How Should A Person Be? (2010)
How Should a Person Be? (2010)
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3.18 of 5 Votes: 4
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0887842402 (ISBN13: 9780887842405)
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English
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House of Anansi Press
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Is this great writing? Nah, I think not. Would I know great writing if it shoved itself down my throat? Oh, probably not. I will say that there is something about this book that I like though, and I look forward to reading more of Heti's work. Two stars as while I loved parts of this book and I found myself excited for more, other parts and characters had me wanting to throw my Kindle at people on the subway. At times it felt like I was reading a self-absorbed teenager's diary. We get it, you feel things, you are confused, life is a mystery...yadayada yadayada. This is not ground breaking stuff to anyone I know in Shelia's generation. I think most people in the western world past the age of say, 25 typically have been kicked about enough to have learned they not all that unique or special...something it seems Shelia and her comrades have yet to learn. Being tallented does not magically make common revelations any less trite. Why is she seeminlgy coming of age in her late twenties/early thirtees? I think what Shelia has left out would be a much more interesting read. I suppose I am also giving this book two stars as I invision myself rolling my eyes at these people if I were to ever overhear one of their conversations. Funny, creative, ridiculous, frustrating, totally immature and inappropriate, and quite enjoyable. Mad-love for the ugly painting competition -- "And I find the drip ugly, because nothing upsets me more than seeing a drip. It's like this gross shorthand for expression--" oh-oh-oh! Hey now. And then, "There was always a fear in me of what choice would make me less human, that a lapse could be like a pink eraser and smudge me."
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tom
In short? Despairingly close to home at points, and utterly tedious at others. loved it. Sort of.
PhilosopheR
The best part is the chapter with her Jungian analyst. Hilarious yet apt advice!
maris
I think I would have liked this book a lot more when I was in my twenties.
popoang
Feels like voyeuring, in a good way, like the author wants you to.
Marsha
Vacuous drivel.
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