Ghost Lights

Ghost Lights Hal is a mild mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger virile coworker At a drunken dinner party Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan s employer

  • Title: Ghost Lights
  • Author: Lydia Millet
  • ISBN: 9780393081718
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hal is a mild mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, virile coworker At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan s employer, T the protagonist of Lydia Millet s much lauded novel How the Dead Dream who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and uHal is a mild mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, virile coworker At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan s employer, T the protagonist of Lydia Millet s much lauded novel How the Dead Dream who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and unpredictable terrain.Salon raved that Millet s writing is always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself In Ghost Lights, she combines her characteristic wit and a sharp eye for the weirdness that governs human and nonhuman interactions With the scathing satire and tender honesty of Sam Lipsyte and a dark, quirky, absurdist style reminiscent of Joy Williams, Millet has created a comic, startling, and surprisingly philosophical story about idealism and disillusionment, home and not home, and the singular, heartbreaking devotion of parenthood.

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    1. Lydia Millet has a remarkable way of taking you into her characters' heads; a way that probably shouldn't work given normal novelistic conventions. It's almost all internal dialogue, nudged along by a very loose plot. In fact, if you don't read How The Dead Dream first, I'm not sure this plot would make any sense at all. I enjoyed this second in the trilogy possibly even more than HtDD: a) it was wayyyyyy funnier; Millet's sardonic, absurd tone really worked with this particular character (altho [...]

    2. Ghost Lights is an odd little book. It was recommended by a woman in my writing workshop for its sardonic narrative voice. And that voice is easily the book's biggest strength, the reason I chose four stars instead of the three I am inclined to give it. The protagonist of the book is Hal, 50 years old and working for the IRS, having something of an everyman life crisis. His 20-something daughter is paralyzed, has a boyfriend he disapproves of, and is working as a sex line operator. He suspects h [...]

    3. This second book of Millet's trilogy, following the intrepid HOW THE DEAD DREAM, centers on middle-aged IRS bureaucrat, Hal Lindley, Susan's husband, both who were minor characters in the first book. Susan works for T the protagonist of book one, the man who is missing in Belize, and presumed dead. You don't have to read the first book to engage with the second, but it adds more background and material on several of the characters (especially T.), and some more dimension and history on the story [...]

    4. I don't know how I discovered Lydia Millet. She has never had a big bestseller but has been a finalist for literary prizes and is loved by literary book bloggers. A few years ago I decided to read How the Dead Dream, the first novel of a trilogy. I was just so pleased.Ghost Lights is the second in that trilogy and I read it now because I wanted to get through all three novels before her new book, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, came out. For one thing, it does not suffer from the common occurrence where t [...]

    5. I really want to like Lydia Millet. When I found out that she went to my school (as did Claire Messud apparently?), I picked up one of her books and thought, 'Wow, maybe I can do it as well.' 'It' didn't refer to writing (I've never had any ambitions in that direction) but to avoiding law school and yet still having a life and a career. I failed at that personally (in law now) but I'm still interested in her writing. Her writing is very clever, very odd, very funny and very polished and I can se [...]

    6. So, so good. I've now read all three novels of Millet's cycle (what's it called? Michael Silverblatt gave it a name, but I can't recall it). In addition to all the wonderful qualities of her writing, Millet writes beautiful, stunning, strange, and quiet conclusions. Her beginnings seem a little rocky, and with each of the novels I had a bit of trouble getting inside the new protagonist's mind, finding a reading flow, immersing myself. At about one-third of the way I achieved it in each book. The [...]

    7. Pleasant but facile. A bland character vacillates about a few thinly-drawn situations as he avoids both conflict and relationships. This makes for a personal narrative that feels impersonal. The observations the protagonist makes don't comment on anything outside the blatantly fictional circumstance; I find it difficult to connect them to anything in my life, or to experience another life vicariously through them.Rightly or wrongly, I get the sense of an author "bravely" writing a character with [...]

    8. "People were like dogs and this was why they took pity on them--dogs alone all the hours of their days and always waiting. Always waiting for company. Dogs who, for all of their devotion, knew only the love of one or two or three people from the beginning of their lives till the end--dogs who, once those one or two had dwindled and vanished from the rooms they lived in, were never to be known again.You passed like a dog through those empty houses, you passed through empty rooms . . . there was a [...]

    9. I rate this a low 2 stars. I stuck with it all the way to the end, but it was not a book I can say I enjoyed. In fact, I often found it annoying. Millet chose a protagonist she portrays as a world-class jerk and spends most of the book inside his head. Seems like a strange choice. His thoughts are rarely amusing, never enlightening and usually boring. Wasn’t Millet bored writing from his viewpoint?On the other hand, she's a strong enough writer and storyteller that I kept on turning those page [...]

    10. this book is critically acclaimed, but i totally didn't want to finish it. from the first page, it just left me hollow and disconnected, a three-legged dog in the world of four-legged beasts.i don't knowere are some nicely written parts but the story is not what you might assume from a book called "ghost lights" - it's not really a fantasy so much as a chronicle of a mid-life crisis or breakdownt my thing at all.

    11. An IRS officer waist-deep in mid-life ennui is a tough sell as protagonists go and few can do so with the humor and human tenderness Millet can.

    12. Ghost Lights is the second in Lydia Millet's interlocking cycle of narratives, following on from where How the Dead Dream finished, changing protagonists to focus not on T but on Hal, the husband of Susan.Similar to the previous book, Ghost Lights is a quiet novel, expanding Millet's thematic concern of extinction to take in a cultural focus, turning to the life of a middle aged man who works for the IRS and who, in the years since his daughter's accident, has become less and less a presence in [...]

    13. What we've got here, as far as I can tell, is a book about a very passive IRS agent, Hal, who finds himself involved in a story bigger than he is. The writing has a distanced quality. I'm not sure how the author intended Hal to be viewed, but I didn't think he had much depth of feeling--a bit of a snoozer--and I certainly couldn't connect to him based on his reactions to things. For example, he finds out his wife is cheating on him, he has sex with a beautiful young woman who's way out of his le [...]

    14. I really liked this-- again, Millet's odd sentences and crisp details really locate you in a very particular head space. And this one, I think, has a more immediate cliffhanger ending than it's predecessor, _What the Dead Dream_, though like that book, it remains kind of elliptical in terms of what the book is actually about.I don't totally mean that: I think that the narrator here is going to bleed out and die, and we'll learn this only as an afterthought in the next book. And I do think that t [...]

    15. Hal, the taxman, civil servant, dutiful husband, devoted father, cuckolded and distant husband flees to Belize on trip of salvation. It's purpose is to find T (Thomas Stern a missing millionaire who is his wife' boss and daughter's friend) , to lose himself, to shake off his suspicions and to find himself.Lydia Millet, in the second book of this trilogy takes us on the ride of Hal's life time. Hal sheds his suit and tie, picks up a mug of beer or whatever anyone else is drinking and almost by ac [...]

    16. **** This is a free book****I wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded interesting. Unfortunately i didn't care much for it. The premise was good, the storyline was good. However the plot could have been completed in one chapter. The rest of the book was background and descriptions which went on page after page everytime the main character, Hal Lindley, had a thought. The story became more and more tedious the longer it went on. The ending was, I felt, totally uninspired and even then, went [...]

    17. With such positive reviews, I expected more. Well written, but the story was not very satisfactory: I cared more about his wife and daughter, waiting in the US, than the protagonist's plight involved in an odd search in South America. That said, I kept waiting for him to return to find out what happens to the three of them, only to find that he doesn't return.

    18. My first lydia millet novel (and there WILL be more) about a guy having a midlife crisis and goes to belize to "rescue" his cheating wife's boss. Hal, the rescuer, likes to "think", so has most of his conversations in his head. Eerie, surprising, slow paced, sexy, troubling novel. I can't wait for more.

    19. The second book in Millet's trilogy marks an improvement in cohesiveness from How the Dead Dream, though it lacks the same philosophical messaging that made that novel interesting. Here she closely follows, in third-person limited viewpoint, the IRS agent Hal, husband of Susan, who works for T the main character in the first book. T. has gone missing while checking on the progress of one of his real estate investments in Belize. For less than selfless reasons known only to him (and us), Hal deci [...]

    20. I loved the first book of this trilogy and I really liked this one too. Hapless Hal finds himself on an unlikely rescue mission, which serves as the backdrop of him waking up to his life and coming to terms with himself and his place in the world. Beautiful writing and both funny and thoughtful.

    21. A nice enough read, with here and there some lovely prose, but the arc of the main character from sort of an eiron to a man in midlife crisis to where lands in the end didn't really work for me.

    22. This is a continuation of How the Dead Dream. T the protagonist of the former has disappeared in Belize. Hal, the husband of T's assistant, impulsively offers to search for him in Belize. Ghost Lights also continues the humor and the philosophical themes of connection and extinction. Hal, who recently discovered his wife cheating and his paraplegic daughter working as a phone sex operator, undergoes a mid life crisis as he tries to understand his own life and social role. The whole novel takes p [...]

    23. This only the second novel from Lydia Millet that I've read (the previous one being How the Dead Dream, the prequel to this one). She is, quite simply, rocketing up my list of all-time favorite authors! Just like How the Dead Dream, I read Ghost Lights in one sitting. I couldn't put it down.It helps that her writing flows so easily. In fact, it's rather lulling - you tend to forget how powerful her writing is when you're immersed in it, how effortlessly it finds its way into the deep, private, m [...]

    24. I didn't get it and I didn't care Ever meet one of those mediocre people that never risk anything, but are cynical of everyone else that does? These people give the impression  they could be fabulous if they wanted to, but somehow it’s beneath them.This is Hal, the main character in Lydia Millet’s novel Ghost Lights.Did Millet set out to have such an unlikeable protagonist? I don’t know. There are so many dead ends and false starts in this novel this reader got the impression the author h [...]

    25. In Ghost Lights, Lydia Millet has maintained her quick and confident writing style. This novel has all the same dry leeching humor and long build up as How the Dead Dream. Thankfully, this novel departs from HTDD with more subtlety, It contains none of self-indulgent ecologic rants from a disembodied narrator. However, Ghost Lights lacks any of the surprise that HTDD held, I missed all of the intriguing plot points that come to a crescendo. In this novel all of the subplots feel superfluous. Per [...]

    26. In many ways, I guess, Lydia Millet's Ghost Lights is an ideal summer read -- there's enough intrigue, humor, introspection, and competent storytelling to make one reluctant at times to put the novel down. I don't tend to be especially fond of midlife crisis narratives, but at least Millet compensates for some of the genre's cliched trappings on display here with periodic wry moments and insightful observations (for example, when Hal Lindley reflects on the shared solitude of dogs and humans, or [...]

    27. I was prepared to like this book. Really. Reviews of Millet's novels and short stories gush about her terrific writing, and she's considered a smart, quirky, untraditional writer. And funny too. All things I like. Well, she IS funny, smart, quirky, etc And I didn't dislike the story of an emotionally frozen middle-aged man learning about himself when he impulsively travels to another country to find his wife's boss, who has disappeared. I liked the protagonist, Hal, for his humor (or rather, I l [...]

    28. Lydia Millet knows how to get inside people's heads, but not in that way that makes you think this books is really about her. And how could it be, since it is actually about Hal, a quiet, middle-aged, cuckolded IRS bureaucrat who makes an impulsive decision to head to Belize to find his wife's missing boss? To sum up: the first two books in this trilogy are about men trying to build mini empires out of absurd yet heroic acts. Not because they are weak (they're not, really, just mild-mannered), o [...]

    29. The sequel to How The Dead Dream, which I read in 2008. I read it twice, back to back, mainly because I couldn’t figure out what I thought of it. The protagonist is Hal, the 50 year old IRS-employed husband of Susan, employee of T, the young real estate developer who disappears in the earlier book. As the novel opens, Susan is distraught at T’s disappearance, and Hal discovers that Susan is having an affair with a paralegal in her office, and also finds out that his beloved paraplegic adult [...]

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