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The Girls

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong-this stunning first novel is perfect for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad .
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged-a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.
Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction.
Praise for The Girls
"Spellbinding . . . A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry . . . [Emma] Cline gorgeously maps the topography of one loneliness-ravaged adolescent heart. She gives us the fictional truth of a girl chasing danger beyond her comprehension, in a Summer of Longing and Loss." - The New York Times Book Review
"[ The Girls reimagines] the American novel . . . Like Mary Gaitskill's Veronica or Lorrie Moore's Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, The Girls captures a defining friendship in its full humanity with a touch of rock-memoir, tell-it-like-it-really-was attitude." - Vogue
"Debut novels like this are rare, indeed. . . . The most remarkable quality of this novel is Cline's ability to articulate the anxieties of adolescence in language that's gorgeously poetic without mangling the authenticity of a teenager's consciousness. The adult's melancholy reflection and the girl's swelling impetuousness are flawlessly braided together. . . . For a story that traffics in the lurid notoriety of the Manson murders, The Girls is an extraordinary act of restraint. With the maturity of a writer twice her age, Cline has written a wise novel that's never showy: a quiet, seething confession of yearning and terror." - The Washington Post
"Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. She reminds us that behind so many of our culture's fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind." -Lena Dunham
"Emma Cline's first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction." -Jennifer Egan
"I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language." -Mark Haddon, New York Times bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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'"Spellbinding . . . A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story hinged on Charles Manson, told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry . . . [Emma] Cline gorgeously maps the topography of one loneliness-ravaged adolescent heart. She gives us the fictional truth of a girl chasing danger beyond her comprehension, in a Summer of Longing and Loss." - The New York Times Book Review "[ The Girls reimagines] the American novel . . . Like Mary Gaitskill's Veronica or Lorrie Moore's Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, The Girls captures a defining friendship in its full humanity with a touch of rock-memoir, tell-it-like-it-really-was attitude." - Vogue "Debut novels like this are rare, indeed. . . . The most remarkable quality of this novel is Cline's ability to articulate the anxieties of adolescence in language that's gorgeously poetic without mangling the authenticity of a teenager's consciousness. The adult's melancholy reflection and the girl's swelling impetuousness are flawlessly braided together. . . . For a story that traffics in the lurid notoriety of the Manson murders, The Girls is an extraordinary act of restraint. With the maturity of a writer twice her age, Cline has written a wise novel that's never showy: a quiet, seething confession of yearning and terror." - The Washington Post "Outstanding . . . Cline's novel is an astonishing work of imagination-remarkably atmospheric, preternaturally intelligent, and brutally feminist. . . . Cline painstakingly destroys the separation between art and faithful representation to create something new, wonderful, and disorienting." - The Boston Globe "Finely intelligent, often superbly written, with flashingly brilliant sentences, . . . Cline's first novel, The Girls , is a song of innocence and experience. . . . In another way, though, Cline's novel is itself a complicated mixture of freshness and worldly sophistication. . . . At her frequent best, Cline sees the world exactly and generously. On every other page, it seems, there is something remarkable-an immaculate phrase, a boldly modifying adverb, a metaphor or simile that makes a sudden, electric connection between its poles. . . . Much of this has to do with Cline's ability to look again, like a painter, and see (or sense) things better than most of us do." - The New Yorker "Breathtaking . . . So accomplished that it's hard to believe it's a debut. Cline's powerful characters linger long after the final page." - Entertainment Weekly (Summer Must List)"A mesmerizing and sympathetic portrait of teen girls." - People (Summer's Best Books)"Cline's exquisite set pieces are the equal of her intricate unwinding of Evie's emotions . . . . The Girls isn't a Wikipedia novel, it's not one of those historical novels that congratulates the present on its improvements over the past, and it doesn't impose today's ideas on the old days. As the smartphone-era frame around Evie's story implies, Cline is interested in the Manson chapter for the way it amplifies the novel's traditional concerns. Pastoral, marriage plot, crime story-the novel of the cult has it all. You wonder why more people don't write them." - New York Magazine "Hypnotizing . . . [Cline's] eagle-eyed take on the churnings and pitfalls of adolescence-longing to be wanted, feeling seen, getting discarded-rarely misses its mark. In truth, it's this aspect of The Girls . . . that stays with us after Evie's whirlwind story concludes." - San Francisco Chronicle "Gorgeous, disquieting, and really, really good . . . [Cline's] prose conveys a kind of atmospheric dread, punctuated by slyly distilled observation. . . . What Cline does in The Girls is to examine, even dissect, these shifts between power and powerlessness that characterize a girl's coming of age. . . . Cline, born years after the events she explores, brings a fresh and disce
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 368
Erscheinungsdatum 14.06.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8129-9860-3
Verlag Random House Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 216/146/35 mm
Gewicht 490
Verkaufsrang 12.707
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The Girls
von miss.mesmerized am 29.05.2016

Summer of 1969. The summer which will change everything for 14-year-old Evie. With her parents, after their divorce, looking for new partners, her best friend Connie suddenly reserved, Evie finds herself alone when she meets Suzanne. The young woman is a couple of years older and fascinates the teenager... Summer of 1969. The summer which will change everything for 14-year-old Evie. With her parents, after their divorce, looking for new partners, her best friend Connie suddenly reserved, Evie finds herself alone when she meets Suzanne. The young woman is a couple of years older and fascinates the teenager at once. Suzanne introduces her to a community at a ranch where Russell acts as some kind of messiah. Everybody is easy and free there, Evie finds the love she is denied by her parents who seem to have forgotten about their daughter. But slowly the small sect develops into a very bad direction and their leader has a violent plan. Emma Cline’s novel is loosely based on the famous Charles Manson commune and murder of Sharon Tate. Yet, this is not in the focus of the novel which is narrated from the point of view of Evie. It is easy to see and understand how she is attracted by the cult, what the people there can give her that her parents cannot and how they can easily manipulate her in accepting abuse and turning this into something she herself almost demands. It is especially the character of Russell which could convince me, how his charisma can attract people and make them follow him without asking questions. Forlorn souls are easy prey, influenced and finally maneuvered into headless soldiers. There is an underlying sadness in the story, being told in retrospect you can see that the girl from then never managed to build good relationships afterwards, that she still is lonesome and prone to any kind of affection. This design of a character is a real success because these kind of people exist in the real world and they are a danger due to their weakness and frailty. Looking at the Middle East right now, we can easily see that what Russell does in the novel is an actuality for many especially young men and women. All in all, a portrait of a generation who wanted to be free and came under tyranny, of a girl who wanted to be loved and was pushed even further away, of human behavior in its most evil shape.

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auf der Suche nach dem Sinn des Lebens
von Tina Bauer aus Essingen am 27.08.2016
Bewertetes Format: Einband: gebundene Ausgabe

Wir starten mit Emma Clines „The Girls“ ins Jahr 1969 und lernen Evie kennen, die sich als Teenie so durch den Alltag schleppt. Sie trifft eines Tages auf Suzanne, die für Evie die Verkörperung der Zukunft darstellt. Frei, mutig und voller Leben. Das erhofft sich auch Evie, als sie... Wir starten mit Emma Clines „The Girls“ ins Jahr 1969 und lernen Evie kennen, die sich als Teenie so durch den Alltag schleppt. Sie trifft eines Tages auf Suzanne, die für Evie die Verkörperung der Zukunft darstellt. Frei, mutig und voller Leben. Das erhofft sich auch Evie, als sie sich Suzanne und der kommunenhaften Verbindung Rund um Russell anschließt. Doch Evie blickt in diesem Buch auf sich und auf ihr bisheriges Leben zurück und stellt fest, das Freiheit doch ein großer Begriff ist und war und sie diese immer noch nicht für sich gefunden hat. Emma Clines Buch zeigt einen Ausschnitt in den damaligen American Dream mit seiner Sucht nach Freiheit, Drogen und einem Leben ohne Verbindlichkeiten. Für die einen endete es mit einem abrupten Aufwachen und für viele andere mit einem nicht enden wollenden Leben auf der Suche nach dem Sinn des eigenen Daseins.

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