Idiopathy A debut novel of love narcissism and ailing cattleIdiopathy d p i a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown Idiopathy a novel as unexpected as its title in

  • Title: Idiopathy
  • Author: Sam Byers
  • ISBN: 9780374709877
  • Page: 157
  • Format: ebook
  • A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattleIdiopathy d p i a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.Idiopathy a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan three characters you won t forget in a hurry unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might bA debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattleIdiopathy d p i a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.Idiopathy a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan three characters you won t forget in a hurry unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might best live their lives in a world gone mad Featuring a mysterious cattle epidemic, a humiliating stint in rehab, an unwanted pregnancy, a mom turned media personality Mother Courage , and a workplace with a bio dome housing a perfectly engineered cornfield, it is at once a scathing satire and a moving meditation on love and loneliness With unusual verbal finesse and great humor, Sam Byers neatly skewers the tangled relationships and unhinged narcissism of a self obsessed generation in a remarkable, uproarious first novel.

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    1. I really enjoyed this book. It is populated by a cast of self-obsessed and narcissistic characters and none more so than Katherine, the novel's protagonist. She should be loathsome but she is so self-destructive, so unable to feel anything or even exist except in relation to others' reactions to her, usually while making then uncomfortable or unhappy, that I found her compelling."She’d wanted this, and now it was here all she could think was that the wanting was a weakness, and all she could f [...]

    2. I wish I hadn't read this on holiday, or read so many other books immediately before and after it I find myself with nothing but a scrappy page of notes to refer to and there's a lot I'd like to say about it that probably can't be said articulately without a re-read of at least certain parts of the book. It seems to be generally kind of misunderstood or misinterpreted, and not very well-liked on or book blogs. I enjoyed it a LOT, maybe not so much because the story was particularly brilliant bu [...]

    3. I don't give many reviews of books, but this one I will. My partner always says "if you're not into it by the first chapter, stop reading". I wish I listened. The problem with this book is one character - kathryn. the first chapter/10% begins with her, and if I'd listened to my partner I would have given up and been happy. Instead I continued reading and found the other characters fine. Not loveable or endearing, but fine. Whereas kathrynIf I could I would write her out of this book, I would. Sh [...]

    4. Chilling, bitter, black as pitch — three self-obsessed, depressed and wholly believable characters clash in Norwich, against the backdrop of a nationwide cattle epidemic. Laugh and despair for the world at the same time. There's nothing likeable here — but a lot to enjoy.

    5. A book about, by and quite possibly for bitter, cynical, British white middle-class people in their mid thirties. Critics like Idiopathy, it won the Costa First Novel award, I like it – but the general public don't seem to like it much: there are quite a lot of negative reviews on and . (Or there were when I last looked in December – I'm keeping away from reader reviews as much as possible just now.)I read the book in two chunks a couple of months apart, so my different impressions of the b [...]

    6. In my professional life (before children), I spent a large amount of time writing things for government ministers to ‘say’ (most often these things were published in documents, brochures and as part of press releases). The aim of the game was ‘sound bites’ – pithy little one-liners that got to the guts of the matter (in my case, it was all about river and water management) and made for ‘quotable quotes’ for ministers.Idiopathy by Sam Byers is novel written in ‘sound bites’. Pun [...]

    7. I don't often use the phrase "emotional rollercoaster", and I don't want to use it here because it implies a certain sentimentality that this book would kick in the nethers. More like a ride in a speeding car on a mountain road, too warm and smelling of someone else's lunch, it's exhilarating but exhausting - you've got to stick with it, even though the turns make you slightly queasy.I almost hated this book and didn't see its point; the characters are horrible, self-absorbed, irredeemable. Havi [...]

    8. Funny, British, quotable. "Some of them wanted to fuck her because they liked her, and some them wanted to fuck her because they hated her. This suited Katherine reasonably well. Sometimes she fucked men because she felt good about herself, and sometimes she fucked them because she hated herself." (6-7)"morals were what dense people clung to in lieu of a personality" (8)"His convalescence had not, however, gone according to plan, and it was this precise sense of missed opportunity that now led h [...]

    9. ספר סתמי שמהר מאוד איבד את חינו בעיניי והפך למיותר.הוא לא משעשע, לא מעניין ממש. סתמי.

    10. The book was amazing, witty and such a pleasure to read, I loved it. It was a fresh breath of air among the latest books that I have read. I totally reccommend it.

    11. Ähnlich wie auf der Achterbahnfahrt der Emotionen, welche die Protagonisten erleben, ging es mir auch mit dem Buch! An manchen Stellen ist der Roman zäh und ich musste mich tatsächlich zwingen, weiterzulesen. Das mag auch daran liegen, dass es so gut wie keine Handlung gibt, weil sich das Geschehen größtenteils um die verkorkste Psyche der Figuren dreht. Doch genau deswegen ist "Idiopathie“ auch wiederum lesenswert, da Byers hier mit bitterbösen Humor erzählt und es teilweise so überzo [...]

    12. An interesting enough read once you get into it. The characters are rather annoying at times and I felt myself wanting to slap Katherine numerous times then feeling sorry for her. Daniel and Nathan are a little easier to put up with but would drive you nuts as well. The book is however humorous and I had some real laugh out loud moments.Not bad 3/5

    13. Βαρετό, φλύαρο, κατατονικό, φλύαρο, φλύαρο, τόσο φλύαρο χωρίς νόημα και σε σημεία με πολύ κακή μετάφραση (δεν μπορεί να μεταφράζεις το thread ως νήμα, όταν η συκγκεκριμένη λέξη χρησιμοποιείται στο αρχικό κείμενο για να περιγράψει μια σειρά e-mail που έχουν πάει κι έχουν έρθει. είνα [...]

    14. This is the May read for The Waterstones Eleven debut authors, please see my previous post HERE. The tag line for this story is that it is “a novel of love, narcissism and ailing cattle,” which actually sums it up quite well! On starting, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, as all the characters are quite awful to each other, and it’s written in quite an original style. The author focuses on three main characters – Katherine and Daniel, who used to be a couple but have brok [...]

    15. I received this book as a First-Read giveaway. Intrigued by the title and cover blurb, I found it to be much more than the story of three people trying to find their way in a world gone mad.Byers has created some of the most ridiculous and unlikable people I've ever encountered, but I was compelled to read their story by the author’s uniquely British wit. The three main characters immediately grabbed me. They can't be described as friends, although they have associated with each other sociall [...]

    16. It's quite hard to review this book. Clearly the author cab write, some of the dialogue is spot on, there's some nice interweaving of modern technology and social anxieties within its metaphors and similes. But and this is a big but, all the characters are loathsome. And that makes it hard to like the book. Even the notion of it being a satire of modern day manners can't rescue it entirely to my mind. The characters made me cringe, but not in a satirical way.The two main characters were once in [...]

    17. A woman writes a well-formed sentence.I read this a while ago and loved it, and found myself thinking about it again as I read Eimear Macbride's 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing'for my Baileys list project. Both books are written by young writers from Norfolk. Both books have abject, abused women at the centre who are driven to self-destructive behaviour and masochistic sex. Both books are highly stylised with plots and forms which dissolve round the reader. But only McBride's has been greeted as [...]

    18. Heel erg hard gelachen tijdens het lezen van deze debuutroman. Niet om de inhoud - want die is knap ellendig - maar om de droge beschrijvingen en observaties van de verteller. Verder is het geen feestje. De omgeving en de levens die de personages erin leiden zijn allemaal tamelijk troosteloos. En het lijkt er ook niet op dat daar verandering in komt of dat ze daar zelfs maar hun best voor doen. Of zoals een van de hoofdpersonen Katherine zegt: "Wie zegt dat ik gelukkiger wil zijn?"Blijkbaar heb [...]

    19. TONY gave this book a fantastic review. Greenwich Library had not bought a copy. Westchester Library System had one copy. Available. Stephen in Greenwich ordered one copy and I noticed that it went out immediately. I snagged the copy from the Westchester Library System. Harrison library's copy. If you have ever spent an evening with friends you like or at least have a history with but whose social skills leave your head reeling, with the sheer extent of their unhappiness with their geography, th [...]

    20. I have nothing good to say about this book. I keep thinking the plot will hit me upside the head and I'll have an epiphanyI'm still waiting. Once I start reading a book, I have an asinine rule about not finishing it but god help me I wished I could break that rule. Honestly, I was browsing the shelves at the library and thought the cover looked interesting. I read the reviews on the back and was fully convinced when one of the reviewers said it was gut-busting funny. Let me be clear, there is no [...]

    21. Να φταινε οι ωρες που διαβαζω; (μετα τις 00.30, καθοτι μανα πλεον, η οποια, μετα απο μια γεματη μερα, ξεραινεται το βραδυ αφου διαβασει οσες σελιδες προλαβει πριν κλεισουν τα ματια της.) Μηπως την ωρα πριν το βραδινο υπνο να προτιμω τα αστυνομικα ή τα πιο αναλαφρα βιβλια; Για να μη [...]

    22. Really believable, realistic depictions of characters with a wide variety of personality issues. Funny in a "smirking at modern society" sort of way. Only reason for not giving 5 stars is that, compared to other books, the content can start to feel a little bit "samey" as the book goes on and on describing the repetitive thought process and neurotic habits of the relatively unlikeable characters.

    23. A cast of more miserable and annoying people you would be hard-pushed to meet anywhere. Katherine's bitter and hate-filled attitude suffused the book. It was not an enjoyable read. That said I feel it was well-written, just not my thing.

    24. I'm not sure how this landed on my to read list (which is a common occurrence), but this book utterly failed to grab me. Not funny enough, overly profane, not really engaging. Didn't work for me right now.

    25. If you hate humanity--or just appreciate those who marshal impressively thorough arguments for doing so--this is the book for you.

    26. This book was so awful and painful to read that I abandoned it a third of the way through. I kept waiting and waiting for the plot to hit me but it never did. All I was left with was the memory of absurdly annoying, depressed, hateful, and narcissistic characters. I picked up this book because I was drawn in by the title, cover, and the reviews on the back claiming I would "shiver with pleasure" and "bust my gut with laughter". In reality, I just wanted to gouge my eyeballs and put myself out of [...]

    27. Denne bog markedsføres som humoristisk, men det synes jeg altså bare ikke den var. Det skal det siges, at med min snævre erfaring med britisk humor, så tror jeg faktisk bare ikke jeg forstår det. Bogen blev langtrukken, sætningerne synes af og til uendelige, og jeg synes ikke karakterne udviklede sig. Noget må næsten være gået min næse forbi.

    28. Χρειάζεται υπομονή για να το διαβάσεις, έχει μεγάλα κομμάτια όπου υπεραναλύει ή κινείται πολύ αργά, αλλά σε ανταμοίβει με πολλές περιγραφές καταπληκτικής πειστικότητας και πολλά εύστοχα σχόλια πάνω στην καθημερινότητα. Καλό, αλλά δε θα το πρότεινα σε όλους.

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