Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax.In this conclusion to her groundbreaking trilogy, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, justice and love, and the ultimate value of suffering. She is without question one of our most important living writers....
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Kudos (Outline #3) Reviews
Welcome to my Goodreads review of a novel that mocks Goodreads reviews! :-) (More about that later.) "Kudos" is largely dialogue-driven and set in the world of literary festivals and book marketing - and while Cusk only alludes to the events and places where she does actually take us, I think I solved some of her riddles. But let me start by outlining (haha, sorry) the story:
Faye, a writer and divorced mother of two (just like Cusk; Faye is also the protagonist of "Outline" and "Transit"), trave ...more
The Greek word “kudos” was a singular noun that had become plural by a process of back formation: a kudo on its own had never actually existed, but in modern usage its collective meaning had been altered by the confusing presence of a plural suffix, so that “kudos” therefore meant, literally, “prizes”, but in its original form it connoted the broader concept of recognition or acclaim, as well as being suggestive of something which might be falsely claimed by someone else.
Unlike with Outline an ...more
I'm giving the book a five-star rating not so much for this individual effort - although still it was brilliant - but more for the Faye Trilogy as a unit. Cusk has carved herself a unique place in contemporary literature, managing the feat of saying so much about her central character with saying so little directly. Kudos follows in the same vein as Outline and Transit - snippets of conversation ranging a spectrum of subjects - but this novel centers more on family, relationships, gender roles, ...more
Prose as clear cut and crystalline as ever; philosophy as provocative as the past two- but the gimmick begins to wear. Was hoping to see Faye develop and form somehow- but she is as absent as in 'Outline' and 'Transit'. Still as true a novel to our times as I've ever come across, though.
What's the problem here? After loving Outline, I wasn't super enthused about Transit, and I may have liked Kudos even less. The magical feeling I had wandering around Greece in Outline has definitely not been replicated in these later volumes in the trilogy. Is it the change of setting? The fact that some of the characters our protagonist, Faye, speaks with in Transit and Kudos are completely random and therefore it makes no sense that they would open up to her as extensively as they do? Is it t ...more
Kudos is a strong finish to this trilogy of novels that started with Outline and continued with Transit. I’ve enjoyed all three novels, but they are difficult to describe. Really, the novels are nothing more than a series of conversations with people Faye, the protagonist, comes into contact with. The conversations in each novel touch on some similar themes so that there are some connections between conversations (in Kudos, the commitment of marriage and negligent parenting resurface regularly), ...more
There are books that you get and books that you don't. But starting with Book 3 of 3 was probably not the smartest way to help me understand this book. I felt like I have just endured the longest conversations with people I don't know, am not invested in and quite frankly didn't give a damn about. The protagonist is an author, she flies out to another country for a literary conference. The guy next to her on the plane basically does not shut up the whole time. When she lands, I am not sure where ...more
Lang geleden dat ik zo ben gegrepen door een verhaal. ‘Kudo’s’ is een aaneenschakeling van gesprekken die hoofdpersoon Faye heeft met personen die ze ontmoet: van haar buurman in het vliegtuig tot de gasten op een literatuurfestival en haar eigen zoon. Ze beschrijft alles wat gebeurt met dezelfde intensiteit; alles lijkt even belangrijk: hoe iemand zich beweegt, of hoe iemand het leven ziet. Ze legt karakters genadeloos bloot, en ik blijf achter met de vraag: wie is Faye zélf, en welke vragen he ...more