Outline by Rachel Cusk.
I have agonised over this post! In fact I can't remember stressing so much over my thoughts for a long, long time. I actually read this one nearly two months ago now and I'm still thinking about it. This is very unusual as I read a lot of books! I've rewritten it several times. It's interesting actually to think about why. It's because I think this book is so very thought provoking. It's a very cerebral experience I experienced it very much as a feeling, thinking book so much so that I've found it almost impossible to get my thoughts into any words at all or at least any words that come anything like close to expressing my experience of the book. It's not about the plot there isn't really a plot at all. So please bear that in mind as you read this! I almost need Sam @pintofbooks to write a short piece on my reaction to the book! 'Outline' takes the form of ten separate pieces of writing /interactions/conversations from the POV of our narrator, a writer, who is teaching a creative writing course, over a hot summer, in Athens. Rachel has a way of writing which really makes you think, it's not complicated or showy, in fact it's quite a simple style but it's extraordinarily immediate, such a strong voice. I could only read it one part at a time and I found myself thinking about it, about these characters I was encountering, and indeed the writer who was telling me about them, a lot inbetween. Taking the title quite literally I did find myself filling in the outlines. Quite hard to explain how very absorbing this book was, a book in which not much happens and yet it gives you so much to think about. Once again I find myself saying I must read more of this writer and I really mean it, I'm delighted to see that her back catalogue is large but my priority is to get hold of the other two books in this trilogy, 'Transit' and 'Kudos'. Her writing is just stunning and beyond that what she is actually saying, what she makes you think about is so thought provoking, so observant and original. I had to stop frequently and just pause and allow it to sink in. There were lines, thoughts, that just took my breath away. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS... - 2 hours ago