Mr. Morton clearly has a sense of humor. On the whole, though, not so enjoyable. This book was a real disappointment, probably similar to the later works of Schiller, one of the main characters.
This was one of those novels that I appreciated more than enjoyed, one that left me with decidedly mixed feelings about the characters. Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018. There is more understanding of our inner lives on one page of this book than in the length of most books. On the other hand, the last main character is Heather Wolfe, a 24 year old graduate student who has read Schiller's first two books and loved them. Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016.
What really got me though, was his reflections on what it means to be a writer for his entire life, the rewards and the sacrifices.
This book is hilarious. The interplay among novelist Leonard Schiller, his daughter, and his admirer, Heather rings so true. What ensues is a rare and beautiful story that is at once comic, insightful, and moving. I found the student to be the least sympathetic character but in Brian Morton's deft hands even she has moments where you like her. Brian Morton's book is a gem. Finally—a serious novel that made me think while moving along at a reasonable pace.
Finally—a serious novel that made me think while moving along at a reasonable pace. Refresh and try again. Resolved to live the rest of his days writing one last book, his daily pattern of typing on his old manual typewriter and breaking for fat-free cookies and skim milk almost never varies. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.
This thoughtful and intelligent novel presents us with three individuals at different points in their lives: the first, Leonard Schiller, a 71-year-old author who, after two heart operations, knows he is close to death but is still determined to finish his last novel, even as his four previous works have gone out of print; the second, his 39-year-old daughter, Ariel, a dancer who has become an exercise instructor and is hoping to find fulfillment in becoming a parent finally; the third, Heather, This thoughtful and intelligent novel presents us with three individuals at different points in their lives: the first, Leonard Schiller, a 71-year-old author who, after two heart operations, knows he is close to death but is still determined to finish his last novel, even as his four previous works have gone out of print; the second, his 39-year-old daughter, Ariel, a dancer who has become an exercise instructor and is hoping to find fulfillment in becoming a parent finally; the third, Heather Wolfe, a 24-year-old graduate student looking to launch her career as a literary critic in New York and writing her thesis on the author who inspired her early pursuit of freedom.
It seems to me readers either love this or hate it; either they get it or they don't. One thing I didn't like about the novel is that occasionally the shift to a different character felt abrupt. What follows is a quasi-romantic friendship and intellectual engagement that investigates the meaning of art, fame, and personal connection. I found the people in this book less likeable; many of them being the kind of nakedly ambitious literary people I can't stand (full disclosure: I once one of these people, albeit not as talented :)). Schiller’s life is orbited closely by the novel’s hero, who in my opinion is his daughter, Ariel, who says yes to life in all its messiness. Morton's writing never gets in the way of his ideas, but it can be memorable, too. I kid you not when I say I didn't want to put this one down!
They had a great impact on her life. Leonard Schiller is a novelist in his seventies, a second-string but respectable talent who produced only a small handful of books. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University and lives in New York. Brian Morton's Starting Out in the Evening is a study in the danger of expectations. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.
After finishing that unexpected gem (a 5-star read and favorite of 2014) I dove straight into his backlist, selecting this 1998 title because it was on my library's shelf. As a writer, Morton has a lot of good and useful things to say about the "craft" of writing, so called, particularly where he characterizes it less as the glamorous or noble calling that it is made out to be and more as the bizarre compulsion it actually is.
Please try again. Why is it that lovers of fine literature seem to be as fascinated with the authors of that literature as they are with the authors’ works themselves? The characters are convincing; their relationships are intriguing and believable. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I just moved through it with pleasure. I would recommend this book to any friend who asks.........The only thing about it was that for the first time, the book didn't live up to the movie............It's usually the other way around......... After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Welcome back.
that of Ariel, Schiller's tender and vulnerable daughter. One of these items ships sooner than the other.
Add to this a rather brash young student doing a master's thesis on the author's work and coming to terms with her life and who she will be, and this book just sang for me. These three characters seem so organic and real, their emotions and actions so natural, that the reader slips instantly into intimacy with them."
I didn’t notice that it was originally published over ten years ago; I didn’t know it had ever been made into a movie; I knew nothing about it and yet was drawn in by the story described in the book blurb.
Most of the action of this book takes place on the human interior, a place Morton has clearly explored, since the reflections are dead-on.
Almost pitch perfect. BRIAN MORTON is the author of four previous novels, including Starting Out in the Evening, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into an acclaimed feature film, and A Window Across the River, which was a Book Club selection of the Today show. It felt disjointed and flat.
A well written, interesting book, that seemed to fall apart at the end, Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018.
This a novel with short chapters and simple clear prose. I loved everything about this book. Written in an outlandish style, nothing wry about it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018. I first saw the movie and from the story knew I had to read the book. And he offers an array of answers, always with compassion. On the other hand, the last main character is Heather Wolfe, a 24 year old graduate student who has. The events kept my interest and moved along at a comfortable pace. Not sure why this book spoke to me so much. A touching story of an aging author (Leonard Schiller) and the young graduate student, Heather Wolfe, who chooses to write her thesis about Schiller's works. Surprisingly, she has never read one of her father's book.
This is the second Morton novel I have read, and New York City has a prominent role in each. Ah, the circle of life; the energy and vitality of the young, the mid-life and yearnings of Aerial all rounded up with the wisdom and reality of life and mortality that one only learns through living. It is also about our human need to be recognized and seen, and to create and leave something of ourselves for posterity.
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Schiller's daughter, Ariel, is a focal point as well, with her childlike relationship with her father and her efforts to balance finding a partner she can potentially tolerate long-term with her desperate desire to have a child before she's too far out of her 30's.
Schiller’s life is orbited closely by the novel’s hero, who in my opinion is his daughter, Ariel, who says yes to life in all its messiness. The story is riveting and the characters beautifully drawn. Brian Morton's book is a gem. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
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