[PDF/EBOOK] The End of the Story AUTHOR Lydia Davis

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  1. says:

    There is some kind of style in this book that made me like it That style is strange and I did not know how Davis was able to walk away with it1 No plot2 No dialogues3 Started the 1st person narration unreliable with the ending of the story4 Time period went back and forth with no pattern5 Unnecessary characters events musingsIt’s an endles

  2. says:

    Fuck That's really all I can say

  3. says:

    15 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti you're bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis' short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story her first novel made available to our library system's e book exchange to s

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    One of the few books I come back to over and over again I have never read anything uite like this nearly plotless dialogue less book detailing the slow decline of a relationship The tone is hauntingly lonely and there is never a uestion about where the narrative is headed but the observations are so smart and the sentences so well crafted that I highly recommend this book to those interested in reading about th

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    Minimalist Fiction and Self AwarenessDavis's minimalist voice which I find myself mimicking in this review always a sign of a style's power to inhabit the imagination and control the pen is not at all the usual minimalism This novel is life with its content subtracted away It's about a love affair but we are scarcely told anything about what either person looks like We hear in passing that the narrator likes to identify

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    I always cry at endingsThis is the way in which we learn to let go while holding onBecause when loss lessens us to the point that lov

  7. says:

    Senryu ReviewSupreme break up bookin stark self aware prose trumpsall night make up sex

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    I made it than half way through this basic retread of some short stories Lydia Davis has previously written and published Seems she writes a bit here and there about a boy and her relationship and perhaps a bit about a girl and her relationship and sometimes about both of them and her relationship with them all and by the time I get to where I am I am so tired and too tired of reading this boring tale of nothing Ray Johnson the artist whos

  9. says:

    How much do I adore Lydia Davis? I like her writing because no one is able to categorize it Sometimes a work of hers that appears in

  10. says:

    It seems like every sentence in this book was carefully constructed to convey the maximum amount of sadness any pe

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Mislabeled boxes problems with visiting nurses confusing notes an outing to the county fair such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the St. 15 starsRub enough elbows with the literary cognoscenti you re bound to hear glowing praise about Lydia Davis short stories I was delighted to see The End of the Story her first novel made available to our library system s e book exchange to see what the hoopla was all about Delight turned to unalleviated boredom rather uickly followed by utter exasperation with the realization at about page 40 that it never was going to get any better It s further frustrating that many GR folks found beauty in this when all I could find was an excuse to keep my Extra Strength Tylenol nearby This was one painful slog disguised as art Its 240 page entirety is devoted to the first person obsessions of a 35 year old woman obsessing over every single micrometer ngstrom tissue thin sense memory of a failed relationship with a man really barely older than a kid twelve years younger than her That s it Just apart time university professortranslatoraspiring novelist perhaps not unlike um Lydia Davis exhausting every detail of what really amounted to little than an ill advised fling Worse yet it s obsession times two because not only does she obsess about the relationship she feels the need to write a novel about the experience Yeah okay we ve all chalked up a crummy relationship or two in our dating CV but few of us feel the urgency to dissect the experience then novelize the attempt to write the novel Allow me to share with you a snippet of this not of the protagonist s recalling the relationship which is plenty bad enough but of her describing the process of sorting through the memories to write the novel But at other times I am really confused and uncomfortable For instance I am trying to separate out a few pages to add to the novel and I want to put them together in one box but I m not sure how to label the box I would like to write on it MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but if I do that it may bring me bad luck because the material may not really be ready I thought of adding parentheses and writing MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the word ready was still too strong despite the parenthesis I thought of throwing in a uestion mark so that it read MATERIAL READY TO BE USED but the uestion mark immediately introduced doubt than I could stand The best possibility may be MATERIAL TO BE USED which does not go far as to say that it is ready but only that in some form it will be used though it does not have to be used even if it is good enough to useThis is just her thought process in compiling the material for this failed relationship a relationship by her very admission she had no business being in This to me is just a protracted pointless exercise in nothingness It s not an achingingly poignant artistic exposition into the mind of a woman in a failed relationship This is a few rungs above gibberish Maybe Ms Davis style of writing works better in short story format but in a 240 page plot less novel it escapes me how this was even publishedJust recalling this dreck brought my headache screaming back I was gonna round up thanks to some really odd non seuitur dream recollections toward the end that made me chuckle but nah

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The End of the Story

Ory as she attempts to organize her memories of a love affair into a novel With compassion wit and what appears to be candor she seeks to determine what she actually know. I always cry at endingsThis is the way in which we learn to let go while holding onBecause when loss lessens us to the point that love s lessons leave us spent less is Sometimes it takes a certain sort of numbness time work drugs sleep food to know how to begin to feel againBecause there are parts of the heart which are always crying and that is the fountain of compassion Sold this book because I thought some other thing would take my mind off of that which this book elapses Didn t really work It seems that moving on means actually processing emotional trauma not reliving one s memories but rather recollecting the reasons for one s actions and analyzing suppositions as to the reasons for the other then ultimately coming to terms with being unable to know in full what the other was thinking to only know the outer signs what was said and done and fun and not and what is remembered and what is not to wish that other well and all the best and try to forget what pain may remain not filing it away as easily as one does junk mail This sparse account is Davis s own way of coming to terms with the sorrow of parting

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S about herself and her past but we begin to suspect along with her that given the elusiveness of memory and understanding any tale retrieved from the past must be fictio. How much do I adore Lydia Davis I like her writing because no one is able to categorize it Sometimes a work of hers that appears in a prose magazine will also appear in a poetry magazine the same exact piece of writing I love that Some libraries list her stuff as personal essays while others have it in the fiction section The End Of The Story is definitely a novel I know that because the narrator keeps referring to what she s writing as a novel and the novel she s writing is the novel I was reading It s fabulous because it s metafiction as well as seemingly semi autobiographical as well as fiction Additionally it s not in order The time frame skips around fast fowarding and then backtracking and then retelling the same part but with different information still from the same point of view It works so well because the main goal which is also the main conflict is trying to find out exactly where a story ends meaning how to finish a novel about a relationship meaning how to find closure from a relationship I ve read Davis before so I m used to her circular style that is sometimes confusing I go along with it gliding through each passage trying to keep characters straight in my mind When I first started reading this book in particular I thought I d read it before because the narrator talks about a poem she s received in the mail from an ex that she needs to translate into English and the ex hasn t included anything else in the envelope Then I realized that I hadn t read this book before but I did read a snippet from Break It Down that has a similar concept I think that she may have stolen from herself or took that short and turned it into something I followed the storyline and it moved away from the short story and developed and then regressedThen towards the end it hit me The aha moment All her books have them Finally I got giddy and couldn t put the book down Oh This is where she was going with it Of course I didn t say that out loud but I thought it Then again I still had a fever so I could have yelled it out loud and not realized it My aha moment wasn t for the book alone but for all the relationships I ve had too I figured them out all at onceThe point here is that reading The End Of The Story is exactly the kind of reading experience I expect to have when I read Lydia Davis s works They leave me panting from a vigorous mental workout