Leaving the Atocha Station has ratings and reviews. Paul said: One of those memoirs which with a light dusting of name changing and event rearr. Leaving the Atocha Station [Ben Lerner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American . For the duration of Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner’s protagonist, Adam Gordon, is in Spain on a fellowship. If anyone asks, he is writing.

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The book had leavkng with a nihilistic pessimism that the movie kind of spun into a ‘selling-out’ of sorts if cleaning up, screwing over your friends and trying to escape the zombie existence of a junkie can be called selling out.

Fiction that feels unlike fiction is my favorite sort of fiction. From my apartment I would walk down Calle de las Atodha, nodding to the street cleaners in their lime-green jumpsuits, cross El Paseo del Prado, enter the museum, which was only a couple of euros with my international student id, and proceed directly to room 58, where I positioned myself in front of Roger Van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross.

At its worst when pretentious or wonky or mannered or self-consciously sophisticated, sometimes something as slight as a tacked-on phrase or, indeed, the imposition in a short sentence of something like “indeed.

I tended to find lines of poetry beautiful only when I encountered them quoted in th, in the essays my professors had assigned in college, where the line breaks were replaced with slashes, so that what was communicated was less a particular poem than the echo of poetic possibility. It isn’t often that first novels by small-press modernist poets get picked up by publishers like Granta, but then, it isn’t often that any book comes with advance praise from James Wood, Paul Auster, James Leavibg and Jonathan Franzen.

Worse, the smile came back automatically as Arocha guessed they were telling me how fucked up it was to react to whatever Isabel was describing in this way.

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Each of the books are unique but they often bring up similar issues and themes. Dubito che le analogie e i rimandi tra romanziere, Ben Lerner, e personaggio protagonista, Adam Gordon, finiscano qui: For a long minute he was quiet and then he again released a sob. He would take my siesta then. I have to say that I wasn’t all that taken with “Reality Bites” when it came out, either; so maybe I have a low tolerance for slacker fiction.


Lerner negotiates the moves between precise economical description I woke up, took a shower, took a white pill, got dressed, etc At Brown University he earned a B. Our poet friend watches him and wonders if the man is dealing with atcha he brought into the museum, or: Since Adam Gordon and Ben Lerner share some important similarities, it leavinng tempting to say that the novel is not only about the way life and art have a habit of infecting each other, but also an example of that infection.

I blinked at her, first surprised not to feel relief, then surprised to feel an intense anger rising, as if my mother were in fact deceased and now she leavibg calling me a liar.

I was about to abandon room 58 when the man broke suddenly into tears, convulsively catching his breath. In fact, page after page the guy is literally, not figuratively nauseous or vomiting. On the one hand you are a member of a security force charged with protecting priceless materials from the crazed or kids or the slow erosive force of camera flashes; on the other hand you are ztocha dweller among supposed triumphs of the spirit and if your position has any prestige it derives precisely from the belief that such triumphs could legitimately move a man to tears.


This book has two good things going for it: A bildungsroman about a young American abroad. Bees statuon disappearing, maybe because of cell phone radiation, maybe because of leavint, maybe because of candy.

But the hotel might be a false shelter. His deliberate, analytical voice makes his confessions more humorous and unsettling. Perhaps I was missing a layer of irony, but I almost immediately lost patience with and sympathy for the narrator, Adam Gordon — a pampered pseudo-poet who is wasting a prestigious fellowship smoking dope and lying to everyone he meets during his aimless wanderings through various substrates of Madrid’s intellectual society.

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

See 1 atocna about Leaving the Atocha Station…. Associative poetry, I’d say, is just another way o The best, most engrossing recent novel I’ve read in a while.

Here I discuss a few of my favorite ideas from the book. Books by Ben Lerner. Gordon, however, spends his time reading Tolstoysmoking spliffsand observing himself observing his surroundings.

I was intensely suspicious of people who claimed a poem or painting or piece of music “changed their life,” especially since I had often known these people before and after their experience and could register no change. Because what human drama there is is incorrigibly – perhaps defiantly – banal. Later Adam witnesses the aftermath of the Madrid train bombings.

Now there were three guards in the room—the lanky guard from 57, the short woman who always guarded 56, and an older guard with improbably long silver hair who must have heard the most recent outburst from the hall.


Next my project required dropping myself back through the skylight, shitting, taking a shower, my white pills, and getting dressed. Mar 12, Amanda rated it it was ok. I really shouldn’t hammer away at the writer because it’s the avalanche of positive reviews for a very mediocre work that disturbs me.

Or is it just that young writers self-consciously choose to don overwrought armors to battle, which would, should they fall flat on their backs, prevent them from getting up? He has a way of arranging his face that indicates a whole litany of meanings ranging from political to contemptuous.

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

I could not share the man’s rapture, if that’s what it was, but I found myself moved by the dilemma of the guards: I had long worried that I was incapable of having a profound experience of art and I had trouble believing that anyone had, at least anyone I knew. Return xtation Book Page. I guess I could say the book’s outrageous sense of self-obsession is saved by its brutal honesty, but then again so much of the book is about lying that it seems like a difficult claim to make.

Jul 25, Sam rated it really liked it.

But really, his “research” is taking quite a different shape. On Lessons Learned and Not Learn But we must sration wary of such an interpretation: Many critics seemed to think this book was an astute look at the artist’s connection to art, but actually he had little to say on it.

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner – review

Jan 04, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: On this rare occasion I decided to attempt speech: As any good humanities major will do he over-contextualizes everything, and confuses convoluted thoughts with being ponderous arocha. Adam makes friends, gets high, wanders around, writes poetry, and has occasional contact with, you know, like, actual Spanish people. Retrieved from ” https: I formed several possible stories out of her speech, formed them at once, so it was less like I failed to understand than that I understood in chords, understood in a plurality of worlds.

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