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The FriendLibrarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereA moving story of love friendship grief healing and the magical bond between a woman and her dogWhen a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind Her own battle a. despite my joy over twinkle lights and tiny notebooks etc i was apprehensive when i got this book in my uarterly literary fiction box from pagehabit let’s just say this isn’t a good time of year for me to be reading books about suicide OR books where beloved animals might die but this isn’t a tearjerker by any means for a book about grief it’s almost entirely cerebral and most of the emotional responses to death are centered in the behavior of the dog whose master has just diedit’s somewhere in between a letter and a novel without being shaped like either a series of loosely connected stream of consciousness musings written in second person where the “you” is not the reader but the narrator’s recently deceased longtime friend and mentor whose unexpected suicide left behind a widow two ex wives a career’s worth of students and readers the narrator herself and a 180 pound great dane named apollo apollo is or less foisted upon the narrator by wife three despite her enviably rent stabilized manhattan apartment’s “no dogs” policy and they build a companionship upon their shared loss the narrator is also a writing teacher and this book feels like a writing assignment write a book about the grieving process without being emotionally manipulative without any named human characters without a traditional plot or narrative structure also name drop uote and reference at least fifty writers per chapter the result is unusual; grief manifesting in a clinical detached way freuently as physical symptoms of emotional distress but ironically it’s this self consciously strict refusal to commit to or indulge any emotional response on paper that makes the pain stand out that much ; the control and the effort that control must reuire a lot of the novel is about writing in general and about writing as therapy it’s a recurring theme in a book in which recurrence itself is a theme there’s always than one thing going on in any given passage something harkening back to or presaging another passage it’s all very intricate while giving the illusion it’s unconcerned with structure a sample pageA friend of mine who is working on a memoir says I hate the idea of writing as some kind of catharsis because it seems like that can’t possibly produce a good bookYou cannot hope to console yourself for your grief by writing warns Natalia GinzburgTurn then to Isak Denisen who believed that you could make any sorrow bearable by putting it into a story or telling a story about it I suppose that I did for myself what psychoanalysts do for their patients I expressed some very long felt and deeply felt emotion And in expressing it I explained it and then laid it to rest Woolf is talking about writing about her mother thoughts of whom had obsessed her between the ages of thirteen her age when her mother died and forty four when in a great apparently involuntary rush she wrote To the Lighthouse After which the obsession ceased I no longer hear her voice; I do not see her Does the effectiveness of catharsis depend on the uality of the writing And if a person finds catharsis by writing a book does it matter whether or not the book is any goodMy friend is also writing about her motherWriters love uoting Milosz When a writer is born into a family the family is finishedAfter I put my mother in a novel she never forgave meRather than say Toni Morrison who called basing a character on a real person an infringement of copyright A person owns his life she says It’s not for another to use it for fictionthere are some absolutely gorgeous moments in this book some excellent lines and inspired observations and unexpected connections but that’s what it left me with i felt like i had experienced several small lovely moments without having read something complete i’m not able to articulate it with any precision right now but it’s something like this book pleased me on an analytic level without allowing me any immersive pleasure but that it also it kind of felt like when i used to have seizures there’d be a sensation of time passing punctuated by flashes of clarity but no sense or understanding of the event as a whole TLDR i liked it but i didn’t love italthough look how cute it is under the hoodREVIEW TO COME my new uarterly literary fiction box from pagehabit has arrivedoh man i have a LOT of catching up to do but what fun it will be to do socome to my blog

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Free download The Friend 105 ✓ ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☆ The Friend Author Sigrid Nunez – Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereA moving story of love friendship grief healing and the magical bond between a woman and her dogWhen a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelon Librarian's note An alternate cover Separated from the dog except for brief periods of time Isolated from the rest of the world increasingly obsessed with the dog's care determined to read its mind and fathom its heart she comes dangerously close to unraveling But while troubles abound rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Update Bumping my rating down to 2 stars The I think about it the I don't think the author's intentions were executed well This book was a miss for me but I’ve decided not to rate this 2 stars since I think that’s just a matter of my personal preference rather than the objective uality of the book It’s less of a story and a string of musings about literature life and death and how interconnected they can be The book aims to be thought provoking but I did not feel moved or attached to the writing despite my adoration for dogs and penchant for overthinking I think the book has a very niche audience that just isn’t for me

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Gainst grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master and by the threat of eviction dogs are prohibited in her apartment buildingWhile others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking the woman refuses to be. Update This made the 2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction good choiceThis was an awesome doggie good AudiobookRead byHillary HuberIt’s dry it’s sly it’s never dull It’s also uite beautiful and touching It’s about a friend a man a suicide a dog Apollo and 3 wivesIt takes place in New York with writers and writing seminarsThere’s no escaping sadness loss grief and death but if you love dogs and literature with great dialoguerecognize a fabulous voice narrator when you hear one this is a wonderful choiceSlip this book in between a tragic WWII book or a Political American non fiction frightening book Love the uniueness this book is