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  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Wreck and Order
  • Hannah Tennant-Moore
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 9781101903261

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Wreck and Order

Hannah Tennant-Moore à 8 Read

A boldly candid raw portrait of a young woman's search for meaning and purpose in an indifferent world Decisively aimless self destructive and impulsively in and out of love Elsie is a young woman who feels stuck She has a tumultuous relationship with an abusive boyfriend a dead end job at a newspaper and a sharp intelligence that’s constantly at odds with her A day after reading it I still literally no positive thoughts about this book other than that I'm glad I don't have to read it any cliche after cliche no plot RELENTLESS rich white person ennui dumb characters we're told to see as smart due to pasted on intelligentsia jobs faux confessionalmemoir writing style but the true protagonists are a few shitty ambiguously abusive boyfriends as though someone read Eat Pray Love and thought what if I fused this with the concept of 'HBO's Girls but worse' and added some rape to itI keep coming up with words like dull tired and literally repulsive as I read I kept wanting to interpret this as a parody novel or piece of deliberate satire about white privilege or something but even with that charitable interpretation it's still a bland meandering plotless book I left my copy with a warning note in a coffee shop for a stranger to take but I honestly felt guilty about passing such a waste of time on to another person

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Many bad decisions When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution An auto didact who prefers the education of travel to college Elsie uses an inheritance to support her as she travels to Paris and Sri Lanka hoping to accumulate experiences create connections and discover a new way to live Along the I received an ARC of this book from NetGalleyI don't think I was uite the right reader for this book but I'm not really sure who that reader is It was much too lurid for me and I found myself skimming through parts just because I couldn't handle any of the depravation But I kind of should be the right reader for this book a youngish female kind of uestioning her role in the world But this narrator just would not stop being such a spoiled brat She's incapable of forming lasting relationships with anyone and I certainly didn't enjoy spending time as her reader She says If I could write I would be the uintessential twenty first century narrator characterized by the aimless bustle of the sharp mind revealed through thoughts about my inner torment rather than events that explain the torment location 2984 Well yeah If that's what you feel makes the uintessential twenty first century narrator then I guess you fit the billThis was a frustratingly self indulgent book It's fiction but reads like the diary of a person I wouldn't even want to sit next to on a bus Having unlimited inheritance money and a really generous dad who doesn't seem to care what she does with her life Elsie just floats around feeling like she's too good to go to school too good to get a job too good to form relationships with human beings When she travels to Sri Lanka it seems like maybe religion or at least an understanding of abject poverty might change her and I kept waiting for that to happen There was even a moment when I thought that Elsie might be some kind of cool modern feminist Siddhartha and that maybe this book was worth reading She's lived a sheltered life not knowing anything but wealth and comfort and when she finally comes out she will see poverty and suffering and turn into the Buddha Nope Reading this book felt like listening to that one acuaintance who makes terrible choices but is incapable of changing or even recognizing the problem but just seems to keep talkingI feel like I see what Tennant Moore was probably trying to do show us how purposeless life can feel for those who never really have to work for or earn anything on their own She writes I am a modern evolutionary casualty a woman capable of bearing children but deprived of the will to do so; a woman endowed with the will for meaningful work but constitutionally incapable of pursuing it I am the type of human who will die out location 2909 Tennant Moore creates a really believable character in Elsie of this purposeless woman I just couldn't stand spending time with her I don't really know what the purpose of this book was other than to say Look how terrible a 21st century woman can beAll that said the book was well written stylistically I enjoyed the writing itself

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Way she meets men and women who challenge and provoke her towards the change she genuinely hopes to find But in the end she must still come face to face with herselfWhole hearted fiercely honest and inexorably human Wreck and Order is a stirring debut that in mirroring one young woman's dizzying uest for answers illuminates the important uestions that drive us al I was so relieved to finish Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant Moore that I felt guilty There are good things about this book It may be that I'm the wrong reader I enjoyed many moments in the novel especially the descriptions of Sri Lanka Of course that's one of the places I dream of going so I was predisposed to like those sections On the other hand the fact that I want to go there could have made me a harsher critic soOur heroine Elsie is a desperately unhappy person At the same time she seems convinced that although she's a terrible person she is also somehow authentic and maybe better than everyone else She has lots of horrible empty sex that left me wanting to become a nun well not really but nothing about Elsie's sex for me was erotically excitingShe revels in her degradation despising herself but also everyone else She drinks too much and spends her time when she's not working part time at Barnes Noble translating an obscure text from its original French Her French is the thing she likes most about herself yes that's what I said but naturally the year she spent in Paris was not only a huge disappointment it tainted her love of the language because it turned out she didn't speak it well enough to impress the taxi driversI don't mean to pick on the book but it was hard to get through It was given to me by the publisher although I can't track down from where I won it I wish I had better things to say of it It's not badly written; it's just terribly depressing Or it would be if I could have been moved by Elsie For a character this difficult to like I think the writing has to be better than good; it has to be mesmerizing I remembered reading Susanna Moore's books which had some characters I found repellent but her writing was so powerful I couldn't stop reading With Wreck and Order I had to keep pushing myself to keep going I enjoyed some of the descriptions of New York City it's my home after all and Tennant Moore is good at describing places but I really hated the self destructive Elsie Like her boyfriends I wanted her to go into therapy but like her I didn't really think it would help


About the Author: Hannah Tennant-Moore

Hannah Tennant Moore's work has appeared in the New York Times The New Republic n1 Tin House Salon Bookforum Dissent Tricycle The Buddhist Review The Los Angeles Review of Books and has twice been included in Best Buddhist Writing She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family