A Nest of Ninnies

A Nest of Ninnies James Schuyler and I began writing A Nest of Ninnies purely by chance writes John Ashbery in his new introduction to this classic of American comic fiction We were in a car being driven by the young

  • Title: A Nest of Ninnies
  • Author: John Ashbery James Schuyler
  • ISBN: 9781564785206
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • James Schuyler and I began writing A Nest of Ninnies purely by chance, writes John Ashbery in his new introduction to this classic of American comic fiction We were in a car being driven by the young cameraman, Harrison Starr, with his father as a passenger in the front seat Jimmy said, Why don t we write a novel And how do we do that, I asked It s easy you wr James Schuyler and I began writing A Nest of Ninnies purely by chance, writes John Ashbery in his new introduction to this classic of American comic fiction We were in a car being driven by the young cameraman, Harrison Starr, with his father as a passenger in the front seat Jimmy said, Why don t we write a novel And how do we do that, I asked It s easy you write the first line, was his reply The result is one of the strangest and most exuberant experiments in American literary history, a verbal tour de force of suburban Americana First published in 1969, A Nest of Ninnies is a true gem in the rough, the decades long collaborative project from two of the great poetic minds of the twentieth century.

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    1. "To me," Alice said, "off-white is just another word for gray."Divine. A camp novel combining the wryness of Ivy Compton-Burnett and the mise-en-scene of, let's say, Cheever -- a send-up of suburban doldrums. Nest is like a gay(er) episode of Bewitched, with dinner-party debacles replacing supernatural hi-jinks. (Strange gourmets.) But the setting is mostly irrelevant. You read this novel -- cowritten by two wits, Ashbery and Schuyler -- for the hilarious tonal shifts. Any excerpt fails to conve [...]

    2. This is what happens when two extremely smart and well-read writers decide, on a lark, to collaborate on a very silly novel. It's at least 90% dialogue, with speaking roles for what seems like about three dozen characters (a big crowd for a book under 200 pages). One gets the sense that the authors were constantly trying to one-up each other and to throw each other curveballs by which hilarious turns of plot would come into being. The ease with which they toss around cultural references, mostly [...]

    3. This brisk entertainment is good clean fun for those who like reading about affluent 1930s aesthetes having gay adventures in Paris, New York and Rome. (That's not a huge contingent of the marketplace, hence this book's unknown status. I liked it.)John Ashbery, Pulitizer-winning poet of some 83 years is apparently on , by the way, a fact I doubt very strongly.

    4. This book had an amazing number of references to other literature! I loved it! It also had many little quips in French, Latin, and other languages, many of which I couldn't decipher. How funny to think this was a book about people in their late teens and early twenties because it seemed like the characters were much older with all their travelling and going out to eat and drink. A quick, entertaining read that I will probably pick up again someday and understand more of the references.

    5. Hard to believe John Ashbery was actually involved on such an extremely poor novel . First time on my life i felt so utterly compelled to get rid of a fresh bought book .Anybody fascinated by Ashbery's poetry should certainly avoid this one or just convince themselves it never existed and pick anything else by this genius anything but this one .

    6. One of my favorite books, for reasons I can't explain. Two families living in the quiet suburbs meet, talk, dine, talk, travel, meet others. Things happen, including some happy pairings, but really nothing much happens. It's like real life, but with much better--though pointless-- conversations. By the way,the authors are noted politics John Ashbery and James Schuyler.

    7. I thought I'd read this book before but I hadn't finishedd as I'm currently reading many novels by poets: i figured this would be great two of my favorite poetsbut I just get the sense that everything they did was to get the other one to smile and it just ends up being precious and cute and sort of a let down. I think I will check on see what Schuyler can do on his own.

    8. I flew through this book. It is an interesting mix of 1930's escapism, with a dash of the Holly-Golightly-60's, under a comedy of manners umbrella. It reads almost like a Wes Anderson story. Lots of fun!

    9. What intrigued me about this book was it's title. I thought it would be filled with silly characters doing funny things, but, I got to chapter 7 and was so bored I couldn't torture myself anymore!

    10. Just a fun, quick, witty, collaborative piece about a group of NY suburbanites who do silly things.

    11. Co-written with James Schuyler over a ten or fifteen year period. The novel has no plot to speak of and just gives us the ninnies in all their glory as they talk and talk.

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