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The Sunken Cathedral By Kate Walbert The Sunken Cathedral A deeply moving novel that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan s swiftly changing neighborhoods extreme weather and the unease of twenty first century life From the Natio
  • Title: The Sunken Cathedral
  • Author: Kate Walbert
  • ISBN: 9781476799322
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Sunken Cathedral By Kate Walbert A deeply moving novel that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty first century life.From the National Book Award nominee and author of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling A Short History of Women, a deeply moving, lyrical, ominous, and unexpectedly funny Tom PerroA deeply moving novel that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty first century life.From the National Book Award nominee and author of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling A Short History of Women, a deeply moving, lyrical, ominous, and unexpectedly funny Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers novel that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty first century life Marie and Simone, friends for decades, were once immigrants to the city, survivors of World War II in Europe Now widows living alone in Chelsea, they remain robust, engaged, and adventurous, even as the vistas from their past interrupt their present Helen is an art historian who takes a painting class with Marie and Simone Sid Morris, their instructor, presides over a dusty studio in a tenement slated for condo conversion he awakes the interest of both Simone and Marie Elizabeth is Marie s upstairs tenant, a woman convinced that others have a secret way of being, a confidence and certainty she lacks She is increasingly unmoored baffled by her teenage son, her husband, and the roles she is meant to play In a chorus of voices, Kate Walbert, a wickedly smart, gorgeous writer The New York Times Book Review , explores the growing disconnect between the world of action her characters inhabit and the longings, desires, and doubts they experience Interweaving long narrative footnotes, Walbert paints portraits of marriage, of friendship, and of love in its many facets, always limning the inner life, the place of deepest yearning and anxiety The Sunken Cathedral is a stunningly beautiful, profoundly wise novel about the way we live now.
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    1. Kate Walbert

      Kate Walbert was born in New York City and raised in Georgia, Texas, Japan and Pennsylvania, among other places She is the author of A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004 The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecticut Book Award in Fiction in 2002 and Where She Went, a collection of linked stories and New York Times notable book.She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fiction fellowship, a Connecticut Commission on the Arts fiction fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories and The O Henry Prize stories.From 1990 to 2005, she lectured in fiction writing at Yale University She currently lives in New York City with her family.

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    2. Kate Walbert s new novel is lyrical, beautifully written, and very moving She writes about a cast of characters in contemporary New York City against a backdrop of extreme and threatening weather Among the characters are 2 old French widows, Simone and Marie, who escaped from World War II Europe Sid Morris, an aging art teacher who is teaching Simone and Marie Elizabeth, Marie s upstairs neighbor and an unnamed movie star who lives behind Marie.The novel addresses the theme of aging and loss in [...]


    3. In 2009, Kate Walbert published A Short History of Women, a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age The Sunken Cathedral may be a shorter history of women, but it s no less insightful about the mysterious ways our lives play out.Like so many elements of this rich new novel, its title points backward and forward The people of Brittany have long told of a church submerged underwater, and now as the climate [...]


    4. I won an ARC of this book via the GoodReads First Reads programme This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictales eclectictales blog 201Unfortunately, I didn t really feel for the story The first few pages were disconcerting, but I thought it just took some getting used to, getting a feel of the storytelling and slipping into the lives of these characters But about a third into the story, I wasn t feeling for anything at all the story, the characters, even the setting Everythi [...]


    5. I read this in NYC during a March snowstorm and wondering why so many things I liked about the city weren t there any So it was very fitting as this is a novel about the city beset by storms, luxury condos, police surges Its a gorgeous book made up of interweaving voices a French woman who came to America after WWII, her young tenant uneasily negotiating life in a post 9 11, post Sandy world, a painting teacher in an illegal Chelsea squat Footnotes to the text take the reader even deeper, uncove [...]


    6. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for free access to an ARC of this book.Have you ever stood before a painting of Chagall, and you ve got technicolor cows and moons and barns and villages and flames and eyes and kerchiefs and hands and stars all jumping out at you Stuff is flying all over the place in a manner that is decontextualized and nonchronological and whimsical, and yet so powerfully imbued with such symbolic import that even if you are very young and unaware of the precise details o [...]


    7. 2.5 Much has been made of Walbert s Impressionistic style There is some beautiful writing here for sure, but I think it would lend itself better to short stories as there is not enough plot or character continuity to latch onto Essentially the novel is about a set of New Yorkers in a Chelsea brownstone chiefly Marie, an old woman who came to America from France after World War II and their disparate memories and experiences I also didn t feel Walbert followed through on the subtle environmental [...]


    8. This book made me gnaw my cuticles It made me feel, all over again, like country come to town in an American Literature class in undergrad with a professor who wanted to make sure I went away knowing exactly how unsophisticated I was It made me dread growing old and looking back on my life And I did not like the conceit of the footnotes That said, it was a very well written book It was obviously just not written for me.


    9. Every book I sit down with I hope I like While a good snarky review cleanses the palate every once in a while, I would really prefer to read awesome books And so it was with a great sense of relief that I discovered that the first ARC I d ever gotten contained a book that I quite enjoyed.And yet, I m quite sure it s not for everyone.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can r [...]


    10. When I was checking out Simon Schuster s summer releases, I added The Sunken Cathedral to my TBR list The description really peaked my interest When I found out I won an ARC of the book through a giveaway I added it to the top of my April pile because I was so excited despite the fact that it doesn t get released until June Unfortunately, for me, the book was not what I hoped it would be I found it really difficult to get into as the story jumped from one character s perspective to another with [...]


    11. My second read by Walbert, exactly same impression There is undeniable skill with which she weaves a dreamlike narrative of a Manhattan about to go by the way of Atlantis, but the writing is too detached somehow for a reader to really emote The structure of the book was quite clever, with asides taking up a significant space of each chapter, something usually only seen in nonfiction Yet for all its cleverness, the book seems too aloof to engage This novel was very much like its cover, beauty of [...]


    12. The Sunken Cathedral is an ominous yet humane masterpiece Its characters are well drawn and believable, from the widow who lets the phone ring so she can hear her husband s voice on the answering machine to the teenager who happily loses her virginity in a scene of exquisite ordinariness to the coolest in the pack, the long banged boy The Sunken Cathedral will both upset and console you Urban and human decay, post 9 11 anxiety, and drowning are some of the book s major motifs Heavy stuff, but it [...]


    13. Note to self, books described by overblown adjectives seldom measure up to said adjectives I think that this book would have been better served as short stories The characters barely connected, and a couple of them seemed to not connect at all The footnotes, at the bottom of the pages, often continued on to the next page I didn t know if I was to read them at the bottom of the page, find a stopping point or between chapters A few of them I couldn t tell what character was being referenced The bo [...]


    14. Marie and Simone are best friends They live in Chelsea, both war brides and widowed They decide to take an art class and meet Helen in the class taught by Sid The 4 form an unlikely friendship Bouncing back to the past and returning to the present, this story keeps you glued to pages This book looks into love, friendship and marriage It examines parent and child and schools and home life Can t think of enough adjectives to describe how much I loved this story It is a wonderful read that ends all [...]



    15. There may be a good story somewhere in this book, but the truly horrendous narration of the audio version makes it impossible to find I m not sure who thought it was a good idea to have the author pull double duty as narrator, but her dull monotone was completely unsuited to the job.


    16. A check out from the Malaga Cove Library, I was actually drawn to the book by its cover and by the author whose book A Short History of Women I read a few years ago After the fact, I read this review which explained a lot to me that I didn t get at the time nytimes 2015 06 14 boo There are multiple narrators and the setting is the Chelsea District of NYC The characters lives are interwoven and often there is an asterisk in the narrative and then a footnote about what had happened in that person [...]


    17. I won a copy of The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert through a giveaway I struggled to get into this book, it took me several attempts but once I understood the style of writing I settled in for what I can only describe as a metaphorical read The main characters are old friends Marie and Simone, and the plot and several sub plots are centered around these two ladies Situations are juxtaposed it was difficult at times to keep myself in the loop as there are several footnote styled deviations I pr [...]


    18. Done That s mostly all I liked from this book being done It s pretty rare I have such a hard time reading a book I like mostly anything.The figures of speech used are pretty amazing, but it makes the reading not as fun as it could be.It could, or should, have been written in short stories It would have been a first step in making this book readable.This book is full of long footnotes, metaphors, pun and author s acrobatics.The story in itself looked funny and interesting, but I should have rerea [...]


    19. Lyrical, elliptical, and formally playful, I really enjoyed this novel The images have stayed with me, and even the FEELING of these woman and their lives Walbert does this so well each character she touches, she illuminates for us, though her magic One really interesting thing about this novel, and a brave thing, is the use of footnotes alongside the main narrative, which gave my reading experience a kind of feeling of sinking into a dreamworld, a nonlinear world She creates in this way, a kal [...]


    20. Old women don t often get their due in contemporary fiction, so it was a pleasure to see into the lives of Simone and Marie There s a very limited cast of characters here, but Walbert does a wonderful job of teasing out the multitudes each person contains I enjoyed the recursive, non linear storytelling here, as well as the use of footnotes to illuminate the characters inner lives I first thought the short chapters would be best savored one at a time, almost like a set of linked stories, but I f [...]


    21. I think if i lived in or around the Chelsea neighborhood in NYC I would have liked this novel better Everything about the book seemed to be just out of my reach I couldn t connect with the place, the time or the characters I see others compare this work to an impressionist painting and I think that is a good description There are detailed stories of the people who live in this neighborhood but it also feels vague and disjointed, often jumping in time and place I liked the characters and I think [...]


    22. Reluctant to think so poorly of a book by Kate Walbert but this one was a disappointment anything good coming from it was marred by the terrible use of footnotes which strike me as annoying, distracting and pretentious It seems to be a popular literary trend and I ve noticed Joyce Carol Oates, T.C Boyle and Junot Diaz using footnotes in novels Walbert s wonderful prose outstanding in Our Kind and A Brief History of Women was trounced by this style and didn t help the already vague, switching cha [...]


    23. The description of this book sounded like a lighthearted story of women going through life changes I found it quite depressing and did not get the feel of any meaningful relationships throughout the entire book The style of writing was very disjointed to me I had to reread many pages to remember which character was being discussed The footnotes were very random and were hard to blend into the reading The author s style may be enjoyed by those who look for symbolic writing, but that is not me.


    24. I really liked this The combination of New York and using the climate and general tenor of the city for currency rather than the easy benchmarks tech or current events made it dreamy and contemporary at the same time, which I thought was a totally winning combination I especially liked her gentle take on aging And art Full review now up at Like Fire.


    25. An incredibly unusual read, some intriguing characters and well written I didn t read this book at particular speed and so lost the thread at times, mostly because I found the use of footnotes confusing and difficult to navigate on a kindle This aspect may have worked better in paper form I did like the idea that this gave the reader an opportunity to learn about each character away from the main thrust of the narrative A meandering and philosophical novel.


    26. Very interesting indeeda novel about the past, present, and future about Manhattan and its changes and challenges about memory and aging about love and its loss about family and its dysfunctions about modern parenting and its downside.There is a decided narrative and central characters, but many subsidiary stories and minor characters the reader learns about through asterisked notes at the bottom of many pages In effect, multiple narratives on the same page


    27. Several characters weren t distinctive enough to keep straight, the jumping around in time was very confusing some kind of anchor to tell the reader where they were would have been a big improvement and the footnotes taking us away from the narrator and into someone else s p.o.v were incredibly distracting.


    28. Got to page 75 This was just unreadable The lengthy footnotes were an author s conceit and annoying as all can be They detracted from the narrative, which I hadn t found all that compelling Maybe other readers can afford to be generous with their time, but I am no longer going to slog through stories that can t engage my interest within a reasonable page count.


    29. Reminded me some of Winesburg, Ohio, but set in present day Chelsea, Manhattan It s consistently smart and funny, and even the footnotes which was David Foster Wallace s bag work to create a splendid splintered collage of impending ruin and confusion.


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