The Absent Therapist

The Absent Therapist The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings a jostle of voices that variously argue remember explain justify speculate and meander Sons and lovers wanderers wonderers stayers leavers readers

  • Title: The Absent Therapist
  • Author: Will Eaves
  • ISBN: 9781909585003
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings, a jostle of voices that variously argue, remember, explain, justify, speculate and meander Sons and lovers, wanderers, wonderers, stayers, leavers, readers and believers The biggest surprise of all is frequently that things and people really are as they seem.

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    1. Will Eaves Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Absent Therapist book, this is one of the most wanted Will Eaves author readers around the world.

    2. "Thinking while I'm thinking this that Owen is very troubled, when he stared right at me and I realised he didn't have anyone to talk to. And maybe not much sense of what he'd said. Or: he needed to be contradicted in some way, as if what he was saying was "Tell me what's wrong with what I've said. Talk to me." So I excused myself and went to the toilet. While I was there, it occurred to me that Owen had been addressing an ideal person, a sort of absent therapist, and I felt sorry for him. Sorr [...]

    3. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification: 1 Corinthians 14:10 King James VersionI read this book after the realisation that I had read (and loved) 5 of the six books on the shortlist for the 2014 Goldsmith prize.Will Eaves has classed the book as a novel, but its only really a novel in that it isn’t a short story book – in practice it defies conventional literary categorisation with the best description being on the back cover:A bo [...]

    4. This is the second disconcerting book I have read this year (the other being Pond). The best way I can describe this book is that it feels like a maelstrom of stories is whistling round your head and all you get are glimpses. It consists of a number of short passages, some just a sentence, some a page or so, with no narrative connection. Occasionally, a story floats by that makes you think "I've seen that one before", but then it's gone again before you've got hold of it.There's a lot of very fu [...]

    5. The Difference Between Fragments and Parts"The Absent Therapist" is divided into paragraph- and page-long sections of prose, which are not connected to one another. They usually ask to be read as snatches of overheard dialogue. The book is therefore a puzzle in reading, and a reader needs to find a strategy of reading that will make sense of the whole, or of Eaves's idea of fragmentation. Here are three strategies of reading, each one of which, I think, doesn't work and has to be partly or wholl [...]

    6. I'm not entirely sure how to categorize 'The Absent Therapist' (is "defies categorization" in itself a category?) and I don't suppose it matters - the quote on the cover refers to it as a novel, the quote on the back as "narratives". It's not quite either of those, but nor is it quite short stories or flash fiction prose poems perhaps? The nearest thing to it that I've read would be Sam Shepard's fiction. What it definitely is is borderline genius. In pieces ranging from a paragraph to a couple [...]

    7. Impelled to read this as I am (slowly) making my way through all of the Goldsmith Prize nominees/winners, and because of the somewhat intriguing précis, I might have liked it better and rated it higher if I had not recently read Joy Williams' '99 Stories of God', which is virtually the same book. That is, it is composed of about 200 (more or less) vignettes of exactly one paragraph in length, with no through line, no continuing characters (although several names are repeated a few times - Linda [...]

    8. This is a compendium of voices and miniature narratives, playlets, poems. Divided into five parts like a collection of poems, the micro-stories often make you think of listening to slightly bonkers people on buses, the kind you are fascinated by, but want to edge away from, and whose realities baffle you. Will Eaves has an amazingly attuned ear. This is truly experimental - a deconstructed novel made of fragments that are simultaneously complete in themselves, yet alluding to far bigger stories. [...]

    9. Fucking hell, this is incredible. This was a rare uninformed purchase -completely on a whim, without reading or knowing anything about it, purely because I liked the cover design. This is so, so fucking good." He told me a wonderful story once about some man who came round for sex and said, 'Give me a blow job, then.' And Terry said, 'That's not very romantic,' and the man sighed and said, 'All right. Give me a blow job in the rain.' "

    10. Absolutely delightful. Free of narrative, just an always-engrossing stream of literary fragments - scenes, thoughts, impressions - that make you feel like you're sitting alone in a busy place, catching borrowed glimpses of the lives of the strangers around you. Anyone who enjoys people watching will love this book. Just charming.

    11. Because not every review can be 1,000 words long, I’m going to keep my remarks about The Absent Therapist nice and short. Just like the novel.Except it’s not really a novel, but a collection of disparate voices, a series of vignettes that jump from person to person. It’s a bit like walking through a crowd of people, picking up fragments of what’s being discussed. Sometimes you’ll circle back and pick up another snippet of the same conversation, but for the most part, all you’ll ever [...]

    12. Reading this short book of stories reminded me of something Bob Dylan said when asked the meaning of the seemingly disconnected lines of his song 'A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall'.he said they were each songs that he wouldn't have time to get written before The Bomb fell.In a similar way these stories as novel(la) seem to me more like snatches of incidents that have made Will Eaves, the man."Writing islooking with borrowed eyes, that's all.'I could have done that,'people cry, especially relatives.'Yo [...]

    13. This book made me feel more like a listener than a reader. It's like channel surfing or eavesdropping on conversations on the train, but it's so more than that. Whole stories are told in a single paragraph; others are left tantalisingly unfinished. Characters leap off the page fully formed. As I read, there was a fascinating push-pull between the feeling that I was trespassing on other people's lives and the deep sense that these voices needed to be heard - that we aren't fully human if no-one h [...]

    14. This is a sparkling little gem of a book, I couldn't recommend it more highly. I can see it's a book i will return to again and again. The pieces are short so you can dip in and out as you please, read them at random if you like, savour them in bus queues or when you only have a couple of minutes. The writing is impeccable, deceptively simple, but i can imagine the enormous work and crafting that's gone into making it so perfect. It's intriguing to wonder why the author calls it 'a novel.' It's [...]

    15. Will Eaves is not a bad author at all, but I just didn't like this book. He does write well and has some interesting ideas, but they are in such small bites that they are immediately forgettable. There was nothing in this book to latch onto or stay in my mind. Most of the ideas in this book could be written to be a bit longer and it would make a badass collection of short stories, but at this length they are too short and too fleeting.

    16. Interesting structure, some moments of lovely humour, I'm sure there would have been much to say about this in any of my Modern Literature courses at University. But as an entertaining bit of casual reading, it didn't soar to any great heights.

    17. Haven't ever read anything quite like this, and the best bits were funny and genuinely surprising and the voice, always, so sure. So spot on. Amazing writer. A real talent. Loved this.

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