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My Education [Kindle Edition]

Susan Choi
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"A cogent, passionate, and surprising story ... populated with remarkable but utterly believable characters. Amazing." --Michael Cunningham

"A raw, wild, hurtling foray into the tangled realms of sexuality and self-knowledge." --Jennifer Egan

"My Education is a coming of age novel with enough passion to charge a light bulb, you won't be able to put this down." --Daily Express

"Who? Sarah Jessica Parker in NYC, clutching a copy of My Education by Susan Choi." --Heat

"Stunning insight, a deft evocation of the unbridgeable gap between inner and outer life." --LA Times

"[Choi] has never sounded smarter or wittier than she does in her fourth novel, My Education...Few other writers alive today make their sentences work so hard. Try skimming these paragraphs too fast and you'll cut yourself on the sharpened edges of her prose." --The Washington Post

"Choi wields a dazzling dexterity with language, spicing the novel with gems of precisely-crafted phrasing and slivers of insight into the human psyche." --Associated Press

"Compulsively readable" --The New York Observer

"My Education is sexy, smart and so well-written that it occasionally leaves you gasping." --Newsday

"The novel's assurance - her complicated tale unfolds in effortless first-person - recalls Fitzgerald's narrative mastery." --The Atlantic

"Both erotic and literary, this is a book that fulfills all the promise of a long, hot summer." --New York Magazine

"With enough passion to charge a light bulb you won t be able to put this down." --The Daily Express

"Haunting...My Education is matter-of-fact about the fluid nature of desire in a manner that recalls both Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex and John Irving's In One Person." --The Daily Beast

Further Praise for Susan Choi: "A tour de force - universal and raw and irresistibly sympathetic. One of the most remarkable novels to have emerged from our age of terror." --The Washington Post

"[Choi] has never sounded smarter or wittier than she does in her fourth novel, My Education...Few other writers alive today make their sentences work so hard. Try skimming these paragraphs too fast and you ll cut yourself on the sharpened edges of her prose." --The Washington Post

"Choi wields a dazzling dexterity with language, spicing the novel with gems of precisely-crafted phrasing and slivers of insight into the human psyche." --Associated Press

"Compulsively readable" --The New York Observer

"My Education is sexy, smart and so well-written that it occasionally leaves you gasping." --Newsday

"The novel's assurance--her complicated tale unfolds in effortless first-person--recalls Fitzgerald's narrative mastery." --The Atlantic

"Both erotic and literary, this is a book that fulfills all the promise of a long, hot summer." --New York Magazine

Further Praise for Susan Choi: "A tour de force - universal and raw and irresistibly sympathetic. One of the most remarkable novels to have emerged from our age of terror." --The Washington Post

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In the heat of September, and the heady rush of starting her graduate degree, Regina Gottlieb is entranced by her seductive, controversial English professor, Nicholas Brodeur. Against all advice, she becomes embroiled in his world, only to betray him in a passionate love affair with the person closest to him. Their romance destroys the equilibrium of all those around them, and threatens to capsize their lives, as Regina and her lover struggle to bridge the gap between duty and desire, obsession and self-preservation. Only years later, when Regina – by now a married mother and bestselling novelist living in Brooklyn – crosses paths again with Nicholas, do we see the full impact of her first, devastating love. My Education is a classic coming-of-age novel with a delicious twist – one of the most intoxicating stories of erotic obsession fused with literary style to emerge in a long time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0V0X7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but too wordy 11 Aug 2013
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The story:

It is 1992 and Regina Gottlieb, 20 years old, is starting her graduate degree. From the very first time she sees him at a poetry reading, Regina is mesmerized by Nicholas Brodeur, the seductive English professor with a rather shocking reputation. Although she is well aware that it may not be the smartest thing to do, Regina accepts a job as his assistant and slowly finds herself entering the world Nicholas and his wife, Martha, inhabit. Getting closer to Nicholas and Martha means a distance develops between Regina and her house-mate, friend and occasional lover, Dutra.

While it is Regina's fascination with Nicholas Brodeur and his reputation that entices her into his orbit, he won't be the subject of her fantasies and desires. A passionate affair will follow, but instead of Nicholas it will be the person closest to him who captivates Regina to such an extent that she disregards the consequences her feelings and actions will have, both for herself and for those around her. And it won't be until 15 years later that the conflicts that started in 1992 and their lasting consequences come to the surface and have a chance of being put to rest.

My thoughts:

I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book or what to say about it. This a rather typical coming-of-age story in that it portrays the journey a young woman makes from the innocence and happy-go-lucky lifestyle so typical of teenagers to the very real and harsh consequences that an affair and first deep, but unattainable love can bring. And the gravity of everything Regina encounters and experiences jumps of the page in the form of long and at times seemingly mindless descriptions of everything she sees, feels, does and experiences. And that is where my main issue with this book lies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, Just Awful 11 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Well I seriously dont know where to start on this book! I just about managed 10% of this book before i realised there really was no hope for it. It seems to me that the author has written this book without reading it back before sending it off to be published. She goes off on a tangent so many times and tells you such utterly useless information, such as every item of clothing someone's wearing, for example, right down to the colour of their boxers and practically there age of them judging by the colour, that i can only assume the Susan Choi has the attention span of a 2 year old constantly jumping from one thing to the other.
Also i was 10% of the way through the book and i barely knew a single thing about Regina (the main character) except she seems to drop her underwear for anyone who asks.
Bad characterization, terrible pacing of the plot, no editing what so ever and she constantly uses unnecessarily big words like she's pleased she knows them. It takes away from the story (such as it is) and interrupts the flow.
Please, unless you've swallowed a dictionary and want to know the minute details of every place the person in the book has gone to, dont bother!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far too long 21 Sep 2013
By HSM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book could do with being edited to about a third of it's current length. It tells how a needy student matures into a woman. The author has an ability with words, but uses too many. I felt that her need to alliterate took priority over the story. There are many explicit sex passages if you like that sort of thing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh! 30 Sep 2013
By rhale
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of the most boring and distasteful books that I have ever had the misfortune to read. It doesn`t even rate one star.
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