writing She, Lydia Davis was the first wife of Sir Paul Auster And this failed love seems to be their love story.

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    One of the few books I come back to over and over again I have never read anything quite like this nearly plotless, dialogue less book detailing the slow decline of a relationship The tone is hauntingly lonely and there is never a question about where the narrative is headed, but the observations are so smart and the sentences so well crafted that I highly recommend this book to those interested in reading about the small nuances of desperate, yet honest love.

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    Fuck That s really all I can say.

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    1.5 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti, you re bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story, her first novel, made available to our library system s e book exchange to see what the hoopla was all about Delight turned to unalleviated boredom rather quickly, followed by utter exasperation with the realization at about page 40 that it never was going to get any better It s further frustrating that many GR folks found beauty in this, when all I could find was an excuse to keep my Extra Strength Tylenol nearby This was one painful slog disguised as art Its 240 page entirety is devoted to the first person obsessions of a 35 year old woman obsessing over every single micrometer, ngstrom, tissue thin sense memory of a failed relationship with a man really, barely older than a kid twelve years younger than her That s it Just a.part time university professor translator aspiring novelist perhaps not unlike, um, Lydia Davis exhausting every detail of what really amounted to little than an ill advised fling Worse yet, it s obsession times two, because not only does she obsess about the relationship, she feels the need to write a novel about the experience Yeah, okay, we ve all chalked up a crummy relationship or two in our dating CV, but few of us feel the urgency to dissect the experience, then novelize the attempt to write the novel Allow me to share with you a snippet of this, not of the protagonist s recalling the relationship which is plenty bad enough , but of her describing the process of sorting through the memories to write the novel But at other times I am really confused and uncomfortable For instance I am trying to separate out a few pages to add to the novel and I want to put them together in one box, but I m not sure how to label the box I would like to write on it MATERIAL READY TO BE USED, but if I do that it may bring me bad luck, because the material may not really be ready I thought of adding parentheses and writing MATERIAL READY TO BE USED, but the word ready was still too strong despite the parenthesis I thought of throwing in a question mark so that it read MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the question mark immediately introduced doubt than I could stand The best possibility may be MATERIAL TO BE USED, which does not go far as to say that it is ready but only that in some form it will be used, though it does not have to be used, even if it is good enough to use This is just her thought process in compiling the material for this failed relationship a relationship, by her very admission, she had no business being in This to me is just a protracted, pointless exercise in nothingness It s not an achingingly poignant, artistic exposition into the mind of a woman in a failed relationship This is a few rungs above gibberish Maybe Ms Davis style of writing works better in short story format, but in a 240 page plot less novel, it escapes me how this was even published Just recalling this dreck brought my headache screaming back I was gonna round up thanks to some really odd non sequitur dream recollections toward the end that made me chuckle, but nah.

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    Minimalist Fiction and Self AwarenessDavis s minimalist voice which I find myself mimicking in this review, always a sign of a style s power to inhabit the imagination and control the pen is not at all the usual minimalism This novel is life with its content subtracted away It s about a love affair, but we are scarcely told anything about what either person looks like We hear, in passing, that the narrator likes to identify species of grass and spiders, but we aren t given any names of grasses or spiders She falls in love with a man, but we have no idea what kind of person he is They are both attached to a university, but we hear next to nothing about what they study or teach She is a translator of French, but there is no French in the book That is especially unusual think of other Francophiles, like Wallace Stevens or John Ashbery, who can t help thinking through French Nothing has content, everything is told as her recollections of actions and places In this contentless and abstract world the writer s voice is all we have We listen as she wonders whether her memories are correct, and admits that some art not We hear her descriptions of her own behavior, always written as if she were at some remove from them When she is suffering most acutely from the absence of the man she fell in love with, we hear that she seems to see herself from a distance That is the book s strangest moment We have always seen her from a distance What kind of narrator could construct a novel so impeccably abstracted from the proper names and the direct emotions of life, and then say that, in her memory, she was only abstracted in that way during a short period of grief The book is psychologically unusual deeply sympathetic, sad, and detached, but also, at the same time, entirely perverse and because of that perversity incomprehensible The book is, in its own way, a masterpiece.Note, added in winter 2017 Some years after I wrote this, I visited Davis at her farmhouse It was after the publication of Cows, and she was increasingly central to American writing I wonder about the effect all that might have on the carelessness of the minimalism in this book, which seems sometimes untended The recent work has been aware of its subtractions, faced outward toward an audience that already expects certain kinds of reticence and abbreviation, curated and wary of preciousness I wonder, then, if Davis s work suggests two ways to be minimalist the first, commoner kind, in which an author knows she is performing minimalist gestures and the second, rarer and interesting kind, in which an author is growing into awareness of her minimalisms.

  8. says:

    Senryu Review Supreme break up bookin stark self aware prose trumpsall night make up sex.

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    I always cry at endings.This is the way in which we learn to let go while holding on.Because when loss lessens us to the point that love s lessons leave us spent, less is Sometimes it takes a certain sort of numbness time, work, drugs, sleep, food to know how to begin to feel again.Because there are parts of the heart which are always crying and that is the fountain of compassion Sold this book because I thought some other thing would take my mind off of that which this book elapses Didn t really work It seems that moving on means actually processing emotional trauma not reliving one s memories but rather recollecting the reasons for one s actions and analyzing suppositions as to the reasons for the other then ultimately coming to terms with being unable to know in full what the other was thinking, to only know the outer signs what was said and done and fun and not and what is remembered and what is not to wish that other well and all the best and try to forget what pain may remain not filing it away as easily as one does junk mail This sparse account is Davis s own way of coming to terms with the sorrow of parting.

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Mislabeled Boxes, Problems With Visiting Nurses, Confusing Notes, An Outing To The County Fair Such Are The Obstacles In The Way Of The Unnamed Narrator Of The End Of The Story As She Attempts To Organize Her Memories Of A Love Affair Into A Novel With Compassion, Wit, And What Appears To Be Candor She Seeks To Determine What She Actually Knows About Herself And Her Past, But We Begin To Suspect, Along With Her, That Given The Elusiveness Of Memory And Understanding, Any Tale Retrieved From The Past Must Be Fiction

  • Paperback
  • 231 pages
  • The End of the Story
  • Lydia Davis
  • English
  • 20 June 2018
  • 9780312423711

About the Author: Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis, acclaimed fiction writer and translator, is famous in literary circles for her extremely brief and brilliantly inventive short stories In fall 2003 she received one of 25 MacArthur Foundation Genius awards In granting the award the MacArthur Foundation praised Davis s work for showing how language itself can entertain, how all that what one word says, and leaves unsaid, can hold