Rachel Cusk || Outline

In Outline hardly anything happens. The main character, the omnipotent I, takes us along in a week spent in Athens as a teacher of a writing course. In Greece she spends time with friends, old and new. A large part of the novel consists of conversations with those friends, a smaller part of the stories she has her pupils write. We do not know a lot about our main character, not even her name is revealed. Still we get to know her through what she says and how she reacts to what the others say. She speaks her mind and does not hesitate to give her opinion on relationships, friendship and other important things. She makes it known if she thinks her partner is not telling the truth or interpreting affairs in his / her advantage. Conversations furthermore are definitely high standard: no silly talk for our main character. Even with women friends topic are deep and thoughtful. I liked that the main character is calm and talks in a slow, considerate way. It made me slow down my reading and enjoy Cusks’s words and phrases. Outline is not  an easy novel, Cusk shares too many almost philosophical thoughts for it to be an easy read. It is a beautiful novel though through the careful selection of words and the delightful way sentences are structured. Cusk writes delightfully and leads her readers along in an almost gentle way. An appreciated moment of reflection in a time in which fast action dominates.



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