Dana Spiotta Innocents and Others


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From a major, unnervingly intelligent writer (Joy Williams) rich, funny, learned, and tonally fresh (Jeffrey Eugenides), comes a novel about aspiration, film, work, and love. Dana Spiotta s new novel is about two women, best friends, who grow up in LA in the 80s and become filmmakers. Meadow and Carrie have everything in common except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. Their lives collide with Jelly, a loner whose most intimate experience is on the phone. Jelly is older, erotic, and mysterious. She cold calls powerful men and seduces them not through sex but through listening. She invites them to reveal themselves, and they do. Spiotta is a wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today ("The New York Times"). "Innocents and Others" is her greatest novel wise, artful, and beautiful."
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    Innocents and Others


    13. March 2016 um 12:54

    Meadow Mori was always fascinated by film. First watching it and after a 9-month affair with one of the greatest director and actor of all times, she becomes a film maker herself. Learning by doing is her way of studying film. Watching over and over again the old classics and copying their ways of shooting she develops not only a style of her own but also an obsession with her films. When she records Jelly aka Nicole about her love life, she oversteps a thin line and comes very close.It takes some time until the different parts of the novel melt into one story. They seems to be completely without any connection, even the ones about Meadow since they are not told in chronological order and rather fragmented, made it difficult for me to focus on the story. What I liked best was the love story of Jelly and Jack, both of them visually impaired, they have to rely on their voices and what they hear in it. The construction of the novel is quite interesting, the way the single parts are presented and how, in the end, the join to create a complete story. Also the development of some of the characters was attention-grabbing. Yet, I missed a red thread and therefore the whole of it could not convince me completely.

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