Veronica

Veronica

Book - 2005
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The extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed author ofBad BehaviorandTwo Girls, Fat and Thin,Veronicais about flesh and spirit, vanity, mortality, and mortal affection. Set mostly in Paris and Manhattan in the desperately glittering 1980s, it has the timeless depth and moral power of a fairy tale. As a teenager on the streets of San Francisco, Alison is discovered by a photographer and swept into the world of fashion-modeling in Paris and Rome. When her career crashes and a love affair ends disastrously, she moves to New York City to build a new life. There she meets Veronica--an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal "office kit" and a plaque that reads "Still Anal After All These Years." Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alison's reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronica's terrible descent into the then-uncharted realm of AIDS. The memory of their friendship will continue to haunt Alison years later, when she, too, is aging and ill and is questioning the meaning of what she experienced and who she became during that time. Masterfully layering time and space, thought and sensation, Mary Gaitskill dazzles the reader with psychological insight and a mystical sense of the soul's hurtling passage through the world. A novel unlike any other,Veronicais a tour de force about the fragility and mystery of human relationships, the failure of love, and love's abiding power. It shines on every page with depth of feeling and formal beauty.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2005]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780375421457
0375421459
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm

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LaFilm
Jul 31, 2017

Exactly 51% through this book, I almost gave up on it. The only reason I kept going was the writing was beautiful, if not a bit drawn out, which added to the story. Much of it read like a stream of consciousness. Was a decent book to read while waiting for other books to come in...

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clarencedavis
Feb 12, 2016

There is a style of realism in Gaitskill's work that hasn't been adequately determined yet. I will say that she has become one of my favorite contemporary writers. She doesn't shy away from anything. She focuses on many aspects in life which most of us hide from others because the ideas, notions. and actions shame us.
Gaitskill is certainly not for everyone, however.

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jbmcfarland
Dec 16, 2015

key women are described as "beautiful but cruel." From the very start with older fat men in Speedos diving into turd-filled canals in front of a disapproving older but still sexy woman (her words), Gaitskill is uncompromising in telling her tale in the most obvious, vulgar and uninteresting way possible. Cruel, yes, but beautiful, no.

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mewmewmew
Nov 15, 2015

This was a thoughtful, extremely moving book. I didn't realize it would be this until about 20 pages in, so hold tight, it turns out quite lovely. The content is really not very shocking, though definitely not for kids. If you don't think things like the things depicted in this book are realistic and important things to talk about, you need to open your eyes. There are moments of real sweetness- and joy. A thoroughly pleasant read.

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Persnickety77
Nov 29, 2014

amazingly sad and beautifully written. i even shed a few tears. a very visceral writer.

Agon620 Jun 03, 2014

I expected the title character to be the narrator, but that's not the case. It's true you do kind of read for a bit before figuring out who Veronica is, but I like that not really knowing. The power of this book kind of sneaks up on you...I especially could relate to the feeling of looking back on a kind of glamourous, wild life -- and knowing it was gone forever. I think the narrator is a lot more humane than she gives herself credit for. It's basicallly about where life takes you, the choices you make and how nothing lasts forever. Very insightful and beautifully written -- the inner workings of the narrator's mind are rendered so clearly. Will read more from this author!

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Pisinga
Nov 21, 2013

I was trying to find why the book is named "Veronica". Until almost the half of book - couldn't find out. I stopped reading it. The book is kind of gross content.

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EPalmer2295
Oct 25, 2013

It felt like the whole intrigue of the book was shock value. This book really felt like a bunch of graphic descriptions with very little plot.

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