Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Tao Lin

A New York instances ebook Review Editor's Choice

"[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . precise, his characters are youth dwelling in Brooklyn. And he writes concerning the web. yet we must always cease calling Tao Lin the voice of his iteration. Taipei, his new novel, has much less to do together with his iteration than with the literary culture of Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Musil. . . . I cheerfully wrote "Proust" within the margin early on—because the hero, a tender author named Paul, takes this kind of meta angle towards his personal memories."—Benjamin Lytal, New York Observer

"Here we have now a significant, high-quality novelist placing all his talents to work."—Clancy Martin, New York occasions booklet Review

"Mr. Lin casts a spell in Taipei. . . . [It is] his most powerful e-book. At its top, it has far away echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered via Twitter and Klonopin: it really is terse, impartial, composed of small and infrequently difficult gestures. . . . it really is approximately glints of belief, glints that the writer catches as though they have been fireflies."—Dwight Garner, New York Times

"Amazing. . . . the easiest author approximately what it is prefer to be f*cked up on medicinal drugs that i have ever read."—John Horgan, writer of The finish of Science

"One factor i admire approximately Tao's writing is how inappropriate for me 'liking' it feels -- it is a frank depiction of the rhythm of a latest attention or loss of attention and so it has an influence that bypasses these questions of flavor completely. love it or no longer, it has the strength of the real."—Ben Lerner, writer of Leaving the Atocha Station

"[A] novel approximately disaffection that is oddly affecting. . . . for all its emotional truth, Taipei is a ebook with out an oz. of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing."Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lin is an existential author, quite, much less attracted to tracing the contours of his specific social crew than in describing the very own and infrequently insufferable tyranny of one's personal brain. . . . the novel's climactic scene. . . . builds over a number of pages to a revelation that, in its sheer unforeseen attractiveness, remembers the powerfully relocating finishing of David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress."Slate

Show description

Preview of Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries) PDF

Similar Contemporary Literature books

Boy Heaven

Round a campfire, sit down a gaggle of women telling grotesque and spooky city legends: there is the woman who, for a funny story, wrote a love be aware to devil, signed it in blood, and burnt it and who used to be present in the morning bare, placing from a leap rope within the storage; the fellow who tied heavy chains round his murdered wife's physique and tossed her right into a lake, then got here domestic to discover her sitting in his chair smiling, sopping wet; and this - the 3 women, Kristy, Desiree and Kristi, who sneaked out of cheerleading camp of their pink convertible one summer time afternoon and flashed a grin (and a little extra) at boys in a rusty pickup truck.

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

“A superbly rendered story of religion and redemption that makes us imagine, believe, and hope—and then doubt after which think, as merely Mitch Albom could make us do. ”—Garth Stein, writer of The artwork of Racing within the RainOne morning within the small city of Coldwater, Michigan, the telephones begin ringing. The voices say they're calling from heaven.

The Millstone

Margaret Drabble’s affecting novel, set in London through the Nineteen Sixties, a few informal love affair, an unplanned being pregnant, and one younger woman’s selection to develop into a mom.

Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Modern fiction is a large and numerous box, now worldwide in size, with a huge variety of novels and writers that keeps to develop at an attractive pace. during this Very brief creation, Robert Eaglestone offers a transparent and fascinating exploration of the main topics, styles, and debates of up to date fiction.

Additional info for Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries)

Show sample text content

Paul sat in a stadium-seated zone, above and in the back of each person else within the entrance sector. After a couple of minutes he went to Maggie, who was once in an remoted seat, at the correct facet of the theater. Maggie pointed at Erin and Calvin, twenty toes away, speaking to one another. “We agreed to sit down separately,” acknowledged Maggie. “I wish individually also,” stated Paul. “I believe upset,” acknowledged Maggie. “I’m going to work out what’s happening,” acknowledged Paul, and crossed an aisle, previous 5 empty seats, to Erin, as Calvin left the theater. Erin acknowledged Calvin had desired to percentage her mobile. Paul stated Calvin “should simply pass cost it for like ten mins. ” “I be aware of. That’s what I acknowledged. He’s doing that now. ” “Calvin went to cost his phone,” stated Paul to Maggie, and back to his seat. He tweeted “someone in my row is noisily snoring #xmenlivetweet” and “kevin bacon had whatever like 10 fingers #xmenlivetweet. ” Maggie tweeted she sought after extra heroin. Paul tweeted “i can pay attention anyone noisily snoring ~8 seats to my left #xmenlivetweet” and observed Maggie go away the theater and stared absently as Kevin Bacon talked to humans. Kevin Bacon walked outdoors, the place it used to be snowing, then he rotated and talked to a similar humans as ahead of, who had him. Paul attempted to recollect why Kevin Bacon had long past outdoors. He learn tweets from Maggie that acknowledged “feeling lonely #xmenlivetweet” and “i am within the rest room considering chugging my beer,” which had no hashtag. Paul observed that Erin had left the theater. Paul carefully entered the women’s rest room, a couple of minutes later, listening to Maggie’s voice and flow noises from the handicapped stall. “Excuse me, ma’am,” acknowledged Paul in a noisy, authoritative voice, and the flow noises stopped. “Yes? ” stated Erin after a pause. “It’s me,” acknowledged Paul. “Oh, shit,” acknowledged Maggie, and the door opened. “I was once scared,” stated Erin, partially in view. “You’re within the women’s bathroom,” stated Maggie. “Sorry,” stated Paul grinning, and left and sat at the carpeted flooring close to an emergency go out and tweeted “where is everyone … i’m sitting in darkness close to the women’s toilet #xmenlivetweet” and that he was once going to aim to scare Erin and Maggie back. He learn “just stood up, misplaced ‘all keep an eye on’ of left leg and fell into an arcade video game, creating a loud noise and ‘yelping’ #xmenlivetweet” by means of Calvin. He learn “someone simply acknowledged ‘we did it! ’ whereas seeming to drift in an indoor ‘future zone’ #xmenlivetweet” by means of Erin. He heard Maggie’s voice and walked fast to her and Erin and thrust his glass bottle of water at them yet water didn’t go away the bottle till, because the bottle neared himself, a few splashed onto his chin and neck. Calvin used to be sitting at the flooring by way of the sweet machines, smiling frivolously at his cellphone. Erin gave Paul and Maggie tea-tree toothpicks. Paul went within the theater to his seat and tweeted “why is ‘beast’ flying a jet plane … #xmenlivetweet” and “is this international conflict 2, i don’t comprehend something #xmenlivetweet” and “i’m going to face to examine who has been noisily snoring loudly for ~15 min. #xmenlivetweet” and “someone seems laying throughout 2 seats snoozing #xmenlivetweet.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.25 of 5 – based on 35 votes