Praise for Pond
"What Bennett aims at is nothing short of a re-enchantment of the world. ... This is a truly stunning debut, beautifully written and profoundly witty." – The Guardian
“A beautiful, lasting book that privileges modes of human experience that are so often undervalued, if they are acknowledged at all: neither formative encounters nor outward achievement, but rather the workings of a roving, inquisitive mind, open and receptive to all.” – Literary Review (London)
“[An] artful collection of shut-in soliloquies…striking.” - The Telegraph, “What to Read in 2015”
“Elegantly inventive.” – Financial Times
“Remarkable…compelling, uncategorizable, and at times very funny.” - TLS
“Elegant and funny and seems to find a whole new space in the form.” – Eimear McBride, TLS, “Books of the Year”
“By turns funny, sexy, poignant and caustic, Pond is a strange, poetic and beautiful debut…it pushes the boundaries of what a novel can be…Claire-Louise Bennett is very much the real deal.” - The Workshy Fop
“A fresh 21st century version of the modernist stream of consciousness… [Bennett’s] ability to smoothly merge everyday activities and lifeless entities, such as ottomans and control knobs, with more profound considerations and past experiences is rare and uncanny…a promising author to keep an eye on.” – The Skinny
“Stunning.” – Bookmunch
"As brilliant a debut and as distinct a voice as we've heard in years--this is a real writer with the real goods."--Kevin Barry, author of Beatlebone and City of Bohane
“I’d heard more good whispers about Pond than almost any other debut this year. . . . These stories are intelligent and funny, innovative and provocative, and it’s impossible to read them without thinking that here is a writer who has only just begun to show what she can do.” —Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
“Extraordinary . . . profoundly original though not eccentric, sharp and tender, funny and deeply engaging. A very new sort of writing . . . an acute, satisfying, delicate, honest meditation on both the joys and frustrations of a life fully lived in solitude. Take it slowly, because it is worth it, and be impressed and joyful.” —Sara Maitland, author of A Book of Silence
“Wielding a wry but implacable logic, Claire-Louise Bennett dives under the surface of ‘ordinary’ experiences and things to reveal their supreme and giddy illogic. Like . . . Lydia Davis . . . she writes an impeccable affectless prose that almost magically arrives at something extraordinary.” —Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
“Claire-Louise Bennett is a major writer to be discovered and treasured.” —Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home
"What Bennett aims at is nothing short of a re-enchantment of the world. ... This is a truly stunning debut, beautifully written and profoundly witty." –The Guardian
Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett’s debut began to attract attention well beyond the expectations of the tiny Irish press that published it. A deceptively slender volume, it captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience—from the best way to eat porridge or bananas to an encounter with cows—rendered sometimes in story-length, story-like stretches of narrative, sometimes in fragments no longer than a page, but always suffused with the hypersaturated, almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world that we remember from childhood. The effect is of character refracted and ventriloquized by environment, catching as it bounces her longings, frustrations, and disappointments—the ending of an affair, or the ambivalent beginning with a new lover. As the narrator’s persona emerges in all its eccentricity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help but see mirrored there our own fraught desires and limitations, and our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.
Shimmering and unusual, Pond demands to be devoured in a single sitting that will linger long after the last page.
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Description du livre Stinging Fly Press 2015-04-23, Dublin, 2015. paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire 9781906539450