Coventry: Essays

Coventry: Essays

Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, three "literary masterpieces" (The Washington Post) whose narrator, Faye, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the reader. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance. Now, in Coventry, she gathers a selection of her nonfiction writings that both offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most personal, social, and artistic questions.

Coventry encompasses memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about literature, with pieces on family life, gender, and politics, and on D. H. Lawrence, Françoise Sagan, and Elena Ferrante. Named for an essay in Granta ("Every so often, for offences actual or hypothetical, my mother and father stop speaking to me. There's a funny phrase for this phenomenon in England: it's called being sent to Coventry"), this collection is pure Cusk and essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, and dazzling to behold.

Title:Coventry: Essays
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374126773
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    Coventry: Essays Reviews

  • Fergus

    As time progresses, I think that Rachel Cusk may, in all possibility, be remembered as one of the truly important authors of our time. She takes the wide expanse of modern life in all its boisterous a...

  • Meike

    This collection of essays combines memoir, social and literary criticism, and in a way, all of the texts are talking about storytelling: How we narrate our own lives and times is the main focus of Cus...

  • Adam Dalva

    Cusk is absurdly brilliant, acerbic, and honest - this collection shows much of the same spark as her fiction, especially in the more autobiographical essays like "Making Home" and the title essay - I...

  • Vicky

    I'm intrigued and perplexed by the essay form. As I was reading this offering by Rachel Cusk, I was constantly trying to trace out its boundaries with other genres that are similar to it: the academic...

  • Trish

    When I heard about a new book of essays by Rachel Cusk, I had two conflicting reactions: one was joy and one was sadness. Cusk is one of my favorite authors. She thinks deeply and can straightforwardl...

  • julieta

    The first part of this book is wonderful. When she gets personal on family, relationships, teenagers, it is a joy to read how lucid she is. But I was very surprised about how generic she sounds when s...

  • Marc

    While it was a very strange reading experience, I was quite impressed by Cusk's Rachel Cusk Collection: Outline, Transit and Kudos-trllogy. You could clearly see that she tried a new way of writing, s...

  • Lee

    4.5. There are very few all-rounders as good as Cusk. Warning: will make you want to dust off copies of all books covered. (The Wharton and Lawrence essays are especially good.)...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    The best essays make you look at things differently. This collection, comprised of material heretofore published in the likes of Granta and The Guardian, consists of fine examples of why Rachel Cusk i...

  • Katia N

    It has been a long time since I wanted to read a book of essays. I’ve started with this collection, but then got into the swing of things and spent a few weeks reading just essays from different aut...