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Lections on living near a football stadium after his return from Ira service the loud and gruesome happenstance of American domination I hated that noise and that stadium and I hated everyone in it and I sat for long periods of Time On A Couch I D Bought on a couch I d bought nothing at a flea market listening to the celestial ecstasy of the dumb luck of being born American That collective whoop I hated that country and every man and woman and child and bug alive in it And while I thought this on Sundays the stadium responded with great ecstatic dumb breaths This reader couldn t help but read that as a specific response to Billy Lynn I realize most young soldiers are like the Billy Lynn characters but Baxter s protagonist has a different and just as plausible experienceThe sensation of noticing not only that the scene was dark than light and still than twinkling but also that the darkness was far intense than the light was like closing your eyes and opening them to discover that anything beyond what you perceive is attainable only in deathIt should ideally be read in one sitting though I didn t ite manage that There is point at which the novel cracks open "and it struck me almost nexpectedly mid scene mid book mid conversation mid paragraph If " it struck me almost nexpectedly mid scene mid book mid conversation mid paragraph If d been reading in short spurts the power of that moment would have been diminished My edition had an interview with Greg Baxter in the back matter These author interviews appended to a book are sometimes throwaway with softball Tall, Dark Cranky uestions and boilerplate responses but this one is really interesting A response to save exciting to read this because I ve never heard any author say this and I think it s golden advice I try not to know my characters I assume that everyone in real life is both complex and perfectly ordinary The I spend time with people the depth our relationship has Butltimately if I respect somebody I must accept that they are The Tycoons Blackmailed Mistress (Australian Millionaires unknowable I try to carry that approach into fiction I don t create characters with personalities Rather I observe the behavior of characters If an author resists the temptation to type his or her characters those characters willsually contradict themselves and become vital If the characters act consistently they re seless or they re props No character should fill space and no character should have a defined role before they appear in a book they should not serve a purpose Janos could have been of less important Manuela too They turned out how they turned out Importantly I think a character is worth putting in a novel only if they are or could be worthy of being the main character of another novel No character should ever be by nature minor The Apartment is a short novel with little plot and is as compelling as anything I ve read in a long while It begs to be read straight through The PRECISION OF THE PROSE AND THE of the prose and the without a single break and with paragraphs that go on make it hard to put down An nnamed American forty one years old has come to an nnamed European city for nexplained reason. The life he abandoned in the United States Contained within the details of this day is a complex meditation on America’s relationship with the rest of the world an nflinching glimpse at the permanence of guilt and despair and an exploration into our desire to cure violence with violence A novel about how our relationships to others and most importantly to ourselves alters how we see the world THE APARTMENT perfectly captu.
Read & Download The ApartmentThanks to Penguin Canada for supplying me with a review copy of The ApartmentBefore I start I should probably put things in some kind of perspective I first read Dostoevsky at age 12 I am a voracious omnivorous reader I have probably read every genre available I am than willing to give any book a chance So when I say I had a lot of difficulty with this book it means I had real issuesMy 3 star rating reflects a great deal of ambivalence about Greg Baxter s choice of format I really struggled to keep reading it Stream of consciousness is a difficult literary device and I am afraid it is too often sed by writers out to prove how smart they are Perhaps if this book had been a straight narrative I might have given it 5 stars As it is I believe that Mr Baxter has To Kiss a Sheik unnecessarily limited his audience through his own choicesThe character s disjointed recollections of war family and life dropped into a narrative about a search for an apartment in a strange city in a new country might have been engaging if it had not been necessary to force myself to continue reading every step of the way I fought therge to skip pages to race ahead and see if the book changed in some way There really is no beginning middle or end No overweening crisis nothing of import to be solved and no satisfying conclusion no final scene which puts a period to the storyAt the end of the book you know a little about the main character who he is or was but not much about what he wants or whyFor all Mr Baxter is a very good wordsmith I am sorry I cannot give this book a higher rating I read a lot As a result I really value a book that is original and that captures my attention and imagination one that makes me actively read each word I really enjoyed The Apartment Its true that there was little in the way of a traditional plot but I enjoyed spending the day with the narrator and Saskia I found myself daydreaming about solitude and the ability to start again I can t speak to its technical execution as some other reviewers have but I can say that it was an enjoyable day and I would encourage others to give it a try This novel s events take place over a single day albeit with flashbacks and daydreams that mitigate the limits of present tense For me echoes of Joyce S Ulysses And The Ulysses and the of The Dead Ishiguro s The Unconsoled
the hypnagogia Teju s Open City a foreign born walker in a city Mrs Dalloway if only in the sense of foreboding and Billy Lynn s Long Half Time Walk except it s a sort of an anti Billy Lynn a refutation and near polar opposite Have any other critics noticed this I haven t read any reviews It s not only that the narrator of The Apartment is better educated and older than Ben Fountain s characters but that his entire sensibility is different His alienation and depression if that s what we d call it takes a different form and his thoughts on violence are complicated at least ON THE PAGE I m not denigrating the humanity of Bravo Suad To wit Baxter s narrator protagonist s ref. One snowy December morning in an old European city an American man leaves his shabby hotel to meet a local woman who has agreed to help him search for an apartment to rent THE APARTMENT follows the couple across a blurry illogical and frozen city into a past the man is hoping to forget and leaves them at the doorstep of an ncertain future their cityscape punctuated by the man’s lingering memories of time spent in Ira and. .Without The Hypnagogia Teju
S and has been living in a tiny shabby hotel room He has wandered the streets of the city for six weeks and had casual interactions with various people He wants to stay wants to disappear into the anonymity of this cold wet bustling place On the one day that spans the novel he looks for an apartment with the help of Saskia a much younger woman he met in a museum There is suspense in the novel but it is not based on the outcome of the apartment search or on whether the companionable relationship with Saskia will become something It derives from a sense of the nknown and foreboding that hang over the character In flashbacks we learn something about this man He grew p in a small town in the desert later lived near a football stadium in a city in the desert served in the Navy on a submarine did intelligence work in Ira then returned alone to Ira as a private contractor where he got rich as an information technology consultant Is this then to be a waranti war story A PTSD story As he meets Saskia s friends over the course of the day the potential for violence
to be just below the I worry that Saskia may find me too iet or boring I could fill the silence by talking about the past but I try not to think about theSEEMS TO BE JUST BELOW THE
For much of life I existed in a condition of regret a regret that was contemporaneous with experience and sometimes preceded experience Whenever I think of my past now I see a great black wave that has risen a thousand stories high and is suspended above me The pleasures of The Apartment are not in the accumulation of incident but in the accumulation of detail in descriptions of the city s transit system the detour to buy an expensive coat Christmas markets parks caf s the smell of wet stone in every stairwell in philosophical digressions on perspective in art Baroue architecture the perfection of a Bach chaconne three cushion billiards and in the memories of the past that the narrator doesn t want to think about but which flood his thoughts Extraordinary It s a stream of consciousness narrative so you obviously need to appreciate that device in order to enjoy the novel Now if you do you are in for a treat I like it very much indeed so it works well for me but I also like it because it very much indeed so it works well for me but I also like it because s napologetically ambitious Occasionally it maybe tries to be too many things there are one or two anecdotes that aren t entirely successful but on balance it s a triumph Though the narrative moves slowly it also feels nstoppable and I read it in one sitting which is pretty rareIt s a simple story on the surface but the The Millionaires Seductive Revenge (Australian Millionaires, underlying narrative is complicated and at times troubling There s hardly ever any sentiment coming through and that flatness makes the disconcerting events all the effective David Annand in The Telegraph said The point of the book is that it is accumulativeietly and sometimes ineffably its disparate seeming strands subtly work together to create something that is full of The Drifter unshowy wisdom and surprising moments of beauty I couldn t agre. Res the peculiarity and excitement of being a stranger in a strange city Written in an affecting and intimate tone that gradually expands in scope intensity poetry and drama Greg Baxter’s clear eyed first novel tells the intriguing story of these two people on this single day Both beguiling and raw in its observations and language THE APARTMENT is a crisp novel with enormous range that offers profound andnexpected wisdom.Past For Much Of