Asa, As I Knew Him

Asa As I Knew Him Dinah Sachs and Asa Thayer have had a love affair conducted in afternoons stolen from the office of the magazine where they work But now that the affair is over Dinah in an act of lingering passion

  • Title: Asa, As I Knew Him
  • Author: Susanna Kaysen
  • ISBN: 9780394749853
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dinah Sachs and Asa Thayer have had a love affair, conducted in afternoons stolen from the office of the magazine where they work But now that the affair is over, Dinah, in an act of lingering passion, invents a narrative of Asa s youth, imagining the events that shaped the happy, handsome man who, in her words, was born to stomp on my heart Witty and sexy, funny andDinah Sachs and Asa Thayer have had a love affair, conducted in afternoons stolen from the office of the magazine where they work But now that the affair is over, Dinah, in an act of lingering passion, invents a narrative of Asa s youth, imagining the events that shaped the happy, handsome man who, in her words, was born to stomp on my heart Witty and sexy, funny and immediate, Asa, As I Knew Him is a a seductive dialogue between love and memory, obsession and illusion.

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    1. 3.5/5Writing this is my last effort at transubstantiation. From his long, pale limbs I will make, by words, the body and blood of a human. If I fail, it can’t be done.Asa and Dinah's affair is over. Yet Dinah is still obsessed with her former lover's "soullessness". Kaysen's Asa, as I Knew Him is not a love story, though the affair does set the scene. It's a book within a book. It is Dinah's last attempt to give Asa a soul. To do this Dinah writes about teenage Asa—an incident in his youth, [...]

    2. An interesting book that sidesteps the usual pitfalls of the 'doomed love affair' story by simply not telling it at all. What we get instead is much more interesting. Dinah and Asa's affair is over. Dinah is a Jewish woman raised by not-particularly-religious parents and Asa is a pedigreed Boston WASP , handsome and charming and soulless. It was part of Dinah's obsession that she find Asa's inner-quality, his dormant spirit and bring it out into the open. But she failed. The bulk of this book is [...]

    3. I think I found this at a garage sale a long time ago for a quarter. I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked it except for the long backstory of Asa's life. Clever, yes, but it just didn't work for me. The love story and crumbling of the relationship is so good, I would have rather read that for the full 150 pages. If you are tired of the same old same old books, read this.

    4. I have to admit: if it weren't for Girl, Interrupted, I would've never picked this up. But I'm glad I did. It's a very nontraditional and unorthodox book -- a breath of fresh air after all the formulaic novels. And Kaysen writes absolutely beautifully. There were some paragraphs that I just had to copy down because I loved them so much.

    5. Here is an affair portrayed creatively, at once sexy and scientific - my favorite combination. It's pleasing to get your dose of trashy romance whilst being amused by an author's wit. Kaysen's memoir,Girl, Interrupted,sat at the back of my mind the entire time I read this book. The nonfiction account of mental illness and patriarchy in the 60's highlights sacrifice of societal acceptance for self expression and freedom, and not allowing the authorities in one's life to stifle one into normality. [...]

    6. Now this one, I love. It's terse, but somehow still dreamy. A beautiful work on memory and obsession.

    7. I really enjoy anything by this author. The language she uses keeps you compelled long after you've put down the book.

    8. Kaysen's language is precise and spare, and though her story is not suspenseful or riveting, it holds the imagination. She carries the reader along in a gentle tale.

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