The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | Today, 10:00am

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
  1. $18.19 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy

by

A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Publishers Weekly

In her first novel, singer-songwriter and music journalist Greig examines the case of second-year philosophy student Susanna, who frequently wakes up, screaming, from disconcerting dreams. It's not so much the demands of her course load at the University of Sussex-Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Freud and friends—as it is Susanna’s own experience with Nietzsche's great separation, or the sudden realization that “everything... means nothing to you.” Her boyfriend, Jason, an antiques dealer 10 years her senior, is stingy with affection. Which helps explain why Susanna falls for Rob, a brooding yet innocent-seeming classmate who frequents the dingy campus bars, digs a good protest and lives in dilapidated communal housing. Torn, Susanna opts to date both-it's the swinging ’70s, after all—but the back-and-forth leaves her dizzy, and when she discovers she’s pregnant and realizes the father could be either man, neither her tutor nor her girlfriends can assuage her. Fumbling through the smoky corridors and lofty ideals of academia, Susanna is, like so many student philosophers, equal parts endearing and insufferable, and even if her dilemma isn't the most original, Greig makes it uniquely hers.

Kirkus Reviews

A distinctive coming-of-age tale from a talented debut novelist based in the U.K. Susannah Jones studies philosophy at Sussex University. She lives with Jason, an antiques dealer whose Brunswick Square flat offers a welcome respite from 1970s-era student squalor. Jason's almost 30, and he provides Susannah with access to a more sophisticated lifestyle. But he treats her more like a child or a pet than the liberated woman she would like to be-or, for that matter, the thoughtful, earnestly questing person she already is. Their relationship is additionally complicated by Rob, a fellow student whose obvious interest Susannah finds herself reciprocating. She fumbles along with both men until an unplanned pregnancy forces her to make some serious, irrevocable choices. In broad outline, Greig's debut looks a lot like chick lit. Few entries in that genre, however, are so intelligent, sincere and skillfully executed. Susannah can be as dizzy as Bridget Jones, and her youthful confusion gives the novel much of its screwball charm. But she is also utterly serious about philosophy, and the author's use of choice excerpts from great thinkers of the modern age sets this book apart. In one passage, Greig captures both the exquisite insecurity of adolescence and its desire for radical freedom and individuality by juxtaposing excerpts from Nietzsche with a description of Susannah cultivating a perfectly careless bohemian look through hours of careful labor. In another, Kierkegaard provides a heartbreaking counterpoint while Susannah decides whether or not to go through with an abortion. The author further enriches her novel with fully formed, sympathetically delineated secondary characters. Neither Jason nor Rob is a perfect hero, and neither is a complete cad. Susannah's friends are real people rather than social accessories. The uncertain ending may not satisfy those who read for escape, but it certainly feels true. Women's fiction that expects an intellectually adventurous and emotionally honest reader.

Observer

Olivia Laing

"Charlotte Greig's debut ... is genuinely movi

Synopsis:

With her older, successful boyfriend, Susannah has the perfect life for a philosophy student, but things become complicated when she begins having an affair with her tutorial partner and becomes pregnant.

Synopsis:

A distinctive coming-of-age tale from a talented debut novelist based in the U.K...Susannah can be as dizzy as Bridget Jones, and her youthful confusion gives the novel much of its screwball charm. But she is also utterly serious about philosophy, and the author's use of choice excerpts from great thinkers of the modern age sets this book apart...Women's fiction that expects an intellectually adventurous and emotionally honest reader.

-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charlotte Greig worked as a music journalist in print and radio before becoming a folk singer and songwriter. She has made five albums and written a book on girl groups, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: Girl Groups from the 50s On. She is also a playwright, for radio and stage. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, U.K., with her family. A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590513323
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Philosophy
Author:
Greig, Charlotte
Subject:
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
Fiction : Contemporary Women
Subject:
Fiction : Coming of Age
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
288

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Coming of Age
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women

A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 288 pages Other Press - English 9781590513323 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , With her older, successful boyfriend, Susannah has the perfect life for a philosophy student, but things become complicated when she begins having an affair with her tutorial partner and becomes pregnant.
"Synopsis" by , A distinctive coming-of-age tale from a talented debut novelist based in the U.K...Susannah can be as dizzy as Bridget Jones, and her youthful confusion gives the novel much of its screwball charm. But she is also utterly serious about philosophy, and the author's use of choice excerpts from great thinkers of the modern age sets this book apart...Women's fiction that expects an intellectually adventurous and emotionally honest reader.

-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From the Trade Paperback edition.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.