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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Spring
  • David Szalay
  • English
  • 22 May 2017
  • 9781555976026

10 thoughts on “Spring

  1. says:

    An unconventional novel in the tradition of realism, and I ll take David Szalay over Jonathan Franzen any day The subjects are romantic love, money, social class At the heart of the novel is the relationship between Katherine and James, which though many months in, still feels like early days James is maddeningly passive, inert And yet Horse racing also figures in Not a lot happens in terms of a traditionally constructed plot, it seems Szalay is trying for the ebb and flow of real life, business, and affairs The writing is exquisite You do need to be patient but there is a pay off if you are Original in its construction.


  2. says:

    James 17 H Katherine Katherine James longlist Booker All That Man Is Spring Szalay , James, Freddy Szalay , , , 2,5 .


  3. says:

    Won this as an advanced reader copy through Goodreads I have mixed feelings about this book It is about a guy and a girl who start a relationship while she has been separated from her husband for over a year What I liked about this book was how real it was Everything was presented in this book like it would have happened in a real relationship in real life Many books try for this but fail to achieve it However, there were many things I didn t like about this book The reader never gets a glimpse into why these people even started a relationship if there was ever a glow or spark I m sure there was, but you never see it You are only introduced to them after they have started the relationship and you only read about them struggling, trying to make it work, and not understanding where the other person in the relationship is coming from The girl never really seems that interested in him, so I could never figure out why she even hooked up with him to begin with The whole time I kept thinking, What did they even see in the other person to begin with and my question was NEVER answered Because there was already some sort of chasm in the relationship when we meet the characters and we never actually get a flashback scene or the narrator explaining the start of the relationship, I found myself not really caring that much if they could make the relationship work or not On top of this, the author would also go into tangents about some side characters who don t play that big of a part to the plot I found myself SO BORED during those few times So unnecessary Overall, I was glad when I finished the book, so I wouldn t have to read it any.


  4. says:

    read a few pieces from D Szalay that intrigued me a lot his story youth from The Paris review and the excerpt from Granta so I decided to try his most well known novel and the only one published in the US so far quite readable and generally keeping my interest but ultimately kind of meh, why did I bother sort still liked the writing quite a lot so I plan to see if his next book or story is interesting as this one would have made a great novella story but kind of fails at novel even short length by not having much to say


  5. says:

    I gave up with 100 pages to go Our main narrator is a sad sap who you just wish would make a decent decision I didn t want to spend time with him and I couldn t see why Katherine didn t cut him loose The point of view is totally unbalanced and what made me finally throw in the towel was when the POV shifted 160 some pages in to a character we d never even met before.


  6. says:

    found this book very similar in parts to on chesil beach by ian mcewan with details of a relationship going nowhere and both sides not really knowing their deeper feelings through insecurity and neediness


  7. says:

    This is a very sly book Initially it starts out as a chick lit romance with a incomprehensibly smitten man and a unusually reluctant but permissive woman, but as the story unfolds, their motivations prove not so clearcut Katherine and James meet at a wedding and embark on a frustrating, inconclusive affair The reasons for attraction are unclear and not fully explained, but each has histories that are explained in retrospect He is not quite the pushover he seems, and her attraction remains somewhat elusive Neither is completely sympathetic or likable, but this makes them interesting to read about as long as the reader doesn t have to look upon them as friends What I enjoyed most were the ancillary characters, many of which were interesting than the two at the plot s center Backgrounds of hangers on, friends and associates make for some compelling narration, and at times the plot would dogleg into uncharted territory By book s end I was glad I had stayed with it Szalay has a true talent for dialogue and almost a Proustian sensibility for sensuous detail Many references are made to the unique light of London, particularly during this rainy spring when the book is set The reader can see, feel and smell the atmosphere.


  8. says:

    David Szalay s 3rd novel is very much about contemporary life in London amongst a group of people whose obsessions with making money and forging relationships are often undermined by their own failings and uncertainties James, a former dot com entrepreneur, falls in love with Katherine, who although separated from her husband cannot quite break away from him and seems unable to commit to another relationship Szalay s style is laconic and his use of short sentences and often of verb less sentences reflect the somewhat superficial lives his characters inhabit However, this rather distancing style leads the reader to feel distanced from the characters themselves and leads to a curiously flat reading experience As a result I found I simply didn t care about any of them, in the same way that they don t seem to care about anyone or anything else much either Although this may well be the intention of the writer, it didn t recommend itself to me as an enjoyable reading experience.


  9. says:

    I m a big fan Szalay is funny, affecting, deeply intelligent, and makes novel writing seem easy, but oh God, you know it s not.


  10. says:

    Nailed it I intend to buy several copies of this book for friends so we can devour it, discuss it, and then deny it bears any resemblance.


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Springcharacters Spring, audiobook Spring, files book Spring, today Spring, Spring d91a2 The US Debut Of Leading UK Author David Szalay, Named One Of The Daily Telegraph S Twenty Best British Novelists Under FortyJames Is A Man With A Checkered Past Sporadic Entrepreneur, One Time Film Producer, Almost A Dot Com Millionaire Now Alone In A Flat In Bloomsbury, Running A Shady Horse Racing Tips Operation Katherine Is A Manager At A Luxury Hotel, A Job She D Intended To Leave Years Ago, And Is Separated From Her Husband The Novel Unfolds In , At The End Of The Money For Nothing Years, As A Chance Meeting Leads To An Awkward Tryst And James Tries To Make Sense Of A Relationship Where No Means Maybe And A Yes Can Never Be Taken For GrantedDavid Szalay Builds A Novel Of Immense Resonance As He Cycles Though Perspectives That Add Layers Of Depth To The Hesitations, Missteps, And Tensions As James Tries To Win Katherine James S Other Pursuit Is Money, And Spring Follows His Investments And Schemes, From A Half Share In A Thoroughbred To A Suit And Tie Day Job He S Taken To Pay The Bills Spring Is A Sharply Tuned Novel So Nuanced And Precise In Its Psychology That It Establishes Szalay As A Major Talent


About the Author: David Szalay

David Szalay born 1974 in Montreal, Quebec is an English writer.He was born in Canada, moved to the UK the following year and has lived there ever since He studied at Oxford University and has written a number of radio dramas for the BBC.He won the Betty Trask Award for his first novel, London and the South East, along with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize Since then he has written two other