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Il secondo romanzo dell'autore di La banda delle casse da morto «Libro Straniero dell'anno» secondo Fahrenheit Radio 3 è un gustoso e raffinato dramma psicologico ambientato nella Londra di oggi David Pinner trentacinuenne di scarso fascino e blogger frustrato incontra dopo anni Ruth Marks una sua ex insegnante donna di gran classe e artista dal successo internazionale di cui è infatuato da sempre Fra i due nasce un'amicizia che agli occh. By the time you realize just what a dangerous writer Nick Laird is it's too late to break away This new novel from Zadie Smith's husband comes on all wit and chumminess a buddy story about two London roommates in love with the same woman But in the familiar surroundings of romantic comedy Laird is busy plotting something far unsettling Glover's Mistake turns imperceptibly toward the poisonous effects of bitterness and it'll leave you feeling wary all day as though you'd lain down with Nick Hornby and woken up beside Muriel SparkThe story opens at a posh art show a multimedia exhibition of style and pretension that makes a ripe target for Laird's exuisite satire With a few graceful lines he sketches out a privileged world where money grants its owners a kind of armour The gallery's central piece is a giant sheet of black paper called Night Sky Ambiguous Heaven which sells for 950000 But the real object of Laird's attention is a self conscious young man from the opposite end of this social scale David Pinner a disaffected English teacher who feels intimidated even while seething with scorn He's come to the gallery in hopes of reintroducing himself to Ruth Marks a famous feminist artist acclimatized to prosperity at an early age She was a professor of his a dozen years ago and the moment he sees her again he could imagine how she might unmoor a man's existence With a bit of expertly tailored flattery David manages to persuade Ruth to consider a collaborative art project and during their subseuent meetings he fancies he might have a shot at a romantic relationshipAs alluring as Ruth is to David David is eually seductive to us though in a completely different way Whereas she simmers with class her charcoal scarf used to belong to Audrey Hepburn he's a cynical curmudgeon who knows he's growing old and odd falling prey to calcified and strange routines An overweight misanthrope unlucky in love he pounds out his disappointments with films television restaurants and books on his blog the Damp Review He's the kind of underdog snob who appeals to our own buried resentments and unrecognized superiority with his deflating critiues of everything and everyone particularly himselfHis roommate James Glover couldn't be different and part of the fascination of this novel is how well Laird makes this odd couple work At 23 Glover is arrestingly handsome devoutly Christian and unabashedly optimistic While Glover wired plugs changed fuses replumbed the leaky washing machine David made cups of tea and hovered Nevertheless from the very start Laird writes David felt they fitted; that they lived in the same collective noun He wanted good things to happen to him He wanted good things to happen to them both Their friendship sparks with all the inside jokes and tolerated foibles of two guys who shouldn't get along but doNeil Simon played with this situation 40 years ago and though Laird is relying on some of the same comic tensions he's updated the plot with psychological acuity and given the relationship a darker tint A friendship Laird writes is a kind of romance and what follows is a sensitive look at the way straight men who enjoy each other's company nonetheless are torn by envy and wounded affectionAt the very moment when David is about to make his move on Ruth when she gifted him the rare belief that he was special she confesses an attraction to his roommate Glover and so begins a love triangle that moves from comedy to tragedy as subtly as twilight fades to night We see all this from David's smoldering point of view while he's consigned over the next six months to the role of a eunuch facilitating his roommate's relationship with a woman he imagined might be his own lover An aura of despair had settled over him like a pungent eau de cologne Laird writes With the kind of frantic bitterness that's both funny and a little scary David realizes that he's been cast as Glover's liege his understudy his ballboy and his footnote his Sancho Panza his Mercutio there for service nothing But despite this humiliation David remains fixed at the center of their increasingly tense relationship and he goes about sabotaging his best friend's happiness with a thousand tiny doses of suspicion and doubt trying to be supportive and corrosive at the same timeLaird's attention to the pettiness of the wounded heart will make you wince This is an asymmetrical battle between modern sophistication and old fashioned faith a conflict that inspires a rising sense of dread as David's ironic uips curdle into spite Spying his friend's well worn Bible next to the bed David thinks There was something desperate and saddening about Glover sitting in here among his cricket almanacs and National Geographics underlining mad and ancient rules to live by But his own life no matter how cerebral and worldly makes a chilly counterpoint to Glover's simple faithLaird's first two books were collections of poetry and his lad lit novels this is his second after Utterly Monkey 2006 glide along with the language of a writer who can make every line work elegantly Under his gaze the uotidian events of domestic life seem irradiated with wit But when the story starts racing to its wicked conclusion Laird isn't kidding He's posing a thoroughly modern moral challenge that can't be laughed offhttpwwwwashingtonpostcomwp dyn Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, dell'autore Even in the Darkness (The Lakeview Series, di La banda Maybe This Christmas...? delle casse The Quest (Warriors for the Light da morto «Libro Straniero The Rich Stranger (Princes of the Outback, dell'anno» secondo Fahrenheit Radio 3 è un gustoso e raffinato Sleeping Beauty Suspect dramma psicologico ambientato nella Londra Christmas with Her Boss di oggi David Pinner trentacinuenne Hunters Moon (Night Warriors, di scarso fascino e blogger frustrato incontra The Bad Luck Wedding Cake (Bad Luck Brides, dopo anni Ruth Marks una sua ex insegnante The Accidental Bodyguard (Accidental, donna One Good Man di gran classe e artista Branded (Whitehorse, MT: Chisholm Cattle Co., dal successo internazionale Soldier Caged / Seducing the Mercenary di cui è infatuato In Care Of The Sheriff da sempre Fra i Alaskan Nights due nasce un'amicizia che agli occh. By the time you realize just what a Soldier Caged (43 Light Street dangerous writer Nick Laird is it's too late to break away This new novel from Zadie Smith's husband comes on all wit and chumminess a buddy story about two London roommates in love with the same woman But in the familiar surroundings of romantic comedy Laird is busy plotting something far unsettling Glover's Mistake turns imperceptibly toward the poisonous effects of bitterness and it'll leave you feeling wary all An Expert Teacher day as though you'd lain Cowboy for Keeps (Men of Mule Hollow, down with Nick Hornby and woken up beside Muriel SparkThe story opens at a posh art show a multimedia exhibition of style and pretension that makes a ripe target for Laird's exuisite satire With a few graceful lines he sketches out a privileged world where money grants its owners a kind of armour The gallery's central piece is a giant sheet of black paper called Night Sky Ambiguous Heaven which sells for 950000 But the real object of Laird's attention is a self conscious young man from the opposite end of this social scale David Pinner a Indecent... 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Penna di rara grazia e potenza Laird rilegge la più classica storia shakespeariana di gelosia ma dall'inedita prospettiva dello Iago di turno trasferendola in un mondo di intellettuali patinato e pretenzioso di cui ci offre una satira degna del miglior Woody Allen «Strepitoso» ha scritto il Chicago Tribune «È il tipo di libro che avrebbe scritto Jane Austen se fosse stata maschio più à la page e avesse avuto una connessione a internet. What I remember loving about Nick Laird's first novel Utterly Monkey was just how funny it was Don't ask me what it was aboutI just remember it was seriously hilarious So I had high expectations of Glover's Mistake Nick Laird's second novel and also because he's Zadie Smith's husbandthe guy has good taste in authors Glover's Mistake follows a year in the life of always miserable neurotic David and his flatmate roommate James Glover Enter stage leftRuth the artist with whom both roommates becomes obsessed and enchanted to differing degrees Laird sets up an interesting love triangle and one can't help but be buoyed by James' devotion to Ruth But the cynicism of the other characters including David and Ruth is just plain depressingand after a while a little wearing In part that's the point of Laird's novel but as a reader I found it somewhat hard going at times I was relieved when the story came to an end and I was finally shot of the bunch of them

Nick Laird ☆ 1 SUMMARY

I di David potrebbe preludere a ben altro ma l'imprevisto è dietro l'angolo nei panni del suo coinuilino e amico James Glover un ragazzo molto più giovane e belloccio di buon cuore e senza nessuna velleità creativa Fra Ruth e Glover scatta un'insolita attrazione e David assiste agli sviluppi del loro rapporto con apparente simpatia ma malanimo sempre crescente; chi riuscirà a evitare che la tensione esploda in maniera irreparabile Con una. I like Nick Laird but I enjoy his wife's novels than his I really liked the ending here But until the ending the pace is uite slow It's difficult to stick with such a dismal man as David so many layers of discontent Throughout the entire novel David seeks to sabatage his best friend's relationship He deletes reparatory text messages lies and tells Glover things he shouldn't But there's a missing piece somewhere David tells us love is antiuated Love is unsatisfactory; it's a hopelessly juvenile concept But what i'm not clear on is if this thesis is supposed to be the motive behind David's relentless destruction David likes Ruth in the beginning But I don't know if he really cares for her He seems to like the concept of her creative successful mature than the actual person flighty egotistical stiff Maybe I should believe that a friend could destroy love on principle alone but I just don't Is David simply consumed by jealousy David could love Glover but that's been done before As with Utterly Monkey I'm simply missing something which is a shame However I'm disinclined to believe it's my intellectual inferiority that's limiting me though it is probable


10 thoughts on “Glover's Mistake

  1. says:

    By the time you realize just what a dangerous writer Nick Laird is it's too late to break away This new novel from Zadie Smith's husband comes on all wit and chumminess a buddy story about two London roommates in love with the same woman But in the familiar surroundings of romantic comedy Laird is busy plotting something far unsettling Glover's Mistake turns imperceptibly toward the poisonous effects of bitterness and it'll leave you feeling wary all day as though you'd lain down with Nick Hornby and woken up beside Muriel SparkThe story opens at a posh art show a multimedia exhibition of style and pretension that makes a ripe target for Laird's exuisite satire With a few graceful lines he sketches out a privileged world where money grants its owners a kind of armour The gallery's central piece is a giant sheet of black paper called Night Sky Ambiguous Heaven which sells for 950000 But the real object of Laird's attention is a self conscious young man from the opposite end of this social scale David Pinner a disaffected English teacher who feels intimidated even while seething with scorn He's come to the gallery in hopes of reintroducing himself to Ruth Marks a famous feminist artist acclimatized to prosperity at an early age She was a professor of his a dozen years ago and the moment he sees her again he could imagine how she might unmoor a man's existence With a bit of expertly tailored flattery David manages to persuade Ruth to consider a collaborative art project and during their subseuent meetings he fancies he might have a shot at a romantic relationshipAs alluring as Ruth is to David David is eually seductive to us though in a completely different way Whereas she simmers with class her charcoal scarf used to belong to Audrey Hepburn he's a cynical curmudgeon who knows he's growing old and odd falling prey to calcified and strange routines An overweight misanthrope unlucky in love he pounds out his disappointments with films television restaurants and books on his blog the Damp Review He's the kind of underdog snob who appeals to our own buried resentments and unrecognized superiority with his deflating critiues of everything and everyone particularly himselfHis roommate James Glover couldn't be different and part of the fascination of this novel is how well Laird makes this odd couple work At 23 Glover is arrestingly handsome devoutly Christian and unabashedly optimistic While Glover wired plugs changed fuses replumbed the leaky washing machine David made cups of tea and hovered Nevertheless from the very start Laird writes David felt they fitted; that they lived in the same collective noun He wanted good things to happen to him He wanted good things to happen to them both Their friendship sparks with all the inside jokes and tolerated foibles of two guys who shouldn't get along but doNeil Simon played with this situation 40 years ago and though Laird is relying on some of the same comic tensions he's updated the plot with psychological acuity and given the relationship a darker tint A friendship Laird writes is a kind of romance and what follows is a sensitive look at the way straight men who enjoy each other's company nonetheless are torn by envy and wounded affectionAt the very moment when David is about to make his move on Ruth when she gifted him the rare belief that he was special she confesses an attraction to his roommate Glover and so begins a love triangle that moves from comedy to tragedy as subtly as twilight fades to night We see all this from David's smoldering point of view while he's consigned over the next six months to the role of a eunuch facilitating his roommate's relationship with a woman he imagined might be his own lover An aura of despair had settled over him like a pungent eau de cologne Laird writes With the kind of frantic bitterness that's both funny and a little scary David realizes that he's been cast as Glover's liege his understudy his ballboy and his footnote his Sancho Panza his Mercutio there for service nothing But despite this humiliation David remains fixed at the center of their increasingly tense relationship and he goes about sabotaging his best friend's happiness with a thousand tiny doses of suspicion and doubt trying to be supportive and corrosive at the same timeLaird's attention to the pettiness of the wounded heart will make you wince This is an asymmetrical battle between modern sophistication and old fashioned faith a conflict that inspires a rising sense of dread as David's ironic uips curdle into spite Spying his friend's well worn Bible next to the bed David thinks There was something desperate and saddening about Glover sitting in here among his cricket almanacs and National Geographics underlining mad and ancient rules to live by But his own life no matter how cerebral and worldly makes a chilly counterpoint to Glover's simple faithLaird's first two books were collections of poetry and his lad lit novels this is his second after Utterly Monkey 2006 glide along with the language of a writer who can make every line work elegantly Under his gaze the uotidian events of domestic life seem irradiated with wit But when the story starts racing to its wicked conclusion Laird isn't kidding He's posing a thoroughly modern moral challenge that can't be laughed offhttpwwwwashingtonpostcomwp dyn


  2. says:

    There is a particular brand of black humor and jaded view of life that seems to accompany life in contemporary London It’s very compelling even enjoyable despite its somewhat bleaker view of life Nick Laird has captured it perfectly and infused it into his novel “Glover’s Mistake” a book that engages even when it makes readers slightly uncomfortable“Glover’s Mistake” is a novel about contemporary manners as much as Jane Austen’s writings were in the 19th century and parallel the misguided love affairs and angst of the unloved Where Austen’s characters resolve their failings at the tale’s end however Laird leaves readers wondering if anyone has learned anything from the traumas love has inflicted in “Glover’s Mistake”The book centers on David Pinner who notices in the local paper that a former art school teacher an American no less has returned to London He decides to follow his longing and looks her up although she barely remembers him Alone in London she is open to his dinner invitation where she collides with his flat mate James Glover While Pinner pines for the American artist Ruth Marks Ruth becomes smitten with the much younger roommate GloverTo say David is distraught over the situation is an understatement and eventually his demons get the best of him as he sets on a course to break up the relationship and position himself in the role of friend to the broken hearted What he underestimates however is the relationship between Glover and Ruth as well as his own capacity to destroy Glover underestimated and misunderstood by Glover It’s a sad torment as the scenarios begin to play themselves outLaird also takes uite a few stabs at the pretension of the London art scene Ruth’s self centered artwork and attitude including her feminist backdrop and previous relationships the hypocrisy of the Church and family life via his own and James’s parents and the overall futility of love in the modern age To truly enjoy the book one must have a slightly cynical take on life or it may all seem crushingly depressing Those of us who tend to view the glass as half empty will likely embrace this writingLaird is witty intelligent and lyrical in his descriptions and characterization in “Glover’s Mistake” He’s a fresh voice with a keen eye for the lies and the liars He can sniff out a pretender at a hundred paces The story is rich with dilemma and readers who love the book will find endless topics for consideration even after they’ve put the novel down It’s a thoughtful well written interesting look at love at London and perhaps at our own failings Don’t miss it


  3. says:

    I took some time to look at pictures of Nick Laird on the Internet so just in case I ever run into him in New York I can give him a piece of my mind What a load of garbage this book is Things like this make me hate the publishingreviewing complex for feeding us hot new authors who really can't write Laird's incompetent fumblings at character development suggest he should stick to poetry His satire is weak an unoriginal and even my internet rantings are better than the ones he writes in the voice of DavidA few things It's amazing that this kind of nonsense passes for literary fiction Here is a good sample sentence The rain fanaticized Really Mr Laird? You are full of it you did not discover the funky caucasian dancing face you hate your characters and bc you do i do too


  4. says:

    eh Creepy lonely unlikeable jerk uses internet to stalk and entangle himself into the lives of people he thinks he cares about Meh


  5. says:

    I suspect this book is accurately a 3 star but sometimes it's a case of the right book at the right time Fall is pretty but it's a difficult time to be a lonely city boy or girl winter that awful season of good cheer camaraderie and romance looms ominously over all singletons just as inclement weather and the vagaries of city life start to truly grate and the carefree postcoital haze of summer seems to have dissipated completely Then lo at your most vulnerable moment along comes this cruelly insightful chronicle of urban love friendship class and jealousy to really articulate all the horrible things you want to say to all the happy couples and laughing friends fumbling ruddy cheeked through the autumnal streets Namely IT'S NOT WORTH IT Sure the plot is random the ideas are all over the place and the 3 main characters and David Pinner especially are all so casually horrible to themselves and to each other it makes you almost physically sick but I guarantee any modern human will feel with mounting unease how much they identify with the brutality the characters seem to throttle each other and the world with It's a uick but not particularly fun read yet I feel thankful to have read it now and exorcised all my curmudgeonly feelings in the privacy of my own reading chair rather than on the L train say or on the high stakes playing field of a first or worse second date The book and the experience of reading it left me feeling messy unresolved and sad but sort of punchy in an exhilarating way which I guess is exactly how urban love and life make you feelPS Whoops I pretty much just said everything the Guardian review already said but I said it not as well IT'S NOT WORTH IT


  6. says:

    I like Nick Laird but I enjoy his wife's novels than his I really liked the ending here But until the ending the pace is uite slow It's difficult to stick with such a dismal man as David so many layers of discontent Throughout the entire novel David seeks to sabatage his best friend's relationship He deletes reparatory text messages lies and tells Glover things he shouldn't But there's a missing piece somewhere David tells us love is antiuated Love is unsatisfactory; it's a hopelessly juvenile concept But what i'm not clear on is if this thesis is supposed to be the motive behind David's relentless destruction David likes Ruth in the beginning But I don't know if he really cares for her He seems to like the concept of her creative successful mature than the actual person flighty egotistical stiff Maybe I should believe that a friend could destroy love on principle alone but I just don't Is David simply consumed by jealousy? David could love Glover but that's been done before As with Utterly Monkey I'm simply missing something which is a shame However I'm disinclined to believe it's my intellectual inferiority that's limiting me though it is probable


  7. says:

    What I remember loving about Nick Laird's first novel Utterly Monkey was just how funny it was Don't ask me what it was aboutI just remember it was seriously hilarious So I had high expectations of Glover's Mistake Nick Laird's second novel and also because he's Zadie Smith's husbandthe guy has good taste in authors Glover's Mistake follows a year in the life of always miserable neurotic David and his flatmate roommate James Glover Enter stage leftRuth the artist with whom both roommates becomes obsessed and enchanted to differing degrees Laird sets up an interesting love triangle and one can't help but be buoyed by James' devotion to Ruth But the cynicism of the other characters including David and Ruth is just plain depressingand after a while a little wearing In part that's the point of Laird's novel but as a reader I found it somewhat hard going at times I was relieved when the story came to an end and I was finally shot of the bunch of them


  8. says:

    Nick Laird is a brilliant Irish writer this novel is super current about modern art in London and a warped love triangle The three characters are British pudgy introverted David Pinner overweight introverted mid 30s depressed single college teacher David's 23 yr old roommate James Grover who tends bar and isn't uite through with his personal metamorphosis freshman year of mechanical engineering school he was fat and religious over the summer he took up exercise with zeal and by the time he uit school his sopho year he was buff and cut and gorgeous and celebrated 45 year old American artist Ruth Marks David had a crush on her when she taught him at Goldsmiths and she's aged beautifully since then I love the clever chapter headings throughout the book There are a million moving parts and everything is fast and witty all over the place and yet at the end somehow all is tied together perfectly I loved every character even the unlikeable ones made me laugh I'll look for Laird's first book Utterly Monkey next


  9. says:

    Much better than I thought it would beA very readable novel though it wouldn’t have been my first choice – the cover blurb; ‘London art scene new money intellectual pretension Contemporary London romance’ didn’t inspire me with confidence and I was expecting the usual Young London nonsenseWhat I found was an absorbing readable novel in which the a lazy jealous and entirely amoral protagonist undertakes a uietly selfish agenda with extraordinary ruthlessness The writing is superb full of exciting original metaphor that sometimes misses the mark but rarelyAn entertaining read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written slow burning tale rich in detail – but nowhere near as important a novel as its publishers seem to think it is


  10. says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by his last book Utterly Monkey so if I find a cheap copy of this someplace I expect I'd be pleasantly surprised by it tooOh ha look at what I wrote up there like three years ago Even though I totally forgot all about that Nick Laird too I totally took my own advice scored this at a book swap for free and now I will love it


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