Heartbreak

Heartbreak What becomes of the broken hearted An acclaimed poet and literary essayist s first novel is an exquisite moving erotic investigation of love and its painful corollaryIn Craig Raine s startlingly mov

  • Title: Heartbreak
  • Author: Craig Raine
  • ISBN: 9781848875104
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What becomes of the broken hearted An acclaimed poet and literary essayist s first novel is an exquisite, moving, erotic investigation of love and its painful corollaryIn Craig Raine s startlingly moving, intellectually nimble, sexually candid, wickedly funny first novel, the central character is not a person, but an invisible metaphor heartbreak Through the stories ofWhat becomes of the broken hearted An acclaimed poet and literary essayist s first novel is an exquisite, moving, erotic investigation of love and its painful corollaryIn Craig Raine s startlingly moving, intellectually nimble, sexually candid, wickedly funny first novel, the central character is not a person, but an invisible metaphor heartbreak Through the stories of a virtuoso cast of characters among them a physically scarred academic, a strangely beautiful young girl with Down s syndrome, a world renowned actress, and a brilliant Czech poet the book investigates one of the most elusive yet deeply felt of human conditions It is a compassionate and textured novel about what happens to us when love and loss collide.

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    1. Craig Anthony Raine, FRSL is an English poet born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham Along with Christopher Reid, he is the best known exponent of Martian poetry.He taught at Oxford and followed a literary career as book editor for New Review, editor of Quarto, and poetry editor at the New Statesman He became poetry editor at publishers Faber and Faber in 1981, and has been a fellow of New College, Oxford, since 1991, retiring from his post as tutor in June 2010.His works include a number of poetry collections The Onion, Memory 1978 , A Martian Sends a Postcard Home 1979 , A Free Translation 1981 , Rich 1984 , History The Home Movie 1994 , and Clay Whereabouts Unknown 1996 His reviews and essays are collected in two anthologies Haydn and the Valve Trumpet 1990 and In Defence of T S Eliot 2000 A short critical biographical study of Eliot, T S Eliot Image, Text and Context, was published in 2007.

    2. Formally, I would call this an "elliptical exploration," with fictional sections, biographical reflections, literary criticism, and parts that are more like essay. No matter, really: but at parts a full accounting of this most primal (?) subject is delivered like a passing fog. One wants the full cloudburst — or did I just want the book to be longer? At the same time, let's be real: Raine is a great poet and is capable of mighty descriptive power: "Here she is at her kitchen table, fingering a [...]

    3. Picked this up at the library, started it - not in the right space for it. It's evocative, spare, gets right to the heart of things - it was the theme that grabbed me. Provocative (frustrating?) writing style - what's not written, contrasted with what is.

    4. In many ways this book is a cheat. It certainly is not a novel although some of the "chapters" run on to make longer short stories. It is also not always about heartbreak. Craig Raine's writing is at times pretentious beyond belief. Luckily it improved towards the end.

    5. I wanted to like this and loved some parts, but hated the way that, although described as a novel, it moved from story to story. Unsatisfying.

    6. Not sure about this one, not a particularly enjoyable read, but an interesting one,I definitely enjoyed the longer stories the best, you get more invested in the character with the longer ones.

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