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"Aridjis’ captivating, cerebral novel is set in a modern-day London that, when envisioned via her sophisticated prose, calls to mind more contemplative times of a century ago. . . [Her] layered, painterly prose evokes this world to perfection."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Dark and peculiar, simultaneously sinister and playful, Aridjis’ modern gothic vision will charm those prepared to linger in her cabinet of curiosities. . . [An] oddly compelling tale."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"While there’s a distinctly feminist scent wafting through the pages of this short, beautiful novel, it never feels remotely polemical—in fact, it’s all the more powerful for being so irreducible to a single theme. Aridjis’s intelligent prose makes this slight story into something dramatic and affecting, completely coherent and oddly irresistible. It is a brilliant book."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Lyrical and haunting. . . A beautiful portrait of urban loneliness, and the pursuit of meaning amid the barbed comforts of solitude."
“[Asunder] is full of shadows and symbolism one can’t quite put a finger on. . . A study in grayness and halftones, never using the extremes of black and white or bold color. . . [yet] her observations often have a startling zing.”
—New York Journal of Books
"Chloe Aridjis is crafting a poetics of the strange... This is deft and shimmering fiction."
—Times Literary Supplement (UK)
"Chloe Aridjis’s debut novel, Book of Clouds—winner of the French Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in 2009—was a critical success and a daunting act to follow. [With its] unusual imagery and lyrical style. . . Aridjis has risen to the occasion with Asunder. . . An absorbing and moving book."
—Financial Times (UK)
"Strange, extravagant, darkly absorbing. . . An original and assertive performance with more than a hint of the baroque. . . Having surprised us in Berlin (in Book of Clouds), Aridjis surprises us again with her comical and macabre version of London, where goths huddle in nightclub corners ‘like packed umbrella stands’ and a hypnotist might cure your headache while bequeathing you a limp. . . There is a Nabokovian rhythm in Asunder's obsessive permutations, and in the novel's dance of fluttering life and slow decay. . . Obsessed by museums and collections, the novel is itself a museum of motifs displayed in tense juxtaposition. It is the work of an addicted image-maker who fills her cabinet of curiosities and then adds some more. . . [Chloe Aridjis’s] novel thrills with energy."
—Alexandra Harris, Guardian (UK)
"In this little gem of a novel, Aridjis takes on the troubling questions of life and quietly works her way to the best answers she can find. . . Aridjis is something of a genius in her ability to enrich the ordinary with epiphanies rendered in deceptively short and simple prose."
—Bruce Jacobs, Shelf Awareness
"Brilliantly exact and disconcerting, Asunder exists with an intensity stronger than that of most novels. Reading it is absorbing and enlarging to the imagination."
—Diana Athill, author of Stet and Somewhere Towards the End
"Chloe Aridjis writes about sensations at the edges of perception, capturing experiences rarely included in fiction. A surprising sensibility and an effortlessly original voice."
—Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation
Although I didn't enjoy this novel quite as much as I enjoyed Aridjis The Book of Clouds, it's still a very well written and engaging story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zaith
I can't think of many novels with this little plot that I've enjoyed this much. Not much happens for the first half of the book, and it's still not exactly a page-turner when her... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jordan Michel
Why read novels? I used to read them all the time, but I confess I hardly ever read then anymore. I enjoy psychological memoirs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Natasha Shapiro
I was very disappointed. Although beautifully crafted, the book has little in the way of character development and nothing in the way of action. Read morePublished 21 months ago by RICHARD SAVRANN
I really just never got the character or where it was going. I think it's because I've been reading too much action lately and this was a slooooooow story,Published 21 months ago by Morgan P. Mancuso
Marie has been a guard at the National Gallery for ten years and just as she guards the paintings, she protects her own life from intimacy- "don't touch" - "don't get... Read morePublished 21 months ago by E.M. Jalph
Half-tints, shades, art works and characters that hover at the corners of perception - the half-conscious outriders of our dreams - and then vanish, or slowly fade: This is the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daniel Myers
Asunder is what I consider a "niche" book. The main characters lead lives well out of the mainstream and are content to do so. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jody