Carole Maso. Ava Klein, thirty-nine, lover of life, world traveler, professor of comparative literature, is dying. From her hospital bed on this, her. All articles below are freely available for dowload as PDF documents. Contents: Approaches to Carole Maso’s AVA Monica Berlin Textual Bodies: Carole Maso’s . Looking back on her life, Ava claims tohave been “extraordinarily lucky,” but the reader is even luckierthat Carole Maso has written and Dalkey Archive has.
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It was a life spent in near-uniform caeole, little real struggle. Booklist Give Carole Maso and her publisher an A for audacity. She had marriages and affairs with a movie director, a schoolfriend, a Mexican family man, a Czech dissident writer, and many others whose voices and actions come back to her in random order on her deathbed.
I’m okay with this in a shorter piece, but when reading a page novel, even if it is fragmented, I still need to have the ability to stop. Even in Genoa sometimes a little parsley.
Give Carole Maso and her publisher an A for audacity. The words are her thoughts as the day progresses.
Brian and Jenn have made it their mission this summer to open up their reading lives to the weird, the odd, the curious, the avant garde, and the totally out-there in the world of fiction. American Book Review What is remarkable, unlikely, and therefore utopic about Ava is the extent to which war, urban violence, disease especially AIDSand consumerism have failed to dull her own ability to “throb.
AVA’s theme is the poignancy of mortality, the extraordinary desire to live, the inevitability of death—the things never done, never understood, the things never said, or said right, or said enough. He says, Live, against a pulsing field of extraordinary music.
I love the experimental narrative and its fragmented nature. Notify me of new comments via email.
Maybe this is because I expect my mentors to influence me, change me, become a part of me, and these women and their writings maos done just that. The language is beautiful and clearly demonstrates her mastery of the rhythms of English. What have we not done for No character in Beckett has ever admitted that existence is other than a cruel joke.
The sexuality and eroticism of the novel owe more than a little to the poststructuralist feminist theory of Helene Cixous, but form an integral part of the fabric of the narrative. Her life was one of passivity. The pages unfold with sentences spaced apart from each other running down the page. And I am pulled toward the irresistible music of the end. What an unusual book. Even the horrible memories she somehow makes beautiful: In this way, Maso is asking us to wva ourselves into Ava, to identify with her in ways that we did not think possible before encountering the text.
Her original wit and perceptions are fascinating mawo not for pages. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes experimental, beautiful prose. Eliot, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Max Frisch, and Beckett to acknowledge their influence and to signal the novel’s genre, but these references never distract from the narrative flow and are in character with Ava Klein’s “passionate and promiscuous” reading habits.
Perhaps one is tempted to say poetry, but in truth her form is prose, a revolving and recurring prose. Through it, perhaps Ava seeks meaning from her life, something beyond the sensory indulgences and wayward decisions. This text comes the closest to helping me understand Julia Kristeva’s definition of symbiotic in a concrete way.
Despite my abiding interest in extending he language of film, I find that people tend to pay more attention to the content–perhaps out of a longstanding, misguided notion that women, unlike men, are more concerned with content than with form. I love the non-linear style and one thing about all of Maso’s books is the way they keep folding back in on themselves, returning to an earlier place.
The Feminist Lens: AVA by Carole Maso
I was Madame Forget. Return to Book Page. Hers is the voice of wva, of astonishment, the voice of regret, the voice of gratitude as she moves closer and closer to the “music that is silence. This novel is experimental as it takes prose csrole a whole other level. Praise AVA, Carole Maso’s third novel, is that rare event, a formal literary experiment that is also compelling as a work of fiction. What [Virginia Woolf] did for the prose rhythm of the paragraph, Maso has done for the sentence.
Evocative of Woolf at her best, and definitely not for a reader who longs for each thread to tie up nicely at the end, the book is full of starkly beautiful sentences that struggle with what we all want to be in life versus the reality of what we are able to be. After everything there is to be said, Our lives still counted for something.
For whatever reason, the first role model I always think of is Carole Maso.
Experimental Reading (and Reviewing): ‘Ava’ by Carole Maso
We are forever on our backs in the dark, listening to a voice ,aso, the imagination, philosophy, religion, Walter Cronkite. These carkle comment on and help guide us through the text. Anyone who loves lo What an achingly beautiful book. Each time I brought pen to paper the pen was empty of ink. Apr 21, Jafar rated it liked it.
Most notably, despite the very premise of the book, after the accumulation of so many examples of pain, she arrives at a hopeful note. This is the most extreme of that style, but she does it in almost all of her books – at least the four or five that I’ve read. As soon as we open to the first page, we are completely taken into the mind of Ava Klein, a woman on her death bed. Avaa prose and the imagery of each fragment were beautiful, but the whole thing got a bit tiresome by the end.
And it is a powerful text. What was disappointing to me is that although white space was used very well throughout–between disjointed lines and paragraphs–there was no breathing room. I had gone in search carolee Colette, the great writer.