Outline

Outline

A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the sto A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain ...

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Title:Outline
Author:Rachel Cusk
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Number of Pages:249 pages pages

Outline Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 03, 2019

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

  • Lee
    Jun 02, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

    ok be?endim. ?imdi yazar?n ayn? karaktere yazd??? ikinci kitap gei??e ba?layaca??m. atina?ya yarat?c? yazarl?k dersi vermeye giden faye?in uakta yan koltukta tan??t??? adamla ba?l?yor roman. tan?d?klar?, tan??t?klar?, ?rencileri hep bir ?eyl...

    Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall. This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student. Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013-2014. I stopped reading i...

    Update, 4/25/18: I'm rereading Cusk's first two volumes of her trilogy in eager anticipation of concluding it with a recently received ARC of Kudos, the final volume. Oddly enough, this time I had no such problem (as with the initial time) getting into the book - in fact I read the fir...

    Rachel Cusk j escreveu nove romances, mas s agora conheci o trabalho da autora com o primeiro livro de uma trilogia recentemente lanado pela Quetzal. Em 2003 foi escolhida pela Granta como uma das melhores jovens romancistas. Na altura tinha apenas 37 anos. Recebeu com este...

    Na badana e contracapa desta edio, existem algumas daquelas frases jornalsticas que tentam um leitor a comprar o livro. No foi bem o meu caso, que j me defendo deste tipo de aliciamento - e tambm porque o "pobre" tem no Goodreads um rating de 3.44. Mas ofereceram-mo e h q...

    Seemed too soft for me at first, kept thinking it was pillowy, aerated, possibly thanks to the large type and space between lines and comfortable margins of the paperback I read. It's probably a 165-page double-spaced manuscript at most, formatted to 249 easily turned pages, a good ide...

  • Beth
    Feb 24, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

  • Blair
    Oct 02, 2014

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

  • Teresa
    May 21, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

  • Elyse Walters
    Aug 20, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

  • Julie Christine
    Dec 03, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

  • Trish
    Aug 10, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Mar 16, 2014

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

  • Justin Evans
    Mar 14, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

  • Kalliope
    Feb 03, 2019

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

  • Violet wells
    May 05, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

  • Joachim Stoop
    Oct 06, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

  • Joseph Burgess
    Jan 29, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

  • Claudia
    Jun 14, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

    ok be?endim. ?imdi yazar?n ayn? karaktere yazd??? ikinci kitap gei??e ba?layaca??m. atina?ya yarat?c? yazarl?k dersi vermeye giden faye?in uakta yan koltukta tan??t??? adamla ba?l?yor roman. tan?d?klar?, tan??t?klar?, ?rencileri hep bir ?eyl...

    Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall. This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student. Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013-2014. I stopped reading i...

    Update, 4/25/18: I'm rereading Cusk's first two volumes of her trilogy in eager anticipation of concluding it with a recently received ARC of Kudos, the final volume. Oddly enough, this time I had no such problem (as with the initial time) getting into the book - in fact I read the fir...

    Rachel Cusk j escreveu nove romances, mas s agora conheci o trabalho da autora com o primeiro livro de uma trilogia recentemente lanado pela Quetzal. Em 2003 foi escolhida pela Granta como uma das melhores jovens romancistas. Na altura tinha apenas 37 anos. Recebeu com este...

  • Fionnuala
    Jan 16, 2019

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

  • Rebecca
    Apr 29, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

  • Teresa
    Aug 31, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

    ok be?endim. ?imdi yazar?n ayn? karaktere yazd??? ikinci kitap gei??e ba?layaca??m. atina?ya yarat?c? yazarl?k dersi vermeye giden faye?in uakta yan koltukta tan??t??? adamla ba?l?yor roman. tan?d?klar?, tan??t?klar?, ?rencileri hep bir ?eyl...

    Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall. This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student. Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013-2014. I stopped reading i...

    Update, 4/25/18: I'm rereading Cusk's first two volumes of her trilogy in eager anticipation of concluding it with a recently received ARC of Kudos, the final volume. Oddly enough, this time I had no such problem (as with the initial time) getting into the book - in fact I read the fir...

    Rachel Cusk j escreveu nove romances, mas s agora conheci o trabalho da autora com o primeiro livro de uma trilogia recentemente lanado pela Quetzal. Em 2003 foi escolhida pela Granta como uma das melhores jovens romancistas. Na altura tinha apenas 37 anos. Recebeu com este...

    Na badana e contracapa desta edio, existem algumas daquelas frases jornalsticas que tentam um leitor a comprar o livro. No foi bem o meu caso, que j me defendo deste tipo de aliciamento - e tambm porque o "pobre" tem no Goodreads um rating de 3.44. Mas ofereceram-mo e h q...

  • Diane Barnes
    Mar 27, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

  • Orsodimondo
    Oct 23, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

  • Brian
    Jan 11, 2015

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

    ok be?endim. ?imdi yazar?n ayn? karaktere yazd??? ikinci kitap gei??e ba?layaca??m. atina?ya yarat?c? yazarl?k dersi vermeye giden faye?in uakta yan koltukta tan??t??? adamla ba?l?yor roman. tan?d?klar?, tan??t?klar?, ?rencileri hep bir ?eyl...

    Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall. This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student. Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013-2014. I stopped reading i...

  • Jaidee
    Mar 24, 2016

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

  • SCARABOOKS
    Sep 25, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

  • Patrizia
    Oct 22, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

  • Doug
    Nov 03, 2016

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

    ok be?endim. ?imdi yazar?n ayn? karaktere yazd??? ikinci kitap gei??e ba?layaca??m. atina?ya yarat?c? yazarl?k dersi vermeye giden faye?in uakta yan koltukta tan??t??? adamla ba?l?yor roman. tan?d?klar?, tan??t?klar?, ?rencileri hep bir ?eyl...

    Like watching paint dry without the action of having paint run down the wall. This felt like reading a languid MFA paper by the precocious pet student. Forced to read this because Paris Review in its infinite wisdom published the novel over four issues in 2013-2014. I stopped reading i...

    Update, 4/25/18: I'm rereading Cusk's first two volumes of her trilogy in eager anticipation of concluding it with a recently received ARC of Kudos, the final volume. Oddly enough, this time I had no such problem (as with the initial time) getting into the book - in fact I read the fir...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Jan 06, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

  • Roger Brunyate
    Aug 08, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

  • Banushka
    Jul 26, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

    Scrittrice nobilmente referenziata. Ero curioso. Parziale delusione. Cominiciamo dal titolo italiano (in originale ?Outline?): una volta tanto, mi pare azzeccato. Il tono proprio quello: un resoconto. Puntuale (aderente al punto), fino al didascalismo. E potrebbe tendere ad...

    ok be?endim. ?imdi yazar?n ayn? karaktere yazd??? ikinci kitap gei??e ba?layaca??m. atina?ya yarat?c? yazarl?k dersi vermeye giden faye?in uakta yan koltukta tan??t??? adamla ba?l?yor roman. tan?d?klar?, tan??t?klar?, ?rencileri hep bir ?eyl...

  • Roman Clodia
    Dec 19, 2018

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...

    The third volume of the trilogy of which Outline is first is what introduced me to Cusk. I am kind of astonished I?ve not been badgered about her constantly?she is so funny, so illuminating, so exacting. My enthusiasm for Kudos prompted GR friends to insist I read the three-books-i...

    3.5 I?ve been reading a lot of late-19th-century writing and something told me to take at least a short break, so I requested this from the library. While its prose is intelligent and impressive, I thought of abandoning the book early on. Eventually the structure, which is its mai...

    Extraordinary - review to come tomorrow. ------------------------------------ In Book 3 of his Metamorphoses, Ovid retells the stories of Narcissus and Echo (joined for the first time, I think, by Ovid) and it was this dual story that kept pulsing through my mind while reading Outl...

  • Frona
    May 20, 2017

    Damn you, Rachel Cusk. This book was absolutely infuriating. As I was reading it, I kept telling myself that I hated it. And so, I burned through it in a a little more than 24 hours. It bears little resemblance to any other novel I've ever read. The characters seem vague and unformed, ...

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel. In other words it is indeed an outline, an outline for a work that it still shadowy in the writer?s mind. Cusk interviews her potential characters and lets them tell her emotional...

    UN MODO DIVERSO DI STARE AL MONDO Quale magnifica lettura mi ha donato Rachel Cusk! Un libro perfettamente naturale, che non mostra n gli ingranaggi della teoria n lo sforzo di essere contemporaneo e che finisce per essere un libro molto contemporaneo e non estraneo alla teoria....

    In Outline, a writer named Faye (perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself) travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop. Along the way, she engages in conversations with several people--her seatmate on the plane, other teachers and students in the workshop, friends she mee...

    While I'm reading a book, I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it. This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day...

    The protagonist is a British novelist, who goes to Greece for one week, to teach creative writing. She, *Faye*, is divorced, and has 2 sons who stayed back in London. That?s about all we know of her for awhile. Actually we never learned her name until late in the book. We are slowly...

    5 ?pristine, refreshing, clear? stars. 2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie) I am a man that resides in the world of emotion. They are here with me always and are always acute, not in the background. Emotions often make me soar to the heavens or shiver in delight, b...

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original. Contraluz, that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is something like 'against the light' fitted better this novel in which an...

    To call this a novel would seem to restrict it to a convention of style, to set up expectations of narrative rhythm and form. Outline, so aptly named, is a sketchbook of lives, charcoal drawings of souls captured in profile. The book is series of conversations delivered with a twang...

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get. Then, one fateful year, everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover, read it in a day, and was completely flummoxed. The book was garbage. What to mak...

    Rachel Cusk is obviously a writer of tremendous talent, and "Outline" doesn't hide her skills. But I found this book to be lacking. The premise, on its face, is interesting: a series of conversations the narrator has with people she meets on her week in Athens that helps show the wi...

    Like many others of my Goodreads friends, I re-read just ahead of the publication of the concluding book of the trilogy which this book commenced. My original review of this and the second volume Transit is below ? on this reading I enjoyed finding quotes which summarised for me eith...

    I read the first 66 pages before setting this aside. I didn?t dislike the writing; I even found it quite profound in places, but there?s not enough story to peg such philosophical depth on. This makes it the very opposite of unputdownable. Last year I read the first few pages of Cu...

    This is a difficult book to review because of its strange nature. Not really a novel in terms of plot (there really isn't one), it is instead an account of conversations with others, mostly strangers, involving a recently divorced mother of two sons who has come to Athens for a few day...

    Rather 4,25. Phew, this is something else! There is some of the best writing in it, but because of the lack of story AND abundancy of stories it was a tough read. There is at the same time nothing and too much going on. It is a rather new and fresh take on storytelling (altough it r...

    Nothing much really happens in Outline. A writer, Faye, goes to Athens to teach an English-language writing workshop. She befriends the man sitting next to her on the plane, who tells her of his failed marriages. The stories Faye hears - from this man, from her co-teacher, from her stu...

    Hardly anything happens in this book but I really enjoyed reading the conversations and insights about life and connection, and the setting is pretty great too. Some of those are marked from the Kindle version I read. It's funny, I saw a review for this in Publishers Weekly back in ...

    Antimatter He was describing, in other words, what she herself was not: in everything he said about himself, she found in her own nature a corresponding negative. This anti-description, for want of a better way of putting it, had made something clear to her by a reverse kind of e...

    Una voce narrante ci regala momenti di una settimana trascorsa ad Atene. Di lei sappiamo che divorziata, ha due figli e parte da Londra per insegnare scrittura creativa. Nessuna indicazione sul suo aspetto fisico, appena qualche squarcio della sua vita privata, il nome, Faye, nell?...

    To live as a detection device in the middle of a busy street is a legitimate choice - and a tempting one to make. To observe the world as it leisurely unfolds without your interference means to avoid the difficulties of constant selection. If you are just a passive receiver, all bits o...