Outline

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3.5 out of 5 stars 243 ratings

Outline Publisher's Summary

A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language

A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking - about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.

Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.

Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk's finest work yet and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years.

©2015 Rachel Cusk (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Outline

    • By: Rachel Cusk
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 200

    A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language. A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking - about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent and Odd

    • By Steve M on 02-14-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Outline

    • By: Rachel Cusk
    • Narrated by: Kate Lock
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A woman writer goes to Athens to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. The more they talk the more certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the difficulty of intimacy, and the mystery of creativity itself.

    Regular price: $16.73

  • Book 2

    • Transit

    • By: Rachel Cusk
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    In the wake of her family's collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of this upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, and practical - as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city, she is made to confront aspects of living that she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disconnected and pointless

    • By Diane E Bunten on 09-28-17

    Regular price: $19.95