What I Loved

by Siri Hustvedt

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on What I Loved

A book you will either love or hate, find long and tedious or be captivated and charmed.  It is the story of two families involved in New York’s artistic life and reflected upon by a half-blind, elderly Jewish professor who has memories of pre-war Germany and relatives exterminated by the Nazis.  His American life is full of tragedy too.  This is a powerful, highly intelligent book.

Comparison: Donna Tartt, Matthew Kneale, Paul Auster.

Sarah Broadhurst

What I Loved Synopsis

This is the story of two men who first become friends in 1970s New York, of the women in their lives, and of their sons, born the same year. Both Leo Hertzberg, an art historian, and Bill Weschler, a painter, are cultured, decent men, but neither is equipped to deal with what happens to their children – Leo`s son drowns when he`s 12, while Bill`s son Mark grows up to be a delinquent, and the acolyte of a sinister, guru-like artist who spawns murder in his wake. Spanning the hedonism of the eighties and the chill-out nineties, this multi-layered novel combines a plot of mounting menace with a deeply moving account of familial relationships and a superbly observed portrait of an artist, set against the backdrop of a society reaching new depths of depravity in its frenetic quest for the next fashion, drug and thrill.

What I Loved Press Reviews

'A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller. It makes you ponder human existence with a peculiar mixture of stoicism and wonder.'- Noonie Minogue, Times Literary Supplement

'Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling ... she has created a conceptually exciting work that demands we think, but which still allows us room to feel.' - Alex Clark, Sunday Times

'Substantial, moving and beautifully written' - Christian House, Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9780340682388
Publication date: 28/12/2006
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340682388
Publication date: 28th December 2006
Author: Siri Hustvedt
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Genres: Literary Fiction,
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About Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt's first novel, THE BLINDFOLD, was published by Sceptre in 1993 and her second, THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL, followed in 1997. Both were highly acclaimed and translated around the world, while part of THE BLINDFOLD was made into a film (Of Women and Magic, directed by Claude Miller). Her third novel, WHAT I LOVED, was published in 2003 to even greater acclaim and has been an international success. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories, and she is also the author of READING TO YOU, a poetry collection, and three collections of ...

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