Adverbs

Adverbs

Book - 2006
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Adverbs marks the return of Daniel Handler to adult fictionas he tackles life's most complicated and compelling noun: love. In a seriesof intersecting narratives, Handler crafts a moving and shifting story exploringthe frustrating glory of this most troublesome of emotions.

Two friends, one dying and one lonely; an adolescent's firsthomosexual stirrings for his sister's boyfriend; a doomed, enormouslyinappropriate tryst between a taxi driver and his passenger; a high school crushthat falls painfully short of a movie projected on a grungy screen: Handler'scharacters experience love in all of its dark, triumphant, devastating andsneaky forms. In Adverbs, Daniel Handler reveals to us how the mostuniversal of themes is also the most unknown.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780002007078
000200707X
Branch Call Number: HAN
Characteristics: 272 pages

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 24, 2015

Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, titles each of these 16 interlocking stories with an adverb such as "Obviously" or "Soundly" describing a variant of love. Quirky characters are mixed with absurd humour and observations of contemporary urban life and love.

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mbssmith
Jan 15, 2014

This was an amazing book. It had a very dreamlike quality to it, which I liked. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a collection of essays or short stories, short stories, most likely.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

I'll admit Handler is a creative author whose prose illicits strong images, but this book is not for someone who likes order or resolution. Reading it, your instinct is to figure out a timeline of the actions and how the characters relate to each other, but then Handler tells you straight out in a later chapter that this cannot be done and you just have to take the stories as-is. I don't think I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't dissuade anyone from reading it, either.

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