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Rumaan Alam

Teoksen Leave the World Behind tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Leave the World Behind (2020) 2,129 kappaletta
Rich and Pretty (2016) 352 kappaletta
That Kind of Mother (2018) 278 kappaletta
Shell Game (Getaway collection) (2022) 10 kappaletta
There Are Flowers in Ohio (2022) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Things to Come and Go: Three Stories (1983) — Johdanto, eräät painokset15 kappaletta

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20th century
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Oberlin College
short-story writer



I listened to the audiobook of Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam AFTER watching the movie adaptation on Neflix.
I'm glad I did! I enjoyed them both, for different reasons.
The cinematography in the movie definitely lent to the story (more of a disaster movie vibe which I love).
The book was more of a slow burning what's going on/implied impending disaster/thriller.
I was surprised by the differences between the book and the screenplay, especially the character of Ruth. The racism seemed more blatant in the movie.… (lisätietoja)
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deslivres5 | 127 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2024 |
Those first few days are disorienting. You don't know what exactly is happening. You don't know what exactly is changing. You don't know what exactly will have changed for good on the other side. You don't know where the other side is. No one can tell you. You cling to any normalcy you can. Unsettled, your emotions can be precarious.

Alam's novel completely inhabits this space, making for the most anxiety-personifying novel I can recall reading in a long time. And as if it's not enough that his central characters are confusedly facing a world where suddenly, to quote Yeats, "all changed, changed utterly", he forces them together in a rural vacation home with two complete strangers of different race, class, and generation, which would be an anxiety inducing social negotiation in its own right in the best of times. What chance could they have to navigate it gracefully in this situation?

It's the last time. You don't know that. There's always a last time. You'll not know when it is. It seems quotidian and unremarkable, but if you're able to look back later, knowing it was the last time, you may find it miraculous.
Rose was at the kitchen island with a bowl of cereal. Amanda remembered (it was not so long ago) when the girl had needed adult intercession to fetch the bowl, fill it, slice the banana, pour the milk. She had tried not to resent it at the time; she had tried to remember how fleeting those days were. And now they were gone. There was a last time that she had sung the children to sleep, a last time she had wiped the feces from the recesses of their bodies, a last time she had seen her son nude and perfect as he was the day she met him. You never know when a time is the last time, because if you did you could never go on with life.

She bought yogurt and blueberries. She bought sliced turkey, whole-grain bread, that pebbly mud-colored mustard, and mayonnaise. She bought potato chips and tortilla chips and jarred salsa full of cilantro, even though Archie refused to eat cilantro. She bought organic hot dogs and inexpensive buns and the same ketchup everyone bought. She bought cold, hard lemons and seltzer and Tito's vodka and two bottles of nine-dollar red wine. She bought dried spaghetti and salted butter and a head of garlic. She bought thick-cut bacon and a two-pound bag of flour and twelve-dollar maple syrup in a faceted glass bottle like a tacky perfume. She bought a pound of ground coffee, so potent she could smell it through the vacuum seal, and size 4 coffee filters made of recycled paper. If you care? She cared!

I went to a concert. I went to a bar. I went out unmasked.

Our pandemic time will pass soon now but there could be some inflection point coming. We won't know when we're doing something for the last time before whatever's coming has come. We'll be here, in this novel. These characters will not find their known world coming back. It will not resume. It provokes great empathy for them as they struggle. We would struggle. Perhaps our kids would do better.

G.H. knew her. It had been decades! "I think it's something we're going to laugh about when we hear what it was. That's what I think." He didn't think this. But it was right to lie sometimes.

Rose wasn't brave. Kids were merely too young to know to look away from the inexplicable.

… (lisätietoja)
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lelandleslie | 127 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2024 |
Digital audiobook read by Marin Ireland

From the book jacket: Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But with a late-night knock on the door the spell is broken. Ruth and G.H., an older couple who claim to own the home, have arrived there in a panic. These strangers say that a sudden blackout has swept New York, and they’ve come to the country in search of shelter. But with the TV and internet down, and no cell phone service, the facts are unknowable.

My reactions
This grabbed me from page one and held on through the wonderfully ambiguous ending. Alam writes these characters so well. And gives the reader the same “unbalanced” sense that the characters feel – not knowing what is happening nor whom to trust.

It’s hard to say this is post-apocalyptic, though it’s certainly headed in that direction. The reader, like the characters, knows little of what has actually happened. Alam gives a few clues that this is bigger than originally thought – loud boom, large migration of animals, unexpected physical symptoms.

The couples take a few precautions that one might expect, but other things aren’t done (no effort to ration food, for example). Yet we can’t know anything for certain. We have only Ruth & GH’s statement that there was a blackout, but no way to corroborate this information. But why would they lie? They seem like reasonable, intelligent people. They don’t seem threatening. When a significant event occurs, they do all work together to form a plan of action. But how long can this cooperation continue?

I’m left feeling unsettled and confused and curious and excited and desperate to know what is next.

Marin Ireland does a fine job of narrating the audiobook. She sets a good pace and sufficiently differentiates the characters so that the listener can tell who is speaking.
… (lisätietoja)
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BookConcierge | 127 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 19, 2024 |
This book seems to do a few of the things many publishers tell their authors not to do, so it took a little while to get used to the omnipresent head-hop style, knowing things the characters in the book can’t yet know, or never know. A social commentary on isolation, dependance on technology and society, wrapped up in tension, the themes here make one realise how helpless so many of us might be in the face of disaster; how most people require order and structure, and how close they come to panic, man turning on each other when these things come under threat. A suspenseful piece of writing. Often disturbing. (Note: the Netflix adaptation is good but I preferred the reading experience.)… (lisätietoja)
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SharonMariaBidwell | 127 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 1, 2024 |



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