The Art Lover

The Art Lover While her father and best friend are dying a young American woman tries to find the limits of love and the power of art in the face of the inevitable What is the power of art in the face of death In

  • Title: The Art Lover
  • Author: Carole Maso
  • ISBN: 9780880014106
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • While her father and best friend are dying, a young American woman tries to find the limits of love and the power of art in the face of the inevitable.What is the power of art in the face of death In The Art Lover Carole Maso has created an elegant and moving narrative about a woman experiencing and reliving the most painful transitions of her life Caroline, the novel While her father and best friend are dying, a young American woman tries to find the limits of love and the power of art in the face of the inevitable.What is the power of art in the face of death In The Art Lover Carole Maso has created an elegant and moving narrative about a woman experiencing and reliving the most painful transitions of her life Caroline, the novel s protagonist, returns to New York after the death of her father ostensibly to wrap things up and take care of necessary business where her memory and imagination conspire to lay before her all her griefs and joys in a rebellious progression In different voices, employing a collage like fragmentation, Maso gently unfolds The Art Lover in much the same way the fragile and prehistoric fiddlehead fern unfolds throughout the novel, bringing with subtle grace the ever entangled feelings of grief and love into full and tender view Various illustrations throughout.

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    About "Carole Maso"

    1. Carole Maso

      Carole Maso is a contemporary American novelist and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic and fragmentary narratives often labeled as postmodern She received a bachelor s degree in English from Vassar College in 1977 Her first published novel was Ghost Dance, which appeared in 1986 Her best known novel is probably Defiance, which was published in 1998 Currently 2006 she is a professor of English at Brown University She has previously held positions as a writer in residence at Illinois State and George Washington University, as well as teaching writing at Columbia University.

    252 thoughts on “The Art Lover”

    1. This book is true. True to the fragmentation and ragged edges of life. True to all the ways that we open ourselves up to grief when we love another person. True to the ways that we can use art as a shield, a barrier to hold loss and pain at arm's length -- as well as to the ways that art can help us to truly acknowledge tears and heartache among laughter and joy, restoring life to its complex, multidimensional whole. I know that this is a book I will revisit time and again, when I need to remind [...]

    2. “As she stands up now I can see the intricate jigsaw shapes their bodies make to fit together. They will gnaw off an arm if necessary to fit, bleed at a joint, tilt the head, or nod a little too deeply to maintain the vaguely heart-shaped vacuum that must always exist somehow between them.”The first page expressing the language’s tone, the theme rising in graphic metaphoric prose. Reading a book, this book, according to how it is told can bring about the experience of an experience. What i [...]

    3. To be an artist is to be willing to have your heart broken every day.In her beautiful ode to loss, Maso perfectly captures the essence of grief and mourning - both public and individual - through a series of interlocking narratives of rich characters and inventive story telling. The result is a stunning, impactful book of dealing with the parts of life none of us wants to ever face but will, inevitably.There is a portion of the book that rattled my soul: one of the narratives is the story of a f [...]

    4. Some recent confusion and bafflement lately about how to take McIntosh's themysteryc ; many taking it as Danielewski imitation. That's because we don't read Maso today. The precursor to McIntosh's book is right here in The Art Lover. (and DICTEE among others but we'll get to that). As the brokenness of inexplicable grief and loss compel us to rebuild a world of reasons, the stunning and bold brokenness of Carole Maso's The Art Lover fiercely awakens in the reader a desire for wholeness and meani [...]

    5. I love this book. It's my friend. I think it doesn't have that many friends, though. Poor book. I think it's worth trying for, even if you are a little skittish about experimental literature. Plus, it appears to be lonely and in need of friendly reviewers who actually say something about it. It has art in it. And it's a document of our first fumblings in trying to comprehend AIDS.

    6. 3.5/5Let me amend what I have always thought. I love not things that are certain, but simply things in themselves.There is a funeral being held for one of my high school friends today. It was one of those friendships wherein neither found much purchase in the other's surrounding friend and/or family group, which contributed to my decision not to attend. Doing so would have required simultaneous grief and intense refueling of barely there social relationships, to the point that any paying of resp [...]

    7. "We are nothing but a little bit of solar heat stored up and organized, a reminder of the sun, a little phosphorus burning in the meninges of the world."-Paul Cezanne, via Impressionism by Paul Courthion, via The Art Lover by Carole MasoI didn't love this book at first. It initially felt ever-so-slightly frivolous: an exaltation of the lives of pretty, economically secure, bohemian people dithering at artists' colonies. I know writers are always enjoined to "write what you know," but this boo [...]

    8. This is an accomplished book, with moments of intense beauty and sadness about losing someone you love, often tied to artwork interspersed in the pages. (But don't expect quality reproductions.) One of the most prominent is Giotto's "Noli Me Tangere," as well as a Matisse drawing of a woman asleep. The author also brings in this excerpt from a book about Giotto:"One of Giotto's most poignant figures is that of the Magdalen in Noli Me Tangere. Christ, in his first appearance after resurrection, m [...]

    9. There is nobody else like Carole Maso. I'm a huge fan of hers, and though I didn't love Defiance, her most recent novel, I have adored everything else she's written. I'm not sure why I hadn't gotten to The Art Lover until very recently, but I'm so glad I had (unwittingly) saved it. It's a novel but also part memoir, part novel-within-a-novel, and also a sort of scrapbook, complete with art reviews and maps of the solar system. It's also, to use a couple of overused words, incredibly lyrical and [...]

    10. I'm at the mid-way point of reading all of Maso's works, and so far, this one stands out as the one that tries the hardest to approximate the healing power of art, bordering on articulating its devastating limitations. I love this book for its specificity of emotion and for its typical Maso meaning-making mechanism of association and repetition. It strikes me as the closest to an artist's statement as you'll get from Maso, and other artists should recognize themselves in it to some extent.

    11. This book -- the format, the content, the crazy layering of stories, the combination of poetry and prose and fiction and nonfiction, the images, the repetition of the images, and most of all, its use of visual art with a super solid and powerful emotional center -- is one of the most innovative, beautiful things I have read in a very long time. I am a little bit in awe of Carole Maso.

    12. I first read this book in 1996, when I was 14, and I've read it in two graduate school classes since then. It is absolutely one of my favorite books, and has shaped how I see writing and the possibilities of the novel.Here are my notes from that first reading: "An absolutely stunning work in EVERY way. Beautiful in its sorrow and style, as well as the mixing of media."

    13. It was difficult to continue reading this book, I did not follow who was who in the family and there was no plot. I had heard it was a novel written in the form of a poem so I sought it out. What I did not know is the second half of the book is about a man, who seems to have been actual friend of the author, who died from AIDS. As soon as AIDS began to be referred to, when the major character Caroline returns to NYC, my interest started to engage. This is an 'experimental' novel in many ways. Bo [...]

    14. The author spent 9 yrs. after college honing her writing skills while she was a part time fencing instructor, a waitress, an artist's model,and did house & cat sitting according to the info I read on the internet. Her father was a jazz musician and her mother an emergency room nurse. All of this and more is reflected in this book. The author's exploration of life and death and the relationships with the arts is beautifully written. The characters in the book and real life happenings such as [...]

    15. This turned out to be a very good book. At first I though it was a little overwrought and annoying, but after the first fifty or so pages something happened--either I acclimated to Maso’s prose style or else she toned it down. I’m not sure which. My other initial reservation about this book was that it is written in the "pastiche" style, which I tend not to enjoy. In this case, however, I think the non-written elements were actually quite interesting and accessible (I say accessible only bec [...]

    16. Maso is like a highbrow Lorrie Moore, and that's a very good thing. Tight, clever prose, beautifully written female characters, an eagerness to explore the boundaries of storytelling-as-coping-mechanism. There is a core segment in this novel where Maso reveals herself fully that is hard to ignore. Also hard to ignore is the anxiety surrounding an ancillary character's restoration of Jesus' face in da Vinci's Last Supper. What will his revealed expression be? What if there's nothing underneath? T [...]

    17. This is perhaps the most important book to me in the world. It's therapy for me whenever I'm going through something tough or wondering about the Big Questions. (I was confused when I started reading it, but once I figured out the story-within-a-story-within-a-story thing, it became a lot easier to understand and, thus, to appreciate.)Maso uses visual art, star charts, torn sections from other books, geometric designs, and more along with her gorgeous prose to create a book that is more than a p [...]

    18. The novel seems very disjointed at first, but with time it becomes easier to see all the connections and implications within the novel. She has a very lyrical style, using language at its highest capacity. This can make the book frustrating at times, some of the connective threads are so fine, it is hard to see or understand them. I'm glad I read this book in a college class where ideas and interpretations could be fleshed out and asked. Maso is a joy to read for sure, but not as an easy read.

    19. An absolutely gorgeous and provocative narrative that invokes, aches, and pulsates. Each sentence feels hand crafted, intentional, and twists and turns to an unexpected finish. Unparalleled assonance and purposeful and effective repetition, Maso's prose reads like poetry, weaving a gorgeous web of description, heartache, nostalgia, and rage. A beautiful work well worth every one of the five stars awarded.

    20. This text was required reading for my Advanced Seminar in American Studies course at the University of Utah.A more thought-out review to come later. A beautiful story about love, loss, fate, and powers that guide us. There ought to be something that language can do. We are writing for our lives, and it is terrifying. Maso has created a masterpiece of words - a patchwork of people and families created so that we may tell our own stories.

    21. An obscure book, but one that is fascinating both in form and subject. Not a traditional novel, it tells three stories that never really come together, mixed with various reproductions of fine art and random fliers. Maso made me think about the lines between fiction and nonfiction, author and narrator, art and kitsch, death and life. Absolutely worthwhile.

    22. In college we sponsored a reading by Ms. Maso and she chose to read the chapter "more winter" it was beautiful. I return to this book often, because I find the 'textualization' of photo, painting, newsclips, etc. very interesting. She one one of the first authors I ever saw who used this narrative technique.

    23. This book was my first introduction to meta-fiction, read in a postmodern lit class as an undergrad. I wrote 2 papers about it and my original copy of it is marked up in 3 colors. Well worth the read if you're up for multi-layered, surreal and sometimes melancholy storytelling.

    24. The first part of the book was ok, i was trying to give it a chance to get better but i totally lost the interest. I don't understand the relation between the pictures with the text and some facts don't make sense at all. For being call "The Art Lover" there's so much there missing, starting with real art and not random facts and names. Very "experimental" novel, in a sarcastic way. Sad because i really really had big expectations but after page 156 i said enough, next.

    25. Loved the idea of this bookbut not the reality of it. The story being narrated was much more captivating to me than the "real life" story (which was compelling but repetitive without seeming to develop) but it was proportionally very little of the book

    26. A story of loss. Told as a series of cascading fictions, this story of death and loss and infidelity and friendship probes what it means to tell a story, and why. How loss invites us to borrow into fiction, even if the truth must burble into it somehow.

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