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The Last of Her Kind: A Novel Kindle Edition
The paths of two women from different walks of life intersect amid counterculture of the 1960s in this haunting and provocative novel from the National Book Award-winning author of The Friend
Named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and theChristian Science Monitor
Sigrid Nunez's The Last of Her Kind introduces two women who meet as freshmen on the Columbia campus in 1968. Georgette George does not know what to make of her brilliant, idealistic roommate, Ann Drayton, and her obsessive disdain for the ruling class into which she was born. She is mortified by Ann's romanticization of the underprivileged class, which Georgette herself is hoping college will enable her to escape. After the violent fight that ends their friendship, Georgette wants only to forget Ann and to turn her attention to the troubled runaway kid sister who has reappeared after years on the road. Then, in 1976, Ann is convicted of murder. At first, Ann's fate appears to be the inevitable outcome of her belief in the moral imperative to "make justice" in a world where "there are no innocent white people." But, searching for answers to the riddle of this friend of her youth, Georgette finds more complicated and mysterious forces at work.
The novel's narrator Georgette illuminates the terrifying life of this difficult, doomed woman, and in the process discovers how much their early encounter has determined her own path, and why, decades later, as she tells us, "I have never stopped thinking about her."
"[A] carefully written and discerning narrative with closely drawn portraits of two prototypical yet unique women trying to construct a friendship across an unbridgeable class divide. . .Nunez's keen powers of observation make her a natural chronicler."
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A writer of Nunez's piercing intelligence and post-feminist consciousness may well feel that writing the Great American Novel is no longer a feasible or worthwhile goal -- but damned if she hasn't gone and done it anyway."
About the Author
- ASIN : B004M8T0UW
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First edition (December 12, 2006)
- Publication date : December 12, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 623 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #572,437 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In Defense od Simone Weil:
The author compares the character Ann to the late author and philosopher Simone Weil. I don’t disagree with this assertion. In Simone Weil’s “On the Abolition of All Political Parties”, Weil argues against to concept of political parties. She once said: “parties were organizations designed for the purpose of killing in all souls the sense of truth and justice”. Weil claimed we should not label ourselves as part of our thoughts “if one were to entrust the organization of public life to the devil, he could not invent a more clever device”. Ann has the fire and the spirit of Weil, but she is a role player of a team where all non-members are bad.
I found the martyrdom of the wealthy girl totally believable. I, too, had a college roommate who came from wealth but devoted her life to the part of society most people run from. As for the narrator's story, that, too, was beautifully drawn.
The scene in the affluent restaurant, while Judy Collins sings "Both Sides Now" in the background, is sublime!
/TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer "Been there, done that, got the proverbial T-shirt (which no longer fits this 40-years-older Boomer ;-) "