Talent

Talent

Juliet Lapidos / Aug 18, 2019

Talent A wickedly funny debut in which the niece of a legendary and enigmatic writer forever alters the life and work of a young student writing about and desperately searching for inspiration Anna Brisker i

  • Title: Talent
  • Author: Juliet Lapidos
  • ISBN: 031648055X
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A wickedly funny debut in which the niece of a legendary and enigmatic writer forever alters the life and work of a young student writing about and desperately searching for inspiration.Anna Brisker is a 29 year old graduate student in English at Collegiate University who can t seem to finish her dissertation Her project an intellectual history of inspiration Her take A wickedly funny debut in which the niece of a legendary and enigmatic writer forever alters the life and work of a young student writing about and desperately searching for inspiration.Anna Brisker is a 29 year old graduate student in English at Collegiate University who can t seem to finish her dissertation Her project an intellectual history of inspiration Her take that the way writers and artists describe the moment of inspiration that it strikes indiscriminately, that it s handed down from on high and entirely out of their control is really just self serving bullshit designed to elevate the artist above the rest of us To Anna, whose academic prowess has never before been in question, inspiration is just another name for good old fashioned work Plain and simple And yet, for the first time, Anna has found herself utterly and truly uninspired Rather than work on her thesis, she spends her days eating strawberry Pop Tarts and wandering the streets of New Harbor in a state of perpetual procrastination.It s amidst this unnerving stasis that Anna meets and strikes up a tenuous friendship with Helen Langley, a strangely compelling, free spirited woman with a penchant for rare book forgery, who just so happens to be the niece of the legendary short story writer Frederick Langley Freddy quickly penned three wildly successful collections as a young man in the 1960s, then published exactly nothing for the rest of his wayward, hermetic life A possibly fatal case of writer s block, or so say the critics as Helen confides to Anna, Freddy actually kept secret notebooks in the last years of his life that are now under lock and key at Collegiate s Elston Library, viewable at Helen s sole discretion Inspired, uninspired, potentially reinspired a perfect case study for Anna s dissertation, and one she simply cannot pass up But as her initial fascination with Freddy Langley and his notebooks blooms into zealous obsession, Anna finds herself falling irrevocably into the criminal machinations of his sole living heir Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 256 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Little, Brown and Company More Details ISBN 031648055X ISBN13 9780316480550 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Talent, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great First Half 2019 Book Preview January March 84 books 13 voters Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 163 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 21, 2019 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it it was ok 2.5 stars A quirky and unique story revolving around an English graduate student working on her dissertation Unfortunately, the promise of a wickedly funny debut completely missed its mark for me While I enjoyed following some of the main characters experiences, a lot of what happened seemed random and awkward I was simply not the proper audience for this novel Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for providing me with a physical ARC to read and review flag 95 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Melissa Awww sorry, Linds Hope you find something AMAZING to make up for this Jan 29, 2019 03 22PM Lindsay Traveling Sister Thanks Felicia and Melissa I ve been in a bit of a book slump but am slowly making my way out Jan 29, 2019 05 39PM Jan 16, 2019 TUDOR QUEEN rated it liked it Thank you to the publisher Little, Brown and Company who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I was drawn to this book by the cover artwork and the premise that it involved books The story began with the main character Anna Brisker on a supermarket line where a woman in a bright orange raincoat discovered her pockets were empty My first thought was, Did she borrow the raincoat from Ringo who wore that for The Beatles final concert on Apple headquarter s rooftop Anyway, Anna lent th Thank you to the publisher Little, Brown and Company who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I was drawn to this book by the cover artwork and the premise that it involved books The story began with the main character Anna Brisker on a supermarket line where a woman in a bright orange raincoat discovered her pockets were empty My first thought was, Did she borrow the raincoat from Ringo who wore that for The Beatles final concert on Apple headquarter s rooftop Anyway, Anna lent the money to the woman who promised she would pay it back that afternoon Two weeks later, there was still no repayment check in the mail, so Anna walked around the town of New Harbor hoping to run into this mystery woman Amazingly, she was wearing the eye popping raincoat once again when Anna happened upon her Anna didn t even realize that it was Christmas Day, perhaps because she was Jewish The woman s name was Helen Langley She had books piled all around her house along with leather for book binding As it turned out, Helen was a book antiquarianand famous author Frederick Langley s niece Anna is an English college graduate student, and her achilles heel is successfully producing her dissertation Apparently, Anna s teachers and family all had big hopes and expectations of her, but Anna s inability to conclude her PhD degree has drawn skepticism from all parties Her degree should have taken a minimum of five years, yet Anna was already halfway through her seventh When Anna befriends Helen and discovers her relation to the famous and controversial author Frederick Langley, a light bulb goes off in her head Here is the topic I ll use for my dissertation why did Frederick Langley suddenly stop writing There are two composition notebooks the famous author secretly left behind that might provide some clues.I had a very strange experience I never had before while reading a book From the first page I assumed that the main character was a man Even though I found out to my utter surprise that it was in fact a woman named Anna, I still felt as though I were reading about a man all the way through to the book s end Quite bizarre The most endearing quality this character had was her penchant for fruit filled Pop Tarts Other than that, she was living in a very nice apartment thanks to the financial stipend left behind by Anna s deceased grandfather I felt no emotional connection to this character, and it was sadly a lackluster read flag 67 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Jennifer TarHeelReader Thoughtful review, TQ I hope your love your next read Now I m craving pop tarts Thoughtful review, TQ I hope your love your next read Now I m craving pop tarts Jan 27, 2019 06 41PM TUDOR QUEEN Thank you, Jennifer I m feeling an oncoming sugar rushlol Jan 27, 2019 06 43PM Dec 29, 2018 Liz rated it liked it Shelves netgalley An interesting debut novel about a graduate student struggling with her dissertation on the origins of artistic inspiration Relatives who d once admired my precocity were beginning to wonder what was taking so long Her thesis advisor has told her to find a case study for her hypothesis She stumbles across the niece of a well known short story author, Freddy Langley, someone who was prolific for a few years and then just stopped publishing He would seem to be the perfect subject to use for An interesting debut novel about a graduate student struggling with her dissertation on the origins of artistic inspiration Relatives who d once admired my precocity were beginning to wonder what was taking so long Her thesis advisor has told her to find a case study for her hypothesis She stumbles across the niece of a well known short story author, Freddy Langley, someone who was prolific for a few years and then just stopped publishing He would seem to be the perfect subject to use for her thesis, especially since the niece has access to two of Freddy s notebooks from his later years Pages from the notebooks are interspersed with the story Thoughts, ideas for stories, short blurbs these make up the notebook pages Langley s stories remind me of Seinfeld What made Langley famous were the compulsion dramas, in which he took an ephemeral thought or urge and followed through to a logical yet extreme conclusion One odd feature were the footnotes While they imparted information that moved the story forwarded, they also took me out of the story And the story is odd enough as it is The Author has definite ideas on academia and they aren t kind ones At one point, the grad students lament how they ve lost the joy of reading How everything is about extracting arguments from texts One chapter is entitled If a Scholar s a Parasite.This book was described as wickedly funny in the blurb, but I didn t find it funny in the slightest, let alone wickedly so And the ending was just strange It didn t really hang together I m glad I read the book but I can t give it a wholehearted endorsement My thanks to netgalley and Little Brown for an advance copy of this book flag 58 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 22, 2019 Norma Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves review requests, traveling sister reads Smart, unique and clever TALENT by JULIET LAPIDOS was an interesting, steady paced, and quirky story that was a little structurally mentally challenging for me to read The blurb states that this is a wickedly funny debut novel that I definitely didn t find funny at all or it went way over my head I kind of lack the sense of understanding the dark humour here JULIET LAPIDOS delivers an intriguing and well written read here that I really wanted to fully embrace and love I have this nee Smart, unique and clever TALENT by JULIET LAPIDOS was an interesting, steady paced, and quirky story that was a little structurally mentally challenging for me to read The blurb states that this is a wickedly funny debut novel that I definitely didn t find funny at all or it went way over my head I kind of lack the sense of understanding the dark humour here JULIET LAPIDOS delivers an intriguing and well written read here that I really wanted to fully embrace and love I have this need to broaden my reading horizons and one of these days I am going to thoroughly get these types of novels I love the challenge of reading them even if I do find them a bit grueling to read I wasn t able to really feel any emotional connection to the characters as I couldn t connect with the academic side to the story I missed a lot of the dark humor here with that to thoroughly immerse myself in this storyline I just didn t get it Although I was totally entertained and engaged with the narrative, moving this story forward to keep me turning those pages This was a Traveling Sisters read that I read along with Brenda and Lindsay.Norma s Stats Cover Eye catching, artistic, appealing, and distinctive I actually quite love this cover and think it s a great representation to storyline.Title Intriguing, interesting, and wish that I was talented enough to have gotten this one LOL Writing Prose Well written, entertaining, engaging and smart Plot Challenging, complex, interesting, thought provoking, steady paced, and entertaining Ending An ambiguous ending that I m still not exactly sure that I interpreted correctlybut I m not so inclined to actually worry about not getting it though and just accepted it for what it was Overall Even though I didn t end up loving this novel, I still appreciated and enjoyed the rugged escape that this book provided Thank you so much to HBG Canada Little, Brown Company for sending me a physical ARC of this book to read and review flag 54 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Felicia Great review, Norma Jan 28, 2019 07 35PM Julie Terrific review, Norma Jan 31, 2019 08 29PM Jan 26, 2019 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it 3.5 starsI feel like Talent can best be described as an academic literary thriller and is something I have not read anything like before Like Norma mentioned I do like to challenge myself by reading books that require me to think differently I do think it took on a bit of a psychological feel to it as well as some of these characters were unreliable and manipulative At times it felt a little bit like a psychological playground with the characters The writing took on a bit of a chaotic f 3.5 starsI feel like Talent can best be described as an academic literary thriller and is something I have not read anything like before Like Norma mentioned I do like to challenge myself by reading books that require me to think differently I do think it took on a bit of a psychological feel to it as well as some of these characters were unreliable and manipulative At times it felt a little bit like a psychological playground with the characters The writing took on a bit of a chaotic feel to the story It also felt a bit eccentric Now that can be a good thing and I think here it was, however, the whole storyline was not something I was familiar with The longest piece of work I have ever done is probably this review and I like to stick to reading fiction and not textbooks lolOur main character here, Anna is a grad student struggling to write her dissertation After an encounter with a stranger, she acquires unpublished notes by a deceased talented author Anna delves into his notebooks and things got a little chaotic for me with the different formats used to write this story I also should have focused on the characters and questioned their reliability instead of trying to figure out the academic dark humor of a grad student I am not going to say any as to not say too much about this story.I recommend this one to readers who like an intelligent story that explores of academics and delves into some dark humor around Grad students.Thank you so much to HBG Canada Little, Brown Company for sending me a physical ARC of this book to read and review flag 33 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mary Beth Traveling Sister Awesome review, Brenda Jan 29, 2019 06 46PM KAS Sure does sound like a unique read, Brenda Terrific review, as always Jan 29, 2019 07 20PM Jan 06, 2019 Elizabeth rated it liked it Talent is a gorgeously written academic satire, focusing on floundering doctoral student Anna Brisker Sadly, gorgeous writing is all Talent has, as its plot lands the satire but fails when it tries to make broader points about writing and people and life so, you know, everything It also, aside from Anna, suffers from character description syndrome, where in this case, beautifully written appearance coat, shoes, lipstick, hair, state of general grooming, etc are meant to convey depth in t Talent is a gorgeously written academic satire, focusing on floundering doctoral student Anna Brisker Sadly, gorgeous writing is all Talent has, as its plot lands the satire but fails when it tries to make broader points about writing and people and life so, you know, everything It also, aside from Anna, suffers from character description syndrome, where in this case, beautifully written appearance coat, shoes, lipstick, hair, state of general grooming, etc are meant to convey depth in the place of actual characterization.Anna lives in New Harbor, Connecticut, working on her PhD in English at Collegiate University a very thinly veiled Yale She s writing her dissertation, a study of authors and inspiration She doesn t believe that authors have get inspiration but despite her efforts and increasing number of years that have seen her go from wunderkind to cautionary tale she just can t seem to make her argument strong enough, can t seem to motivate herself to find a way to finish Cue sledgehammer of irony A chance encounter with a woman, Helen, at the grocery store turns out to be the surprising spark Anna feels she needs, as Helen is the niece of Fredrick Langley, deceased minor writer renowned mostly for ceasing to write just as he started to become well known Certain that Fredrick s career holds the key to finishing her dissertation, Anna agrees to help Helen obtain notebooks Fredrick kept in the period just before he died notebooks that Helen insists she s inherited but are held by Collegiate But to be honest, none of this matters it exists for Ms Lapidos to sprightly and brightly savage academia, and that is where Talent works But having a plot that doesn t ever find its point and characters that never approach the flesh level of fleshed out makes it too slight to hold the weight of what it wants to be.Having said all that, Ms Lapidos s writing is so beautiful that I would definitely love to read something substantial from her flag 23 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 14, 2018 Bandit rated it really liked it review of another edition Well, as the saying goes it takes talent to recognize talent By that logic does it make me a talented reviewer to recognize what a clever book Talent is I love books, books about books, authors, etc but primarily I read for pleasure The protagonist of this book, and the main secondary character also for that matter, are two individuals who are also around books all day, but they utilize them in different ways One, the 29 year old graduate student stuck on finishing her dissertation, dissect Well, as the saying goes it takes talent to recognize talent By that logic does it make me a talented reviewer to recognize what a clever book Talent is I love books, books about books, authors, etc but primarily I read for pleasure The protagonist of this book, and the main secondary character also for that matter, are two individuals who are also around books all day, but they utilize them in different ways One, the 29 year old graduate student stuck on finishing her dissertation, dissects literature in search of meaning or at least something worth of an essay and the other makes a living binding and or forging books Both are connected through an author, who, popular once decades ago, published three books to some success and then walked away from it all Anna sees him as just the subject to complete her thesis on the nature of inspiration, his niece is after his notebooks worth a decent amount of money And so it s a story or even a satire of academia primarily and the plot revolves around this preppy proper tweed world of pretense and ambition, but it really sparkles when it comes to tangential discourses Talent, for me, is an ode to Nothing Not nothing as in the opposite of something per se, but nothing as an alternative to the ambition driven life Freddy Langley, the author, walked away from it all to a quiet life of thinking and drinking Anna Brisker in a way dreams of it her precise ideal life is that of professor emeritus, which is apparently or less a comfortable sinecure as she and the book contemplates just how foreign that idea is to an American mindset Something about an idle life just goes offensively contrary to Puritanical mentality Our culture is all about doing, careers, drives, possessions, joining the race, climbing the ladder and so on No place for dreamers, contemplators or just anyone who isn t particularly good at life No one pauses to enjoy the small things Nothing as a state of stillness and quietude goes dramatically unappreciated Mind you, Freddy Langley did nothing on his and then his friends and then his brother s dime and Anna can afford to do nothing on her dead grandfather s inheritance, but still as a concept it s nice to read about The other thing this book contemplates well is, as you d imagine with Anna s thesis, the nature of inspiration and talent Very interesting, much food for thought on both accounts And all that aside, it s just a very entertaining book, advertised as wickedly funny, it was for me on the darkly humorous side stemming from the genuine cleverness of the narrative Lapidos with degrees in English and comparative literature really knows her material, the observations on the nature of literary criticism, the way it anatomizes and studies its subjects, the works of substance and originality, to produce something that is neither and a mere theory or speculation at best, rendering the primary source as just a user database, thus depriving books of their very soul it s poignant and smart and so well observed You might not care for the books characters, Anna alone is the very embodiment of white privilege, subsisting on poptarts and desperation, but her obsession with Langley and his work still spirals into a very compelling journey And Langley can be perceived as a man who never got past resentment of his father And the ending may be considered as lacking finality But essentially, there s just too much to enjoy about this book and the terrific writing to compensate for whatever personal likes of dislikes you might have of its denizens Most auspicious for a debut Very enjoyable genuinely smart read And, unlike this rambling review, appealingly succinct Recommended Thanks Netgalley flag 20 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 10, 2018 Blair rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 release, contemporary, netgalley, read on kindle, first novels 3.5 Talent is loosely based on the Parable of the Talents I remember being told the story at school It s the one about a master who goes away and leaves his three servants with various talents sums of money When he returns, two of them have made investments and doubled their money But the third, risk averse servant has buried the talent, and for this he is punished it s taken from him and given to the servant who already has the most I never realised how weirdly capitalist the whole 3.5 Talent is loosely based on the Parable of the Talents I remember being told the story at school It s the one about a master who goes away and leaves his three servants with various talents sums of money When he returns, two of them have made investments and doubled their money But the third, risk averse servant has buried the talent, and for this he is punished it s taken from him and given to the servant who already has the most I never realised how weirdly capitalist the whole thing was In this novel, one character writes an unfinished retelling of the parable, while several others are shown to have squandered their talent be that money, natural artistic flair, or both.Anna lives in past its best New Harbor, studies at Collegiate University presumably a stand in for Yale , and is almost 30 Once a brilliant student for whom great things were predicted, she s stuck in a rut A rut that mainly involves eating a lot of Pop Tarts She just can t seem to finish her dissertation the topic of which, ironically, is artistic inspiration One day she follows a woman who borrowed cash from her in a shop queue, planning to find her house, knock on her door and ask for the money back The fact that this happens a at all and b on Christmas Day gives a hint as to how isolated Anna is The woman is Helen, who repairs and sells rare books She s also the niece of a reasonably well known 20th century writer named Frederick Langley.Here is a solution to Anna s problem using material only Helen has access to, she can write a case study of Langley and thus complete her dissertation But she may have underestimated Helen, who has her own reasons for allowing Anna into her life If this makes the plot sound thrillerish, it s definitely not Talent is slow paced, a story that rarely creates any sense of urgency or peril This is partly because Anna s wealth ensures immunity from disaster She s oddly likeable, though, and makes a charming storyteller.While many reviews of Talent emphasise how funny it is, I m not sure I d describe it as a comedy The humour is dry rather than laugh out loud Anna s deadpan voice reminded me of the unnamed narrator of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Helen in Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, and Keiko in Convenience Store Woman If you liked any of those, you might want to take this for a spin.It s not a flash bang amazing, change your life, I ll remember this forever kind of book, but I enjoyed Talent I ve also been left with a disturbingly strong craving for Pop Tarts.I received an advance review copy of Talent from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Eve rated it it was amazing I received an early copy of this book It made me think which is actually pretty unusual I see other reviewers were confused by the ending But, I think the ending was intentionally confusing, or at least intentionally ambiguous One of the themes here is that people are bad at interpreting both literature and other people the publicity materials say as much People make assumptions and then go with them, even when the evidence contradicts those assumptions The ending riffs on that, putting I received an early copy of this book It made me think which is actually pretty unusual I see other reviewers were confused by the ending But, I think the ending was intentionally confusing, or at least intentionally ambiguous One of the themes here is that people are bad at interpreting both literature and other people the publicity materials say as much People make assumptions and then go with them, even when the evidence contradicts those assumptions The ending riffs on that, putting the narrator main character Anna in the position of the person now being misunderstood flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 20, 2018 Jaime rated it liked it I read this in one long sitting because the story drew me in and the writing is superb, but I didn t find anything funny about it, as other reviewers have noted I found it sad For me, the intermittent notebook entries felt like annoyances, and the random footnotes weren t something I enjoy Certain things like the last 2 3 chapters sections felt sort of rushed and slapped on, almost underdeveloped flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Dan Weber rated it it was amazing I received an advanced copy of this book I thought it very funny and charming and also thoughtprovoking Lots to mull here about the meaning of talent hence the title and productivity and nothingness, too flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it liked it via my blog But the alternative is to let your talent lie fallow and rot Anna Brisker is a graduate student at Collegiate University trapped under the heavy weight of her incomplete dissertation that is very nearly finished , lacking enthusiasm, feeling uninspired writing about the intellectual history of inspiration Inspiration, in her mind, isn t simply floating around like blessed golden confetti thrown by some benevolent being, landing on the cho via my blog But the alternative is to let your talent lie fallow and rot Anna Brisker is a graduate student at Collegiate University trapped under the heavy weight of her incomplete dissertation that is very nearly finished , lacking enthusiasm, feeling uninspired writing about the intellectual history of inspiration Inspiration, in her mind, isn t simply floating around like blessed golden confetti thrown by some benevolent being, landing on the chosen Great works of art and literature take blood, sweat, tears, and talent, of course She would know, as her own drive has fled A far cry from the brilliant future everything in her youth promised, a young girl who was valedictorian at her high school and burned as bright at an elite college How did she get here, feckless and without either the self control or the divine touch necessary to continue blazing along on her trail of accomplishments Most says she d rather stuff a pop tart in her mouth Her advisor is exasperated by her lack of progress thinking she has lost her focus, her parents think she is lazy, spending her days wandering aimlessly doing nothing to establish herself , they may be right.Then she meets Helen Langley, niece of Frederick Langley, who for Anna was the introduction to literary culture during her middle school years A wildly talented writer who burned bright on the scene with his own following, wowing people, producing a book every so many years only to suddenly cease publishing Perplexed that a man who was said to have found writing easy could just one day decide to cease all creativity and live his life closed off, makes what Helen has to say something to put her faith in Anna she is giddy again with the possibility that something big could come out of this As she becomes closer to Helen, she discovers that the talented author did not stop writing In fact, there are notebooks he penned at Collegiate s Elston Library, hidden This is exactly the spark of hope Anna needs to feed her passion once again Helen is the way Anna can get to know Freddy, she is her stroke of luck Who knew that a chance encounter, a small debt at the grocery store could turn her life around Though an antiquarian, Helen isn t as intellectual as Anna but she knows full well the worth of her uncles notebooks With a promise to her uncle long ago she had sworn to be the keeper of his work but there was a tangle, the school has them, but Helen approves who gets to see them So begins the plan Helen is far bohemian than Anna who lives with means beyond your average struggling student Everything about Helen is vibrant and full, overly generous maybe messy and a little too free spirited but at least there is no shame in her degeneracy Anna intends to help her new friend So maybe Helen is a little wayward and her talent is in forgery, she does what she must for her survival so what, she grabs life by the throat and certainly doesn t judge Anna for caving to her own pleasures More than ones intellectual weight, social status, nor the heft of promise in one s future this is a story about how we chase the then what of life I sort of felt like saying, what the hell does it matter in the end Any of it One woman has family money but can t seem to get her hands on the life she has envisioned for herself, another wants her own inheritance and comfort and both think Freddy is the means to their end The two meet in the middle and if things take a bit of a criminal turn, so be it What will it mean for Anna, and will her dissertation ever get finished Clever Juliet Lapidos points out the snobbery of academia and the mistakes people make by putting all their faith in philosophy too Talent as accidental, or indiscriminate blessing curse vs talent as choice, work Maybe it is just all BS, according to Anna anyway.Publication date January 22, 2019Little, Brown and Company flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Jason Kellogg rated it it was amazing I found this book very clever and complex deceptively so When I finished it I actually went back and reread certain parts that I realized, upon completing the book, I hadn t really understood were significant than I had realized I don t generally find that necessary with contemporary fiction It s full of Easter eggs Five stars flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Tdashwolf rated it it was amazing Talent pulled off the rare double of speaking to my interests in 1 fiction that puts ideas at the forefront, and 2 fiction that bends daily life into absurd bordering on menacing twists If analogies are helpful for you figuring out whether you d like a book or not It reads like a Jean Philippe Toussaint novel with a revved up ideas engine flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Barry Harbaugh rated it it was amazing Funny, propulsive, and full of wisdom Talent is a retelling of the Parable of the Talents, in a way, an existential novel about reading disguised as a laconic campus thriller Coursing though a fictionalized New Haven are shady characters both rich and poor, state sponsored oppression in architectural form, unglazed Pop Tarts, and ideas about the mythic history and personal burdens of creation itself Love this author very much flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2018 James Beggarly rated it really liked it A fun book that takes you inside the mind of a graduate student who is slowly losing touch with reality as her unfinished dissertation is making her question all of her life choices She sees salvation in the form of a relative of a popular writer who has passed away and left two notebooks to the college she s attending Lapidos is such a smart writer The book never goes exactly where you expect it to and finds dark humor everywhere flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 22, 2018 Amy Lawson rated it liked it Shelves 2018 book challenge Thank you Little Brown and NetGalley for the advanced copy A very clever book that tells of a desperate graduate student trying to figure out how to complete her dissertation Anna thinks she has found the answer in a distant relative a writer who has left behind two notebooks that Anna thinks might help her complete this harrowing step towards academia The other main character in the novel is a cranky old woman who binds books an antiquarian The lives of these two women collide and drama e Thank you Little Brown and NetGalley for the advanced copy A very clever book that tells of a desperate graduate student trying to figure out how to complete her dissertation Anna thinks she has found the answer in a distant relative a writer who has left behind two notebooks that Anna thinks might help her complete this harrowing step towards academia The other main character in the novel is a cranky old woman who binds books an antiquarian The lives of these two women collide and drama ensues.I love books about books Books about writers I will pick up anything in this genre and this one fit that bill exactly I thought the story line was clever it was obvious to me that Lapidos knew her stuff about writing she is an op ed writer for the Washington Post So the detailed writing about academia and the grueling process of WRITING seemed authentic and real to me My heart beat quicker and sweat gathered in my armpits, not only because I d been scared into thinking I d created a competitor but also because I d met a kindred spirit I knew, and had admitted to myself that I did not enjoy teaching or grading I did not have the generosity of spirit necessary to take please in bringing other people along I also knew that I found research frustrating and that my mind wandered at the library of wherever else I tried to work This was a clever book that I enjoyed I bet it will be a hit for many young adults, academics, educators, or anyone on a hard journey that is second guessing the process A book that many can easily relate to flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Jenn Fields rated it really liked it Juliet Lapidos novel follows the waning track of a snarky but once promising Ph.D student, Anna, who is hunting for a case study for her dissertation on the topic of artistic, and specifically literary, inspiration Is it mystical and muse induced, or the pragmatic result of hard work Anna has theories, mostly based on her own thoughts on the topic, mulled as she procrastinates, and her advisor thinks her dissertation is a little thin She finds a promising thread to follow when she meets Juliet Lapidos novel follows the waning track of a snarky but once promising Ph.D student, Anna, who is hunting for a case study for her dissertation on the topic of artistic, and specifically literary, inspiration Is it mystical and muse induced, or the pragmatic result of hard work Anna has theories, mostly based on her own thoughts on the topic, mulled as she procrastinates, and her advisor thinks her dissertation is a little thin She finds a promising thread to follow when she meets the niece of a notorious author who appears to have stopped writing at the height of his powers Despite her neglect of her academic duties, Anna returning to form briefly as Lapidos perfectly drawn academic zeroes in on the author s motivation at the exclusion of all else and all others motives when it s a bit too late Smart, savvy and sassy, Talent is a clever twist on writers writing about writers and literature examining itself too closely and coming to all the wrong conclusions flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 19, 2018 Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves fiction What a strange and funny and clever book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Whit rated it liked it Thank you LittleBrown and Netgalley for providing me a digital copy in exchange for my honest review TALENT by Juliet Lapidos follows a graduate student painfully working her way through her dissertation and getting no where due to her lack of drive and constant need to eat Pop Tarts She unknowingly runs into the niece of a famous author who coincidentally also went through years of writers block before his untimely death TALENT is presented to the reader as a wickedly funny debut novel Thank you LittleBrown and Netgalley for providing me a digital copy in exchange for my honest review TALENT by Juliet Lapidos follows a graduate student painfully working her way through her dissertation and getting no where due to her lack of drive and constant need to eat Pop Tarts She unknowingly runs into the niece of a famous author who coincidentally also went through years of writers block before his untimely death TALENT is presented to the reader as a wickedly funny debut novel I am not sure who decided to term this book in such a way, but I could not find one passage that forced me to make any spontaneous sounds of amusement However, I can confidently say that the author did a great job writing this story It was clever and well put together I enjoyed how the sentences flowed and how she described each scenario I see the potential in this author and I am intrigued to see how her craft develops flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Trace Nichols rated it did not like it Finally he s beginning to understand that I never had and never will have, not in a million years or , I can wait until the sun explodes, any interest in his narrow sort of wife and child and job life Why, if it prosper, none dare call it life The author s attempt to constantly be witty completely obscures the premise of this book The narrative, an English graduate student working on her dissertation struggles with artistic inspiration until she crosses paths with the niece of a well kno Finally he s beginning to understand that I never had and never will have, not in a million years or , I can wait until the sun explodes, any interest in his narrow sort of wife and child and job life Why, if it prosper, none dare call it life The author s attempt to constantly be witty completely obscures the premise of this book The narrative, an English graduate student working on her dissertation struggles with artistic inspiration until she crosses paths with the niece of a well known short story author The story navigates through their escapades searching for the author s lost journals All a container for a body of missed witticisms.1.5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Lorri Steinbacher rated it really liked it Read in prepub Due out January 2019.Solid read Makes you think What is talent Who defines what is worthy Does success color the act of writing for the writer Does it take away the joy What exactly do critics do Why do they do it What is success Who defines that Is critical success or less valuable than monetary success I will admit that I had to re read the ending a couple of times and I m not even sure that got me to where the author wanted me.Recommended for people who l Read in prepub Due out January 2019.Solid read Makes you think What is talent Who defines what is worthy Does success color the act of writing for the writer Does it take away the joy What exactly do critics do Why do they do it What is success Who defines that Is critical success or less valuable than monetary success I will admit that I had to re read the ending a couple of times and I m not even sure that got me to where the author wanted me.Recommended for people who like a medium paced narrative that encourages you to think about bigger themes flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Drew rated it really liked it Rounding up a bit, here I loved Lapidos voice, the wryly envisioned narrative that upends a campus novel, and generally the way the book sort of careens around like your drunk friend who you find endearing But then the ending felt missed I don t know, I have to think about it for a while Maybe it s because I don t know my parables so well flag Like see review Dec 04, 2018 Molly rated it liked it Shelves 2018 A strong debut, really intriguing idea and interesting structure throughout as we go between the main narrative and diary entries My only issue is that I did not understand the ending, and felt that I must have missed something I was reading a proof so perhaps something was left uncorrected and that s why flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Doreen Ashbrook rated it really liked it While this is a well written book, it left me wondering what was and what wasn t when I reached the end I liked the book, but it didn t make me feel like I couldn t put it down Also, I thought the characters were a little wonky flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Faith rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley, audio, overdrive, reviewed, dnf This was not wickedly funny to me I loathed the protagonist from her first Pop Tart obsessed musings and I found the book painful to read and abandoned it pretty quickly I received a free copy of this book from the publisher flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Margaret Madden rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books i own, pub 2019 Review to follow flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Susie Novel Visits rated it it was ok Shelves books about women, contemporary fiction Note I received a copy of this book from Little, Brown Company via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review Thank you My Thoughts I love trying debut novels and I thought this book had a lot of promise For the first couple of chapters, it seemed like I just might have been right, but then the book just went off the rails for me This is a story about a young woman, Anna, who is struggling to complete her English dissertation Really she s struggling to even get started on it Her i Note I received a copy of this book from Little, Brown Company via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review Thank you My Thoughts I love trying debut novels and I thought this book had a lot of promise For the first couple of chapters, it seemed like I just might have been right, but then the book just went off the rails for me This is a story about a young woman, Anna, who is struggling to complete her English dissertation Really she s struggling to even get started on it Her idea is to write on the subject of talent and whether it s born or bred into a person She stumbles upon a woman related to a local author who also had thoughts on talent before he took his own life many years before While all this seems like enough elements for a story, none were strong enough to hold my interest.I think Talent was a case of a young author having too many ideas and trying to cram them all into a single book The story stumbled over itself and just lost me The inserts of the author s notebook writings were just plain dull and went on for far too long And, the Pop Tarts A silly gimmick, that an editor should have eliminated It pains me to pan a debut, but I just didn t care for Talent Grade DFor reviews flag 1 likeLike see review Lian rated it liked it Nov 26, 2018 Jan 17, 2019 Faith Hurst Bilinski rated it it was ok I wanted to like this book, as I wanted to like its characters Both fell flat with me when I tried to look deeper It made me sad I m ok with that or O period K period with it but this had no pay off for me flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 21, 19, 22, 9, 1 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    Talent Definition of Talent by Merriam Webster a singer with an enormous amount of talent I have no musical talent Her artistic talent has been obvious ever since she was a child They sang a duet in the talent show She has a job that makes the most of her talents His experience, skills, and talents make him perfectly suited for the job There are many good players on the team, but she s a special talent. Talent Define Talent at Dictionary any of various ancient Hebrew or Attic monetary units equal in value to that of a talent weight of gold, silver, or other metal. Talent Synonyms, Talent Antonyms Thesaurus late c inclination, disposition, will, desire, from Old French talent, from Medieval Latin talenta, plural of talentum inclination, leaning, will, desire , in classical Latin balance, weight, sum of money, from Greek talanton balance, weight, sum, from PIE tel , tol to bear, carry see extol Originally an ancient unit of weight or money varying greatly and attested in Talent definition of talent by The Free Dictionary talent t l nt n a A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment has a rare talent for music b Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality The play has a cast of immense talent c A person or group of people having such ability The company makes good use of its talent A variable unit of weight and money used in Talent measurement Britain s Got Talent YouTube See from Britain s Got Talent at Sometimes a performance is so special that the act deserves to go straight through to the Live Shows Here

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    1. 2.5 stars A quirky and unique story revolving around an English graduate student working on her dissertation Unfortunately, the promise of a wickedly funny debut completely missed its mark for me While I enjoyed following some of the main characters experiences, a lot of what happened seemed random and awkward I was simply not the proper audience for this novel Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for providing me with a physical ARC to read and review.


    2. Thank you to the publisher Little, Brown and Company who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.I was drawn to this book by the cover artwork and the premise that it involved books The story began with the main character Anna Brisker on a supermarket line where a woman in a bright orange raincoat discovered her pockets were empty My first thought was, Did she borrow the raincoat from Ringo who wore that for The Beatles final concert on Apple headquarter s rooftop Anyway, Anna lent th Than [...]


    3. An interesting debut novel about a graduate student struggling with her dissertation on the origins of artistic inspiration Relatives who d once admired my precocity were beginning to wonder what was taking so long Her thesis advisor has told her to find a case study for her hypothesis She stumbles across the niece of a well known short story author, Freddy Langley, someone who was prolific for a few years and then just stopped publishing He would seem to be the perfect subject to use for An int [...]


    4. Smart, unique and clever TALENT by JULIET LAPIDOS was an interesting, steady paced, and quirky story that was a little structurally mentally challenging for me to read The blurb states that this is a wickedly funny debut novel that I definitely didn t find funny at all or it went way over my head I kind of lack the sense of understanding the dark humour here JULIET LAPIDOS delivers an intriguing and well written read here that I really wanted to fully embrace and love I have this nee Smart, uniq [...]


    5. 3.5 starsI feel like Talent can best be described as an academic literary thriller and is something I have not read anything like before Like Norma mentioned I do like to challenge myself by reading books that require me to think differently I do think it took on a bit of a psychological feel to it as well as some of these characters were unreliable and manipulative At times it felt a little bit like a psychological playground with the characters The writing took on a bit of a chaotic f 3.5 sta [...]


    6. Talent is a gorgeously written academic satire, focusing on floundering doctoral student Anna Brisker Sadly, gorgeous writing is all Talent has, as its plot lands the satire but fails when it tries to make broader points about writing and people and life so, you know, everything It also, aside from Anna, suffers from character description syndrome, where in this case, beautifully written appearance coat, shoes, lipstick, hair, state of general grooming, etc are meant to convey depth in t Talent [...]


    7. Well, as the saying goes it takes talent to recognize talent By that logic does it make me a talented reviewer to recognize what a clever book Talent is I love books, books about books, authors, etc but primarily I read for pleasure The protagonist of this book, and the main secondary character also for that matter, are two individuals who are also around books all day, but they utilize them in different ways One, the 29 year old graduate student stuck on finishing her dissertation, dissect Well [...]


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