Cusk, Rachel Outline: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780571233625

Outline: A Novel

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Outline succeeds powerfully. Among other things, it gets a great variety of human beings down on to the page with both immediacy and depth; an elemental pleasure that makes the book as gripping to read as a thriller ... a stellar accomplishment. (James Lasdun Guardian)

If life were fair, Rachel Cusk would win every prize going for Outline - one of the most daringly original and entertaining pieces of fiction I've ever read. (Julie Myerson Observer)

A clever thought experiment that's far too readable ever to feel like one. ( Sunday Times)

[ Outline is] a piece of work of great beauty and ambition. Narratives are smoothed, as if by translation and retranslation, into their simplest, barest elements: parents, children, divorces, cakes, dresses, dogs. These elements then build, layer on layer, to form the most complex and exquisitely detailed patterns, swirling and whirling, wheels within wheels. (Jenny Turner London Review of Books)

That the composition of the novel itself so clearly and crisply renders the idea behind it brought to my mind the completion of Lily Briscoe's painting at the close of Woolf' s To The Lighthouse ... And indeed, more than any tendrils of description or character it was a sense of shape and structure that lingered in my mind long after I'd turned the final page, rendering Cusk's novel something of a visual work of art. (Lucy Scholes Independent)

It defies ordinary categorisation. It is about authorial invisibility, it involves writing without showing your face. The narrator is a writer who goes to teach creative writing in Greece and becomes enmeshed in other peoples' narratives which Cusk stitches, with fastidious brilliance, into a single fabric. (Kate Kellaway Guardian)

[ Outline] is mesmerizing; it makes a sharp break from the conventional style of Cusk's previous work ... Outline feels different, its world porous and continuous with ours, though not for the reasons we might expect. (Elaine Blair The New Yorker)

[A] lethally intelligent novel ... reading Outline mimics the sensation of being underwater, of being separated from other people by a substance denser than air. But there is nothing blurry or muted about Cusk's literary vision or her prose: Spend much time with this novel and you'll become convinced that she is one of the smartest writers alive. (Heidi Julavits The New York Times Book Review)

Outline is a poised and cerebral novel that has little in the way of straightforward plot yet is transfixing in its unruffled awareness of the ways we love and leave each other, and of what it means to listen to other people ... While little happens in Outline, everything seems to happen. You find yourself pulling the novel closer to your face, as if it were a thriller and the hero were dangling over a snake pit. (Dwight Garner The New York Times)

Cusk's uncompromising, often brutal intelligence is at full power. So is her technique ... I can't think of a book that so powerfully resists summary or review ... Inevitably, the only way to get close to the fascinating and elusive core of Outline is to read it. (Sophie Elmhirst Financial Times)

A book whose almost dream-like quality has razor-sharp edges. (Sofka Zinovieff Spectator)

[A] quietly radical new novel ... The result, which recalls Karl Ove Knausgaard in its effort to melt away the comforting artifice of fiction, is a kind of photonegative portrait of a women who resists concessions in life and art. (Megan O’Grady Vogue)

[ Outline] teems with provoking, fascinating ideas expressed in fine, apothegmatic prose. ( The Wall Street Journal)

Never less than compelling ... material that might have been ponderous in other hands is, here, magnetic, thanks to the mystery at the heart of Cusk's book, her exquisite lightness of touch and her glinting wit. (Stephanie Cross Daily Mail)

Rachel Cusk breaks all the rules of creative writing ... [ Outline] captivates. (Arifa Akbar Independent)

Cool but compelling, narrow in focus perhaps, but deep in thought. (Lesley McDowell Scotsman)

Described as a 'novel in ten conversations' ... it turns out to be a clever, fresh device that dispenses with the need for much of a plot and presents instead more of a lush human collage ... a rich, thoughtful read. (Carol Midgley Times)

Sharply observed ... everyone the narrator meets has a vivid presence. (Suzi Feay Literary Review)

The writing is brilliant ... Cusk is always cerebral but I've never noticed her drollery before ... absorbing, thought-provoking. (Claire Harman London Evening Standard)

Cusk confounds expectations ... Outline is full of such wonderful surprises: subtle shifts in power and unexpectedly witty interludes. (Elena Seymenliyska Telegraph)

Outline is a quiet, profound book about the problems of living with a sense of purpose." (Johanna Thomas-Corr Metro)

A tapestry of different voices, its shape emerging as if by happy accident ... [ Outline] is a clever thought experiment that's far too readable ever to feel like one. (Lidija Haas Independent on Sunday)

On a flight to Greece where she is going to be teaching a creative writing class, the narrator begins talking to her neighbour. More accurately, initiating a pattern that will be repeated throughout the encounters and 'conversations' that make up this hypnotic, funny and unsettling novel, he talks at her. Gradually her own identity emerges in response to - is given shape by - what is said to her. As one of her students puts it, the story constitutes a series of events she finds herself involved in, but on which she seems to have 'absolutely no influence at all.' The irony, of course, is that all of these tales - the author's tale - hold our attention because of Cusk's unerring command of pace and tone. (Geoff Dyer)

Outline, in outline, tells the story of a British novelist newly arrived in Athens, who has been enlisted to teach a weeklong writing seminar. Upon this provocatively slight premise, Cusk has constructed a restrained, incisive narrative of high stylistic polish and stealthy emotional power. Formally inventive, astringently intellectual, and linguistically assured, Outline poses the question of where stories come from; it shows, with glittering clarity, why they matter. (Rebecca Mead)

I opened this book, and read a page, and then a few more pages, and I finished Outline before a day and a half had passed, and I am the slowest reader I know, and I have never felt guilty about not finishing a book. Outline is amazing. It changes the lighting on the charismatic, mad, maddening monologues so beloved in literature; here we are, on the previously invisible other side of it, seeing something brilliant and irremediably true. (Rivka Galchen)

Rachel Cusk's Outline is full of baking light and quiet melancholy and bodies brushing past one another in the heat; it's a subtle and utterly engrossing exploration of the ways we make ourselves known to one another - in stories and anecdotes, through seductions and disputes - and yet remain opaque; how we sketch ourselves as outlines and find these outlines interrogated. Its conversations echo each other deftly, their acute insights gracefully pulling apart the seams of its carefully composed characters to show glimpses of much messier selves within: a series of searing psychic X-rays bleached by coastal light. (Leslie Jamison)

Review:

A stellar accomplishment. ( Guardian)

[T]his has to be one of the oddest, most breathtakingly original and unsettling novels I've read in a long time ... [E]very single word is earned, precisely tuned, enthralling. Outline is a triumph of attitude and daring, a masterclass in tone. ( The Observer)

Cusk's uncompromising, often brutal intelligence is at full power. So is her technique ... I can't think of a book that so powerfully resists summary or review ... Inevitably, the only way to get close to the fascinating and elusive core of Outline is to read it. ( Financial Times)

Outline is full of such wonderful surprises: subtle shifts in power and unexpectedly witty interludes. ( Telegraph)

If life were fair, Rachel Cusk would win every prize going for Outline - one of the most daringly original and entertaining pieces of fiction I've ever read. (Julie Myerson Observer)

Described as a 'novel in ten conversations' ... it turns out to be a clever, fresh device that dispenses with the need for much of a plot and presents instead more of a lush human collage ... a rich, thoughtful read. ( The Times)

A clever thought experiment that's far too readable ever to feel like one. ( Sunday Times)

That the composition of the novel itself so clearly and crisply renders the idea behind it brought to my mind the completion of Lily Briscoe's painting at the close of Woolf' s To The Lighthouse ... And indeed, more than any tendrils of description or character it was a sense of shape and structure that lingered in my mind long after I'd turned the final page, rendering Cusk's novel something of a visual work of art. ( Independent)

[S]harply observed ... everyone the narrator meets has a vivid presence. ( Literary Review)

The writing is brilliant ... Cusk is always cerebral but I've never noticed her drollery before ... absorbing, thought-provoking. ( Evening Standard)

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Editorial: Faber & Faber (2014)
ISBN 10: 0571233627 ISBN 13: 9780571233625
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