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Woke Up Lonely: A Novel Paperback – April 1, 2014
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“[A] sprawling, intimate novel, which is a perfectly poised screen-capture of hyper-modernity.” ―The Believer Book Award, Editors' Shortlist
“Hilarious and heartbreaking.” ―NPR
“Brilliantly imagined.” ―Vanity Fair
“Maazel's insights are as sound as her imagination is wild.” ―Oprah.com, Book of the Week
“The talented Maazel has plenty of imagination.” ―USA Today
“[A] whip-smart comic novel.” ―Reader's Digest
“Uniformly entertaining . . . It's thrilling to imagine what Fiona Maazel might do next.” ―The Boston Globe
“Maazel possesses a formidable imagination and considerable linguistic virtuosity.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“[A] fun farce.” ―Cosmopolitan
“Woke Up Lonely is another wunderkammer, a deeply felt and wildly original novel that repays the attention it demands, and once read won't soon be forgotten.” ―Bookforum
“One of the best pieces of fiction and social satire of the year.” ―The Millions
“Maazel takes a cue from Kurt Vonnegut by creating a novel that blends the plot of a dramatic thriller with wacky humor and bits of science fiction.” ―BUST
About the Author
Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance. She is a winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She teaches at Brooklyn College, Columbia, New York University, and Princeton. She lives in Brooklyn.
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If you'd enjoy serious, kookie, fun, depressing, hopeful and clever, get this novel.
So the writing is wry, sarcastic, and sincere. I admit I spent the first portion of the book fighting the tonal change and doing a bit of confusion keeping track of the characters. One only has to surrender to the writing as it flows. For the world is full of the lonely, and frankly identifying them as a political group is a bit of genius in set up. Read the book and see what you think.
The plot is more digressive than I prefer.
Here, as in Last Last Chance, Maazel's immense skill at drawing and grounding her characters allows her to stretch the bounds of the situational to, and well beyond, the breaking point without losing the reader along the way.
Because of the way in which her plots deal with (among other things) the devastation of a SARS-like pandemic and a Waco-like (but far larger) cult with far too intimate ties to the rogue nuclear state of North Korea, it could be inferred that Maazel does not have great hope for the survival of our species. And yet her confident and commanding prose is full of life and, while no gag-fest, has moments of genuine humor. And each novel ends on a note of tenuous hope.
Maazel is a satirist of the first order and an absurdist but not, ultimately, a comic writer (as she is often described) - because she continues to care. The deep pleasure - the relief - of comedy is admitting that you've given up, even if you continue to act like you haven't.
Maazel's Global catastrophes play out against, and are firmly grounded in, the context of fiercely dysfunctional and equally fiercely indestructible families, and family life is her ultimate subject - the ultimate beauty and horror of the nuclear family.
(The nation of North Korea, presided over in this book by the now late Kim Jong-il -- the ultimate abusive father -- can be seen as the global paradigm of the dysfunctional family, with predictably tragic results not only for its "children" - the Citizens of that country - but for the other families of the world as well. Like SARS, abuse is a virus).
than once.I don't get the glowing review in Vanity Fair at all. (That's
why I bought it.) Also annoying is the fact the Kindle edition does
not have pages. (I should have checked first) I just deleted this.
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