The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling From the New York Times bestselling author of The Ten Year Nap a funny provocative revealing novel about female desire When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses fo

  • Title: The Uncoupling
  • Author: Meg Wolitzer
  • ISBN: 9781594487880
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Ten Year Nap, a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war a strange spell seems to be cast over the schoolFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Ten Year Nap, a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war a strange spell seems to be cast over the school Or, at least, over the women One by one throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don t really understand As the women worry over their loss of passion, and the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and above all, confused, both sides are forced to look at their shared history, and at their sexual selves in a new light As she did to such acclaim with the New York Times bestseller The Ten Year Nap, Wolitzer tackles an issue that has deep ramifications for women s lives, in a way that makes it funny, riveting, and totally fresh allowing us to see our own lives through her insightful lens Read an essay about writing The Uncoupling from the author, Meg Wolitzer.

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    1. Meg Wolitzer's writing skirts the line between literary fiction and beach read. On one hand, she has a clever eye for human thought and folly that makes me look forward to her books. On the other hand, her plots are often novel and neatly wrapped up in a way that undermines whatever effort she puts into character building. The same praise and criticism applies to The Uncoupling. However, it does have a truly terrible climax (appropriate for a book with a lot of fail sex) that is so cheesy it bel [...]

    2. I am so over Meg Wolitzer. My three novel study, read in under two weeks, rendered me in turn unable to stay awake during the day, unable to sleep at night, unable to digest my food, and generally irritable all over. She is simply a bad writer and I cannot fathom how she gets even one good review, though she gets many.What she does do well is capture and relate the thoughts women have privately as well as the commonplace emotions of women. It is true that we only share those thoughts and feeling [...]

    3. I kept Ms. Wolitzer's name on my mental backburner for several months nowt necessarily because of the recent release of her The Interestings (which three of my friends have already read and favorably reviewed) but because of her jacket blurb endorsement on the back of Nicholson Baker's "Book of Raunch" (aka House of Holesd I'm all like "yeah! she loves bad porn! Gotta read her pronto!" Unless sales go through the roof, it's doubtful my little library's gonna get The Interestings anytime soon, s [...]

    4. The Uncoupling is a good book that could have been a great book.It has some perceptive and provocative insights into the nature of desire itself: what is desire, anyway? How does it change between the heady times of first love and the more mundane times of adulthood? Can a relationship sustain itself when desire flees?The book unfolds around the classic and comic play Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes – a tale of women of Greece who determined to withhold sex as a way to end the lengthy Pelo [...]

    5. I liked the details Wolitzer used to describe her characters (I perked up whenever the picky and prickly Abby Means, she of the thrift store skirts and pornography-filled phone, showed up), but their lack of depth and, for the most part, drive, made this book a real drag to get through. The fairy-tale-ish, wishy-washy tone, coupled with the one-dimensional characters, was frustrating to me, because the book didn't seem grounded in reality. I don't mind magical realism at all, and in fact enjoy i [...]

    6. Meg Wolitzer has a way of packing intelligence and humor into every sentence. I have to admit, I'm a longtime fan. Follow the citizens of the suburban town of Stellar Plains, New Jersey, as they stumble through the "dilemma" of their uncoupling. The pace is relentless. Wolitzer dives into her subject by writing full, deep characters. I felt like they were all my new best friends. You'll laugh, think, and notice -- through her laser sharp eye -- the absurd details of modern life, as if you were w [...]

    7. This book could have been amazing but it ended up just being half-baked. Wolitzer's characters, as always, are interesting and sharply observed, but the plot didn't quite work for me. The "spell" just seems like a deus ex machina, and the half-hearted explanation of it at the end felt tacked-on and unconvincing. And the theme of the book could have been better explored if the spell had not been a literal magic spell but a zeitgeist or a conscious political movement. A disappointment.

    8. This novel was readable, but the author's humorous, somewhat cynical distance from her characters kept me at a distance too. But there is some good writing there. The scenes of teenage Willa and her first boyfriend were poignant and evocative of my own teen insecurities. Bev's hurt at her husband's callous statement about her weight was also well done. Unfortunately, the main characters, Dory (?) and Rob, rang the least true. They had almost no personalities except to be nice, if somewhat judgme [...]

    9. When a famous feminist author came to Reed College in the late 1970s, the men of Reed College learned that among her teachings was the notion that "hetero-sex is violence", and it was clear that some of our dreams for our sophomore year were not going to come true. Texts matter, and when, in Meg Wolitzer's "The Uncoupling", a high school drama teacher decides to stage Aristophane's Lysistrata, in which women of ancient Greece stage a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian war, we are once again in [...]

    10. I really want to like this book. I read it in just 3 days, so I guess that says something. But I didn't love it. I didn't find any of the characters compelling or particularly likeable (not that that's a problem for me: on the contrary, I love unlikeable characters. Case in point: The Descendants). Willa? Eh. The Dorys? Annoying. Bev? She's fat. Waah. Leanne? Wow she sleeps around what a whore. Nothing new here. The only character I liked a little bit was Ruth Winik, the ex-lesbian of sorts. But [...]

    11. Once upon a time On a dark and stormy night…wait--there was no storm. Long ago and far away…but, it was only a few years ago, and not far if you live in suburban New Jersey. So, one dark and December night in the safe and tidy suburb of Stellar Plains, New Jersey, an arctic chill seeped under doors, a frigid blast blew through windows, and a glacial nipping swirled between the sheets of spouses and lovers. And, just as suddenly, the woman turned from their men, and stopped having sex. A spel [...]

    12. 3/5The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer is an examination of love, sex, and relationships, and while the majority of the novel is planted in reality, there are aspects of magic and mysticism which make the book what it is. The writing is astute and well realized, and the characters are distinct and authentic. However, perhaps the plot is too meandering, therefore feeling slow. Ultimately I think this novel suffered from a case of "Thoughtful and well written, but with nothing actually happening." I en [...]

    13. When I first started reading The Uncoupling, I was hooked. Wolitzer has a way of painting such vivid scenes just by using the choicest of words or phrases, and she seemed to also be creating such complex characters. I was immediately emotionally vested in Dory and Robby and their marriage, and continued to be pulled in by the rather vast cast of characters. Unfortunately, things then began to fall apart. My biggest disappointment was that, what started out strong went out with a whimper. The boo [...]

    14. I think Wolitzer had a really hard time reining herself in. I'm working off the assumption that the blunt-eccentric-but-weirdly-wise (also, callous b!tch, but that's another problem) magical drama teacher, Fran Heller, is the author-avatar here. But even taking that as a given, it's difficult to peel back the layers of pretentious metaphors and pseudo-wise musings to figure out what point Heller/Wolitzer wants the reader to walk away with.There's something she's trying to say about war--I think. [...]

    15. (This really deserves 3, 3.5 - I will explain).The Talmud speaks about a time when, because temptation was so strong, leaders prayed that the stirrings of desire would be taken away and allow people to live freely and purely. However, upon the vanishing of the more basic components of the human experience, life as we know it - animal, plant - shriveled up as well. This lesson resonated then, and was called to mind upon reading this work which, like Wolitzer's others, presents an interesting if s [...]

    16. This novel is an odd exploration of female desire and the changes in relationships through time. In a generic town in New Jersey, the production of the high school play Lysistrata, coincides with the enchantment of the women of the town with a spell that saps their desire. The narration is done by an omniscient narrator that is rather foreboding and irritating. The questions posed by the stories about passion and relationships are resonant and disturbing. And yet with that much emotional chaos a [...]

    17. While I have at least 2 more Meg Wolitzer books sitting on my bookshelves, Uncoupling is the first I've read by her. Wow! I don't quite know why I haven't read any Wolitzer sooner - if her other books are anything like this one. I like the writing style of the book. It's descriptive without being flowery. It's explanatory without preaching. In short, it's smart. I was trying to compare the style of this book to others, and I kept coming up a bit short. She's sort of like Judy Blume - but not rea [...]

    18. This is the second book by Meg Wolitzer I've read, after the Interestings, which I liked a lot. Even though The Uncoupling didn't impress me quite as much, I still enjoyed it. I recognised Wolitzer's style, I appreciated the fact that the novel was carefully structured, and I thought the whole idea was ingenious.Warning: spoilers!Starting from Aristophanes's ancient comedy, Lysistrata, the author created a web of characters and relationships that were influenced and almost 'puppeteered' by the d [...]

    19. The Short of ItWhen the mood does not strike!The Long of ItSet in the midst of a small town, the wind seems to blow in more than just a new drama teacher. Fran Heller, drama teacher extraordinaire chooses the Greek play Lysistrata for her debut. Lysistrata tells the story of women protesting war by withholding sex. Very few question the appropriateness of the play since Heller promises to tone down anything terribly inappropriate. Unfortunately, the play seems to have a ghost like charm on the t [...]

    20. A rushed review-actually, the reason I read this is because I was rushing through the library, saw the author's name, vaguely remembered liking The Ten Year Nap, and grabbing it without reading the inside cover to see what it was about. Basically, couples in a town stop having sex with each other. The women suddenly decide that they're done, leaving their husbands/boyfriends bewildered, and in some cases, a little angry. While parts of it were actually quite funny and well-written (one man prett [...]

    21. I'm not sure why I read this book, as I wasn't particularly fond of the 'Ten Year Nap'. Her characters are all kind of irritating and a stretch to relate to; the concept of the book (what happens when a town goes without sex for a few month) was kind of interesting to me and I thought that the possibilities would be better explored. It would have been better if the spell hit everyone at once; also, the incredible selfishness of the drama teacher was a little tough to swallow at the end - the fac [...]

    22. Three stars is even a little generous- this book is SUCH a dip in quality from her previous books. The plot is heavy handed -I get it, people stop having sex because the high school is putting on Lysistrata! Every description of the book says so there is no reason to even mention it more than once, and certainly not OVER AND OVER in the book. It's like she forgot who she was writing for, her previous books seemed not to assume the reader was a total idiot. She still writes characters well overal [...]

    23. I thought I would love this book a lot more than I did. Intriguing premise and well-drawn characters, but none were quite fleshed out (heh) to my satisfaction (sorry). I was irritated by the obviousness of the spell manifesting as 'cold air' (got it: frigidity). And why did these women so apathetically accept their loss of desire, which came on so suddenly and dramatically? More reflection on how the spell affected their feelings about their own bodies and psyches in addition to their romantic r [...]

    24. I read this book pretty quicklyt because it was so good, but because I couldn't believe that this was really all there was.Here's a book about women who have a spell cast over them, that forces them to not want to have sex with their husbands, or their boyfriends, and the author simply refuses to delve any deeper then that. She absolutely skims the surface of relationships without sex, and this was an annoyingly quick read because there was nothing to it. This should have been insightful and con [...]

    25. As our 10-year-old wars in Afghanistan and Iraq bleed into a new conflict in Libya, maybe we could use something more creative than “the surge” to bring peace. For the weary women in Aristophanes’ ancient comedy “Lysistrata,” the answer was an anti-surge: a sex strike until the men lay down their arms. It worked 2,400 years ago — in the bawdy Greek play — but in the theatre of foreign policy, America has perfected a method of prosecuting foreign wars without inconveniencing most of [...]

    26. I really liked The Interestings, but The Uncoupling was disappointing. I don’t actively hate this book, but it felt likeere was nothing there. I found the plot a little lackluster (there were no surprises or emotional twists—it didn’t even feel like there was a big reveal of any kind at the end because the “mystery” in the book is so simple that I guessed it very early on). I also didn’t feel connected to any of the characters (I frequently confused a few of them). I’m not sure wha [...]

    27. I was really excited about reading this book. The description was intriguing and original. However, it took me a while to make it through the first couple chapters. The writing just didn't carry the concept in the way I had imagined or hoped. While I enjoyed all the chapters detailing the uncoupling process as experienced by the primary and secondary characters, the ending felt a bit lacklustre for such an emotionally charged journey. Despite all of this, I found myself reflecting on the plot an [...]

    28. In the small town of Stellar Plains life continues to move forward at a seemingly normal pace. That is, until the addition of a new drama teacher at the high school sets unseen things in motion. Her choice for the school play, Lysistrata has the teens blushing and the parents wondering exactly who it is they've hired. Why exactly? Because the play centers around the ancient story of a group of Greek women who denied their husbands sex in order to prevent the continuation of war, not exactly a to [...]

    29. I need to learn a lesson here. I was trying to check out Wolitzer's The Interestings, but it was not available as an ebook at my library. This is about the 3rd or 4th time that I have come across a book other than the recommended read by the same author and have read it anyway. The lesson is that maybe I shouldn't.The book tried to be cute. Wolitzer thought she was saying something profound about female sexual desire and the ways in which we can and sometimes cannot find that spark. She wanted t [...]

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