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Florida – tekijä: Lauren Groff
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Florida (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Lauren Groff (Tekijä)

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'Floridaisa magnificent collection, executed withtremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way.Lauren Groff is a virtuoso.'Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple; a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational centre- an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise and affecting, Floridais a magnificent achievement.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:srferrar
Teoksen nimi:Florida
Kirjailijat:Lauren Groff (Tekijä)
Info:Riverhead Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:kindle, kindle sale, read in 2020, short stories, by a woman

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Florida is one very strange physical state, but this collection of short stories of the same name, is mostly very good. The word mostly is a qualifier that seem to slip in to most every review of mine dealing with short stories. Simple fact -- not every story can shine as bright. ( )
  jphamilton | Aug 7, 2021 |
I struggled to get through Groff's short story collection. At first, I thought it was an essay collection. I've read a couple of Groff's personal essays, and the voice of the protagonist in the first story, "Ghosts and Empties," reminded me of her personal essays. So I started reading on somewhat shaky ground. Groff is adept at character development and uses imagery in wonderful and surprising ways. She is an exceptional writer, but I was still disappointed by this collection.

I felt hamstrung by the title--Florida. Aside from a couple of stories taking place in Florida, I didn't feel the connection of the stories to the title. I've lived in northern Florida for over 30 years now. I'm a transplant, and I've had a love-hate relationship since I moved here. I sense a bit of that with Groff, especially since she seems to focus on the negatives of Florida (hurricanes, snakes, transients), but I never felt any of the stories were really about Florida, at least not the Florida I know. Yes, it's a weird state politically and demographically, and it still has considerable wildness (although the population is quickly encroaching on that), but except for the book title and the occasional mentions of Florida, Groff could have been writing about any other coastal Southern state, or maybe France since a couple of stories take place in France. In fact, "Yport" had wonderful geographic detail that gave me a strong sense of place.

I also struggled with liking her characters enough (or finding them interesting enough) to keep reading. Few characters were sympathetic. To be honest, there were times I wanted to say, "Yankee, go home!" and I'm a Yankee. ( )
  BaileyBrown | Jun 7, 2021 |
As usual, a wonderful collection of writing by Lauren Groff, who just continues to go from strength to strength. ( )
  JBD1 | May 22, 2021 |
There were lots of aspects of these stories that I liked as I read them, but the collection as a whole didn't cohere into something I enjoyed until almost the very end when I was able to put them all together and get what she was trying to do. At first, each story ran together for me - if Florida Man is perpetually eating bath salts and driving four-wheelers into a swamp, then apparently Florida Woman is continually mired in unhappy relationships and snakes - but even though a notable percentage of these stories hit similar downbeats, each one conveys some bit of weird Florida-ness in a slightly different way. It might feel like the protagonists are mostly interchangeable, and they are, but as vessels for the emotions of disorientation, disillusion, and dislocation they're just fine. "Yport", the last, longest, and best story, doesn't even take place in Florida, but its narrative of a mother in a strange place trying to cope with several different flavors of disenchantment in her life and her work is a perfect example of how Groff is able to explore several things at once when she gives her ideas enough room to develop. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
In “Flower Hunters”, one of the stories in this collection, an angst-ridden mother finds some solace in reading about William Bartram, an 18th century naturalist who, like her had once been “a northerner dazzled by the frenzied flora and fauna” of Florida. She takes an almost perverse pleasure in imagining her homely neighbourhood as a yet undeveloped “damp, dense tangle. An Eden of dangerous things”. The protagonist completely forgets that it’s Halloween, and, as a consequence, her two boys must make do with improvised costumes. “For the older boy, she cut eyeholes in a white sheet for an old-style ghost, though it rankled, a white boy in a white sheet, Florida still the Deep South”. That night, while the boys and their dad traipse off to a Halloween party, she stays at home, reading about Bartram, listening to the rain and worrying about the sinkhole she is pretty sure is forming and threatening to gobble up her house.

The “Florida” of the title is less of a physical, geographical setting, than a complex of feelings, ideas and associations. The images in "Flower Hunters" are quite representative of this literary place, where the genteel, civilised exterior, is constantly ambushed by the dangerous and the unexpected; where relationships are brittle and class wars are still rife; where even the nicest of persons might be monsters in disguise. Several of the tales portray natural perils which, besides being symbolic, are also quite literal. "Eyewall", a ghost-story in all but name, takes place against the backdrop of a battering hurricane. Storms are a central feature of several of the stories, panthers and alligators roam in others, whilst the Biblical association between snakes and evil is reprised in “Snake Stories”. The feeling of menace is sometimes expressed in tales which skirt the Gothic – “Dogs go Wolf” is a Florida-set (where else?) re-imagining of myths and legends of feral children.

The pull of Florida is such that even in the stories set away from the state (and from North America, even), the same feelings and fears hold sway. For the protagonist of “Salvador”, the Brazilian town is as rain-soaked as home, and equally remindful of the inadequacies of a life spent tending to a bed-ridden mother. “For the God of Love, for the Love of God” is set in France, where a Florida couple visit an old friend, now married to a Swiss baron. As relationships and fortunes collapse, the story turns into a grim comedy-of-manners which I can imagine made into a French art-house movie, perhaps a sort of darker version of Le Prénom. France is, again, the backdrop of “Yport”, which follows a mother and her two boys on a journey to the places associated with Guy du Maupassant, an author whom the mother is unenthusiastically researching. The harried mother realizes that she hates the guy – both as man and as writer – but also takes another an important lesson home with her – “of all places in the world, she belongs in Florida. How dispiriting to learn this of herself”.

To be honest, “dispiriting” is an adjective which could also fit most of the stories in the collection. There are also themes, concerns and images, which keep returning obsessively, making this an anthology to savour, rather than to read in one sitting. And yes, Florida does deserve to be “savoured”. In just a few pages, Groff can draw a character worthy of a novel, conjure a setting and a mood, surprise the reader with a flash of insight, an unexpected image. At her best, Groff can indeed give us an “Eden of dangerous things”. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
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'Floridaisa magnificent collection, executed withtremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way.Lauren Groff is a virtuoso.'Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple; a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational centre- an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise and affecting, Floridais a magnificent achievement.

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