Transit

Transit

Book - 2017 | First Canadian edition.
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In the wake of family collapse, a novelist moves to London with her two young sons. As she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children, she encounters a number of transitions--personal, moral, artistic, practical, and is made to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443456029
9781443447126
1443447129
Branch Call Number: CUS
Characteristics: 260 pages

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lukasevansherman
Jan 17, 2019

"It was possible, I had realised, to resist evil, but in doing so you acted alone. You stood or fell as an individual."
The second novel in Rachel Cusk's "Outline" trilogy. I don't much about Cusk, other than she's British and writes really good books, but I've really liked the two books I've read of hers. It's not very plot driven, as some have noted, but neither is life. Cusk has a very subtle, very precise style that is the opposite of so much lazy modern prose, and has a lot of insights, which sounds corny, but it's not when you read it. This review sucks, but this book is great. Followed by "Kudos."
New Yorker interview: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/i-dont-think-character-exists-anymore-a-conversation-with-rachel-cusk

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Jane_Sm
May 16, 2018

An intelligent and insightful writer, but I found her prose style dense and unapproachable. Perhaps more appropriate for winter reading than springtime!

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harrissusanc
Aug 23, 2017

A woman looking to settle in London runs into her ex and tries to adjust to new surroundings. Couldn't put the first hundred pages down, and then Cusk drops the thread. More novel like than the first, will the last in the trilogy follow suite?

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pipersage
Aug 15, 2017

Found this tedious, maybe for lack of a plotline. It felt like the author was just narrating events in one person's day. Relieved when it was over.

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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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Candaceb108
Feb 22, 2017

Rachel Cusk is an interesting read. Much has been written about her 'plotless' style. I disagree, there's plot, it's just not typical. If you like books that make you think, probably if you are analytical, you will like her writing. I did.

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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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