The Interestings

The Interestings The Interestings explores the meaning of talent the nature of envy the roles of class art money and power and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a li

  • Title: The Interestings
  • Author: Meg Wolitzer
  • ISBN: 9781594488399
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Interestings explores the meaning of talent the nature of envy the roles of class, art, money, and power and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed InThe Interestings explores the meaning of talent the nature of envy the roles of class, art, money, and power and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a practical occupation and lifestyle Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer But Ethan and Ash, Jules s now married best friends, become shockingly successful true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent the nature of envy the roles of class, art, money, and power and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

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    1. This book was not Interesting (capital I or otherwise) in any way. Wolitzer wrote in such an ironic, lofty fashion that I was completely distanced from the characters. Very little actually happens in this novel, unless you count life, and that happens to all of us and does not a novel make. Six teens meet at summer camp, and four of them remain friends for decades. The friends deal with successes and failure, various love affairs, and one scandal, which is the central plot point of the novel (ye [...]

    2. A group of adolescents—little more than children, really—meet at a camp where kids explore their creativity. Ethan, Jules, Cathy, Goodman, Ash: All believe they are meant for great things. This assumption of huge talent where there may be little or none lies at the heart of Wolitzer’s novel, which sweeps across a span of decades. There’s sentiment here, full and wholehearted, but little sentimentality. Like The Corrections, The Interestings addresses one of fiction’s great themes: how [...]

    3. The Interestings are about as interesting as my butt dimple. The most exciting moment came when I rushed to my dictionary to check on the correct plural form for clitoris. I thought it might be 'clitori'. Or even 'clitorae'. But clitorises is the accepted form. I much prefer the correct Greek plural provided by my dictionary -- 'clitorides'. It's a word that deserves capitalization: Clitorides, Greek goddess of female pleasure.

    4. I’m not certain what 44 looks like, other than what I’m presented with in the mirror each morning. The Social Security Life Expectancy calculator informs me that I’ve lived half my anticipated span. The tired maxim encourages me not to think of the years in my life, but the life in my years. Now that I’m marooned in middle age for a spell, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about the life in the years ahead of and behind me. Have I achieved something of value in my work, my relationships? [...]

    5. There's a point in which one of the characters - a highly successful animator Ethan - wonders which Disney character would the protagonist Jules be and concludes that Disney doesn't make princesses like her. Wonderingly. I would have loved to point him to the nearest green-with-envy evil stepmother/stepsister. They're dime a dozen in Disney. And that's exactly what Jules is, jealous, petty and self absorbed even after 50+ years of her life. The novel barely acknowledges this. Oh, there are a cou [...]

    6. Meg Wolitzer’s captivating new novel, set in the bustle and exuberance of New York, is a panoramic and epic drama, but a sleeper kind of epic. It gripped me by degrees, opening rather conventionally and then gradually seducing me with a fertile character development and realistic, original story. She penetrates the messiness of human lives with a spotless narrative that feels both familiar and singular. If you are drawn to human drama, you’ll soon be thoroughly hooked. This is surely the cro [...]

    7. So. Fucking. Great. I'm going to gush. It's going to come out all wrong. But that's ok. There was so much soul and perceptiveness in this genius novel that I don't really know what to say other than "go read it now". What happens to talent over time? What happens to teenage friendships over time? What happens to passion and ideals and dreams over time? This novel will fill your heart to the brim and break it like a twig all at the same time.I will echo another friend and say that it is simply p [...]

    8. Ugh. I agree so much with Dani's review.I heard an interview with Wolitzer on NPR and was intrigued and really looked forward to reading this book. I wanted to like it which is why I got nearly halfway through waiting hoping something was going to happen before I skipped about a hundred pages to about 5 or 6 chapters from the end. Wolitzer is so repetitive that it wasn't at all hard to figure out what I'd missed.This book really has no plot. I actually am a fan of character-driven novels and I'm [...]

    9. I wanted to like this book much more than I did. I was sucked in by the opening chapters, a group of friends, a summer camp much like my own, only half a generation older than me. I even recognized the types: the serious beautiful girl, the nerdy but well loved creative boy, the awkward girl making her way through on humor (me), the gorgeous arrogant boy I could give each of these characters names from my own camp experience. And I could picture the Wolfs' New York: the big Central Park apartmen [...]

    10. Here's what occurs to the separate & disparate destinies (that don't always simply intertwine) of the Interestings. Some of them become insanely rich, successful, even famous, while others do not. They predictably fall behind: herein, pathos. But every member of that group of artsy folk, their decisions, shape what ultimately becomes the final picture-- engineering their fates in compelling and irrefutable ways.Wolitzer's beloved novel takes the torch from other contemporary dramas about sev [...]

    11. Meh. Another book with an ironic title. The first part of the book plods along as you wait for something to happen. Then the second part comes and you still wait for something to happen. Then the third part comes along and you understand that the author was just writing a long, unfunny Seinfeld episode, a story about nothing. Actually, I think she just wanted to let us know that East Coast kids who went to long summer camps in the mountains got married, had kids, had little life dramas, and all [...]

    12. A first kiss, Jules had thought, was supposed to magnetize you to the other person; the magnet and the metal were meant to fuse and melt on contact into a sizzling brew of silver and red. But this kiss had done nothing like that. Jules would have liked to tell Ash all about it now. She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.This book deserves to be read. It is a literary masterpiece [...]

    13. I was tempted to read this book by the glowing reviews and it proved to me that the reviewers are not ALWAYS wrong. THE INTERESTINGS is a book of great depth and insight. It follows six characters who meet at summer camp in 1974 up through the present--along with, to varying degrees, new friends, new relationships, and family members. Although there are many historically resonant moments, more than anything this is a book about character growth and development. I am not the only one who has comp [...]

    14. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS THIS YEAR! I'm still sitting with the smile on my face I had when I finished the last page. This book was so touching and beautiful and true and it went straight to my heart. Basically, this book is about a group of children getting to know each other at a summer camp. We then follow each individual throughout their lives and that's it! I can see why some people would have some problems with this book because it is quite slow-going and nothing big happens. But in my opi [...]

    15. I really honestly enjoyed this book. It is super engrossing and almost felt like watching a movie and seeing how things all played out. I loved the flawed characters and how their decisions felt real, I loved how the story jumped around in different time periods, and I really liked the story overall. These characters felt like people you might know or already know, even though their lives are so different from yours.Overall pretty great if you enjoy literary fiction! Solid read I listened to the [...]

    16. Onvan : The Interestings - Nevisande : Meg Wolitzer - ISBN : 1594488398 - ISBN13 : 9781594488399 - Dar 468 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2013

    17. "From this day forward, because we are clearly the most interesting people who ever fucking lived because we are just so fucking compelling, our brains swollen with intellectual thoughts, let us be known as the Interestings. And let everyone who meets us fall down dead in our path from just how fucking interesting we are."This is an epic novel that covers several decades in the lives of a group of friends. The friends met in 1974 at a summer camp for the arts, and the book mostly focuses on the [...]

    18. She sat down to write her review of The Interestings. Her fingers hovered over the keyboard. Oh, the angst.Was it her? Should she list her fifty insecurities in homage to the bizarre self-awareness of these characters, who spent so much time contemplating their navels it was a wonder none of them was ever hit by a car? Oh, dear. Was that a spoiler? No, it wasn't a spoiler. Now, where were we? Have we made much progress with this review?Okay. Let's move the plot along here. We'll start with the m [...]

    19. The Interestings is a big, beautiful and utterly absorbing novel about art, friendship, love, life and mortality. It also deals with something rarely seen in fiction: envy. In the mid-1970s at an arts-oriented summer camp in upstate New York, six precocious kids bond over music, V&Ts (vodka and Tang) and a bit of pot. They each have gifts – some more defined than others – and insecurities. They call themselves “the interestings,” because, well, they are, and they’re convinced they [...]

    20. I. Loved. This. Book.It was everything good in one rainbow-striped package. Maybe it's because I read so much young-adult fiction, but it felt like a book about growing up--but set when the real growing up begins. Unlike YA books where the growing up ends at age 16, Wolitzer begins there. We enter at this critical moment in time when life feels both fragile and endless. And, through Wolitzer's deft storytelling we realize it is both--and neither.I LOVED the relationships-the friendships, the rom [...]

    21. A local bookstore featured this book on their suggested shelf and had written something to the extent of, "What Franzen tries to do in Freedom, Wolitzer does in The Interestings." Based on this review, I snatched up the book immediately and looked forward to reading it at the beach over a long 4th of July weekend.And while this book was a mildly entertaining beach read, it stops there. There's not much at stake for any of Wolitzer's characters--all of whom are white, relatively privileged, and f [...]

    22. Absolutely wonderful. Maybe not the most technically brilliant book I've ever read, it had that certain quality that comes along very rarely in reading that completely sweeps you off your feet. I fell in love with the characters because that is what Wolitzer does best in her writing. If you want real, raw characters who you can rejoice or cry with, The Interestings is the book for you. I won't soon forget how each and every one of these characters, their lives, and their talents intertwined with [...]

    23. Major book hangover after finishing this one. The Interestings truly makes me swoon. I feel like the unseen member of this group of characters, the author has hypnotized me with her way with words. You simply must read this novel for yourself.This latest novel by Meg Wolitzer could easily become my reading yardstick. It is thought-provoking, serious, insouciant and amusing; it strolls across your consciousness with a lazy charm. Each character is lovingly crafted; Meg Wolitzer knows what she is [...]

    24. Meg Wolitzer is a good writer and the first 100 pages vividly captures the angst-y itch of being adolescent and artistic, but as the plot progresses and the characters continue to act like their selfish and immature selves well into middle age, I ultimately lost interest in them. Wolitzer brings up many important topics (e.g rape, 9/11, and AIDS, as well as themes of unrequited love, the role of money in friendships, morality and ethics between friends and couples, etc.) but everything is discus [...]

    25. The premise of the book is one that is quite familiar: a group of young people develop a strong bond while attending camp together, and the story follows the evolution of their lives and relationships into adulthood. It's fascinating to me that so many people think this is an outstanding piece of writing. The author fails one of my most elementary assessments for my fifth-grade writers: Can you show me what you mean, instead of telling me? Not only are these characters not particularly interesti [...]

    26. This totally annoyed me, because it's fantastic and it's the book I wanted to write next if I was good enough to write it, which I'm probably not. It would be condescending and untrue to say of Meg Wolitzer that her work just keeps getting better, because it's always good. This one especially moved me, maybe because I saw myself in all its characters. And I like a longish book that pisses you off because it ends and now you've read it and what the fuck are you supposed to do now?

    27. While the main character irked me at times with her jealousy and how unappreciative she was of her own life and talents, the author created her with the saving grace of self-awareness of these traits. The fact that she isn't blind to the absurdity of her envy of her friends was redeeming for me in a way.Liked:The author touched on a lot of meaningful themes that resonated with me. --Am I now who I thought I would become when I was young?--Is it significant that I may not be how I thought I would [...]

    28. There are certain points in our life that float on the surface of our pool of memories. Things that claim and reclaim our thoughts more than we want them to, recollections that our etched into us no matter what we do. It can be a blissful moment, a painful time, a hopeful dream. But whatever causes us to look back to what was, to feel what we felt, to hear what we heard, to be what we were, is something that we long for, consciously or unconsciously. There is a thing lost that we want to recaptu [...]

    29. O ano é o de 1974. Num campo de férias fomentador de talentos, conhecemos Os Interessantes, um grupo de adolescentes cheios de potencial: os irmãos Wolf, Goodman e Ash, de família endinheirada, ele um belo fanfarrão, ela delicada e artística; Jonah, o rapaz introvertido filho de uma cantora folk conhecida; o pouco atraente Ethan Figman, o mais talentoso do grupo; Cathy, a dançarina sensual e desenvolta; a engraçada Jules Jacobson, à primeira vista a menos interessante e também a person [...]

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