- 出版社: Henry Holt and Co. (2013年7月16日)
- 精装: 256页
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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.: A Novel (英语) 精装 – 2013年7月16日
I inhaled this slim novel; now, I want to go back and read it again, to savor Waldman's mordant take on work, love and cannibalism among the up-and-coming Brooklyn intelligentsia . "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P." is a sharp and assured tale about a sharp and assured young man, who often acts like a dog. "Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air"
Waldman's brilliant taxonomy of "homo erectus brooklynitis." I'm making [my daughter] read "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. "in exchange for paying off her student loans. Not that she'll need much persuading . Neither chick lit nor lad lit, "The Love Affairs.".. attains something like the universal truths an older female writer articulated by recording the antics of a group of genteel folk in early 19th-century Bath. "Ron Charles, The Washington Post"
[A] pitch-perfect debut In the demure tradition of the comedy of manners, Ms. Waldman is rarely mocking or mean-spirited.... A comic performance you shouldn't miss. "The Wall Street Journal"
A smart, engaging 21st-century comedy of manners in which the debut novelist Adelle Waldman crawls convincingly around inside the head of one Nathaniel (Nate) Piven. Jess Walter, "The New York Times Book Review"
Incisive and very funny This is an impressive book, full of sharp and amusing observations about urban life, liberal pieties and modern dating . Though Nate has an archetypal quality Ms. Waldman has skillfully rendered him both fascinating and sympathetic. He is a man of his age, though his strengths and weaknesses are timeless. "The Economist"
Fiendishly readable Most importantly, Waldman gets the big detail right: When it comes to women, Nate's "clamorous conscience" comes into conflict with the exercise of his natural advantages as a single, successful, attractive heterosexual man in a sexual economy that, for him, is very much a buyer's market . He is misogynistic and ashamed of his misogyny. "Marc Tracy, The New Republic"
While Lena Duham's TV series "Girls "and Noah Baumbach's film "Frances Ha "have reaffirmed Brooklyn's status as the capital of hipster cool, Waldman's debut novel offers a more critical look at the district's arty milieu... This is brilliantly observed stuff. "David Evans, Financial Times (London)"
Every so often... a novel comes along that actually deserves the hype. Adelle Waldman's outstanding debut is one of these.... It fixes for all time on the page a very particular type of man-- the contemporary up-and-coming literary intellectual..... Psychologically astute, subtle, funny and whip-smart, this is a novel that anyone interested in how we live now should read.... With the insinuating sharpness of a stiletto blade, Waldman opens up Nate's interior to show us the mess inside.... The level of insight is bracing... On every page of "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P "there is something that gives pleasure-- the prose is razor-sharp, the characters in all their pretentions are lovingly skewered. This month's hot novel it may be, but this is a book that will bear repeated readings; funny, angry, subtle and sad, it is the debut of a novelist who's already the real, achieved thing. Highly recommended. "The Sunday Business Post (London)"
Although the novel is about his love affairs in Brooklyn, this is really a novel that reveals--astutely--how Nate thinks . The book is an exacting character study and Waldman an excellent and witty prose stylist . [Nate] is a frog in a wax tray, sliced open and pinned back, his innermost private thoughts on display for inspection by the reader . One must read the magical ending to understand that although his thoughts on women will leave many outraged, his dissected frog's heart still beats. "Jennifer Gilmore, Los Angeles Times"
The Brooklyn novel achieves full maturity with "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.," Adelle Waldman's enormously enjoyable debut. "Telegraph (UK)"
Like a contemporary Jane Austen, Adelle Waldman unpacks every nuance of modern mating mores in her debut novel, "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P."... Bravo to Adelle Waldman for getting inside the psyche of Homo erectus literaticus, and for not making it as easy as it should be to hate him. "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P." is good, evil fun. "Marion Winik, Newsday"
Waldman has written a book of stately revenge, exposing all that is shallow and oblivious about Nate, and men like him. But it s also a book of beautifully modulated sympathy for men as well as women. . . .With her eye for social folly in the streets and restaurants of New York, Waldman resembles Edith Wharton. "Sasha Weiss, NewYorker.com"
A funny and surprisingly sympathetic examination of the romantic sociopathy of youthful litterateurs Waldman captures smart-enough literary party patter so well that many of her readers may find themselves squirming in hot-faced recognition Placed throughout the novel, however, are callbacks to the social literature of the nineteenth century--to George Eliot's work in particular.... "Harper's Magazine"
So much truth in "Nathaniel P." that I just can't stop reading it. Oh, it's one hot book . We read fiction for truth. And it's there in "Nathaniel P ." This is a guy's book. You might classify it as chick lit. You might think it's too narrow, about the Brooklyn literary scene. But the personal is universal. And there's a lot of personal in "Nathaniel P." And the only thing that matters is the personal . Read this book. "Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter"
A fabulous book It's really great . This is such a modern portrait. This guy will be so utterly recognizable to all of us and it's very subtle and I just think a wonderfully written book. I recommend you all get it. "Hanna Rosin, Slate DoubleX Gabfest"
Smart and enthralling Waldman's achievement isn't to glorify so much as to dissect, with an uncommonly sharp eye, a minor romantic failure in all its contemporary complexity and evanescent significance. "San Francisco Chronicle"
[Written] with courage and determination and more than a little bit of moxie. "Baltimore Sun"
[T]hose who pass on "Nathaniel P." will . . . likely be dating themselves, especially if they're still using Nick Hornby or, worse, John Updike as a guide to the modern male psyche. . . . "The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)"
Early readers of this novel have already started arguing about how unlikable Piven is, but there's no debating Waldman's success in etching such a fine portrait. "Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel"
We have lately heard ad infinitum the new sensitive literary man's account of his life and times... what we haven't yet heard enough of is the smart literary woman's view of him. With Adelle Waldman's funny, provocative satire we have a valuable new anthropology of the type.... [An] excellent funny novel. "Katie Roiphe, Slate"
[A] provocative debut novel... A discomfitingly thrilling read. "L. V. Anderson, Slate"
Waldman is a staggeringly talented prose stylist, easy and elegant in every particular, learned, undeceived, and with a dash of sly, quiet humor in nearly every line... "The Aw"
This is Waldman's debut, but she brings Franzen-level domestic chaos a magnificent trick of making distant experiences feel like familiar heartaches. "Grantland"
I basically stayed on the couch for an entire day reading it; I was that riveted by Waldman's ability to get into the brain of Nate Piven. "Mary Pols, MSN Page-Turner"
[This] lovable antihero quickly becomes irresistible to us. . . The upshot: a thoroughly, hilariously of-the-moment tale that marvelously captures what it's really like to be young, smart, and looking for love in the big city--from a new writer to watch. "Elle Magazine"
A must-read if you've ever dated. "Glamour (Aug 2013)"
Easily summer's most buzzed-about debut. "Megan O'Grady, Vogue.com"
An honest look inside the head of thirtysomething Nate Piven. It'll have you screaming because you've "so" dated this guy. "Glamour Magazine, "The 20 Next Big Things""
Reminiscent of classic realist novels from authors like Graham Greene or Henry James, this delightful debut jumps headfirst into the mind of one man, revealing what he really thinks about women, dating and success. "Megan Fishmann, Bookpage"
Written from a dude's POV, this big-hearted yet brutally honest novel about finding love in a big city is a major eye-opener. "Cosmopolitan Magazine"
"The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P." [is] a hilariously astute portrait of a hopelessly self-obsessed Brooklyn writer as a sad young literary man, a Peter Pan for a new, deeply ironic millennium. "Vogue"
The characters that populate Waldman's world are artistic, creative, funny and intelligent--except when it comes to matters of the heart. "Kirkus"
An acute study of present-day struggles with intimacy [Waldman] navigates the male psyche and a highly entertaining hipster mindset, and sneaks in an unexpected, understated ending that brings a satisfying poignancy. "Publishers Weekly"
[A] sharply written first novel. "Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist"
Waldman takes a cliche and turns it on its ear. "Julie Elliott, Library Journal""
Adelle Waldman is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's journalism school. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal's website. Her articles also have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Taken at his own valuation, Nathaniel Piven is a sensitive, highly intelligent, intellectually ambitious Harvard grad in his early 30s, about to publish his first novel. He is dimly aware that he is also in the process of establishing a reputation as a cad among the datable Brooklyn females in his refined publishing circle ("Nate had a long and intimate relationship with guilt"). He nonetheless rationalizes his fickle and self-serving treatment of the several pretty young women in his life ("He had learned all about male privilege. Moreover he was in possession of a functional and frankly rather clamorous conscience") because he is more or less "honest" with them and doesn't treat them with out-and-out sexist disdain.
The loving detail Waldman lavishes on her characters' romantic aspirations and entanglements, on their picnics, coffee dates, and dinner parties--and on every veer and turn of their inner lives puts one in mind of Jane Austen. But for Austen (and her followers) there was always a moment of recognition and reversal. Not so for Mr. P. Nate sadly does not grow much in the course of the novel, and so ultimately the narrative, while it is wonderfully naturalistic in charting the rise and fall of a relationship, begins to feel a bit like a room that has grown stuffy. The dialogue too can feel a little tired; what passes as witty repartee is less sparkling than the characters seem to realize.
Still, this is a successful book. Despite his flaws, one does come to care about Nate--and Waldman's rigorous and imaginative animation of his viewpoint is indeed a tour de force.
Nathaniel (Nate) Pivens claims he doesn't care about the cheese, yet he stumbles awkwardly in and out of relationships. He's thirty, living in Brooklyn, and is a writer on the rise. His social circle lines their bookshelves with works by Borges, Sevvo, and Bulgakov. They are the literati. The striving and not-so-striving writers who work for publishers, write for magazines, and in their free time hope to become the next great novelist. It's from the literati herd that Nate hunts for his romantic relationships. Most of the women in the group are as well read as his Harvard self or at least pretend to be and that's good enough for him. Pity is needed for the women who see Nate as a catch.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman opens with a scene that equates to a chalk outline of all the relationships Nate has failed at and will fail at. Nate's self-talk is cringe-worthy. He describes dating as treading on women's weaknesses and dismisses their feelings when they stray from logic in the least degree. He believes women, like men, "were as capable of rational thought; they just didn't appear to be interested in it."
Children are expert rationalizers, especially, anytime they do something wrong like accidentally punch their brother. One reason after another explains their innocent actions. Nate reminds me of a child. He's an imaginative rationalizer. When his relationships flounder, he always has a logical reason that recants his bad behavior.
Nate's the jerk with no self-awareness who is also your best friend. Fortunately, most of my male friends who used to fall into this category have changed their ways after becoming fathers of daughters (karma?). For my friends, the realization that some jerk may treat or think about their daughters the way they used to act toward women set them on the path of atonement.
But Nate's not a daddy yet and at his rate of failed relationships may never become one. His most healthy relationship with a woman is with Aurit, who's a platonic friend and a respected fellow writer. She disembowels his rationalizations, not in a therapist way, but in a calling him on his BS way.
Nate's thoughts are frustratingly too honest and simultaneously endearing which makes him hard to hate. His take on dating, like several of his thoughts, states a quiet communal truth: "It's meritocracy applied to personal life, but there's no accountability. We submit ourselves to these intimate inspections and simultaneously inflict them on others and try to keep our psyches intact - to keep from becoming cold and callous - and we hope that at the end of it we wind up happier than our grandparents, who didn't spend this vast period of their lives, these prime years, so thoroughly alone, cold and explicitly anatomized again and again."
It's these kind of thoughts that smooth Nate's mildly misogynist edge and uncloaks his insecurities. The psychic walk through Nate's brain reveals that he's spent most of his life on the fringe of popularity. The upcoming publishing of his book has ameliorated his popularity with women and within the literati. But most of his memories echo a sadness that stems from not always understanding social mores and from his deep desire to fit in. His frequent reference to his parents' immigrant status hints at the duality of identity that children of immigrants often express as a result of straddling two cultures - one at home, a different one at school.
I rated the book four out of five stars on Goodreads. The writing is excellent and has a siren quality to it. The rating is also supported by my being fooled. I was convinced that the story was written by a man until my finger swiped to the author bio. I like stories that expose fissures in my assumptions about myself and the world. The fact that Waldman is a woman erupted my belief that I was mature enough to not buy into the Mars versus Venus argument. Apparently, I'm the mental age of a thirteen year old.
Am I a sexist? Most of my life, the male species has surrounded me. I have three brothers, no sisters. My cousins are mostly male. I spent twelve years working in the male-dominated tech field. I've been so thoroughly schooled in the male world that when I birthed a son, a dear friend responded, "Thank goodness, what would you do with a girl?" She wasn't being sarcastic. If it wasn't for being in a sorority in college, I may have never applied mascara or learned how to balance a checkbook.
If a guy had written the book, my guilt wouldn't be so heavy. I've been married for over a decade and never questioned that my husband would want anything different from our relationship than what I do - love and support. I couldn't imagine him ever having the thoughts that Nate does; yet, I easily found the thoughts believable of any other guy. Believing in Nate's character is like thinking that every packet of sugar, but the one you're eating tastes sour.
So, I'll dismiss my sexist lapse by taking the Nate way out and rationalize. Waldman's debut is an incredible study of character, not only of Nate, but almost everyone Nate comes into contact with. As Nate delves into his past or examines his current girlfriends, each word pieces pixels together into a detailed image of a person. Each person's description in turn further builds Nate's character. The rationalization is that Nate was very believable so much so that by the end of the novel, I knew enough about Nate to cringe again when his thoughts foreshadowed one more potential plunge off the failed-relationship-cliff.
Pick The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. up or download it. It's a fast, enjoyable read.