REVIEW Á Little Failure

REVIEW Little Failure

REVIEW Á Little Failure ☆ Το 1979 ο επτάχρονος Ίγκορ Στάινγκαρτ και οι εβραϊκής καταγωγής γονείς του εγκατέλειψαν τη Σοβιετική Ένωση για τον καταναλωτικό παράδεισο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής Το συνε?λίδα Με τον καιρό στη νέα του πατρίδα ο παράξενος Ίγκορ έγινε Γκάρι ώστε να περιορίσει το ξύλο που έτρωγε από τα άλλα παιδιά στο σχολείο Οι αταίριαστοι γονείς του έτρεφαν γι’ αυτόν μεγάλες φιλοδοξίες Τους διέψευσε και τους γέμισε ντροπή Η μητέρα του αναμειγνύοντας τα ρωσικά με τα αγγλικά επινόησε τον όρο Φέιλιουρτσκα δηλαδή Μικρή Aποτυχία για να ονοματίσει τον γιο της μάλλον με αγάπη Ο Γκάρι ήταν πεπεισμένος ότι η ζωή του θα ήταν μια αλυσίδα απογοητεύσεων και ματαιώσεων Τα π. My feelings about young Gary are deeply ambivalent I couldn't make up my mind if he was incredibly funny or incredibly irritating; probably both a bit like an over exuberant puppy that entertains with its appealing clumsiness but then widdles on your best AxminsterHalf of it is just my own lack of charity I suppose I mean anything that calls itself a Memoir is going to be me me me isn't it What was I thinking There is an essential uestion around memoir that is thrown into high relief here if I've already read Shteyngart's fiction then I would know most of this stuff already but if I haven't then why would I be interested in him at all

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ράγματα όμως δεν εξελίχθηκαν ακριβώς έτσι Ύστερα από τρία επιτυχημένα μυθιστορήματα ο Γκάρι Στάινγκαρτ στρέφεται στην αυτοβιογραφική πεζογραφία Αναπολώντας και αναπλάθοντας τα περασμένα με αυτοσαρκαστικό χιούμορ και πηγαία συγκίνηση μοιράζεται μαζί μας την αγωνία ενός μετανάστη και ενός συγγραφέα που μεταξύ δύο αντιφατικών κόσμων προσπαθεί να βρει τη δική του θέση Προκλητική και τρυφερή η Μικρή Aποτυχία είναι ένα βιβλίο ξεκαρδιστικού γέλιου αλλά και λυτρωτικών δακρύω?. Decades too early this memoir is about the reconciliation of a writer with his immigrant past a full on acceptance I loathed the main character to a certain point he is trying desperately to fit in an exercise I myself find totally useless when in doubt freak 'em out But dangnabbit this is one of our premiere contemporary writers I am actually kinda glad now that his neomasterpiece Super Sad True Love Story did not nab the Pulitzer humility being a strong virtue Why so early why THIS I think he shoulda waited till he has produced at least two other SSTLSs and a handful of Russian Debutantes Minimal this doesn't recount what an aspiring writer really wants to know How did you get to that Holy Grail the ever coveted and elusive first book deal Shteyngart makes it sound way too easy but as the saying goes a great magician like a good ho never gives up his tricks Shteyngart's philosophy is like every other successful writers' WRITE EVERYDAYBut the description of the family is pretty heartwarming By the end you know where the guy is coming from But I'm afraid it becomes apparent that Shteyngart expert proponent of 4 times a week psychoanalysis has constructed this as a way to come to terms with his now and future greatness as well as his now and future success It is not Gary Shteyngart who's a little failure; it is the degree of his success from now on I foresee terribly little failure in that

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Little FailureΤο 1979 ο επτάχρονος Ίγκορ Στάινγκαρτ και οι εβραϊκής καταγωγής γονείς του εγκατέλειψαν τη Σοβιετική Ένωση για τον καταναλωτικό παράδεισο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής Το συνεσταλμένο και ασθματικό αγόρι είχε την αίσθηση ότι μεγάλωνε με μια επίμονη λαχτάρα – για φαγητό αποδοχή λέξεις για όλα όσα θα τον συντρόφευαν ως την ενήλικη ζωή του Στα πέντε του έγραψε το πρώτο του μυθιστόρημα O Λένιν και η μαγική του χήνα και η γιαγιά του τον αντάμειψε με μια φέτα τυριού για κάθε σ?. I Loved This BookI loved this book so much that I finished it than a week ago and I am still mulling it over How can I write a review of a memoir so funny and brilliant and insightful and emotional and just plain good My review will never be able to explain everything I admired in Shteyngart's writing I used than 50 Post it flags to mark great passages How can I share all of thatI loved this book so much that I have already begged several friends to read it I pleaded and cajoled them I emailed them uotes I shared anecdotes I even reuested a library copy for one friend and am sharing my personal copy with another I loved this book so much that I have described it as the first legitimate 5 star book I've read this year Sure I've reread a few favorites that I gave five stars and another one I marked up for personal reasons but Little Failure is genuine The Real Deal The kind of book that I consider to be truly great and one that will still be considered great years from now I loved this book so much that I developed kind of a crush on the author Poor sweet little Gary Gary whose original name was Igor was born in Russia and immigrated to America in 1979 the year he turned 7 Igor changed his name to Gary to cut down on beatings from other kids Poor Gary had tough parents his dad called him snotty because of his asthma and his mother nicknamed him little failure Give that boy a hug alreadyI loved this book so much that I want to read all of Shteyngart's previous novels Throughout the memoir he mentions characters and plots in his stories that were based on his real life experiences and I'm excited to see the fictional versions I also like it when good writers talk about their writing process and I got to see little Gary grow from being a boy who wrote science fiction stories while his grandmother fed him a piece of cheese for every page he wrote to a young man whose first novel The Russian Debutante's Handbook so upset a middle aged relative that he threw it on the floor and spit on itI loved this book so much that it me laugh it made me teary eyed and it made me marvel at the beauty of his storytelling Now I'm going to stop trying to convince you that it's great and just start sharing favorite uotes In conclusion GO READ THIS BOOK ALREADYComing to America after a childhood spent in the Soviet Union is euivalent to stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and landing in a pool of pure TechnicolorThe first momentous thing that happens to me in Kew Gardens ueens is that I fall in love with cereal boxes We are too poor to afford toys at this point but we do have to eat Cereal is food sort of It tastes grainy easy and light with a hint of false fruitiness It tastes the way America feelsIn 1982 I decide that I can no longer be me The name 'Gary' is a fig leaf and what I really am is a fucking Red Gerbil a Commie One day after one Commie comment too many I tell my fellow pupils that I wasn't born in Russia at all Yes I just remembered it It had all been a big misunderstanding I was actually born in Berlin So here I am trying to convince Jewish children in a Hebrew school that I am actually a German And can't these little bastards see that I love America than anyone loves America I am a ten year old Republican I believe that taxes should only be levied on the poor and the rest of Americans should be left alone But how do I bridge that gap between being a Russian and being loved I start to writeI write because there is nothing as joyful as writing even when the writing is twisted and full of hate the self hate that makes writing not only possible but necessary I hate myself I hate the people around me but what I crave is the fulfillment of some idealWhen I turn fourteen I lose my Russian accent I can in theory walk up to a girl and the words 'Oh hi there would not sound like Okht Hyzer possibly the name of a Turkish politician There are three things I want to do in my new incarnation go to Florida where I understand that our nation's best and brightest had built themselves a sandy vice filled paradise; have a girl tell me that she likes me in some way; and eat all my meals at McDonald'sThe terrible thing about the major belief systems Leninism Christianity is that too often they are constructed along the premise that a difficult past can be traded in for a better future that all adversity leads to triumph either through the installation of telegraph poles Leninism or at Jesus' knee after physical death Christianity But the past is not simply redeemable for a better future Every moment I have ever experienced as a child is as important as every moment I am experiencing now or will experience ever I guess what I'm saying is that not everybody should have childrenI think of my mother and father Of their constant anxiety But their anxiety means they still want to live A year shy of forty I feel my life entering its second half I feel my life folding up I sense the start of that great long leave taking I think of myself on the subway platform at Union Suare I am invisible just a short obstacle others have to get around Sometimes I wonder Am I already gone And then I think of my wife and I feel the whoosh of the number 6 train the presence of others the life still within meUpdate October 2014I just learned that Shteyngart did a reading in my town Kansas City and I did not know about it I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS I wish I could have been there But at least he wrote a fun piece in The New Yorker about it Update February 2015I was talking with a friend today and started raving about how good this book was Now that 2014 has ended I can definitively say that Little Failure was my favorite read of the year