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The Unloved

The Unloved When a group of hedonistic West European tourists gathers to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau an Englishwoman is murdered The subsequent inquiry into the killing proves to be an investi

  • Title: The Unloved
  • Author: Deborah Levy
  • ISBN: 9780099478119
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a group of hedonistic West European tourists gathers to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau, an Englishwoman is murdered The subsequent inquiry into the killing proves to be an investigation into the nature of love, insatiable rage, and sadistic desire.

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    1. An early Levy novel that offers a fascinating insight into the development that reached fruition with Swimming Home and Hot Milk. Like Swimming Home much of this book takes place in a holiday house with a rather odd collection of guests - this time a chateau in Normandy. Each of the characters represents a nation, and Levy deliberately confuses things by switching between their names and nationalities. The middle part is set in Algeria in the late 50s. The atmosphere is creepy and dreamlike, ful [...]

    2. OK, I'm clearly in the minority, as most people HATED this! But take equal parts Lawrence Durrell, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Agatha Christie - puree on high, and the resulting cocktail is 'The Unloved' while at the same time remaining 100% Levy. It IS a difficult book to follow, but the key for me was keeping a character list I could refer back to and add on as the book progressed. It doesn't help that Levy almost arbitrarily and alternately refers to her characters by either their names or countr [...]

    3. The two previous DL books I sampled were triumphs, most notably the dark comedy Billy & Girl. This one was closer to Ophelia & the Great Idea in style, but given scope to roam outside the short form, this style becomes an overblown flan of staggering pretention.The book opens in a French chateau with a vague drawing-room murder setup. We’re then introduced to a range of characters worse than Big Brother contestants for sheer violent weirdo backward madness. These are the Unloved of the [...]

    4. There are fictions, technologies, geographies, and there is poetry. There is coherence, incoherence and exhilaration. There is attraction and playing it cool and there is attraction and abandon. There is love and there is ambivalence, but there is mostly ambivalence. And there is freedom. What do you do with freedom?There are certainly fictions, technologies, geographies and poetry in this amazing book. It can be difficult to keep track of the story and the characters. I made a list of the chara [...]

    5. Due to the success of Swimming Home getting a Man Booker shortlisting in 2012, Deborah Levy’s 1995 novel The Unloved was edited and republished earlier this year. I have been a fan of Levy since discovering Swimming Home thanks to the Man Booker and I admit I was a little slack getting to her backlist. I read her collection of short stories last year and finally returned to another novel with The Unloved.The Unloved tells the story of a group of self-indulgent European tourists who decide to c [...]

    6. I actually feel drainedd it all lead to nowhereville. how sad. and the pages blurred and they killed a white rat that was really a princesses unicorn, but the clock didn't strike midnight and the queen wore her glitter hairnet to the fish market whilst the mexican boy traveled the world only to wake and find out he hadn't really traveled anywhere but he was sleeping with the princess wearing her black ballet shoes. Makes sense? good!

    7. couldn't quite stay up enough to finish this one, which tells me a bit about my not-quite-love of the story Levy has a overwhelming style, she comes at you from so many directions and angles with her phrases and adjectives and verbs and imagery from somewhere else her characters are full to the brim with life and feelings and purpose this novel(la?) was on some tangent of sorts from her other books - Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography - more of a narrative or plot or something less unstr [...]

    8. The Unloved is an unsettling novel, primarily because at its core, it concerns Western violence inflicted upon Algeria in its struggle for independence which began almost as soon as WWII ended. But it is also unsettling because it begins as a comedy of manners amongst rich tourists who come to a chateau in Normandy to spend the Christmas holidays. That something is going on is apparent from the beginning because there is a dead body and an 11-year old girl says she knows who did it. But nothing [...]

    9. The stream of conscious narrative style, and the way in which the novel jumped back and forth through time did at times make the story a bit hard to follow. It is certainly the sort of book one needs to read carefully to pick up on all the details and subtleties, but that being said I found it to be a highly gripping read. A group of tourists from various different countries are gathered together on vacation in a French Chateau. They are a collection of cynical, apathetic, self-serving individua [...]

    10. Probably need to read it again. Of the three parts I liked the middle best. Yasmina the Algerian is the character that interested me the most. The scenes between the Italian woman and the police inspector were also well written. It's not as good as Swimming Home but then what is? Definitely worth a second read.

    11. Maybe my hopes were too high? It was packaged as a murder mystery but that story arc isn't very satisfying. The only somewhat interesting part of the book was the middle section in which Yasmina talks about being a youth during the Algerian revolution. The characters were forgettable. Also, it's surprising that in a book called The Unloved, there is very little development of the relationships between characters (I was constantly thinking "the Italian is married to the German, right?") Maybe tha [...]

    12. I did not like it and am not sure why I finished itIt was confusing. There were many characters, varying timespans, documentation from diaries written decades earlier, first person dialogues in the present and also traversing the time warp. None of the people seemed to have any redeeming features. Dreadful characters with backgrounds of conflict and shame that did not seem to have any benefit. It was like reading a more modern Atlas Shrugged because you liked The Fountainhead.I'll try again beca [...]

    13. Strangely readable even though I struggled to follow what was going on and who everyone was most of the time. As always, Deborah Levy writes beautifully sentence to sentence. Felt at times like Virginia Woolf filtered through J G Ballard, and the dialogue is all very exaggerated, so it feels slightly fantastical. I didn't grasp some of the political & cultural stuff in the flashbacks but that's my fault.

    14. DNF the last 50 pages as it was to hard to follow, nothing to do with the murder mentioned in the blurb and also I found the characters too confusing as they would change every two minutes.

    15. Discovered shortly after starting it that this is not a very popular book but I paid €14 for it while I was bored in Porto and damnit, I wanted my money's worth. Believe it or not, taking that attitude didn't lead me to enjoy it any more than most of the people on here. 'The Unloved' is one of those modern novels that substitutes nebulous "meaning" for any kind of interesting plot or characters - it's a murder mystery where I can't see anyone caring at all about whodunnit filled with mostly un [...]

    16. I received The Unloved as part of a giveaway.A group of tourists from Europe, America, and North Africa gather at a French resort. When one of the guests is murdered, their dark pasts and current secrets, some decades old, come to light as the investigation unfolds.In many ways, there are a lot of things about The Unloved that I like. The prose is beautiful, the story is interesting, if dark, especially the second section that flashes back to postwar Tangier. However, I couldn't help but feel t [...]

    17. 2.5 starsi came so close to putting this book down unfinished so many times but seeing as it's only 200 pages i thought i could stick it out. i'm just - i'm so confused by everything. it wasn't until about page 175 i finally began to work out who was who and even then i couldn't tell you who was married to who. the middle part was definitely the best part and what kept me reading. it's set up as a murder mystery but the murder's hardly touched on and i don't even know what the ending is meant to [...]

    18. A group of European (and one American) tourists spends their Christmas holiday at a remote French chateau. One is murdered. This sounded like an interesting premise for a novel. There were so many characters and flashbacks that I couldn't keep straight. It wasn't until the end that I finally think I figured out each character's name, background,and spouse. The novel was trying so hard to be poetic that the plot suffered. I read and reread passages and still couldn't figure out what happened.

    19. it's the third time I read it and it's the third time I come to the same point: NO, THANK YOU! memorable quote: "The unloved look brave. The unloved look heavier than the loved. Their eyes are sadder but their thoughts are clearer. They are not concerned with pleasing or affirming their loved one's point of view. The unloved look preoccupied. The unloved look impatient."

    20. I was in search of the more recent book by this author listed for Man Booker and picked this up as only one available. I sat myself down in library and read, and skipped over much due to what seemed to me drug-induced or hynoptic writing style. Will wait until I come across Hot Milk, but I am guessing this author may not be for me.

    21. Really just plain weird. I kept wanting it to make sense at some point, which was why it was an easy, fast read, but it really never did. I know there is supposed to be some symbolism in there and definitely some things that I just completely missed, but it's just a little to artsy and tricky for me. She is trying to be clever at the expense of her readers.

    22. The Unloved is a murder mystery with a difference. The “who dunnit” is a mystery wrapped in an enigma and the narrative adds to the complications for it is certainly not straightforward and a very slow read. There is not one likable charachter and the enitre book was very depressing. I would not recommend this book.

    23. I did not care about the characters, was not intrigued or interested by the plot, and was, quite frankly, bored stiff. I can almost always find something to love in a book. Maybe my timing is off.

    24. I grabbed this out of desperation in Spain because it was the only English book available. I got through it but felt empty and disappointed. Lots of characters that could have been developed much better.

    25. By page 5, I was confused. I don't think I like English authors. I had no desire to keep reading a book that was a cluster from page 1.

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