Golden Days #2020

Golden Days Carolyn See Golden Days Available again in paperback Golden Days is a major novel from one of the most provocative voices on the American literary scene Linking the recent past with an imagined future Carolyn See captures

  • Title: Golden Days
  • Author: Carolyn See
  • ISBN: 9780520206731
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Golden Days Carolyn See Available again in paperback, Golden Days is a major novel from one of the most provocative voices on the American literary scene Linking the recent past with an imagined future, Carolyn See captures life in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s This marvelously imaginative, hilarious, and original work offers fresh insights into the way we were, the way we are, and the way weAvailable again in paperback, Golden Days is a major novel from one of the most provocative voices on the American literary scene Linking the recent past with an imagined future, Carolyn See captures life in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s This marvelously imaginative, hilarious, and original work offers fresh insights into the way we were, the way we are, and the way we could end up.
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    1. wow, i bet this book drove a lot of people crazy people who were looking for a good post apocalyptic nightmare, people who were looking for death and devastation, people who were looking for a polemic, those who wanted to see good sigh triumph over evilis book isn t really any of those things, altho it contains events that would, among the unimaginative, be the perfect setup but Golden Days gives us a nuclear holocaust with none of the above dressed in their usual attireis book does two things t [...]

    2. I love this book, reread it regularly and can t believe I haven t already reviewed it here Of my three favorite LA writers Eve Babitz, Joan Didion and Carolyn See I think dare I say this aloud that See is the most creative, her sense of humor is the most subversive and in the long run, her early fiction is most telling of the time in which it was written Golden Days spans time, from the 1950s to an apocalyptic present, telling the story of a wife, ex wife, mother, lover and successful sales woma [...]

    3. Her eyes were wide She gazed at me with terrific concentration Yes, she said, I understand what you are saying I get it But isn t it true that your fear of nuclear war is a metaphor for all the other fears that plague us today My mind had never been exactly fine But sometimes it has been good No, I said I may have shouted it out through the beautiful, sheltered room It s my view that the other fears, all those of which we have spoken, are a metaphor for my fear of nuclear war The threat of nucle [...]

    4. So far this book is SO weird Carolyn See is sort of the grand dame of serious California Los Angeles fiction This book is one of those writers writers unheralded classics, and I ve been wanting to read it for a long time It begins in Topanga Canyon in the summer of 1980, and it feels like the late 70s and early 80s I mean, it is saturated with this uber authentic sunny narcissism that somehow believes itself to be feminism, and is also a bit classist and racist It s creepy, truth be told I kind [...]

    5. This book touched me in such a deep way It actually spoke to me It spoke to who I am, how quirky I can be and it spoke to who I would like to be without worry In the plot of the book one thing sang to me constantly the people who were facing supremely troubled times decided to either be happy or panic Those who opted for happiness left convention and went to those they loved regardless of how that love was defined or manifested This concept alone made this book worth reading and loving The femal [...]

    6. I love books that love Los Angeles.It s so easy to just dismiss it as shallow and full of traffic and posers and smog, and it IS all that, but there s also that sense of possibility that comes with not having a huge weight of history slapping you in the face every time you turn a corner And those beautiful mornings that smell like flowers I loved how much this book brought me back to my childhood years in southern CA, with my parents kooky friends who were into self actualization as well as maki [...]

    7. One of the best books I ve ever read It s one of those you have to read it to get it type of novels It s set in Los Angeles Topanga Canyon and takes us into the life of a divorcee with a knack for the jewelry trade who is trying to make ends meet servicing clients in Beverly Hills She begins by carving out a niche business appraising jewelry for wives of wealthy men and sometimes breaking the news when their husbands have gifted them zircons instead of diamonds When disaster strikes, and I won t [...]

    8. One of a number of novels written in the 1980s shaped by the possibility of the unthinkable, i.e wide scale nuclear war that would mean the end of civilization See seems almost Nietzschean in her belief that nuclear war could be the source of renewal her portrait of latter day American civilization, a wasteland characterized by relentless desires and even relentless fears, may be bleak than her rather graphic description of life after nuclear war.

    9. So many things about this novel continue to ring true today Los Angeles as a sprawling network of neighborhoods rich and poor, an unrelenting West Coast optimism borne out of the possibility to reinvent oneself again and again and an impending, vague threat of nuclear armageddon This novel is timeless in a way I didn t expect it to be Carolyn See weaves social commentary on everything from the American family dynamic to the subtle racial economic undercurrents that have built the communities we [...]

    10. What a strange reading experience this was I spent the first three fourths of this novel HATING it I hated the narrator, who I found racist, classist, and just plain unpleasant I hated the purported feminism the characters spouted, which to me boiled down to an icky men are pricks, so let s take em for all they re worth philosophy I hated the depiction of L.A which was not my L.A at all when is it ever But then, well the world ends All the apocalyptic anxiety that weaves its way through the rest [...]

    11. Having recently read two other Carolyn See books a memoir and a novel I found this novel disappointing Carolyn See has moments of brilliance in this book including the last 30 pages , but for me, reading this relatively short novel was a bit of a slog I am glad I didn t give up and stop reading it, because the last 30 pages were so worth it I felt like See was trying to tell too many stories in this book, and all of them suffered as a result One of the highlights of the book, as with the other t [...]

    12. Goes down easy for the first half or so, and then takes the surprising turn of becoming a post apocalyptic fantasy There is humor throughout, quite wry, in fact, even with the serious subject matter It s about Southern California, and the narrator never quites takes anything completely seriously I ll probably forget everything about this book within a year, but it was an interesting read Can t remember how I came to it perhaps a Maureen Corrigan recommendation from NPR She did a list of oldie bu [...]

    13. If Thomas Pynchon had been born a woman, this might be what he would have sounded like, but without all of the Pynchonian craziness See is much grounded in her writing, but does take flights of fancy within reality Although this book was written almost 30 years ago, it still feels incredibly relevant Unlike anything I ve read before but in an incredibly good way High Feminism without male bashing.

    14. 2008There is something about this book that draws me back again and again Apocalyptic, full of wish fulfillment, and somehow, really steeped in Californianess Holds up well, as magical realism apocalyptic fairytale Some of the images still haunt me.And isn t it weird to look back at a time when I fully believed a nuclear holocaust was coming, would come, any day I kind of wish I knew when that particular fear left me.

    15. I agree with many of the reviews here A very bizarre book that took me on a wild ride Parts of it were hateful See s language was snappy and sometimes hard to follow I finished it confused, surprised and intrigued It made me want to read of See s work but not right away I need to recover from this one.

    16. Interesting read I almost didn t finish it but it has a bit of a payoff at the end i heard about the book on NPR and was intrigued enough to find it at the library I m still digesting it I think it definitely stays with you.

    17. Read this for the first time many years ago and again several times since.I love this book, along with See s later one, The Handyman This is smart, funny, inspired fiction with a genuine beating heart.

    18. I really enjoyed this book, but it s bizarre and unsettling Los Angeles seems to inspire a lot of hallucinogenic writing, and I am than happy to read it because it feels like home.

    19. This one was a hard read At times, I was so drawn into the stream of consciousness meets end of the world fiction, but just as often I was completely confused The ending was hopeful though.

    20. this is another one of those only four stars because it was so utterly terrifying books but don t let that stop you, it s also utterly brilliant.

    21. A wonderful, beautifully written novel about life in Los Angeles whose bulk of pages foreshadow an apocalypse you d expect with an aftermath you might not.

    22. Thought provoking, bur very weird And I can t decide if I like her writing style A novel from the mid 80s, set in the then present day of Los Angeles Captures a picture of the beauty and sunniness of L.A of that time Then a nuclear war happens in 1987 and the last quarter of the book addresses the main character s acceptance, and almost happiness, at the new world she is forced to live in The end of the book has an interesting image at the end as a small band of people come down from the canyons [...]

    23. Mad weird There were some moments I really liked, some beautifully phrased passages that really made one think, but overall it was kind of all over the place She jumped from explaining her modern day situation with men and her daughters to the world suddenly ending and her shoving jewels in her hand Strange.

    24. I think the best way to describe this book would be to perhaps call it a feminine version of American Psycho w o the violence But that is really what this book reminded me of, lost of 80s materialism and narcissism with a mixture of unreliable narrator and imagined futures Just an overall weird book.

    25. I wanted this book to end so badly, and it just would not Agonizingly protracted is how I would describe it.Although the jacket copy would suggest otherwise, only the last third of the story is about a nuclear war The first two thirds are Joan Didion Lite.In summary This book was not worth the time or expense in library fines it took to read it.

    26. I read this book just for the setting Topanga Canyon , which is a good thing because I disliked it intensely I hated all of the characters and rejoiced when she dropped the Big One What a bleak vision Not recommended unless you hate people, hate Los Angeles, and or want to read about nasty rich people surviving a nuclear war.

    27. I thought this would be enlightening and funny, but I just found it sad and a little scary Guess I should listen to Lorna The best part was the small moment when Edie was a teenager, always walking and bumping with her friends, told before the nuclear bit Manic bit of story telling.

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