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  1. says:

    In 2009, Kate Walbert published A Short History of Women, a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age The Sunken Cathedral may be a shorter history of women, but it s no less insightful about the mysterious ways our lives play out.Like so many elements of this rich new novel, its title points backward and forward The people of Brittany have long told of a church submerged underwater, and now as the climate warms and the oceans rise, we may have the opportunity to see that ancient myth reenacted in the 21st century There s nothing overtly polemical about Walbert s book no Earth Day bumper stickers or treacly polar bear drownings but it begins and ends with an apocalyptic vision of water flooding New York City The trees toppled and bobbed, knocking in a...

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    I won an ARC of this book via the GoodReads First Reads programme This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictales.com I didn t really feel for the story The first few pages were disconcerting, but I thought it just took some getting used to, getting a feel of the storytelling and slipping into the lives of these characters But about a third into the story, I wasn t feeling for anything at all the story, the characters, even the setting Everything about this novel just felt so disconnected The characters felt remote, between me and them, and even between each other There are a few moments of lovely prose here and there and fleeting moments that the characters experience Unfortunately these touch and go moments aren t really grounded in anything to keep the reader going in this case, the characters, or even something sembling a plot I was really expecting s...

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    I read this in NYC during a March snowstorm and wondering why so many things I liked about the city weren t there any So it was very fitting as this is a novel about the city beset by storms, luxury condos, police surges Its a gorgeous book made up of interweaving voices a French woman who came to America after WWII, her young tenant uneasily negotiating life ...

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    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for free access to an ARC of this book.Have you ever stood before a painting of Chagall, and you ve got technicolor cows and moons and barns and villages and flames and eyes and kerchiefs and hands and stars all jumping out at you Stuff is flying all over the place in a manner that is decontextualized and nonchronological and whimsical, and yet so powerfully imbued with such symbolic import that even if you are very young and unaware of the precise details of the historical events Chagall depicts, you can still gather that he s presenting themes of sacred and unquestionable importance Like Chagall, this book has shit jumping out all over the place, a touch of the magic realism, and deals with some very compelling themes and setting Art Surviving war in its older and contemporary forms Climate related disaster Aging and loss Fear Interpersonal connections and the way we affect those close to us in proximity or relationship And most importantly, ever changing New York City as it yields to the transformative forces of gentrification and lingering ...

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    2.5 Much has been made of Walbert s Impressionistic style There is some beautiful writing here for sure, but I think it would lend itself better to short stories as there is not enough plot or character continuity to latch onto Essentially the novel is about a set of New Yorkers in a Chelsea brownstone chiefly Marie, an old woman who came to America from France after World War II and their disparate memories and experiences I also didn t feel Walbert followed through on the subtle environmental dystopia theme, and the annoying footnotes should really just have been incorporated into the text as ordinary flashbacks.Favorite passage Someone has a fire going that smell Marie s street quiet with fresh snow, snow on the two pott...

  6. says:

    This book made me gnaw my cuticles It made me feel, all over again, like country come to town in an American Literature class in undergrad with a professor who wanted to make sure I went away knowing exactly how unsophisticated I was It made me dr...

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    Every book I sit down with I hope I like While a good snarky review cleanses the palate every once in a while, I would really prefer to read awesome books And so it was with a great sense of relief that I discovered that the first ARC I d ever gotten contained a book that I quite enjoyed.And yet, I m quite sure it s not for everyone.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcemen...

  8. says:

    When I was checking out Simon Schuster s summer releases, I added The Sunken Cathedral to my TBR list The description really peaked my interest When I found out I won an ARC of the book through a Goodreads giveaway I added it to the top of my April pile because I was so excited despite the fact that it doesn t get released until June Unfortunately, for me, the book was not what I hoped it would be I found it really difficult to get into as the story jumped from one character s perspective to another with no connections in between I would have liked to be able to relate to the characters than I did The book also included footnotes often about the characters past They were quite lengthy causing me to lose my place in the book and having to reread entire pages.My low rating for this book was because of my inability to enjoy the story due to the writing style It was ...

  9. says:

    My second read by Walbert, exactly same impression There is undeniable skill with which she weaves a dreamlike narrative of a Manhattan about to go by the way of Atlantis, but the writing is too detached somehow for a reader to really emote The structure of the book was quite clever, with asides taking up a significant space of each chapte...

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    The Sunken Cathedral is an ominous yet humane masterpiece Its characters are well drawn and believable, from the widow who lets the phone ring so she can hear her husband s voice on the answering machine to the teenager who happily loses her virginity in a scene of exquisite ordinariness to the coolest in the pack, the long banged boy The Sunken Cathedral will both upset and console you Urban and human decay, post 9 11 anxiety, and drowning are some of the book s major motifs Heavy stuff, but it is leavened by persistent reminders of the warming, and sometimes transcendent, power of connection As in this scene describing a terminally ill man s last visit from his son He loves his boy It is as if his body is already a shell he could burst from with the light of his love for his boy The novel is set in Manhattan in the near future, a place of paranoia and fierce storms that feels like yesterday, or the day af...

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The Sunken Cathedral Marie And Simone, Friends For Decades, Were Once Immigrants To The City, Survivors Of World War II In Europe Now Widows Living Alone In Chelsea, They Remain Robust, Engaged, And Adventurous, Even As The Vistas From Their Past Interrupt Their Present Helen Is An Art Historian Who Takes A Painting Class With Marie And Simone Sid Morris, Their Instructor, Presides Over A Dusty Studio In A Tenement Slated For Condo Conversion He Awakes The Interest Of Both Simone And Marie Elizabeth Is Marie S Upstairs Tenant, A Woman Convinced That Others Have A Secret Way Of Being, A Confidence And Certainty She Lacks She Is Increasingly Unmoored Baffled By Her Teenage Son, Her Husband, And The Roles She Is Meant To Play.

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Sunken Cathedral
  • Kate Walbert
  • English
  • 12 May 2017
  • 9781476799360

About the Author: Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert was born in New York City and raised in Georgia, Texas, Japan and Pennsylvania, among other places She is the author of A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004 The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecti