Transit

A Novel

    • 3.3 • 15 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

The stunning new novel from the author of Outline, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year

In the wake of family collapse, a writer moves to London with her two young sons. 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 novel 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 novel, 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2017
January 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins Publishers
SELLER
Harper Collins Canada Limited
SIZE
772.6
KB

Customer Reviews

Stolich ,

I want to love this book...

...but while I absolutely love her prose, there's something self-indulgent about how it meanders from one detailed description of a personal interaction to another. It might not be autobiographical, but it feels that way and unfortunately also as if the most interesting bits have been edited out. There's a lot of philosophical musing embedded in each of these moments - it's as if you could spend hours meditating or debating the axioms she has her characters describe - but ultimately the narrative is lost for me. It's like an unsuccessful Spike Lee joint - beautiful, deep, and somewhat dark, it doesn't seem to justify itself - and sometimes you wonder why you were even invited in to observe.

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