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The Motion of the Body Through SpaceIn Lionel Shriver’s entertaining send up of today’s cult of exercise which not only encourages better health but now like all religions also seems to promise meaning social superiority and eternal life an aging husband’s sudden obsession with extreme sport makes him unbearableAfter an ignominious early retirement Remington announces to his wife Serenata that he’s decided to run a marathon This from a sedentary man in his sixties who’s never done a lick of exercise in his life His wife can’t help but observe that his ambition is ?. Audiobookebook syncAudio narration read by Laurence BouvardNOT A BOOK FOR EVERYONEButI LOVED ITha in the same way I loved how I felt after running my very first marathon —in Oakland Ca years ago — in pouring rain from start to finish Paul greeted me at the finish line with dry clothes and a congratulatory hug kiss Off to a yummy cafe for ‘food’prereuisites are reuired HaReaders MUST check off at least 5 of these things before being ALLOWED to read “The Motion of Body Through Space” Here’s the prereuisite list all in funReaders must be married at least 10 yearsYou’ve paid 200 for a pair of running shoeswhen you hear the word ‘Ironman’ you don’t even cringeYou’ve had sport injuries sports related surgeriesYou’re 60 years old or older and can still bend down with a flat back and touch your toesYou’ve had a competitive streak with your spouse over fitness disciplinesYou own spandex fitness clothesYou love exercise and tracking your progressYou’re obsessed with fitness competition toned bodies food calories training schedules fashionable running clothes detox regimens and morning ‘burn’ endurance or sprint workoutsYou love reading books with unlikable characters social injustice pisses you offYou roll your eyes but ‘wonder’ about the truth of ranting dialogue conversationsYou adore your father in law; he adores you backYou feel resentful about something in lifeThis book is a SATIREabout a married couple in their 60’s Serenata and her husband Remington have a few problems to sort outRunning never solves any deep problems but one might tryRunning may ‘cause’ a few problems as you will see for yourself in Lionel Shriver’s psychologicalfitness craze novelButReaders might enjoy the absurdity rejoice in the burn and be entertainedReaders might enjoy the writing and compelling craze of fitness nuttiness OrYou maybe not Lionel Shriver FEMALE author has written other thought provoking novelsmost known for “We Need to Talk About Kevin” excellent I’m a fan of “So Much For That”my personal favorite I liked this book too brought back memories to laugh about today I was able to relate with it from my past history as a once dedicated runner for over 25 years PersonallyI could probably always be up to read ‘something’ by Lionel I like her

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Bearable narcissist Ignoring all his other obligations he engages a saucy sexy personal trainer named Bambi who treats Serenata with contempt When Remington sets his sights on the legendarily grueling triathlon MettleMan Serenata is sure he’ll end up injured or dead And even if he does survive their marriage may notThe Motion of the Body Through Space is vintage Lionel Shriver written with psychological insight a rich cast of characters lots of verve and petulance an astute reading of contemporary culture and an emotionally resonant ending. Fuck it I'll give her 5Shriver is consistently one of if not my favourite author There were sentences in this that she seemed to have downloaded from my own brain Including one of my favourite rules that I thought I alone had come up with The surest way to win someone else's game is not to play it at allI just love itIt's about the American fitness craze but really anything to which we devote ourselves religion drugs whatever isn't it all the same Rich with personal meaning but arbitrary to everyone else Potentially harmful objectively pointless I mean we're all gonna die anyway and even the most famous among us will pass out of history eventually when the sun explodes and erases all history And when it comes to exercise exceptionalism does it really make a difference if you run 26 miles all at once or over two weeks It's been done anyway Then there's the super ultra extreme marathons and endurance tests and those have also all been done anyway Okay so you want to prove to yourself that you can run a marathon Go on then but calm the fuck down and don't act so smug as if it really means anythingI fucking love that someone dedicated two years of their life to deliver this Leo esue message There's also frustration at wokeness which I also share maybe don't publish me BECAUSE I'm gay but that doesn't land uite as effectively It's like an ill timed bit from a Republican comedianI can't imagine that the core message of this book is terribly popular I imagine that most people even readers a small subset of whom look to be challenged with uncomfortable but essentially indisputable ideas but a greater number of whom made The Alchemist a bestseller wouldn't want to hear what this book has to say But as Shriver puts it it's funny how even groups you don't want to be a part of can make you feel excluded And when huge swathes of people unuestionably centre themselves around various activities that make no sense to you you can become convinced that there's something wrong with you So this book is the kind of thing that keeps people like me saneBut what am I supposed to do in the intervening two years it takes Shriver to write her next book

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The Motion of the Body Through Space Free download » 4 æ In Lionel Shriver’s entertaining send up of today’s cult of exercise—which not only encourages better health but now like all religions also seems to promise meaning social superiority and eternal life—an aging husband’s sudden obsession with extreme sport make??hopelessly trite” A loner Serenata disdains mass group activities of any sort Besides his timing is cruel Serenata has long been the couple’s exercise freak but by age sixty her private fitness regimes have destroyed her knees and she’ll soon face debilitating surgery Yes becoming active would be good for Remington’s heart but then why not just go for a walk Without several thousand of your closest friendsAs Remington joins the cult of fitness that increasingly consumes the Western world her once modest husband burgeons into an un. Sitting on the couch reading a slaying satire about exercise fanatics should be as satisfying as a chocolate chip cookie but Lionel Shriver’s new novel is exhausting I’ve never felt so worn out by the labor of wincing“The Motion of the Body Through Space” tells the story of Serenata and Remington a long married couple in their early 60s living in Hudson NY A grim coincidence of professional and physical setbacks has recently halted the pleasant progress of their lives Osteoarthritis in both knees has forced Serenata to stop running a habit she had practiced for decades And Remington has been forced out of his job at the Albany Department of Transportation a dismissal that has unmanned himAt a moment when they should be stewing together in stationary solidarity Remington suddenly announces “I’ve decided to run a marathon” That declaration opens the novel and launches Serenata and Remington toward a crisis that will test their marriage and even threaten their lives Having never seen her husband “run from here to the living room” Serenata is dumbfounded by his new obsession But her skepticism uickly curdles into bitterness She takes it as a personal affront that Remington has decided to start running only now that she must stop She imagines that running is her thing a proprietary discipline begun and perfected by her long before the rest of America turned it into a fadIndeed the fitness industry is a fat target for satire And Shriver brings all her ferocious wit to bear to mock its hucksters and disciples Readers who have endured condescending pity from well toned gods and goddesses will initially relish Shriver’s merciless To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert