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The Unnamed is a dazzling novel about a marriage family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both He was going to lose the house and everything in it The rare pleasure of a bath the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island his family again he would lose his family He stood inside the house and took stock Everything in it had been taken for granted How had that happened again He had promised himself not to take an. Gah I hated this stupid book I knew I hated it after the first twenty pages and I only finished it out of spite I am a big enough person to admit that I was expecting to hate this as I always hate anything that s too hyped too anticipated too next big thing so obvs I may not have given it an honest chance but whatever It still was a weird uneven mostly bad book On the good side Gone was the gimmickry of Then We Came to the End Nicely done Joshua though your first book was widely loved due to its gimmicky originality you didn t replace one gimmick with another going into your sopho isn t it true that etymologically speaking sopho means stupid or something like that effort And the book is I guess fairly original in both concept and structure But that brings us tothe bad side Far be it from me to cling to convention for convention s sake heaven knows I love a good dose of experimental lit But some conventions I think are fairly important and this book flouts them at its own expense For one thing if you re going to write a character driven book it s a nice idea to give your characters some dimension And by dimension I don t mean a few uirks that can be repeated over and over The character of Becka in particular was woefully underdeveloped For another thing usually a novel is kind of told in the same style throughout or if not the same style it usually has the same sort of balance of narration dialogue scenery etc throughout This one is incredibly uneven which I can t really say much about without giving away the plot It just skips from domestic drama to courtroom intrigue to bildungsromanish to nature observation to God musing with no warning and little justification Also the descriptions themselves are really hit or miss with sporadic nice passages getting shat all over by really clunky metaphors and purple ish prose and not believable dialogue Here s another thing I don t know if Joshua Ferris has ever spent time with any women Because I do not believe his women Oh and one You know that thing someone famous said about how if there s a gun in the beginning of the story it better get fired by the end Yeah see that s considered a truism Joshua one to be followed There s several strongly emphasized atmospheric type things in this book weather nature stuff like that again not trying to give anything away which are never realized at all thus cheapening the entire thing I mean did he just forget that he wrote a bunch of shit about dead bees Did his editors One throwaway conversation with a maybe hallucinated priest is not enough Joshua Lastly there is a lot of uasi spirituality sprinkled throughout lots of talk of souls and God and things like that which are also never fully realized Clearly he doesn t want to make any claims about what is right or true but it just makes him seem like a flake who is trying to elevate the uality of his mediocre musings by strapping them with spiritual essence Yuck

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The Unnamed

Ything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday Tim Farnsworth is a handsome healthy man aging with the grace of a matinee idol His wife Jane still loves him and for all its uiet trials their marriage is still stronger than most Despite long hours at the office he remains passionate about his work and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important And e. If I could give this than five stars I would I don t think I ve been this affected by a novel in years Above all it is a novel of great compassionThe premise seemed both abstract and far fetched a man is afflicted with a disease or a condition which causes him to walk suddenly unable to stop until he eventually drops from exhaustion But Joshua Ferris makes this than a conceptual conundrum He makes it the detailed examined story of what it would be like to be this man and have to live life this way and how such a life would develop and wanderTim Farnsworth is a wealthy lawyer sort of a schmuck but good at what he does There s a lot of suspense built into the way his condition affects his work life in particular one high profile case nearing trial There s even suspense the heart of the book really about how his suffering extends to his family He has a loving relationship with a wife and a complicated relationship with a teenage daughter The bonds of these relationships are tested and this gives the book much of its emotional power These characters are in a very particular situation but what they go through comes to feel universalThe Unnamed made me feel for the first time in years the impact of large enduring unanswerable uestions uestions I thought I d become inured to about the division between the body and the mind what it means to live in a body that doesn t work the way you want it to how medical affliction and spiritual affliction are related and how life is so often out of our control It even made me reconsider a word that I don t like very much at all soul which seemed in Ferris s inuisitive insistent writing style a subject worth grappling with againI listened to this on an audio download got it from Audiblecom read by the author His voice is so easy to listen to and perfect for the story He gets into each character with a lot of feeling but does not over act the drama they way professional actors sometimes do on audiobooks I may very well read the hardcover now

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Ven as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar her dreadlocks and her puppy fat he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world He loves his wife his family his work his home He loves his kitchen And then one day he stands up and walks out And keeps walking The Unnamed is a heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken awa. I read an excerpt of The Unnamed right before the release date a year ago It had such a weird set up I couldn t get it out of my head and I wanted to buy it so I could finish the story and find out what the hell was wrong with the main character Why did he wander Was he possessed did he have a disease hidden superpowers Well I m pleased to say I managed finally to borrow this ebook from the library and I didn t pay one dime for it PHew Then I read it like a maniac in two sittings It was kind of short Thank FSM It wasn t a strange disease novel or horror or supernatural it was just depressing And you never really get told what the hell was wrong with the wandering man you just have these caricatures of the fractured and suffering family The story itself flipped between narrative and a sort of schizophrenic watered down stream of consciousness Is that it was he schizophrenic Unfortunately you just never find out OH but view spoilera couple of his toes fall off one is mummified and falls off in his sock hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Unnamed

  1. says:

    Gah I hated this stupid book I knew I hated it after the first twenty pages and I only finished it out of spite I

  2. says:

    Upgrading from 3 to 4 stars because for some reason I keep thinking about this book even though I read it like a year ago and because I fucking love the audacity of the opening sentenceWhat an odd bookThe first section really is magnificent instantly hooking you with descriptions of the bizarre illness alluded to in the title as well as viv

  3. says:

    Joshua Ferris’s The Unnamed is a purposeless relentlessly depressing book I get the sense Ferris was chugging b

  4. says:

    If you took the scenes from Forrest Gump where Tom Hanks runs across the country several times and mixed that with some sections of The Time Travelers Wife you’d have an idea of what this book is likeTim Farnsworth is a successful l

  5. says:

    Tim Farnsworth has a problem At times he is overwhelmed by an irresistable urge to walk Not just around the block a time or two but to the point of exhaustion regardless of the weather regardless of whatever else demands his time like his job

  6. says:

    If I could give this than five stars I would I don't think I've been this affected by a novel in years Above all it is a novel of great compassionThe premise seemed both abstract and far fetched a man is afflicted with a disease or a condition which causes him to walk suddenly unable to stop until he eventually drops from exhaustion But Joshua Ferris makes this than a conceptual conundrum He makes it the detailed examined story of what it

  7. says:

    I read an excerpt of The Unnamed right before the release date a year ago It had such a weird set up I couldn't get it out of my head and I wanted to buy it so I could finish the story and find out what the hell was wrong with the main character Why did he wander? Was he possessed? did he have a disease? hidden

  8. says:

    “The Unnamed” is a fascinating account of a man literally at war with himself – a character torn between

  9. says:

    Pretty mature stuff for such a young writer to tackle just look at the dude's pic on the back cover Power of the imagination friends

  10. says:

    I listened to Joshua Ferris read this his second novel I hadn't read his first the lauded Then We Came to The End but I heard good things about this one And from the very first moments I loved it There's two things an author can do wi