KINDLE The Gift A Novel – chiangshistory.org
David L. Flusfeder
Marcel Mauss in his roundbreaking anthropological classic
*the ift showed *Gift showed reciprocity Is Not Merely An Instance not merely an instance altruism but something which permeates every facet of society Social solidarity particularly in archaic tribal societies was dependent on ift exchange The key insight of the study is applied as a plot device in this novel Flusfeder s novel is based on the fantastic anxiety that emerges when reciprocating a ift It also concerns itself with the intricacies of value There is no such thing as a free ift Inventing the Future generosity can sometimes seem like a personal affront particularly when it is overdone The main protagonist has an existential crisis of sorts when he tries toradually outdo his friend s Understanding Women giftiving There is a vulnerable masculinity here and it is beautifully played out at times in the first section Flusfeder has a reat writing style the lack of uotation marks do not discredit or take away anything from the read He also does not shy away from using complicated ideas or phases which shows confidence and assertiveness as a creative writerA plot develops relatively well with lots of imaginative black comedy and uirks There are some ood one liners as well party oer thinks that Phillip is a nose doctor when he says he is interested in sinology There is a sense that the larger uirks which preoccupy the plot are almost presentational in that they read really well on a blurb but are somewhat disjointed and static when taken in context within the book The novel begins to snowball fast and as a reader it is difficult to stop reading but this momentum sharply declines as the second part begins Up to page 154 I found it very hard to continue reading at points it became immensely dull The novel would read considerably better if sections two and three were reduced and collapsed into One There Is A There is a of filler and entire scenes could be removed without harming the sharpness of the novel The material involved Syd Barrett is definitely enjoyable for fans but it does not develop as I would have hoped Flusfeder does present him as a dunce or someone with severe Aspergers which may or may not be controversial Everything eventually happens in a matter of fact way as though the writer knew he needed to sum up and Phillip has a lot on his mind At home in his unnecessarily large excessively expensive house he is attempting to become a Taoistmaster of love with his wife Alice but his uest is forever being interrupted by the reuests of his twin daughters Can we have a pony please; We want to o to boarding school At work in his shedoffice at the bottom of the The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, garden between countlessames of Minesweepe. Ting his skin into the salad adding blood to the soup at his anniversary party Very impressed although doesn t sustain it to the end I can see that there are wildly divergent views on this book I think there are some problems with it but overall it is worth a o I happen to like dark comedy problems with it but overall it is worth a o I happen to like dark comedy has some relevance to our society This one is uite sharp in crituing the need many of us have to be seen as magnanimous to our friends We often ive than is necessary to confirm our friendships In the case of this narrator it becomes a ludicrous potlatch battle between his ultra rich narrator it becomes a ludicrous potlatch battle between his ultra rich friends and himself and his wifeThe difficult part for me was the style Flusfeder what a name uses the I m oing to use no uotation marks style because it s so cool It isn t For authors that want to do this we should be iven a warning or a choice of versions like wide screen or letterbox versions of videos I ve suffered through Philip Roth novels like this and it can be very painful for the reader Because this novel is meant to be funny one misses a lot of the humor when you have to o back and figure out who said what it s kind of like someone who has trouble telling a long joke and has to correct themselves because they miss a key pointI m sure someone on this site who has taken raduate literature courses or teachs them could tell me what the authors that eliminate uotes are trying to achieve Perhaps there is a valid reason My Review So so took me way too long to read such an easy read not a ood sign As far as a novel The Horse in Celtic Culture goes though I did finish it captive audience on a 30 min bus ride morning and night Interesting use of NO uotation marks though I almost felt like I was a part of the conversationWhat I Learned Keep stories about obsessive compulsive issues to short story style aka The Yellow Wall Paper I thought this could be the book to read I liked the start and Syd Barrett stuff too but I didin t think that the story were whole and itet losted time to time It could have been better and funnier It was too obsessed and miserable It was not uniue enough where aren t drugs bad marriages and chaeting these days had some promising laughable one liners but the main character is an idiot you might like it if you re into that sort of thing. Sful and most worryingly they ive reat presents Their ifts are always exuisite a full set of Italian crockery a handmade corkscrew from Venice; they ive them on birthdays at parties and uite often for no reason whatsoever; and increasingly these presents break all bounds of Starflight Zero generosityThey areifts that hurt a man's pride And they can never be matched Which doesn't mean Phillip won't tr.
David L. Flusfeder ï 3 readIe it all together Overall the book begins very well but peters and suffers as the well but peters and suffers as the expands It took me a little bit to A Succession of Bad Days get into it but once Iot there I found the book to be very funny and so cynical I m not really familiar with Syd Barrett but that didn t really bother me The ending was a bit dissapointing was kinda hoping Barrett but that didn t really bother me The ending was a bit dissapointing was kinda hoping a real dark ending like A Simple Plan or so but nothing like this But overall still worth 3 for me I haven t really The Multi-Orgasmic Man got a lot ofood things to say about this bookFather of twins and mildly neurotic the main character Phillip receives The Grave Of The Right Hand gifts from a richay couple who are in movies All supporting characters including wife and children are not at all fleshed outHe spends the book mithering about what ifts he should return and his attempts to provide the Perfect Gift Get Him Into A Number Of Unbelievable ScrapesThe gift et him into a number of unbelievable scrapesThe is meant to be a comedy but it failed to make me laugh or The Beast House / After Midnight giggle even once Its also meant to be a morality play against the dangers of keeping up with the joneses and an insight into the non worries of the modern manIt failed to be entertainingPossibly my least favorite book of the year I thought it started strong lost me a little in the middle but ended well An everyday sort of book that explores how do men prove their masculinity and individual authority in this modern world where they can be rendered feckless by current social standards and cultural s Asks the uestion of isenerosity a selfish or selfless act Who Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) gets satisfaction out of aift A I Walk in Dread good uick British read one of the worst books I ve ever read It s painful to read as Phillip the main character receivesifts from his wifes best friends Barry and Sean and feels the pressure to return The Life You Save gifts that outdo theift iven A power struggle evolves with him turning nasty and ugly and completely irrationalthrown in a few boring charateres I did enjoy this nearly ave it 5 A man attempts to compete with his wife s Inside MacPaint gay friendsifts and fails miserably It s funny and touching I loved all the Syd Barrett stuff but then I m a fan2003 notebook lovely detail about football and middle class lives and relationships on the periphery of the film industry writing a script falling to pieces with a sinister Syd Barrett fan ra. R and FreeCell Phillip is trying to pay the mortgage by writing the instruction manuals to Korean bread making machines And at parties where he is concerned that he is not taken seriously he is variously mistaken as a waiter and a rhinoplastic surgeon Phillip tells the world he is in fact a screenwriterAbove all Phillip is obsessing about his best friends Barry and Sean They are rich succes.
David L. Flusfeder