[AZW] ✓ Ushant: An Essay | BY ✓ Conrad Aiken

Ushant: An Essay By Conrad Aiken,

  • Title: Ushant: An Essay
  • Author: Conrad Aiken
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An autobiographical narrative.
    Ushant An Essay An autobiographical narrative

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    1. My only regret is that by believing this book was an autobiography, I fought too long against drowning in the swirling narrative It wasn t until I surrendered to the way the book wanted to be read that I fully came to appreciate and understand it The first paragraph of this book is one of the most beautiful I have ever read Throughout the book Aiken swims through reminiscences without ever yielding to a strict timeline The educated reader educated than I who took 200 pages to understand who Tse [...]

    2. The primary thing I learned from reading Ushant is that Conrad Aiken was an autobiographical writer from the very beginning His poems, his novels, and his short stories even his most famous story, the psychologically spooky Silent Snow, Secret Snow were all, to some extent, autobiographical Aiken put his life down on paper Not in the way that, say, Updike did to quote David Foster Wallace, who was, in turn, supposedly quoting some generic literary reader, Has the son of a bitch ever had one unpu [...]

    3. Conrad Aiken is a beautiful poet He is not a memoir writer This book is strung together chapters of a poetic stream of consciousness His life story is intertwined and it vacillates between a present narrative and his past As he pointed out in one interview, it is not for everyone But it would be a shame if you did not give it a fair shake.

    4. Though the least accessible memoir I have ever read, Aiken s epic length essay pulls me back every so often as if to say, Oh, come on You can do it Finish the book this time And I try And I fail But one of these days Which is what I keep saying about Moby Dick and Don Quixote The book s obtuse nature aside, though, it is full of prose that is by turns mysterious and beautiful, surreal and stark, tender and brutal Like many of Aiken s stories, you are entering a world you won t soon forget, the e [...]

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