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Yond superficial judgment yet constantly struggles with his own status anxiety who is drawn to women yet has a habit of letting them down in ways that may just make him an emblem of our times The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P is a tale of one young man's search for happiness and an inside look at how he really thinks about women sex and lov I went in prepared to hate this I mean hello Another A Waldman But it was pretty fucking great The insight into the way these literary boys think about women Terrific

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Writer Nate Piven's star is rising After Affairs of PDFEPUB #234 several lean and striving years he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women Juliet the hotshot business reporter Elisa his gorgeous ex girlfriend now friend and Hannah almost universally regarded as nice and smart or smart and nice who holds her own in conversatio This is all Donna Tartt s fault I really really wish I d read this book a few months ago when it came out when I was really excited about it Because it was pretty good Really I mean if it had just been a regular part of my reading life I would have liked it fine But and I knew this before I was twenty pages in Adelle Waldman is NO Donna Tartt I m actually afraid that anything I read for the next several months is going to wilt in comparison to even the vaguest whiff of The Goldfinch So This book s titular Nathaniel P is a semi successful writer who is my age 30ish living in my part of the world Brooklyn at this very moment in time As advertised the book is sort of a catalogue of his dating life for a year or so although honestly it s mostly the story of him dating one girl with a lot of backstory about a few other girls he dated previously and then a sort of rushed gloss about the girl he dates next I mean but the point is that it s the kind of thing I really should like It s set in my reality it s full of clever characters and just dense with interior monologue there s no trickery but it s still a smart read And yet The whole book just feels so mechanical and planned You can see all the writerly seams barely concealed You can feel Adelle thinking In this scene I need their emotional tenor to shift so here s how they ll get from Point A to Point B here s the conversation they ll have here s the subtext that will be revealed and here s the menial task they ll be doing with their hands meanwhile It s not a book that you can lose yourself in not for a moment because the author is holding everything so tightly working it so intently There s so much telling rather than showing and it keeps the reader always at a very sharp remove And then too it s all so agonizingly self conscious This is of course partly because the narrator is so absurdly deep inside his own head but also partly I would bet because the author is too It s easy to guess which anecdotes were probably taken from her life which small bits of banter she heard or said and then built a scene around putting the snippets snugly in the mouths of her characters At times the plotting feels a bit like a checklist what books and magazines the characters read and discuss what kind of people they hang out with gay friend foreign friend where they go for a drink hipster caf in low income newly gentrified area semi sexy urban dive bar how they talk with exaggeratedly liberal repartee daring one another to be offended by their off color wit And but yet it does on the whole feel very real the shifting alliances the droll conversations that suddenly with the benefit of too much interior monologue take on vast chasms of subtext the body language that augments and counterpoints simple acts I do respect what she did I just didn t enjoy itIs it banal to mention that the characters are on the whole unlikeable I heard recently that that s something only vapid women say Oh I didn t like the characters so I couldn t like the book But what are you supposed to do They are all especially Nathaniel P pretty awful not evil but ordinarily obnoxious and self obsessed and neurotic and shallow and cloyingly desperate for attention so even when they feel real it s real with a headache with a patina of Why exactly am spending my time with these people I mean I don t hang out with people I don t like so why would I be excited to spend my 200 pages of my reading life with themSigh On to the next book that isn t The Goldfinch and is bound to let me down

summary The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

N with his friends When one relationship grows serious Nate is forced to consider what it is he really wantsIn Nate's st century literary world wit and conversation are not at all dead Is romance Novelist Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of The Love ePUB #9734 a flawed sometimes infuriating modern man one who thinks of himself as be The fact that this book was written by a woman makes it sort of scary At times I was identifying with the thought processes of the protagonist so much that it creeped me out a littleI found it a very accurate detailed and realistic account of one man s struggle with love or whatever he mistook for love At times the prose was a bit dry and I missed the immediacy of the dialog whenever the protagonist got lost in memories and justificationsStill I noticed a lot of people complaining about the characters in the sense that they feel a need to judge them Well I think that s one of the signs that the book succeeds in its ambitionsNathaniel is not an asshole He s a coward at times but that can be said of most men He definitely reminded me of some people I knowOn the other hand some of the pseudo intellectual conversations got a bit of hand and made me feel like I was stuck listening to a bunch of empty headed arrogant pricks Again a feeling I used to experience at parties a lot Haven t been to one in ages If anything it made me wonder about the world the author inhabits in real life Are the characters based on her friends or acuaintances Perhaps even herself or one of her former lovers Adelle Waldman has certainly managed to intrigue me with her debut and I look forward to her future work


10 thoughts on “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

  1. says:

    Turns out Nathaniel P is a self absorbed rotterEnd of story

  2. says:

    Bright young men do you feel that chilly wind of exposure Somehow Adelle Waldman has stolen your passive aggressive playbook and published it in her first novel “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P” You’ll want to tell your female friends that you’ve heard it’s not very good Mutter something about how condescending it is to women In th

  3. says:

    This is all Donna Tartt's fault I really really wish I'd read this book a few months ago when it came out when I was really excited about it Because it was pretty good Really I mean if it had just been a regular part of my reading life I would have liked it fine But—and I knew this before I was twenty pages

  4. says:

    The fact that this book was written by a woman makes it sort of scary At times I was identifying with the thought processes of the protagonist so much that it creeped me out a littleI found it a very accurate detailed and realistic account of one man's struggle with love or whatever he mistook for love At times the pros

  5. says:

    Whew It's tough to get into the love affairs of Nathaniel call him Nate P if you don't much care for Nathaniel call him Nate P and really I didn't At all Not that it's deadly to dislike a protagonist Poe pulled it off with aplomb First person creep POV but the reader's still there But Nate He's just so much miluetoast angst Shallow despite his supposed Ivy League intelligence And his biggest love affair is with

  6. says:

    Loathsome That is the best word to describe the pretentious self absorbed and self congratulatory emotionally stunted protagonist of this novel Smarmy That is how I would describe the entire novel The entire thing left me feeling as if I needed a shower My major complaints are listed below in no particular orde

  7. says:

    I went in prepared to hate this I mean hello Another A Waldman But it was pretty fucking great The insight into the way these literary boys think about women Terrific

  8. says:

    God damn why was this easy little book so rough I ran through some of the reviews to get my bearings and by and large and in some major organs Waldman is being hailed as having delivered a masterpiece Jane AustenEdith Wharton comparisons Unco

  9. says:

    I hated this book for so many reasons It's fake high brow trash for former ivy leaguers who live in Brooklyn I won't even say it's a good beach read because nothing happens there is no plot and the protagonist a single gu

  10. says:

    Debut novelist Adelle Waldman has an uncanny talent of describing women through the eyes of a man The love Affairs of Nathaniel P is essentiall

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