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Sleep Donation: A Novella (Kindle Single) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2014; vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Karen Russell

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future. A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by "Baby A," the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious "Donor Y." Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where "Night Worlds" offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Sleep Donation: A Novella (Kindle Single)
Kirjailijat:Karen Russell
Info:Atavist Books (2014), Kindle Edition, 110 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 22) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This is a fast, fascinating read, and the Viking paperback I have has the most gorgeous illustrations which are themselves well worth sinking into. The concepts, ideas, and images here sucked me in almost immediately, and in the end, I read the book in only a few sittings. And... yet. And yet, I have to admit that I ended up wanting more. More from the characters, more from the plot, and more especially from the ending. In some ways, it felt like 90% of the book's energy went to world-building and imagery, leaving only 10% or so of the energy to go toward plot and character. In some ways, it may be that the world-building and concept were so vibrant that they were more than enough to hold up the experience of the book, so all else was deemed secondary, but especially by the time the book ended, I found myself simply wanting more.

So, would I recommend the book? Well, yes, but with some reservations, and with the caveat that this is a book to be read for the concepts and the world and the images playing it forward, vs for the primary story or any sort of conflict. I'm not sure if I'll read more of Russell's work, truly--if the sound of a story fascinates me, I probably will. If not... I probably won't. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Mar 10, 2021 |
awful but awesome because this is such nightmare fuel for me: AN INABILITY TO SLEEP EVER AGAIN. but I enjoyed this more than I expected, much to my surprise; Karen Russell's particular weirdness doesn't always work for me? but the writing was good and no one was sexually assaulted!! otoh, some naive childlike adults. I never win. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
What better reading material during a global pandemic, than to read Karen Russell’s timely and haunting new novella about a deadly worldwide illness? Now in paperback, this tale that began online, tells the inside story of the Insomnia Crisis. We all know that without sleep, there’s a simple diagnosis … death. And readers of Karen Russell all know that she can spin a wonderfully weird-ass story about anything.

With Sleep Donation, we are taken inside the Slumber Corps, a nonprofit company that recruits people to donate their healthy sleep to the hundreds of thousands of people who have completely lost the ability to sleep. Trish Edgewater is one of their very best recruiters, and her success stems greatly from her emotional telling of the story about one of the very first victims of the new disease, her sister.

The mechanics of donating sleep are vague, but it must be quite simple, as it’s done in the Slumber Corps van. Then like a blood transfusion, the insomniac receives that sleep right there in that same van.

Trish sees the crisis from within the Slumber Corps, and she’s starts to see problems with this company started by a couple of millionaire brothers, and how some donors are so much more important than others. Following the simple logic that most babies are good sleepers (No, I’ve never done an all nighter with a crying baby) and “Baby A” is one of their best donators. There are limits to how much sleep donors can give, but “Baby A” (soundest sleeper in the country) is revealed as a gold mind of sleep. Trish is torn when she becomes close to Mr. and Mrs. Harkonnen, the baby’s parents, and then also learns about the troubling money side of using this very productive sleep donor. On the flip side, another sleep donator, “Donor Y,” has made sleep donations that have infected the company’s precious sleep banks with horrible nightmares. There is a long questionnaire and screening system, but it obviously doesn’t catch all problems, and nightmares are the worst.

The worlds of our pandemic and Russell’s Insomnia Crisis swirled and circled each other in my mind, as I read this dystopian story, and heard the latest dismal headlines on television. Sleep isn’t overabundant in my life, so this slim book could have been much longer and still have fit into a single night of uncomfortable reading. There are some suitably moody sketches throughout the book, and an appropriately odd appendix about nightmares in the back of the book.

“Sleep Donation has a dreamlike beauty while remaining ominous and off-kilter” says an apt Stephen King blurb on the front cover. When you combine our present pandemic with our actual wide-spread insomnia, this book seems born for these times. Yet, there’s a distance, a difference, so you ‘might’ still be able to sleep after reading this book. Enjoy and good luck.
1 ääni jphamilton | Oct 16, 2020 |
In the very near future, the United States finds itself in the throes of a rapidly spreading pandemic. By the thousands, people across the nation have been gripped by a paralyzing case of insomnia, which will eventually kill their bodies if the malady cannot be treated in time. Trish Edgewater, who lost her older sister in just that way, works for Slumber Corps recruiting unafflicted volunteers to donate units of their unspoiled sleep in an effort to save lives. She is very good at her job—mainly by exploiting her dead sister’s story—but becomes conflicted about the shameless sales tactics she employs as well as how some of the donations she raises are being used. When a tainted donation spreads the crisis outside of the country (to China, in fact), Trish faces a moral crisis that drives the narrative to its end.

That is the basic plot of Sleep Donation, Karen Russell’s novella that was first published in 2014 and then re-released in 2020. Of course, given what was going on in the world at the time, it is easy to see why it seemed like a good opportunity for a second issue of a book that originally was not as well received as some of the author’s previous work (e.g., Swamplandia!). However, it is also hard not to be a little cynical about such a strategy in that a story using an insomnia outbreak as its motivation is a really shaky comparison to the COVID-19 crisis that threatens the world in real time. A much better analogy to the current situation can be found in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, or even Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, which taught us almost 700 years ago how to stay socially distant with style during a plague.

I did not come away from reading Sleep Donation with a strong opinion one way or the other, which I suppose is something of an indictment in itself. Russell is certainly a talented writer and here she has crafted the elements of a very atmospheric and haunting scenario that felt like it could actually happen. However, the book is too brief—it is really more like a longer-than-normal short story—to develop this world in a compelling way. At the same time, the language she uses is often overwrought and florid, especially to describe a state where brain function is being ground away to nothing. Beyond that, the main conflict that develops between Trish and her bosses at Slumber Corps takes far too long to play out and, when it does, the resolution is very unsatisfying. So, this is not a novel that I can recommend without reservation, despite the changing nature of our shared global experience. ( )
  browner56 | Jul 4, 2020 |


Sleep donation, by Karen Russell

I wanted SO BADLY to like this novel........but instead, I didn't finish it. I just couldn't bring myself to bother. I am very let down.

What annoyed me about this audiobook, mainly, was the narrator. The actress Greta Gerwig, was a huge detraction in this endeavor. She reads in a stilted, choppy manner, rather like the forced readings of teens in English class, where you don't want to sound like you're enjoying it at all. Or, maybe just hate forced readings. Gerwig is completely monotone. It's driving me crazy.
There were no breaks between the end of the chapters, before the title of the next chapter, or the next chapters words itself. It made it sound like sudden run-on sentences. She was unable to differentiate between different characters, and make them sound the slightest bit different. In fact, her boss Rudy's voice was just louder, not different.

Also, the editing sucked. There were discernible quality issues, where you can tell that the narrator was taped at another time and it was added in later. It happens every so often in the audiobook, and It was noticeable, and weird.

The author's way of writing her sentences, peppered with commas, instead of ending them all together, is also sort of juvenile. I've read Russell's other novel Swamplandia, and I don't remember this happening there. It's like she has become allergic to conjunctions as well as periods. Then, there are the weirdly unnatural similes:

"Genevieve Hughes eyes are like empty bowls that you want to fill with food." Seriously....? NO....... Please don't.
Another character (a boss, Jim), was described as having been a theater Midwestern major in college, so "it means he underscores statements he actually does believe with the gayer accents."
Well, I think this is uncalled for, and just rude.

So now I'm on chapter 16. Not much has happened, and I'm bored. The narrator's soporific tone is making it difficult to do anything. I may have to quit, soon.... I have hit a snag of sorts with Russell's writing that reminded me of why, despite the hoopla that surrounded it, her "Swamplandia!" failed to stack up for me in the same way. Russell's writing overreaches at times. I think that it can easily pass as being condescending to the reader. I mean, I'd like to think I'm a well-read person, someone with a more than average/decent vocabulary. But the ones she's chosen to use as her adjectives of choice, like 'chitinous' shell of sarcasm.....or the actual 'ungulate'? Or 'nacreous' skin? WE GET IT. You're REALLY smart and you have the vocabulary to prove it. Stop showing off, maybe....? That's it, I'm bailing at chapter 20.

In summary, this book.......It's just weird for me. There seems to be this disconnect of sorts in liking the characters, and I think maybe if she would just get out of her own way a little bit (or have an editor to address this issue with her). Perhaps I'm the only one to feel this way about Russell's work, but I doubt it, publishing darling that she is. I just think if she would lose hold on her tendencies to overreach with all those descriptions of hers, then her books would be that much better. Unfortunately, after this novel I'm not so sure I'm willing to find out.
Also, I'm kind of angry I have spent so much money on the audiobook version of this novel. Money is tight in this family, with me not able to work right now. I had heard such great things about it, and now I'm done with it, and probably for good. This is no buèno.
2 faint stars, not recommending the audiobook unless you are an insomniac, needing someone monotonous to read you to sleep.
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  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future. A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by "Baby A," the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious "Donor Y." Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where "Night Worlds" offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

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