What Belongs to You



On An Unseasonably Warm Autumn Day, An American Teacher Enters A Public Bathroom Beneath Sofia S National Palace Of Culture There He Meets Mitko, A Charismatic Young Hustler, And Pays Him For Sex He Returns To Mitko Again And Again Over The Next Few Months, Drawn By Hunger And Loneliness And Risk, And Finds Himself Ensnared In A Relationship In Which Lust Leads To Mutual Predation, And Tenderness Can Transform Into Violence As He Struggles To Reconcile His Longing With The Anguish It Creates, He S Forced To Grapple With His Own Fraught History, The World Of His Southern Childhood Where To Be Queer Was To Be A Pariah There Are Unnerving Similarities Between His Past And The Foreign Country He Finds Himself In, A Country Whose Geography And Griefs He Discovers As He Learns Of Mitko S Own Narrative, His Private History Of Illness, Exploitation, And Disease What Belongs To You Is A Stunning Debut Novel Of Desire And Its Consequences With Lyric Intensity And Startling Eroticism, Garth Greenwell Has Created An Indelible Story About The Ways In Which Our Pasts And Cultures, Our Scars And Shames Can Shape Who We Are And Determine How We Love.What Belongs to You

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty pub Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others He lives in Iowa City

[Reading] ➷ What Belongs to You  Author Garth Greenwell – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 194 pages
  • What Belongs to You
  • Garth Greenwell
  • English
  • 21 January 2017
  • 0374288224

10 thoughts on “What Belongs to You

  1. says:

    This story cannot be fiction If this is truly fiction, this author ranks among the best There is too much here for it not to be based in truth The story is so human The writing is dense and rich, with long sentences littered with punctuation that demand to be read and re read Sentences masterfully crafted, each packed with information and emotion There are no wasted lines Skip just one and you will be clambering backwards trying to piece things together Every chapter ends in a way that This story cannot be fiction If this is truly fiction, this author ranks among the best There is too much here for it not to be based in truth The story is so human The writing is dense and rich, with long sentences littered with punctuation that demand to be read and re read Sentences masterfully crafted, each packed with information and emotion There are no wasted lines Skip just one and you will be clambering backwards trying to piece things together Every chapter ends in a way that is either intentional or sheer magicI will let you...

  2. says:

    Some books dazzle you with plot twists and action, yet some books can truly wow you with the power of their storytelling, their language, and their imagery Garth Greenwell s debut novel, What Belongs to You , definitely falls into the latter category It s stunning, emotional, lyrical, and it quietly grabs you and doesn t let go One unseasonably warm afternoon in October, our narrator, an American teacher living in Bulgaria, goes to a restroom in Sofia s National Palace o...

  3. says:

    Update I read this book awhile ago I m happy to see it made the list of 2016 National Book Awards He only stood there an instant before he propelled himself forward and fell on top of me, and I must have flinched, I must have shut my eyes, so it wasn t a blow I felt on my face but his mouth, his tongue as it sought my own mouth, which I opened without thinking I let him kiss me though it didn t seem like a kiss, his tongue in my mouth, it was an expression not of tenderness or desire but of Update I read this book awhile ago I m happy to see it made the list of 2016 National Book Awards He only stood there an instant before he propelled himself forward and fell on top of me, and I must have flinched, I must have shut my eyes, so it wasn t a blow I felt on my face but his mouth, his tongue as it sought my own mouth, which I opened without thinking I let him kiss me though it didn t seem like a kiss, his tongue in my mouth, it was an expression not of tenderness or desire but of violence, as was the weight with ...

  4. says:

    I ve been reading Rilke s On Love and Other Difficulties and find myself gasping in recognition at his discourse on the nature of love, lust, desire, and how we, the primal creatures that we are, seek to weave all these together into something that resembles a relationship At bottom, no one in life can help anyone else in life this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity that one is alone. And never is onealone than in the throes of helpless sexual desire I ve been reading Rilke s On Love and Other Difficulties and find myself gasping in recognition at his discourse on the nature of love, lust, desire, and how we, the primal creatures that we are, seek to weave all these together into something that resembles a relationship At bottom, no one in life can help anyone else in life this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity that one is alone. And never is onealone than in the throes of helpless sexual de...

  5. says:

    An American teacher in Bulgaria meets a charismatic young hustler, Mitko, in a public bathroom beneath Sofia s National Palace of Culture He soon develops a heated, intimate relationship with Mitko, one built on desire and danger and fear As our narrator struggles to navigate the fraught intensity he shares with Mitko, he re encounters dark secrets from his southern childhood, memories that occupy him even when he lives a country away.I wish I could agree with they hype on this one I enjoyed An American teacher in Bulgaria meets a charismatic young hustler, Mitko, in a public bathroom beneath Sofia s National Palace of Culture He soon develops a heated, intimate relationshi...

  6. says:

    Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia s National Palace of Culture There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mut...

  7. says:

    So sad that this is the gay title of 2016 that s getting a lot of attention There s nothing new represented here So what, a privileged American meets a hustler in Bulgaria, falls in love, but the hustler is ...

  8. says:

    The second section of three is so flowing and affecting It seemed like it was written all in one sitting from experience I found myself comparing this to a contemporary Proust, imagining how In Search of Lost Time would read if Albertine and associates were presented as Albert et al., like Proust without the heteronormative mask The second section tracks the narrator s emerging awareness of his sexuality and then his first forays into the related experiences, both of which are wonderfully d The second section of three i...

  9. says:

    What Belongs to You whispers like an incantation of desire But even as Garth Greenwell s novel sweats with lust, his prose keeps that heat contained in the crucible of remorse.Although this is a debut novel, expectations have been running high What Belongs to You grew from a lauded novella called Mitko And Greenwell s literary criticism in the New Yorker and the Atlantic demonstrates an usually keen and insightful mind That promise is fully realiz...

  10. says:

    In early American lit, sensitive US chaps went to Europe and learned about life from older women, like Chad and Mme de Vionnet in The Ambassadors a great role for Jeanne Moreau In 21st Century lit, sensitive gay American men in Europe are learning bittersweet facts from rent boys in the Balkans This is what happens in The Romanians by Bruce Benderson, and it happens here in a highly praised novel by Garth Greenwell, now the It Boy of gay writers We can be thankful that Edmund White has In early American lit, sensitive US chaps went to Europe and learned about life from older women, like Chad and Mme de Vionnet in The Ambassadors a great role for Jeanne Moreau In 21st Century lit, sensitive gay American men i...

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