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Special Topics in Calamity Physics Read & Download Å 105 ↠ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Special Topics in Calamity Physics By Marisha Pessl – Insolpro.co.uk The mesmerizing New York Times bestseller by the author of Night FilmMarisha Pessl’s dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival of a vibrant newAlamity Physics is clever deadpan Blue van Meer who has Topics in Calamity ePUB #10003 a head full of literary philosophical scientific and cinematic knowledge But she could use some friends Upon entering the elite St Gallway School she finds some a cliue of eccentrics known as. I really wanted to like this bookBut it’s a train wreck The literary carnage is so grotesue and horrifying you can’t help but look read And I promise you just take my word for it that metaphor is better than most that Pessl uses in this debut novel of hersDespite what Bayard says it’s amazing what happens when you stop talking about a text and actually interact with it I’ll tell you what happens disappointment Utter utter disappointmentFor all intents and purposes the book doesn’t even start until the second half when a certain major character is found dead by the narratorprotagonist As readers we learn about the death with the first line of Chapter #1 “Before I tell you about Hannah Schneider’s death I’ll tell you about my mother’s” So essentially the first half of the book amounts to literary blue balls in which Pessl torments us with bad writing and we writhe in agony praying for releaseIt is a common formula to take the wit and wisdom of an adult and transplant it into an adolescent from Catcher in the Rye to Juno Pessl brings this trite techniue to a new low Unlike the social relevance and humor of Diablo Cody or the sparse unfathomable brilliance of Salinger Pessl just writes with broad strokes and clunky rhetorical devices Her writing is hyperbolic and extreme She seems to pride herself on regurgitating endless references and allusions but I would prefer that instead of describing someone as having “the air of a Chateau Marmont bungalow about her” she just describe the damn person Do some real work MarishaAnd oh how Marisha Pessl loves similes and metaphors She and Augusten Burroughs should get together and have some kind of simiphor off Sample Pessl snippet“Charles and his friends looked forward to the hours at her house much in the way New York City’s celery thin heiresses and beetroot B picture lotharios looked forward to noserubbing at the Stork Club certain sweaty Saturday nights in 1943 see Forget About El Morocco The Xanadu of the New York Elite the Stork Club 1929 1965 Riser 1981I have two problems with this kind of writing1 I don’t know the way New York City’s celery thin heiresses and beetroot B picture lotharios looked forward to noserubbing at the Stork Club certain sweaty Saturday nights in 1943 So this metaphor is completely useless to me Why can’t Charles and his friends just look forward to the hours at her house2 The damn parenthetical references They’re throughout the entire book It’s probably supposed to help clear up my first problem with this passage but it only serves to remove me from the story in two really stupid ways 1 I stop reading and go look it up or 2 Since I’m reading a book about a high school senior who can’t possibly know all of the books and references in parentheses I can only assume this is Marisha Pessl being an annoying smartass with this kind of crappy Authorial IntrusionThere’s also “Visual Aids” throughout the book Drawings by the author Really annoying Really stupid Absolutely unnecessaryAt one point there is a blubbery Mercedes If anyone can send me a picture of a “blubbery” Mercedes Authwhore will award you with a free book that is better than Special Topics in Calamity PhysicsAt one point people say their names “with paint by numbers politeness” This is a problem because paint by numbers are not polite They can be tacky painstaking time consuming fun childish whimsical or any number of other things but I don’t think that there is anything polite about paint by numbers and certainly nothing polite about a writer using such poorly chosen imagery with reckless abandon and intending people read 514 pages of itAt one point “he either stared at the kid as if he were a Price is Right rerun barely blinking or replied in his molasses accent ‘Nunna ya goddamn business’” How do you stare at a Price is Right rerun Well Pessl knows that no one knows so she tells us You barely blink Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhshouldn’t she then just have wrote that “he stared barely blinking” instead of “staring as if he were a Price is Right rerun barely blinking” Yes Yes she should have And that is why this book is categorically officially absolutely bad If you’re still wondering how exactly you stare at a Price is Right rerun this book will also leave you wondering how you look at a snag in tights Riveting stuff reallyAt one point “Officer Donnie Lee happened to have saturated himself in Paul Revere like cologne it rode far ahead of him alerting all of his impending arrival” Which doesn’t even work Paul Revere rode to warn people not of his own arrival but of the British’s So I guess that’s why it’s Paul Revere like But isn’t there a better image for something that travels ahead to warn of itself A fog horn perhaps A screeching buzzer on a truckAt one point “Hannah was wearing a housedress the color of sandpaper”The color of sandpaper Pessl how imprecise can you be Is there a worse writer What type What grit What brand I’ve seen gray sandpaper black sandpaper brown sandpaper rust sandpaper beige sandpaperAt one point the narratorprotagonist has a fight with her father and proceeds to throw books at him I was really hoping to learn that Marisha Pessl had some true postmodern class and sense of humor by having her throw this book at himIt didn’t happenI threw my own copy insteadFor the record Marisha Pessl is still hotNot Sophie Dahl hot But still hot

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The Bluebloods One drowning and one hanging later Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery Nabokov meets Donna Tartt then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party in this novel with visual aids drawn by the author that has won over readers of all age. Let me start by saying that I did like this book I did Ms Pessl is probably too smart for her own good but that's never stopped me before That said as with most over intelectualized writings I had trouble getting close to her to her work There's such a lot of time spent obfuscating demonstrating how clever she is developing stacked metaphors and allusions that the story is difficult to get lost in You are constantly reminded that you are reading a novel by a very smart young lady And while some of the characters are extensively developed Hannah Jade Blue's father most of the others including our heroine Blue remain very flat She most of all has so little emotion that it's difficult to believe her on the few occasions when she freaks out; when she cries or yells you wonder Where did that come fromAlso some of my friends have complained rightly that the last fifty ish pages seem to belong to a completely different book that everything changes drastically right at the end without ample warning Which true true Although I guess that didn't bother me so much because of course once it switches you can go Oh so that's why that happened and that and that But still I guess it was a little hard to swallowIn any case the book is definitely compelling interesting imaginative original etc etc etc And really it's only her first book so she's got lots of time to improve I'll read her next one for sure

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Special Topics in Calamity PhysicsThe mesmerizing New York Times in Calamity PDFEPUB #236 bestseller by the author of Night FilmMarisha Pessl’s dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival Special Topics Epubof a vibrant new voice in American fiction At the center of  Special Topics in C. There’s a special cold black place in my heart for writers under thirty who come out of nowhere with a best selling much praised first novel for which they receive huge advances and instant fame The feeling is called jealousy deep shoulda been me jealousy that clouds my ability to judge the book itselfWhich brings us to Marisha Pessl and Special Topics in Calamity Physics Every big review I read of it was glowing and every writer under thirty I talked to said it was a piece of steaming shit but that I should totally read the novel they’re working on Turns out that my opinion falls somewhere suarely in the middleThe parts of the book that failed were the overly uirky bits and the gimmicky bits Although the narrator is characterized as smart and scholarly much of the book is over written especially during slow periods What do I mean by over written Describing a pair of boots as being “the shape of Italy” or someone’s face being shaped like “a box of Valentines Day candy” Say the boots were shaped like boots Say the woman had a heart shaped facePessl leans hard on the simile and the metaphor in this book many times at the expense of simple straightforward description By having a complex intelligent narrator she’s trying to say “I’m doing it on purpose” but it still seems indulgent and silly and ultimately keeps us holding her world at arm’s lengthPessl also struggles with dialogue and realistic characters often I found myself thinking that high school student would never say that or that gas station attendant would never say that All of the characters tended to sound the same and think the same Sure if it was a high school student Pessl would add some “likes” and a reference to J Lo but mostly the person would sound like the voice of the narrator a voice which I am guessing is the voice of Pessl herselfBut there is some beautiful writing in the book Entire chapters were I’ll say it riveting Without exception the riveting chapters were the chapters with a lot of action in them chapters where it felt like Pessl forgot that she was a writer trying to impress people with her first novel In these chapters boots were boot shaped the language was natural and the characters got to act like themselvesThese good chapters led me to the conclusion that Pessl’s problem might be discipline She doesn’t know when to cut out the cute or overly wrought stuff yet The Writing Buddha says kill your children and Pessl time and again couldn’t manage to do that The result is a book filled with things that made the author smile dalliances and clever asides that don’t do much except make the book longer I suspect she also lacked an editor who could kill those children for herThe plot was ‘aight It was a pretty basic murder mystery formula and I guessed the end 150 pages before the end happened even though I’m not good at guessing endings It would have been much better and much fast moving if again someone author or editor had cut it down to a manageable lengthWhere does that leave us I think Pessl’s got some talent I think that for a first novel this was an achievement On the other hand she’s got a ways to go and I hope all of the praise does not set her firmly in some of her ways Talent is something you’re born with and being born with talent is easy Now she’s got some hard work ahead of her about learning when to hold back and about learning about the human condition outside of her own privileged experiences