[Epub] ➞ Tuesday Nights in 1980 Author Molly Prentiss – Reliableradio.co.uk

Tuesday Nights in 1980 By page 25, I was already in love with Tuesday Nights in 1980 It has everything I crave in a book beautiful, smart writing, characters I want to know and a fascinating setting the art world in 1980 New York City Amazingly, it did not disappoint me as I read on It engaged me emotionally and intellectually and kept surprising me I loved, loved this novel I loved this book Oh to be in NYC in the 80 s during the time when art was hip and powerful The book tells the story of three souls just trying to make it in New York in the early 80 s The author captures so beautifully the gritty, raw, bohemian lifestyle of this time in history The story is about three different people Lucy, James, and Raul and how their lives converge The book rotates between these characters during one year of their lives and after tragic circumstances how much their I loved this book Oh to be in NYC in the 80 s during the time when art was hip and powerful The book tells the story of three souls just trying to make it in New York in the early 80 s The author captures so beautifully the gritty, raw, bohemian lifestyle of this time in history The story is about three different people Lucy, James, and Raul and how their lives converge The book rotates between these characters during one year of their lives and after tragic circumstances how much their lives change Lucy, from a small town in Idaho, coming to New York to find an artist James, a quirky man with a condition that makes him see colors You can say he s a bit obsessed with art and works for quite a while as an art critic Raul, the artist, who is struggling with his past, guilt, and what is to come for him It s quite sad at times, quite funny, and totally engaging.I listened to this one via audio At first, I was not sure about the narrator But thethat I listened to it, theI enjoyed the narration He did a great job with this one I look forward to reading this one again in the future I loved it that much A Transcendent Debut Novel That Follows A Critic, An Artist, And A Desirous, Determined Young Woman As They Find Their Way And Ultimately Collide Amid The Ever Evolving New York City Art Scene Of The SWelcome To SoHo At The Onset Of The Eighties A Gritty, Not Yet Gentrified Playground For Artists And Writers Looking To Make It In The Big City Among Them James Bennett, A Synaesthetic Art Critic For The New York Times Whose Unlikely Condition Enables Him To Describe Art In Profound, Magical Ways, And Raul Engales, An Exiled Argentinian Painter Running From His Past And The Dirty War That Has Enveloped His Country As The Two Men Ascend In The Downtown Arts Scene, Dual Tragedies Strike, And Each Is Faced With A Loss That Acutely Affects His Relationship To Life And To Art It Is Not Until They Are Inadvertently Brought Together By Lucy Olliason A Small Town Beauty And Raul S Muse And A Young Orphan Boy Sent Mysteriously From Buenos Aires, That James And Raul Are Able To Rediscover Some Semblance Of What They Ve LostAs Inventive As Jennifer Egan S A Visit From The Goon Squad And As Sweeping As Meg Wolitzer S The Interestings, Tuesday Nights In Boldly Renders A Complex Moment When The Meaning And Nature Of Art Is Being All But Upended, And New York City As A Whole Is Reinventing Itself In Risk Taking Prose That Is As Powerful As It Is Playful, Molly Prentiss Deftly Explores The Need For Beauty, Community, Creation, And Love In An Ever Changing Urban Landscape I really enjoyed this book and was not ready for it to end I also loved reading about this time period in New York I was however hoping to find outabout the three main characters in the end we are left to wonder An impressive debut novel, Molly Prentiss brings you right into the Soho art scene, circa 1980 Written in a unique prose, the story mainly focuses on three interesting main characters and their intersecting lives James, an oddball art critic with synesthesia, Raul, a talented artist from Argentina and Lucy, a young, small town girl trying to find her way in NYC I really enjoyed reading about the changing art scene during this time, and the 1980 s references that the author brought into the st An impressive debut novel, Molly Prentiss brings you right into the Soho art scene, circa 1980 Written in a unique prose, the story mainly focuses on three interesting main characters and their intersecting lives James, an oddball art critic with synesthesia, Raul, a talented artist from Argentina and Lucy, a young, small town girl trying to find her way in NYC I really enjoyed reading about the changing art scene during this time, and the 1980 s references that the author brought into the story pay phones, etc There are quite a few colorful side characters in the book that are introduced but we are never told what happened to them This contributed to my feelings in the end that made me feel I wanted a bitfrom the story Overall, an enjoyable read especially if you have an interest in the Soho art world He loved the flaws they were invariably the most interesting parts of people s faces and bodies, the parts that held the straightest lines, the most beautiful shadows Molly Prentiss, Tuesday Nights in 1980This book was gritty and dark and complex and touching and yet for some reason I could not get involved with it I really don t know why and usually with books that I am not drawn into there is a solid reason I think in the case of this book ,I have read lately, a lot of books on friends He loved the flaws they were invariably the most interesting parts of people s faces and bodies, the parts that held the straightest lines, the most beautiful shadows Molly Prentiss, Tuesday Nights in 1980This book was gritty and dark and complex and touching and yet for some reason I could not get involved with it I really don t know why and usually with books that I am not drawn into there is a solid reason I think in the case of this book ,I have read lately, a lot of books on friends and cliques with many inter weaving stories so it s possible that I am just burned out on the subject I also do not know much about art and I think the theyou know, theinterested in the story one might be.What I did like very much was the depiction of life in New York City in the Eighties I am a child of that time period so nothing makes me happier than reading books about it I would not call this by any means a bad book and I think most people would enjoy it but it wasn t the right book for me at that time Please read the book description given here Tuesday Nights in 1980 I have only heard praise for this book I was expecting a lot Tell me, who isn t going to be drawn to a book revolving around New York s SoHo art world of the 70s 80, synesthesia and an exiled painter running from his past and Argentina s Dirty War If you go into a book with high expectations you are easily disappointed I was disappointed I ll explain why Do remember that if I give a book two stars it is OK The author wri Please read the book description given here Tuesday Nights in 1980 I have only heard praise for this book I was expecting a lot Tell me, who isn t going to be drawn to a book revolving around New York s SoHo art world of the 70s 80, synesthesia and an exiled painter running from his past and Argentina s Dirty War If you go into a book with high expectations you are easily disappointed I was disappointed I ll explain why Do remember that if I give a book two stars it is OK The author writes in a staccato fashion Choppy Often using short incomplete sentences Exclamations, repetitions, bursts of thoughts Bubbles Sometimes this works, but not always It works best in drawing James Bennett s synesthesic visions Vibrant colors work well, but also ideas and thoughts are thrown out at the reader Very often I found myself opposing that stated A painter says, That is how you paint a face So I think, Are you telling me there is only one right way to do it Grrr And this leads to the second problem The first half of the novel is set to describe a couple of young people struggling to find their niche, their place in the art world of SoHo They act self assured, and of course that is because they are not The tone is flippant, provocative, crass Life is a joke, never to be taken seriously Every other word is a swear word They know everything Drugs and sex and the search for money are the backbone of their everyday world They say such things as, the clouds look like tits I think, Oh my, that is interesting I am being sarcastic of course We are told in the rich person s blue room There just was not much for me to think about, not in terms of art or synesthesia Then comes an accident Everything changes, but of course it has to The changes that occur are predictable You are rarely told outright but rather through small, implied hints This I liked You do have to pay attention to the hints and you are free to interpret the facts as you will..but I found them rather obvious The ending I say it is too view spoiler cute, too predictable, too ordinary hide spoiler I say give me something to chew on, something imaginative, something that one wouldn t immediately think of The bottom line is this novel gave me very little Little is done in describing Argentina s Dirty War years You only get a few impressions describing one person s synesthesia More could have been done with the burgeoning SoHo art world I feel no attachment to any of the characters First they were this way and then suddenly they grew up how they moved from one stage to the other is not well shown Too abrupt, not properly nuanced The audiobook narration by George Newbern captures well the author s lines This is one of the most emotionally satisfying books I ve read in a long time The character development is deep almost to the point of being excessive, but this is the kind of book I love most I want to know every little thing The characters in this book are fully drawn they feel like real people with real fears and real failures and real hopes and real love.Tuesday Nights in 1980 is about three people in the New York City arts scene whose lives will become inextricably linked, three peopl This is one of the most emotionally satisfying books I ve read in a long time The character development is deep almost to the point of being excessive, but this is the kind of book I love most I want to know every little thing The characters in this book are fully drawn they feel like real people with real fears and real failures and real hopes and real love.Tuesday Nights in 1980 is about three people in the New York City arts scene whose lives will become inextricably linked, three people who will have to lose everything before they can discover what really matters There s James, the peculiar art critic Raul, the talented young painter and Lucy, the small town girl new to the big city.Prentiss weaves the three storylines together seamlessly, which is not an easy task, especially for a debut writer Novels like this one can often feel disconnected, but this one is fluid and purposeful.And yet, strangely enough, this sense of purpose was also one of its only downfalls for me Fate is a huge theme throughout, and I can appreciate that, but the serendipitous nature of many of the characters interactions was the one thing that grated on me It s the one thing that edged a little too close to the ledge of sentimentality.But don t get me wrong the good far far, far outweighed the bad.I imagine some may find Prentiss s prose the repetition of words and sentences, the stylized excerpts, the poetic cadence bordering on pretentious others, like me, will soak up every single beautiful, carefully curated word.Hell, even as someone who grown tired of books that take place in NYC, I was intoxicated by the portrait Prentiss painted of the art scene in 1980.This is the kind of book that will make you want to set aside an entire afternoon, because it demands and deserves your undivided attention I m so glad I allowed myself to get lost in these beautiful, flawed characters A wonderfully satisfying novel Molly Prentiss knows how to craft a story Her prose has energy alternating delightful and hilarious and deeply affecting Lives collide between an art critic, a painter, and a girl from small town Idaho Relationships love, betrayal, forgiveness, and art, Emotionally and intellectually charged , changed lives forever in Manhattan in 1980 TERRIFIC novel New York, on the cusp of 1980, the changing art scene of Soho before it became officially known as Soho Following the lives of three individuals for the next year Lucy in her early twenties coming from Idaho to experience life in a big city, James who after college has no clue what to do and whose unique ability enables him to see colors and paintings in a unique way will find himself the reigning critic of the art world and Raul, escaping the post Peron Dirty War in Argentina as well as his s New York, on the cusp of 1980, the changing art scene of Soho before it became officially known as Soho Following the lives of three individuals for the next year Lucy in her early twenties coming from Idaho to experience life in a big city, James who after college has no clue what to do and whose unique ability enables him to see colors and paintings in a unique way will find himself the reigning critic of the art world and Raul, escaping the post Peron Dirty War in Argentina as well as his sisters new husband whom he despises, will find himself the art worlds new favorite These three will find their lives entwined in many ways.New York in all its rawness, street artists squats, art galleries, new relationships, grittiness, the many ways to create art, unfaithfulness, a young boy missing and a new young boy arriving A tragic accident that will change all these characters and others close to them Loved the way these characters change within one short year, realistic maybe not but possible, a year can seem short but much can happen This book was structured in such a unique and original way Combining the disappeared in Argentina and a young boy missing in New York, tragic for those involved regardless of where or how many, one isthan enough James ability an added dimension to the book, the way he sees colors around things made this so interesting Not a clich d happy ending but an ending that shows the characters still have decisions to make, work to do, they still have to change Julian, the young boy who will make them see what they have lost but also what they have gained.Will everyone fall in love with this novel, these characters, maybe not, but I did Wonderful book that I wasn t ready to end and one that I will definitely think about.ARC from publisher


About the Author: Molly Prentiss

Molly Prentiss has been a Writer in Residence at The Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center and at the Workspace program the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and received the Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Aspen Institute She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts Tuesday Nights in 1980 is her first novel She currently lives, writes and walks around in Brooklyn, New York.


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