Anagrams



Gerard Sits, Fully Clothed, In His Empty Bathtub And Pines For Benna Neighbors In The Same Apartment Building, They Share A Wall And Gerard Listens For The Sound Of Her Toilet Flushing Gerard Loves Benna And Then Benna Loves Gerard She Listens To Him Play Piano, She Teaches Poetry And Sings At Nightclubs As Their Relationships Ebbs And Flows, Through Reality And Imagination, Lorrie Moore Paints A Captivating, Innovative Portrait Of Men And Women In Love And Not In Love The First Novel From A Master Of Contemporary American Fiction, Anagrams Is A Revelatory Tale Of Love Gained And Lost.Anagrams

Lorrie Moore was born in Glens Falls, New York in 1957 She attended St Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she tutored on an Indian reservation, and was editor of the university literary magazine and, at age 19, won Seventeen Magazine s Fiction Contest After graduating summa cum laude, she worked in New York for two years before going on to received a Masters in Fine Arts from Cornel

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  • Hardcover
  • 225 pages
  • Anagrams
  • Lorrie Moore
  • 26 March 2017
  • 9780394552941

10 thoughts on “Anagrams

  1. says:

    an a gram n gr m 1 A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.However, here in her first novel, short story writer Lorrie Moore born 1957 , reordered not letters but the different scenes in order for her reader to choose the one that he or she likes best I have seen this approached in a couple of movies but my first time for a novel Moore s contemporary and humorous prose makes this approach not only crisp in its freshness but also memorable because of her believable characters.There are only 3 main characters the 32 y o Benna Carpenter who is a poet, a teacher, a nightclub singer or an aerobics instructor depending on the version of the story that you are reading and or prefer to take away as your favorite version of the story Then there is Benna s friend 31 y o Eleanor who is either imaginary or real, again depending on which version you want to choose Lastly, Benna s love interest, 30 y o Gerard Maines who is the single or divorced guy who lives next to Benna s apartment with only a thin wall separating their rooms In fact, Gerard could hear Benna s toilet bowl when she is flushing it Here in the Philippines, we have a term for this dingding lang ang pagitan separated only by a wall that actually came from a semi erotic ST sex trip movie in the 80 s.But Anagrams is not an erotic story It is a bittersweet love story about people in love and falling out of love Reading i...

  2. says:

    This book was devastating devastatingly funny, devastatingly honest And its denouement, or the final unraveling of plot complexities, is devastatingly sad Let me back up for a minute Anagrams rearranges and frames three characters dynamically against each other, first in a sequence of short scenes, then in a longer sustained story So the key characters like letters in an anagrammatic word function differently, contribute to a separate though equally plausible reality, when located in varying relationships with each other The elements consist, primarily, of Benna, Gerard, and Eleanor The first two are archetypal lovers and their affairs shift requitedness Eleanor, as friend and rival both imagined and real , perhaps functions hermeneutically, as a way to comment on the story, present a foil, or just add a third tip to the triangle, echoing the question why is it so hard for two people to just love each other Known principally as a short story writer, Moore creates a novel with a vividly cinematic eye an image of a menstrual stain on a nightgown wavi...

  3. says:

    Wanted More from MooreLorrie Moore s short first novel feels like an amusing, extended exercise a gimmick rather than a full novel Like letters in an anagram, Moore switches characters, professions and relationships In the first section, for instance, Benna is a lounge singer and Gerard teaches aerobics to children In the second, Benna teaches aerobics to seniors, while Gerard is working on a rock version of a Baroque opera In another, Gerard is a lounge singer who wants to become an opera singer, while Benna teaches at a community college Get it Their relationship also changes they re alternately lovers, FWBs, friends who used to date A character named Eleanor also pops up in various incarnations, usually as Benna s friend And themes like illness and infidelity are thrown into the mix.In the long, novella length final section, Moore frequently switches point of view, sometimes Benna s first person POV, sometimes third I imagine she s trying to do something profound with this and a...

  4. says:

    Today I thought I d lost my copy of Anagrams and a little voice asked me if that would be so bad a thing to happen As I said in my update, I was getting the idea that Moore is less Er, is that still funny Sorry Lorrie I am the swine before which you cast your pearl Oink.Anagram List your novel really though quite Christmas and smirky monotonously please so aggravating make mine a Harvey Wallbanger is an anagram of I thought your novel was monotonously smirk...

  5. says:

    Margaret Atwood has a great short story called Happy Endings that I kept thinking about as I read this book Read it here and then continue with the review Did you read it Seriously guys, it ll take you like two minutes I ll wait Okay, good So I don t know which came first, Happy Endings or Anagrams, but I feel almost sure that one of them had to influence the other Anagrams is about two people, Benna and Gerard, who are in love sort of When we first meet them, they are living in adjacent apartments which they essentially share Benna is a nightclub singer, Gerard works with preschoolers We see them interact, talking about their lives and generally being messed up people, and then a new chapter starts In this one, Gerard is a singer and Benna teaches dance to senior citizens They talk about their lives and are generally messed up people, and then a new chapter starts The details of Benna and Gerard s lives change, but the central story stays the same two lonely, unhappy people are trying to figure out their lives and each other, and not doing a very good job at it I make it sound dep...

  6. says:

    Firstly, I am biased not only because I love Lorrie Moore but also because my first name is an anagram I am named after my Grandmother, whose name was Edna This book is strange without being alienating, and while I was nervous that the anagramming of characters would annoy me, I actually got into the rearranging of facts and desires that Moore plays with it reminded me very much of the process of writing, of those moments when your character can do this or this or this, and you have to make a decision, effectively leaving other fictional lives behind Here, Moore has given her characters a variety of existences and situations, calling into question the idea of authenticity and truth in fiction writing I found myself favoring one version of a character over another, and I would have to stop and ask myself why this was I also loved the rearranging of images throughout the way, for instance, Moore used bathmat as a metaphor in a number of different ways.With all these ideas strolling through the book, Moore was smart enough to also give us great humor and beautiful prose, making the reading experience a joy Lorrie Moore is one of my favorite writers because she is so damn funny and her cleverness a...

  7. says:

    An extremely well written, provocative, witty, and thought provoking novel about the vagaries of modern life I couldn t write like this even in my dreams The fact that anyone can is a marvel to me.I am indebted to Stephanie for her insightful review of this book, without which I would not have known about the magical prose of Lorrie Moore I will certainly read of her work in the near future Here she paints a complex, layered picture of the real and not so real aspects of three lives In so doing, she takes the reader on a true voyage of the mind that is irresistible, and alternately hilarious and frightening To read it is to learn while feeling.I wish I could rate it 4 1 2 stars I withheld the 5th star only because I found some of the darker passages quite disturbing, and some may wish to avoid a book that puts a little too much perspective on modern life On the other hand, these reactions were l...

  8. says:

    Thirteen years ago, the dean of my law school gave a speech on our orientation day about how what good lawyers do is to turn the crystal on the law look at it from different angles, bend the light a little differently and see how a whole new world of ideas can open up just by virtue of a different perspective I often thought of that long ago lecture while reading this book, as I watched Moore turn the crystal on three people and how their lives intertwine under different sets of circumstances.This slender volume could accurately be described as a set of linked stories than a novel Each chapter puts Benna, Gerard and Eleanor together in different iterations and looks at how their lives would shake out as small, or sometimes large, things about their histories are changed It s an intriguing conceit for a set of stories a literary, personal scale version of the science fictional alternate universe trope Most of the stories are told from Benna s point of view, and it s Benna who is struggling to connect to Gerard, to Eleanor, or to herself Moore has a gentle, se...

  9. says:

    life is sad here is someone Don t let this book fool you You might pick it up and be hud by intellectual puns and clever turns of phrase before you realize you are reading what appears to be the highly conventional story of a woman in an unfortunate relationship Like Todd Solondz s film Storytelling this novel plays with notions of fact and fiction It isn t as simple as having a reliable or unreliable narrator, it s that everything said can mean something else, and perhaps even people are imperfectly rearranged anagrams of each other, leaving a letter out here and there, a fact twisted this wa...

  10. says:

    I struggled with this book a lot The beginning was good but then around the middle it got really confusing to me What was real, what wasn t I m still confused, actually, about when Gerard was her teaching assistant I don t know But, in the end it really all paid off for me At first I gave it 3 stars, then it crept up to 4, and now I m putting it at 5 because it just keeps growing in my mind, even se...

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