You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine An existential thriller written in prose that points the way to the future Zadie SmithA lives with B B seems to be becoming ever and like A If A s boyfriend C likes A because A is A but now B is th

  • Title: You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
  • Author: Alexandra Kleeman
  • ISBN: 9780008210847
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • An existential thriller written in prose that points the way to the future Zadie SmithA lives with B.B seems to be becoming ever and like A.If A s boyfriend, C, likes A because A is A, but now B is the same as A, where does that leave A And what has happened to the family across the street, who left one afternoon out of nowhere, covered in sheets with holes cut An existential thriller written in prose that points the way to the future Zadie SmithA lives with B.B seems to be becoming ever and like A.If A s boyfriend, C, likes A because A is A, but now B is the same as A, where does that leave A And what has happened to the family across the street, who left one afternoon out of nowhere, covered in sheets with holes cut out for the eyes

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    1. Abandoned at page 46. My patience for these self-fellating, aggressively pointless, over-workshopped, look-I-have-an-MFA exercises in pretentious tedium was always pretty low, but I don't know man. I just can't stomach these books anymore. Ever since I choked down that Valeria Luiselli horrorshow and learned that it's not just Brooklyn white bros who pinch these things off, I think that was it for me. I mean while reading this I literally had the thought for a second that I would rather be readi [...]

    2. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine begins as a chronicle of the smallness and aimlessness of everyday life, something that might seem very recognisable to many of us. Remaining unnamed for the entire story, our narrator worries about her creepy roommate, B, and the empty relationship she has with her boyfriend, C. She watches TV advertisements. She goes to work, part-time, at a local office, where she sits in a cubicle designated for freelancers and proofreads copy for obscure magazines with titl [...]

    3. Think of Alexandra Kleeman as an heir to Dave Eggers and Douglas Coupland, with a hefty dollop of Margaret Atwood thrown in. Her first novel is a full-on postmodern satire bursting with biting commentary on consumerism and conformity. Television and shopping are the twin symbolic pillars of a book about the commodification of the body. In a culture of self-alienation where we buy things we don’t need, have no idea where food comes from and desperately keep up the façade of normalcy, Kleeman [...]

    4. You too can save yourself from wasting your time on this book.I downloaded this book because I read a review that said the book was so good the reviewer "wanted to hit herself in the head with it," and that she "clung to it like a spider monkey." Well, it turns out, I wanted to hit myself in the head with it, too, but for the opposite reason.I give the book points for trying to be original in format and idea, but it was so damn boring. "A" lives in an unnamed American city, has a roommate, "B"wh [...]

    5. 3 starsOh, this book. I think it will forever render me tongue-tied, but I'm unlikely to forget it anytime soon. I'm in awe of Alexandra Kleeman's brain for conceiving something so bat-shit insane asYou Too Can Have a Body Like Mine. I'm also irritated that she fished me in twice to read it, with my gleaning no particular insight the second time around. I loved and despised her nameless narrator (presumably named A. only because the other two principal characters are B. and C.) with equal fervor [...]

    6. This book feels very late '90s/early '00s in its style and its targets. Consumerism, body image, TV and TV commercials, reality shows, cults, corporate mascots, processed foodIt feels less like Thomas Pynchon and more like Donnie Darko or Being John Malkovich: that very particular brand of turn-of-the-millennium anxiety about the discrepancy between media images and our actual selves, and trying to figure out what exactly comprises our actual selves / actual bodies.The characters have no spark t [...]

    7. I have no idea what I just read!!! I only know I liked it. Kinda!!!Imagine a mash up of weird-assed cults, creepy doppelgänger-esque roommates, sugary-sweet cake fetishes, consumerism to the extreme, incredibly unhealthy relationships with food & eating, and perfunctory romantic relationships with a dash of shark porn and it still doesn't describe this book. The main three characters in this book are a nameless narrator (A) that tells us her story and two other characters called B and C.B i [...]

    8. This book still has me in a bit of a tailspin. For nearly two thirds of it, all I could think was that this is the definitive novel of 21st century U.S hyperconsumerist, overmediated body dysmorphia that we've been needing, or at least that I've been needing.For those of you who recall The Day After, the Nuclear War Threat Made Real telemovie that greatly traumatized surely many youths aside from myself - this novel was like that, only instead of fallout and mushroom clouds and cancer and bunker [...]

    9. A friend of mine once hosted a "get mortified" party, where guests would read old diaries, assignments, poems, etc from their youths on stage and cleanse themselves, find some universality and amusement.This book is, thematically, adolescent and embarrassing. There are plenty of places to find a plot synopsis, so I'll just note the following:• The plotting is 2/3 passive padding, 1/3 breakneck nonsense• The character of "B" was lifted from the worst of Haruki Murakami, all elliptical phrasin [...]

    10. Having read two books in a row that were surrealist by female authors, I’ve decided to write a combined review comparing my reactions to them. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman andThe Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips. I will refer to them henceforth as YTCHABLM and TBB. When I began YTCHABLM, I thought it was going to be a contemporary version of Generation X by Douglas Coupland, and it initially threw me off as it evolved unexpectedly from real to surreal, but once [...]

    11. Alexandra Kleeman porta nella contemporaneità una grazia claustrofobica e l'estraneità nei confronti del mondo che potrei saper ritrovare solo in Philip Dick. Laddove lui riconosceva che tutto ciò che vediamo è un riflesso in uno specchio (ed è lo specchio la realtà), A. un giorno non riesce più a riconoscere sé stessa. Non riesce più a percepire il proprio corpo, se non attraverso il confronto con quello degli altri. L'alienazione passa attraverso le pubblicità, i cibi confezionati, l [...]

    12. Ennui. Consumption. Dystopian present. Late Capitalism. Duplication. A sense of dissolving identity. Like a Ballard protagonist, the narrator here is telling her story out of the depths of the malaise being assessed. She's already entirely compromised by it. This adds to the affective, subjective feel of it, but simultaneously blocks the kind of identification with the character that might make it possible to get truly caught up in her story. Still, theres a scene-by-scene clarity of word and im [...]

    13. A difficult book to rate as although I think the themes and messages within this book are incredibly interesting (body and self-image mainly, but also commentary on contemporary consumerism), I just didn't enjoy reading this dystopian and oh so very peculiar book. I read a LOT on these subject areas with my degree, and wrote my dissertation on body imagebut still this just didn't do it for me. Not a bad book, at all - in fact very clever, very observational - but too slow, too repetitive (but wi [...]

    14. I finished this book a few weeks ago but mentally I am still unable to put it down. Definitely the most singular, weird, fascinating, brilliant, and *new* book I've read this year. When I try to describe what it's about I also struggle. It's about bodies and food and self-image. It's about marketing, and belonging. It's about the feeling that you are disappearing from your life, but also about the feeling that your life is disappearing around you. It's about wanting things. It's about wanting so [...]

    15. Oh my God. This novel so pleasantly intrudes on everything I've ever hoped to write and puts the narrative flesh on the skins of the vignettes I have written. If you enjoy the alternate universe of Atwood's Maddadam trilogy (religious cult re: food and fake food and beauty products) and/or just want to see a novel tackle body dysmorphia in a way that's not grossly chick lit -- in a way that's expressly and uniquely literary -- just read this book.Kleeman paints a here-and-now that's only slightl [...]

    16. Ho terminato questa mattina "Il corpo che vuoi" di A. Kleeman, che è senza dubbio un libro molto particolare. La storia, di per sé piuttosto semplice, tocca punti davvero interessanti, primo tra tutti l'alienazione come conseguenza estrema delle criticità della società contemporanea (l'eccessiva pubblicità, la strumentalizzazione delle emozioni, il cibo confezionato, il culto del supermarket). La protagonista, A, non riesce più a percepire il proprio corpo, anche (ma non solo) a causa di u [...]

    17. This one is tough to explain. The main character is simply known as A. She has a roommate, B, who seems determined to become A's double, even cutting off her long braid and then handing it to A to keep. A tells us B has food issues, yet we rarely see A eat a bite. A is dating C. She likes him because he feels simple. The world they live in is similar to ours but also more extreme. Consumerism is even more rampant in their land than ours. In their world, one of the most popular tv shows tests a c [...]

    18. This is a book all about body image. Even where it's not -- where it is about consumerism, cults, bad tv, twins -- it all boils down to body image. How do we percieve ourselves, how do others see us, how do we think others see us. And, through that, it's terrifying, essentially a psychological thriller about body image. I'm lucky to have never had anything beyond typical body concerns -- I don't love my body, but I'm pretty sure I'll still have that Dr. Pepper tomorrow -- but the book is written [...]

    19. It wasn't funny and I didn't get it. What is wrong with book reviewers these days, that they think the stupidest dreck is funny and/or satirical? I couldn't wait for this book to be a ghost.

    20. Nel momento in cui ho capito che Alexandra Kleeman era in potenza la mia donna ideale mica lo sapevo che scriveva di faccende così strane (assurde?) che al confronto i racconti di Saunders e Barthelme sembrano carezze. Che fatica! C’ho messo 6 mesi a leggerti, Alexandra, ma non ho mai pensato di abbandonarti. Pensaci a ‘ste cose, che la costanza nelle difficoltà è importante.Magari non siamo fatti l’uno per l’altra ma sappi che il mio affetto rimane inalterato. Ah, quando leggi chiama [...]

    21. Per essere puntigliosi le stelle sono 2 e 1/2 , ne metto 3 per la casa editrice. Questo è uno dei libri più assurdi che abbia mai letto, sembra che la scrittrice sia stata vittima di allucinogeni potenti perché spesso non riuscivo a credere a quello che leggevo, di sicuro ha il pregio di avere un forte impatto emotivo sul lettore.La storia ruota tutta attorno al concetto di corpo, esplorandone ogni valenza; A B e C sono immersi in una società commerciale, patinata e alienante che porterà la [...]

    22. A deeply strange novel that, by the end, totally disassembled me. You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine is a hilarious, dark, and indignant vivisection of consumerism, of capitalism, of branding, of the synthetic replications that have come to define our world and ourselves, while also asking profoundly important questions, both existential and ontological, about the way we relate to one another, about the slipperiness of our identities we like to think of as fixed. A debut to beat the band. Can't w [...]

    23. Alexandra Kleeman is an impressive talent. Her postmodern, semi-surrealist debut is as sharp as a razor. The protagonist loses her sense of self (literally and figuratively) in a consumerist candyland, her body evaporating by the page, as she becomes a detached observer of her own life. Kleeman's book is full of smart, piquant observations about self, projection, and culture. Can't wait to see what she writes next.

    24. Come faccio a recensire ‘sto libro?? È assurdo!! Ha una trama distorta e illogica aiuto!Prima di leggerlo ho letto un po’ di commenti per capire se ne valeva la pena e non ci capivo niente e ora che l’ ho letto fatico a spiegare! Dunque. C’ è questa A che vive con B che vuole essere A. A ha una relazione con C. B e C, per accordo, non si vedono mai. A e B hanno dei seri problemi con l’alimentazione, un pessimo rapporto con il proprio corpo e con il mondo che le circonda. Mangiano sol [...]

    25. Not too sure about this one! I'd say it's good for people that like more challenging pieces revolving around idea rather than story. The first 2/3s is more focused on gathering your bearings and A's slow descent into a different person, and then the last third picked up a lot for me as more things start to happen. Some things I liked:- the relationship between A and B. At one point, A is asked, "Tell me, is there someone in your life who's been sharing your life too closely?", which essentially [...]

    26. A campy text exploring how the non-transformative mundane can become the basis of a cruel optimism a la Berlant: how notions are humored that we (a very gendered we) can be satisfied with so little. I've seen some reviews that reductively claim that this book is about body image or diet culture, as if satisfaction is only a matter of the most literal definition of appetite. This fails to acknowledge the vaster interpersonal, performative, or desire-producing implications made by the concept of m [...]

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