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Two Girls Fat and Thin epub ebook

by Mary Gaitskill

Two Girls Fat and Thin epub ebook

Author: Mary Gaitskill
Category: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (February 27, 1998)
Pages: 320 pages
ISBN: 0684843129
ISBN13: 978-0684843124
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 873
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Reading Mary Gaitskill is like reading Kathryn Harrison's prolix sister. This book tells the tale of two damaged women who coincidentally meet and after doing so reexamine their pasts, which include sexual trauma and unstable family situations.

Reading Mary Gaitskill is like reading Kathryn Harrison's prolix sister. Though Gaitskill's prose occasionally reads like a psychology textbook, she thrills the reader with sparkling, profound insight into the cruel hothouse of sexuality and confusion her characters grow up in. One girl, the overweight one, is friendless and lonely; the other, the thin one, is pretty, popular, and indulges in a mean streak, though.

To start with, I chose Two Girls, Fat and Thin for our book club (The League of Unreliable Narrators, aka because I hadn't read any Mary Gaitskill, and I'd heard good things about both this, her debut novel, and her breakout short story collection, Bad Behavior. I didn't know much except that it had some pretty explicit S&M, and was partially about an Ayn Rand-like writer and political thinker named Anna Granite.

Mary Gaitskill ere exuding darkness. Objectively, it was a nice little house. It was our fifth house, the one we collapsed in after a series of frantic moves which were the result of my father’s belief.

But Anna Granite had died two years earlier, and I had been disassociated from the remnants of her dwindling movement for longer than that. This was the first time in years that I had felt the almost visceral sensation of the woman’s presence, which was nothing short of a shimmering, diamond-studded aurora borealis. It was as if this star system had become hidden, bound in a thick skein of ordinariness, and that writer, with his/her innocuous request, had peeled off a corner of the binding, causing all that I had never really abandoned to come tumbling into my living room

Mary Gaitskill was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 11, 1954. Her novels include Veronica, The Mare, and Two Girls, Fat and Thin

Mary Gaitskill was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 11, 1954. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. She is a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her novels include Veronica, The Mare, and Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Her collections of short stories include Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don't Cry. Библиографические данные. Two Girls, Fat and Thin Bantam trade paperback.

Two Girls, Fat and Thin: A Novel

Two Girls, Fat and Thin: A Novel. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Simon & SchusterReleased: Mar 13, 2012ISBN: 9781439128800Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.

What draws the two girls of the title together is the popular philosopher Anna Granite (a thinly disguised version of Ayn Rand). After the flashy debut of her story collection, Bad Behavior, Gaitskill's first novel seems downright demure. Justine Shade, a pretty and slender part-time secretary, also writes for a Village Voice-like tabloid; her investigation into the dying cult of Granite brings her into contact with Dorothy Storm (nÇe Footie), an obese Wall St. word-processor who changed her life for the better when she dropped out of college and became part of Granite's inner circle.

MARY GAITSKILL’s most recent book, Veronica, was nominated for a 2005 National Book Award and was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin and the short story collection Bad Behavior

MARY GAITSKILL’s most recent book, Veronica, was nominated for a 2005 National Book Award and was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin and the short story collection Bad Behavior. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). Her story Secretary was the basis for the film of the same name.

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The novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin follows the childhood and adult lives of Justine Shade (thin) and Dorothy Never .

The novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin follows the childhood and adult lives of Justine Shade (thin) and Dorothy Never (fat). Justine works through her sadomasochistic issues while Dorothy works through her up-and-down commitment to the philosophy of "Definitism" and its founder "Anna Granite" (thinly veiled satires of Objectivism and Ayn Rand). Through four books over eighteen years, Mary Gaitskill has been formulating her fiction around the immutable question of how we manage to live in a seemingly inscrutable world. In the past, she has described, with clarity and vision, the places in life where we sometimes get painfully caught.

Reissued to coincide with the paperback publication of "Because They Wanted To" this captivating novel shimmers with dark intensity and wicked wit. In a stunning synthesis of eroticism, rage, pathos, and humor, Gaitskill's "fine storyteller's pace and brilliant metaphors" ("The New York Times Book Review") create a haunting and unforgettable journey into the dark side of contemporary life and the deepest recesses of the soul National print ads & publicity. .
Reviews (7)
Andromathris
Having devoured Gaitskill's work in the past, I figured I would fall in love with this novel as deeply as I did with her others. Don't get me wrong: This is a solid novel, and Gaitskill has a gift for writing the kind of characters that get under your skin and stay there until they're ready to claw out--which is akin to how the two leading characters live life. Dorothy's sexual abuse is drawn in shocking, heartrending detail, and the long-lasting aftereffects of sexual abuse and family dysfunction are portrayed with an astounding visceral sensibility. That being said, all in all this novel felt raw and unpolished, as if it were an earlier draft that was thrust into publication before Gaitskill had the time and luxury to make it more cohesive and fluid. Or, perhaps, that is her point: That perfection is an illusion, and the fragmented manner of storytelling is a direct reflection of her characters. Whatever the case may be, this is a dark, brutal work of psychological realism and social commentary that, despite its merits, has not made it to the list of books I would ever revisit.

Malakelv
This novel, Gaitskill's first, is told from the point of view of the two main characters, Dorothy Never (born Dotty Footie - many of the names in this book are oddly comical) and Justine Shade, the fat and thin girls of the title. Dotty speaks in the first person and her chapters are more talky and confiding, but Justine's chapters, told in close third-person, are equally affecting, if not more so because of the ostensible detachment of the narrative voice, which, ironically, felt more immediate and intimate at times than Dotty's "I am"/"I was" chapters.

From the first to the final page, this is an engrossing novel. We watch these two women, both sexually abused in their girlhood, become allies despite their very different lives and sensibilities. Justine has unsatisfactory, sometimes abusive relationships with men; Dorothy has had almost none. They are both smart, judgmental, emotionally at sea, unable to connect to other people for friendship or for romantic love.

Gaitskill's facility and fluency with language, her impressive & enviable ability to create a character as real seeming as someone you've known well for years, her brisk pacing, her willingness also to create fictional doubles of Ayn Rand and Rand's followers - these are all impressive elements of this novel and have me thinking still about this unusual, virtuosic book.

Xar
Reading Mary Gaitskill is like reading Kathryn Harrison's prolix sister.

This book tells the tale of two damaged women who coincidentally meet and after doing so reexamine their pasts, which include sexual trauma and unstable family situations.

Though Gaitskill's prose occasionally reads like a psychology textbook, she thrills the reader with sparkling, profound insight into the cruel hothouse of sexuality and confusion her characters grow up in. One girl, the overweight one, is friendless and lonely; the other, the thin one, is pretty, popular, and indulges in a mean streak, though certain early encounters in her life have mixed up the wiring in her brain and made her a masochist.

I didn't think the book was quite as interesting when dealing with the characters as adults (in particular the overweight woman, Dorothy), and the ending left a little something to be desired, but Gaitskill is unrivaled in her ability to put you right into the minds of her wounded characters, and lay bare the world they live in (internally and externally).

Despite getting a little soft in the end, I thought this was a brilliant book at showing the trace-line from what happens to us as children and how our confused, uncomprehending, inchoate, not-yet-mature-enough-to-understand thoughts and reasoning colors who we are and what we do for the rest of our lives.

BoberMod
Moving portrait of loneliness

Ahieones
Suspense, surprise and satisfaction with sexual undertones

The Rollers of Vildar
Talented writer. Mary Gaitskill is a master of the craft of writing. I look forward to reading more of her writing.

Rayli
real book about real people doing real things, gripping

Brilliant dissection of body meaning. A necessary book.

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