Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax.In this conclusion to her groundbreaking trilogy, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, justice and love, and the ultimate value of suffering. She is without question one of our most important living writers....
|Title||:||Kudos (Outline #3)|
|Number of Pages||:||402 pages|
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Kudos (Outline #3) Reviews
There are books that you get and books that you don't. But starting with Book 3 of 3 was probably not the smartest way to help me understand this book. I felt like I have just endured the longest conversations with people I don't know, am not invested in and quite frankly didn't give a damn about. The protagonist is an author, she flies out to another country for a literary conference. The guy next to her on the plane basically does not shut up the whole time. When she lands, I am not sure where ...more
Wow. What power this author has. I’d not read anything by Cusk before this, though part of her trilogy had been noted on my to-read list. She is another thoroughly unique and powerful Canadian voice now hailing from the British Isles. What about that last scene? Is that a statement completely in tune with the state of the world today? Or not?
I cannot speak to what the book means in the larger trilogy, and can’t even speak to what this book means outside of the trilogy. It is just a fantastic rea ...more
I loved the first two books of this trilogy, Outline and Transit. Kudos was different for me, there seemed to be much less of the narrator, the various others' monologues completely drowning her and the novel. I tired of this technique. While there were brilliant patches, the overall effect was a bit numbing--and disappointing.
Tournament of Books, Summer 2018
Kudos is the ultimate book in Rachel Cusk's Outline trilogy. It follows a middle-aged female author as she travels to a writers conference. The book is neither plot driven nor an in depth character analysis of one persona. Instead the characters flit in and out as they cross paths with Faye. Some remain nameless as the omniscient narrator recalls conversations about the human experience including the creative process, the definition of freedom, and the costs of th ...more
The third volume of a trilogy, this novel is as wonderful as it is difficult to describe. There is more beauty in this volume, but also a couple of sequences that I found below an incredibly high average. This is the most literary novel, because the narrator is at a literary event, but the literariness is comically undermined again and again by individuals’ desire to tell the narrator stories rather than learn about the narrator’s fiction writing. This is also the most humorous of the three.
In a ...more
This is my sixth Cusk novel, and completes the Outline ‘trilogy’
I have been enthusiastic enough about Rachel Cusk’s writing to greet a new release as an exciting prospect; furthermore many respected Goodreads friends rate Cusk very highly.
That said,I was starting to have some doubts when I read Transit
I didn’t enjoy Kudos one little bit, and my sense of foreboding set in early.
"He wore new-looking leather shoes on his feet”(3)
Where else would he wear his new (looking)leather shoes?!
Kudos is mad ...more
It happens less frequently than I’d like that I read a book and am impressed with how unique it is. Her writing is beautiful and complex. I wish, however, that I could have read all three at one time because I think I would have enjoyed it even more.