- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057122847X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571228478
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Arlington Park Hardcover – 7 Sep 2006
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'Many writers address the complex subject of modern motherhood,
but few navigate those choppy waters as well as Rachel Cusk' -- The Times
'a gripping, at times funny, often rather beautiful book' -- James Lasdun, Guardian
'a novel about compromises and, in particular, the ones women make
when they become mothers ... an uncomfortable but essential book' -- Observer
'funny and exhilaratingly unrepentant ... deliriously enjoyable' -- Sunday Times
'tender, haunting, grimly comic and infinintely disturbing' -- Jane Shilling, Evening Standard
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk: from one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists comes this extraordinary novel that takes us behind the closed doors of an affluent suburb in England, into the hearts and minds of the women who are trying to survive there.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Cusk's subject matter has visibly changed throughout her career. Saving Agnes and The Temporary dealt with girls seeking career success. The Country Life focused on romance, friendship and betrayal. The Lucky Ones came next, followed by In The Fold , which looked at family life and the allure of other people's lives, especially when unconventional. And sometime around there, Cusk became a mother and wrote her non fiction book A Life's Work, which expressed the ambiguity of motherhood, the drudgery of caring for a small child and the loss of self. This latter caused quite a distraught flapping of mother hen wings - to say that motherhood was tiring and boring was tantamount to sacrilege. But Cusk's obvious intelligence and writing talent pulled her through, and deep down many mothers thought she'd hit the nail firmly on its mobile-dangling head.
Arlington Park is a natural progression from that. Following the lives of a disparate group of women through 24 hours in the desirable but stifling suburbs, it homes in on the disatisfaction and ennuie in their lives.Read more ›
Cusk is a good descriptive writer - though this sometimes seems very self-consciously 'literary', for example the 'day in the life' chapter about the park, but when a writer seems to be showing off her fine turn of phrase and pictorial ability, this is the display of fine writing, rather than the inhabiting of it.
She's clearly an intelligent, insightful and perceptive writer, but stands at too much of a remove from the bleak and messy humanity she writes about.
For a very very different habitation of female existential despair Cusk makes me want to return to the wonderful, intelligent and deeply felt The Bell Jar
Most Recent Customer Reviews
had great hopes. A poor book, padded with adjectival descriptions instead of substance. V disappointedPublished 12 months ago by Masud1
This book left me complete cold. I couldn't engage with any of the characters and it could come to an end too soon. Truly awful.Published on 1 Dec. 2014 by Fin C Gray
Although cleverly constructed, this book does not have a single sympathetic character. I was counting down the pages to the end.Published on 23 Aug. 2014 by Nico 13
The book is like my expectation. I've bough it for a class lesson and I liked to read it. I recommande it!Published on 2 Nov. 2013 by Anetta Avaro
Plenty of authors, such as Patrick Hamilton, Anthony Burgess, Somerset Maugham and George Orwell to name a few, have written entertaining books about dull people and their dull... Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by John Fitzpatrick
The start to this novel is brilliantly evocative describing the rain over a night time city: 'In their sleep they heard it, people lying in their beds: the thunderous noise of the... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by sally tarbox
I love the way Rachel Cusk writes - she manages to sketch so perfectly all those little moments that mostly remain unsaid and unseen and yet define your day. Read morePublished on 9 May 2012 by customer
I think some of the negative reviews given to this book say more about the reviewers than about the novel itself. Read morePublished on 4 April 2012 by Redglass
This is my first encounter with the writing of Rachel Cusk although this is her sixth novel and was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2010 by Lovely Treez