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e-Book After: A Novel download

e-Book After: A Novel download

by Claire Tristram

ISBN: 0312424760
ISBN13: 978-0312424763
Language: English
Publisher: Picador (May 1, 2005)
Pages: 208
Category: United States
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.5
Votes: 251
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I think Tristram attempted some kind psychologica Erotica must have some basis of intimacy; if it doesn't, then it slides quickly into the pornographic and the beastly.

I think Tristram attempted some kind psychologica Erotica must have some basis of intimacy; if it doesn't, then it slides quickly into the pornographic and the beastly. So this brief novel seemed flawed from the beginning because the widow (never named in the story) beds a ( secular) Muslim husband (also never named) in a hotel in California over the span of one night. What kind of intimacy can be achieved with a one-night-stand between two-unnamed individuals sharing passions but not much else?

Tristan is a fictional character in the After series written by Anna Todd. He is the ex-boyfriend of Steph Jones. For the After film series, his character was changed to a female and is portrayed by Pia Mia.

Tristan is a fictional character in the After series written by Anna Todd. Tristan was a kind person who was loyal to Steph and put the group of friends in line when they took things to far. Categories : Characters.

After is the story of an intense affair that takes place over a day and a night. After is the story of an intense affair that takes place over a day and a night. It has been a year since the woman's husband was murdered by Islamic extremists. Now she decides to take a lover, a Muslim man.

After is as disturbing, challenging, and subversive a debut novel as I have read in many years. Here's a very cunning, fearless writer, full of promise and surprise. An appealing Mamet-like mystery.

Claire Tristram traveled the world in her career in international business, but after a motorcycle accident in 1993, she decided to leave her career and become a writer. She writes about politics, culture, and science. She has published one novel, After.

Book Description After is the story of an intense affa. т 1574. Tristram of Blent; an episode in the story of an ancient house.

Several days later, Newman stops by the Tristram house only to find the visiting Claire, who politely invites him to call on her. When Newman stops by the Bellegarde home, a pleasant young man promises to go get Claire, but is checked by an imposing older figure who claims she is not at home. Shortly thereafter, M. Nioche, Noémie ' s father, appears at Newman ' s hotel with his daughter ' s heavily varnished and framed picture.

Free books to read or listen online in a convenient form, a large collection, the best authors and series. While trying to rid herself of one debt, Amara is forced into a new one with a man she thought she left behind

Free books to read or listen online in a convenient form, a large collection, the best authors and series. While trying to rid herself of one debt, Amara is forced into a new one with a man she thought she left behind. When she finds herself unable to shake him off at every turn, she begins to question if the person who once brought her safety is the one she should now be running from. Note: This is the second and last book of this series.

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After is the story of an intense affair that takes place over a day and a night. It has been a year since the woman's husband was murdered by Islamic extremists. Now she decides to take a lover, a Muslim man. Telling their story from both points of view, Claire Tristram describes their passion and their tenderness, their shifting desires and hesitations, and the unexpected escalation of their lovemaking into terrifying violence.

Comments:
Capella
I was very impressed by the complexity woven into this book's spare prose. Tristram elucidates by image, implication and association, and the cumulative effect is powerful. This tale of a tryst covers just about everything that draws human beings together, or cataclysmically divides them, on any scale from the interpersonal to the international. Sexuality is the perfect metaphor--an occasion for intimacy, tenderness and discovery but also fraught with alienation, aversion, power, cruelty, mistrust of self and other, reinvention of self and other. What redeems one person inspires fear or revulsion in the other. The turn-and-turn-about between the two main characters is mesmerizing.

Skiletus
Using sex as a lens, Claire Tristram examines the problems we face in a post-9/11 world and raises important questions about grief, violence, victimization, love, and memory. Her writing is purposeful, dense, and almost poetically rich in symbolic meaning.

Shakataxe
Writing this novel is either very brave or very cynical, as it embraces the recent tragedy of 9/11, Americans beheaded on foreign soil (Daniel Pearl) and the culture clash of Middle Eastern Fundamentalism with the loss of American innocence. Nothing is referenced in particular, nor are names spoken, only suggestions, but the recent violence is tangible, a widow grappling with the aftermath of her loss.

The widow arbitrarily decides to have an affair with a Muslim and says so to her grief counselor, at first merely for shock value. But the idea holds a strange appeal and the woman makes advance to a man she meets at a trade show. That he is of Persian origin is irrelevant; he fits the need of the moment, whatever dark forces are working in the widow's subconscious. This Muslim has been unfaithful to his wife before, but not since the recent events that have branded him as suspicious rather than mysterious. His life has been "reduced to a choice of pronouns", us or them. The widow finds "a naive intensity about him that had made her think she could skip all the small talk".

Driving to a clandestine meeting at an unkempt hotel in California, the man ponders his life, remembering the violence in his own country, the shocking death of a close friend, his childhood joy in the contours of the sea, remnants of a homeland left behind years ago. Meanwhile, the widow waits. Perhaps she has chosen a man she could not possibly love and therein lies his appeal. Her reasons for arranging the tryst are complicated, suspect, as the widow blindly pursues a release to the unbearable tension that has gripped her since her husband's death. The Muslim has no delusions, only a wish to comfort this strange woman, mislead by her changeable emotions.

The couple embarks on their assignation in the anonymous hotel room by the sea, but with the view of an empty pool, any traces of romance obliterated by disuse. Here they act out her fantasy; later he makes tentative advances, wanting a closeness that she cannot or will not allow. He makes dogged attempts at intimacy, refusing to give up on her passivity. The widow has seduced this man with her vulnerability; they are joined in the physical act, yet irrevocably separated by their differences. The union is more unsettling than erotic, his wife barely present, her husband hovering. The coupling takes on a life of its own, with surprising twists of cruelty, barely suppressed rage and the jagged edge of violence. In only a day and a half, what should have been a simple transaction between two virtual strangers degenerates into a purgative ritual, leaving the widow and the Muslim stunned.

The author rides the widow's subconscious to the darkest corners of her rage and grief, unleashing the demons that have usurped her ability to function without her husband. The Muslim sees himself as an individual, seeking only the comforts of an extra-marital affair, but this is not the time for such distinctions, as the woman is blinded by the enormity of her loss. Prodding relentlessly at the widow's damaged psyche, Tristram creates a vulnerable, haunted character, driven to act out what she cannot process in words, love and rage impossibly entwined. This provocative novel examines the reclamation of self by a woman who cannot achieve closure by ordinary means, unmoored by an act of infidelity with the object of her enmity. Whether the author goes too far is for the reader to decide. Perhaps this is an act of bravery, writing of the forbidden to uncover hidden reserves of hatred and unfathomable grief. Luan Gaines/2005.

Zavevidi
This is one of the darkest novels I have read. After is the story of a widow who decides to take on a lover in the most unique, albeit disturbing way. Some time after her husband died in the hands of terrorists, the unnamed female character decides to shack up with a married Muslin man at a rundown hotel somewhere in California (the novel's exact setting is unspecified). What transpires is a disarming story centered on hatred, prejudice and reflections on the meaning of true love.

The affair is told in graphic detail. The couple at times turns violent, and said scenes are quite disturbing. The story is incredible, philosophical at times, dark and suspenseful to the core. The theme has a taboo appeal to it that is thought provoking and provocative. I loved the scenes in which the protagonist talks about her husband with her lover and the discussions regarding the Jewish (her husband was Jewish) and Muslin faiths. As said earlier, a lot of the passages come across as dark philosophies centered on religion and politics and I found myself pondering certain lines after I finished the book. After is brilliant. Claire Tristram is a talented, incredible author and I look forward to reading her future works -- that is if there will be future projects. I do hope she will write something as impressive as her debut effort. I can't recommend this novel enough.

TheMoonix
I was immediately drawn into this story of the unnamed widow and her violent, primal, perversely logical rite of passage through some sort of healing and into the next stage of her life. The writing is evocative and tight, and I was never unable to picture the characters, the hotel, the beach, the lobster joint, etc., even though descriptions are minimal. Not erotic? ...I think readers who missed the eroticism are either too used to Nora Roberts-style sex scenes or are too inhibited to allow themselves to enjoy the taboo mix of sexual desire and physical pain/psychological torment. Just because you can appreciate it in a work of fiction does not mean you do it (or want to do it, or approve of it) in real life, folks...Relax!
I found myself wondering why she did what she did, pitying her, sympathizing with her, disdaining her, wanting to hug her...and her lover's recurring thoughts of how much he loved his wife, even as he cheated (however clumsily) on her, made him oddly likeable. The widow is completely honest with him about her motivation for seeking him out as her lover, and even knowing this he does not leave or stop the affair. Hmmmm...Why? The widow is not the only one with complicated motives. Any guilt the reader feels for not hating him for his unfaithfulness is disintegrated at the very end, when he is left facing a situation that would be the nightmare of any cheating spouse. It's an easy read on the surface, but a difficult, raw, and disturbing read on any deeper level. Well done!

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