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IngloriousRosa Lane Is 35, At Dante S Centre Point Of Life, When The Individual Is Meant To Garner Experience And Become Wise So Far She Has Managed Well Enough Without Wisdom She Has Been Obedient To Prevailing S, She Has Worked Hard At Her Decent Job In London And Has Never Troubled The Stream Yet She Is Suddenly Disoriented By Events, Unable To Understand The Death Of Her Mother, Finding The Former Buttresses Of Her Life Her Long Term Relationship, Her Steady Job No Longer Support Her When She Leaves Her Job, And Her Relationship Ends, She Is Thrust Out Into A Great Loneliness She Becomes Acutely Aware Of Tormented By The Details Of The City, The Lives Of Those Around Her, And The Deluge Of Competing Cries.Having Stripped Herself Of Her Former Context, And Become Inexplicable To Her Friends And Family, She Embarks On A Mock Epic Quest For A Sense Of Purpose, For An Answer To The Hoary Old Question Why Live Her Comical Grail Quest Is Fraught With Minor Trials Encounters With Former Friends, Unsympathetic Landladies, Prospective Employers, Theory Mongers, And Denizens Of The Real World Rosa Also Falls Into A State Of Constant Motion, Nervously Treading Around London Yet Her Constant Circumnavigations Of The City Fail To Enlighten Her, And She Escapes From The City To Join Friends In Cumbria This Escape Finally Precipitates The Climax Of The Book, The Greatest Trial, And The Beginnings Of Her Return To Normality, Whatever That Was

[Read] ➶ Inglorious ➳ Joanna Kavenna –
  • Paperback
  • 273 pages
  • Inglorious
  • Joanna Kavenna
  • English
  • 07 August 2017
  • 9780571232611

    10 thoughts on “[Read] ➶ Inglorious ➳ Joanna Kavenna –

  1. says:

    This is an original and intriguing black comedy with roots in existentialist philosophy I can t write a review that does it justice, so instead I will recommend this one by Antonomasia, who recommended the book to me last year the surface and particularly in the early parts, it reads like a simple mid life crisis novel with a feminist spin, but Kavenna is far too serious and philosophical for that to be a fair representation It is just as much about the empty concerns and vacuity of modern life and the impossibility of finding enough time to rationalise it.The story charts the mental disintegration of Rosa, a London journalist in her mid thirties with a comfortable middle class lifestyle and similar friends At the start of the book she resolves to leave her job, partly because she feels she can no longer write coherently, but it becomes clear that the crisis has to do with her mother s death and the decline of her decade long relationship with Liam, who has refused to marry her Liam soon ends the relationship and Rosa moves out of their flat, depending on the charity of friends for somewhere to stay Liam is soon engaged to one of her friends, and so far all of this is classic rom com cliche Rosa s thoughts run to higher things her to do list is repeated and modified at regular intervals and...

  2. says:

    4.5 What a poorly skewed ratings graph this book has on Goodreads But the reviews here and on explain why it s been mis marketed Does that cover look like quite a serious philosophical novel to you Nope, I didn t think so Only this cover suits it People will judge and choose by covers, no matter what old adages say And a lot of the blurbs sound altogether too chicklitty The quotes from the serious press make sense but Smart, funny and warm I think someone sent Elle a Kathy Lette novel in the wrong cover for them to come up with that melted cheese No wonder there are so many reader reviews that seem to be missing the point and often the references in the book, saying it s miserable, or criticising the lack of a shiny happy self helpy conclusion Dropping out of society and being all existentialist is, in art and fiction, historically a male occupation That hadn t bothered me especially as I didn t see it as meaning women couldn t, just that fiction not reality considered them to have different preoccupations, plus I m perfectly capable of identifying with different gendered characters In an interview Jo...

  3. says:

    One of the best books I have read for a long time A thirty something journalist walks out of her job shortly after her mother has died She has also split up with her long term partner as the relationship has decayed over time.She relies on friends and her father to support her as she runs out of money but doesn t have the wherewithal to get another job.She is totally self absorbed as her mental state declines and the question is whether her friends are shabbily turning their b...

  4. says:

    I absolutely hate giving books below three stars, but lord, what did I just read I admire it as a concept woman enters into destitution to find herself express millennial woes I mean, I read an article about this in the Guardian this week, it s a thing, almost seven years later But Kavenna sets herself up to fail it s a novel about being unable to act, being stuck in a mental cycle, and therefore the outside world remains largely inert This would be fine if the minimal tension there is wasn t entirely contingent on the character s finances running out her not having anywhere to live I never believe this is the case not to give much away, but the character has enough money on her to buy an impromptu one way ticket abroad at the end There are no true observations about what it s like to feel poor, or to feel insecure for the first time ever The other characters are simply unbelievable, because their reactions are presumably meant to make Rosa, the lead character, sympathetic The causal relationships between events were never clear That is always the case in real life, but in this novel, it meant that we never have a sense of what s happening in Rosa s material world Maybe that was Kavenna s intention bu...

  5. says:

    The jacket describes this novel as piercingly wise and bitingly funny with a main character who is a triumphant modern heroine I can t think of worse ways to describe this book, which was profoundly depressing The main character, a successful journalist, suffers a sort of mid life crisis after the death ...

  6. says:

    she needed to change her circumstances, but she was lazy and her habits ingrained p12There s just something, like an unseen impediment p69 I feel as if the real world,with its laws of time and space, its economics, politics, and even morality, has dissolved Or I have been detached from it, and have emerged somewhere I m not quite sure where But really it s much better here on the edge It affords quite the best view..p70Rosa, finding herself in desperate circumstances, creates a kind of alter life to conceal her growing alienation from life as she perceives it My empathy for her situation and her methodology was not quite sustainable, perhaps too close to my situation for comfort she lacked willpower She was too lonely and eager.p72She didn t like lying.But the other option being honestwas out of the question p73Then there are her lists, As much as I groaned when confronted with yet another version of Rosas attempts to create ...

  7. says:

    i bought this book on spec largeley because it had a dog on the cover and one of the reviewers said the tone was somewhere between Bridget Jones and Philip Larkin i soon forgot about the dog because this is a brilliant account of someone having a nervous breakdown and driven almost mad and paranoid because she gave up her job , lost her mother and her boyfriend in short succession the Bridget Jones connection comes only because , Rosa whose nervous breakdown is described , is a thirty something single woman living in london , who once had a glamorous job however she never desired Colin Firth and seems to have a very different mind to your average chick lit heroine , not that i would know having never delved beyond the frothy pink covers of a chick lit novel not many chicklitters refer to Robert Musil s Man without Qualities Rosa has a mind like Philip Larkin , minus the dirty old man bits mordaunt and melancholy but a bit less controlled than Larkin After quitting her job as a journalist Rosa quickly discovers how important work is to the majority of people it gives them an identity , a position in a certain strata of society , money of course which helps , and provides a comfort blanket however tatty after all what do you do is probably the second most asked question on first aquaintance , after where do you live people never ask what they really want to know , which is how much do you earn the set pieces in the book are brillian...

  8. says:

    I had high hopes for this book It has a compelling premise a thirty something woman, whose mother has died, walks out of her own life quits her job, breaks up with her boyfriend, and starts couch surfing It seems as though an interesting philosophical journey will unfold But her Bartelby like approach quickly becomes infuriating and annoying Perhaps this is because Rosa s inner dialogues are too repetitive, focused as they are on being broke She isn t likable, with her oh poor me, why doesn t someone give me a break whining, while refusing to actually get a job Bizarrely, a large portion of the plot is devoted to Rosa trying to get her bank to give her a break.Rosa is obsessed with making lists, and this provides a bare structure for the book Kavenna hardly goes anywhere philosophically Rosa lamely cites a few philosophers while going about her pathetic list making There was a missed op...

  9. says:

    This was a profound and quite moving novel which, against all expectations, sustained its intensity right through to the end, never letting up at all It is surely the work of an awesome intellect The story follows Rosa, a journalist who suffers a sort of early mid life crisis following the death of her mother, quits her job and slides into poverty and mental instability Suddenly she is aware of the futility of her own existence, and the fundamental questions of philosophy are suddenly all too important, and prevent her from pulling herself together Though told in the third person, Rosa s voice comes across very clearly, and the enormity of the outside world, as she views it walking through the streets of London, is fascinating viewed through her eyes Not a detail is missed, and it is reminiscent of James Joyce s Ullyses though dare I say it better and enjoyabl...

  10. says:

    SPOILERS Depression, societal shock, emotional shutdown, and psychological grief are popular subjects in fiction and can be written about well When they are, it makes the reader feel spiritually cleansed and psychologically reborn When it is not done well, the reader wishes to slap the protagonist and scream at him or her When it is done horribly, the reader has his or her own break down and wishes to kill him or herself rather than finish one sentence in the story Unfortunately, Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna is one of these novels One of the rare good things about the novel is that Kavenna has a really good style of writing, good voice, and strong use of wit Many passages are quite beautiful or thought provoking For example, while Rosa is riding on a bus, the narration follows, There was a sign pointing left, saying EQUAL PEOPLE So that s where they live, Rosa thought 54 Using a sarcastic thought to a common street sign meaning something else entirely, it is easy to tell that Kavenna knows her craft of writing very well That being said, she obviously was not taught about the importance of plot The novel starts off with the clich d though catchy start of a woman named Rosa who has lost all meaning in her life She abruptly quits her job as a journalist and walks out the door to find herself using the philosophies though t...

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