• Title: Katherine Carlyle
  • Author: Rupert Thomson
  • ISBN: 9781590517383
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Katherine Carlyle Katherine Carlyle is Rupert Thomson s breakthrough novel Written in the beautifully spare lucid and cinematic prose Thomson is known for and powered by his natural gift for storytelling it uses th
    Katherine Carlyle is Rupert Thomson s breakthrough novel Written in the beautifully spare, lucid, and cinematic prose Thomson is known for, and powered by his natural gift for storytelling, it uses the modern techniques of IVF to throw new light on the myth of origins It is a profound and moving novel about identity, the search for personal meaning, and how we are loved.Katherine Carlyle is Rupert Thomson s breakthrough novel Written in the beautifully spare, lucid, and cinematic prose Thomson is known for, and powered by his natural gift for storytelling, it uses the modern techniques of IVF to throw new light on the myth of origins It is a profound and moving novel about identity, the search for personal meaning, and how we are loved.Unmoored by her mother s death and feeling her father to be an increasingly distant figure, Katherine Carlyle abandons the set course of her life and starts out on a mysterious journey to the ends of the world Instead of going to college, she disappears, telling no one where she has gone What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing ground of his love for her, a coming to terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise en sc ne for a courageous leap to true empowerment.

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    1. It pains me to give Rupert Thomson a bad review, but Katherine Carlyle genuinely disappointed me - even more so than his last novel, Secrecy.Katherine Carlyle is narrated in the first person by the eponymous protagonist, also known as Kit - a 19 year old English girl. At the beginning, Kit is living in Rome - largely by herself; her father, a CNN correspondent, is rarely around, and her mother has died several years previously. Kit has been conceived via IVF - she begins her story by telling how [...]

    2. This novel has the spine-tingling atmosphere of an episode of Netflix’s original series Sense8. Chance, coincidence, gambles, even miracles figure into the actions of a young woman seeking to make sense of her life and her mother’s death. The distinct sense of foreboding that pervades the pages comes partly from us: we are involved, judging the character’s choices against our own. The main character cannot be sure how this will play out, either. "I feel new. I’m a blank slate. A gamble [...]

    3. This was an odd but intriguing book, with a quirky and interesting protagonist.When a book begins with the narrator recounting how she was frozen for eight years as an embryo awaiting IVF implantation into her mother, and she recalls how it felt as she was thawed and readied for implantation, you know you've stumbled upon something unusual. And while the whole book doesn't stay at that level of uniqueness, it's clear that this experience affects Katherine in many ways.Katherine is 19 years old a [...]

    4. I have lost my tolerance for old white men writing about their reckless, magical, sexy teenage girls.

    5. Experimenting with CoincidenceA narrator who opens her story by telling how she was deep frozen for eight years as an IVF embryo awaiting implantation into her mother is certainly not going to give you the same old same old. And when Kit Carlyle, now nineteen, wanders around Rome feeling that odd objects found in the street are secret messages addressed to her by fate, you either conclude that so crazy a character is not for you, or stick with her and see where she takes you. Fortunately, I chos [...]

    6. What an extraordinary novel. Wholly original, beautifully written, emotionally complex.The sort of novel you want to read slowly to better savor, but at the same time you want to read it quickly to the end, so you can start it all over again.

    7. 4,25/5 Very solid, original, compelling. It glows and it's intruiging atmosphere will linger on

    8. posted review here at Entertainment Realm: entertainmentrealm/2015/11Didn’t know what was sometimes happening and why but wanted to keep reading because of the writing quality. Rather haunting and definitely unusual. Katherine Carlyle was born through IVF. This haunts her throughout her life [“I tell him about my conception in a London hospital. I was an IVF baby. Does he know what that means? He nods. I tell him I was frozen. I was stored for eight years before I was finally implanted in my [...]

    9. katherine carlisle, nata in provetta, dopo la morte della madre fugge da roma sulla scia di imperscrutabili coincidenze- alla ricerca del suo destino. un romanzo inizialmente ostico, in cui ho faticato a superare l'iniziale antipatia per la protagonista, ma che conquista pian piano; un romanzo sulla ricerca di sé, sull'elaborazione del dolore e la riscoperta dei legami familiari. molto commovente e inusuale l'ultima parte, nel buio gelido delle isole svalbard.

    10. In this unusual, somber tale, the titular Katherine Carlyle is on the run from her melancholy life. She was an IVF baby that was frozen for eight years before being thawed and implanted in her now-dead mother. Her father, a big-shot TV news journalist, never seems to have time for her, and is always off to the Middle East or wherever there is a newsworthy war. Katherine, who moved from England to Rome with her parents when she was very young, often daydreams of the days that her mother was alive [...]

    11. There are many “searching for self” novels but none that I can recall that begin in vitro. Katherine (Kit) Carlyle is n IVF baby who retains misty memories of a life as an IVF embryo. In her words, “I was put together – formed – but then had to wait in the cold, with no knowledge of how long that wait was likely to be, or whether it would ever end.”The wait, to be specific, was eight years. At that point, she was implanted and became the daughter of Stephanie, who, we learn early on, [...]

    12. I need to read more Rupert Thomson.This book has a very unreliable narrator, the title's Katherine Carlyle. The beginning of the book took me longer than usual to get with its groove. I had no idea where the book was taking me, but perhaps, that's part of my enjoyment of it. It was the very last sentence before everything made sense. (WARNING for those of you who rush to the end of the book and then start to read.)Katherine Carlyle is a nineteen year old whose mother just died and feels neglecte [...]

    13. Fresco fresco di stampa!Letto anzi divorato in due giorni.Il libro narra le vicende di una ragazza concepita in provetta e del suo tormentato rapporto col padre. In fuga dal proprio dolore e dai propri fantasmi Kit approda in un luogo isolato e solitario al termine di una lunga fuga in giro per l'Europa.Un romanzo sui generis con una prosa scorrevole e piacevole.Surreali a tratti le vicende, inserite in un setting invece molto reale e ben descritto

    14. I wanted to love this book, I was prepared to! I had read a small sample back in winter and was eagerly waiting for it. Rupert Thomson is definitely one of the most underappreciated writers out therebut in this case, beautiful though the book was, the writing, the atmosphere, definitely the imagery, I couldn't find a meaning in the story, and I am not even sure I understood the ending. There was material, and many things could be done to give some explanations about behavior and such, but it see [...]

    15. Rupert Thomson seems to be a kind of non-genre Adam Roberts: producing way more original books with way better writing than most of his peers, winning some prizes, presumably doing OK, but never having those bookshop tables stacked high. This is a strange and vivid book, feeling at first like an arthouse movie but one that eventually makes sense, and with incredible cinematography, by virtue of the simple but effective trick of giving everything a distinct colour. So good.

    16. De recensie van dit boek verscheen eerder op deleesfabriekDe titel van dit boek is de naam van het hoofdpersonage, Katherine Carlyle. Katherine, ook wel Kit genoemd, is ontstaan door ivf, maar voordat ze in haar moeder geplaatst werd, is ze jaren ingevroren geweest. Wanneer Katherine 19 is, is haar moeder overleden en is haar vader, voor zijn beroep als journalist, vrijwel continu weg. Ze voelt zich leeg en wijdt dat deels aan de tijd dat ze nog niet echt bestond. Door dit gevoel en vanwege haar [...]

    17. I absolutely loved this book for the first 11% and then she wandered off! Kathryn (Kit) Carlyle is harbouring lots of resentment - about her father, her mother's death and her "imprisonment" as an embryo before she was implanted in her mother so abandons her new home in Rome for adventure (and to teach her father a lesson?!)Whilst the premise of the story was good, and there was some touching prose, I found her an unrealistic and odd character. I didn't really warm to her once the initial premis [...]

    18. It’s not uncommon, from time to time, to feel as though everything about your life is being orchestrated in some way. You meet someone’s eye on a train, and it’s significant; everything from the music in your headphones to the advert on the walls confirms it. Your whole life, somehow, has been building to this. It’s not about falling in love. It’s about the sense of arriving at a destination, even if you don’t quite understand what the destination is, or why you’re meant to be ther [...]

    19. Haunt her memories three-dimensionalA clue in the Russian snow to melt her hand aroundMissives to Dad are wasted entreatiesIf not signed, sealed and deliveredIn blood, mostly bloodHardcore independent young ladies don't writeThey do the Joan of Arc, chopping heads off in battleJoan didn't were pink, she wore entrailsA prayer for time wayfarers under the Pantheon's DomeDeath is not eternitySlowly dying in a state of consciousness isNobody mourns the mournerThe sight of the characters in this nove [...]

    20. Strange, dreamlike. Someone described this as literary David Lynch and that feels about right. A nineteen year old girl who was an IVF baby goes on a spiritual quest after her Mother dies of cancer. Thomson creates a weird, compelling, foreboding narrative, but I started to give up on dear Kate three quarters of the way through because she quickly became as cold as the cryogenic tank she'd been taken from.

    21. This is the first Rupert Thomson novel that has actively annoyed me. To the point where I can't read it anymore.Maybe it's not what I want to be reading right now. Or maybe it's that I can't be having with the utter idiocy of this unfathomable girl who wafts around getting picked up by men who want to have sex with her. I am so tempted to skip right to the end of the novel but I can't even do that.For fuck's sake.

    22. The book has a nice cadence but lacks in depth and substance. Kit, the story's protagonist, is cold and uninspiring. Reeling from her mother's death and testing her emotionally absent father's love, she abandons her privileged life to set off on a journey where she wishes to leave no trace. Along the way, she uses people, viewing them as mere pawns in her precious plan. The author fails to develop her character into someone sympathetic, leaving a rather bland feeling about the end.

    23. Not a terrible read, but there was no plot and no exploration of the existential IVF questions that the blurb made such a big deal of. The whole novel felt pretty pointless.

    24. No. Just no. The book received raving reviews and perhaps if you are a literature student, the "fluid" prose will appeal to you. There is a description of someone as having 'close-cropped hair of an indeterminate colour, like bean sprouts or Tupperware". What?!However, if you are looking for a holiday read with a good solid story and intelligent characters, this book is not it. Katherine Carlyle is a spoiled brat. The entire book is an elaborate ploy to get her father's attention. That is it. Ge [...]

    25. I remained engaged but somewhat sceptical of the characterisation in this novel until the end. Which isn't to say the end solved it all, but my scepticism meant I was worried about the end veering into trite tropes, and while it wasn't completely unexpected, it was deftly handled and realistic. It's an interesting book, driving interest well enough, but I am still left uneasy (and perhaps not in the way the author intended)

    26. Part 1 quite good narrative Part 2 descent into drivel Part 3 couldn't wait to finish this post modern drivel - not a very good Paul Auster impression

    27. Really intriguing novel about a young woman begins life as a IVF baby and tries to find her way in the world after her mother dies. Really imaginative. Well written, well thought out.

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