In the wake of her family's collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, and practical - as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city, she is made to confront aspects of living that she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed novel Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility and the mystery of change.'Transit confirms that one of the most fascinating projects in contemporary fiction is unfolding in Rachel Cusk's trilogy.' Adam Foulds...
|Title||:||Transit (Outline #2)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||271 pages|
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Transit (Outline #2) Reviews
I enjoyed this even more than Outline and could have read another 200 pages. There are subtle things happening here, and the character (Fern? Fran? I've forgotten her name because it is not emphasized) who was a cipher in Outline, who seemed an audience to others, is more present in this novel - but just barely. She speaks more, but even when she barely speaks a word these felt more like conversations than soliloquies. She's more able to hold her own or to offer opinions, but sometimes opts not ...more
I really love Rachel Cusk's detached yet voyeuristic way of telling a story. This is a terrific follow up to Outline. It follows the same protagonist, our writer Faye, as she tries to negotiate single life with her sons in London. She has to deal with ridiculous, impossible downstairs neighbors, builders and friends. I can't wait to read the third installment in this trilogy of sorts. These novels read a bit like memoir so I'm also interested in checking out Cusk's nonfiction work.
while continuing in the style and ideas cusk created with Outline, a book that i appreciated but didn't love, i found transit offered more emotional depth. we still don't get a whole lot of focus on faye herself, but her interactions and conversations with those she encounters give us more glimpses into faye's life, as well as a some great insights to human nature and relationships. we are so messy and complicated.
Sometimes when I come upon a book by chance and not through premeditated research, there is a sense of excitement, as when I read my first books and every book that followed had the potential to be great or a great failure or both. Maybe it's the danger of going outside of any known rubric for selection. Fate looms, as if each book was meant to be stumbled upon at its time and place rather than arrived at through well-manicured avenues.
Whatever the case, it's lead me to great reads before. I onc ...more
It seems that our narrator, Faye (named once in the book and once in the preceding part of the trilogy, Outline), is determined to do the "wrong" thing. In Outline, she set out for trips on a boat belonging to a complete stranger, something I’m sure her mother would have advised her against when she was younger. In Transit, she buys a house that is a complete wreck and starts to pour money into it to try to get it habitable (I was reminded at time of Lars Iyer’s Spurious trilogy and the wreck of ...more
Marcel Proust said, near the end of his novel,
"These [memories], on the contrary, instead of giving me a more flattering idea of myself, had almost caused me to doubt the reality, the existence of the self."
Cusk's much much shorter novels are not as explicit about the search her character is living, but similar questions about things are happening somewhere inside her.
The following comment from Rachel Cusk sums up this book for me: You read, you take the consequences.
"An astrologer emailed me to say she had important new for me concerning events in my immediate future. She could see things that I could not; my personal details had come into her possession and had allowed her to study the planets for their information. She wished me to know that a major transit was due to occur shortly in my sky. This information was causing her great excitement when she considered the changes it might represent. For a small fee she would share it with me and enable me to tur ...more