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While Arlington Park may deal in toddlers and tater tots, it is certainly not another generic Mommy Lit clone. Cusk is a skilled writer, and in her hands, a dreary lunch at the mall food court is transformed into "lost property, but for people." As the day progresses, we watch as Juliet chops her hair off in a small, if meaningless act of rebellion, Amanda stifles a burning desire to scream at a neighbor's kid for ruining her white sofa, Maisie blames her parents for not loving her enough while throwing her daughter's lunchbox at the kitchen wall, and Christine stuffs chicken breasts while silently cursing her husband for spending too much time getting ready for a dinner party. In each scene, the oppressiveness is almost unbearable, prompting readers to practically beg these women to flee as far and as fast as is humanely possible.
Of course, in driving her readers to the edge of frustration and outrage, Cusk succeeds in creating a novel that penetrates deeper than most. Still, after turning the last page, you might find yourself reaching for a little Mommy Lit candy to take the edge off. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When she's not lifting her phrasing from other writers Rachel Cusk crafts her prose nicely.
Instead of developing a story around the lives of one or two women, she instead features so many characters that they literally blur into one.
I got 75% through and when it had not appeared I did something I hate doing - I stopped reading it before finishing.
Plenty of authors, such as Patrick Hamilton, Anthony Burgess, Somerset Maugham and George Orwell to name a few, have written entertaining books about dull people and their dull... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by John Fitzpatrick
The start to this novel is brilliantly evocative describing the rain over a night-time city: 'In their sleep they heard it, people lying in their beds: the thunderous noise of... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by sally tarbox
this woman is seriously neurotic. had to throw this book out 60 pages in. yeah we get it surburban life is superficial but please. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by jm1313
Rachel Cusk is a brilliant writer. Every observation of hers seems so true, is written with such poetry & ease... this a book I'll be rereading for sure. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Gentle Reader
Arlington Park is well written and digs deep into truth. It's about women-real and flawed. It's about marriage. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by cynthia newberry martin
Rachel Cusk writes very well. Her prose is poetic, flowing, witty and lyrical. Her latest novel, Arlington Park, is a cynical analysis of domestic life and how small seemingly... Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by Lola. M
Is difficult to find an author as Rachel Cusk. She writes about motherhood and the little and daily things of life with a kind of humour acid, dark, smart. Read morePublished on June 17, 2008 by Maruska
I really, really did not like this book. The characters were miserable, unhappy, uninteresting women. I got to where I couldn't stand them. Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by MMS
"Arlington Park" is basically "Becoming a Mother" as fiction. The dangerous and difficult aspects of motherhood are here in all their grittiness. Read morePublished on March 22, 2008 by Liz Cary