Titel: Eve's Longing: The Infinite Possibilities in...
Verlag: Fiction Collective 2, US
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Eve's Longing: The Infinite Possibilities in All Things is a story of a modern fictional saint in the making. In the course of Eve's twin spiritual and physical journeys. Deborah McKay's moving yet unsentimental novel explores alarming real-life resolutions to universal complexities and offers instead of answers the seductive and dangerous experience of its captivating central character. Eve is a shockingly original character: at once a philosopher, an artist with a highly developed visual imagination, and a visionary mystic. Her longing, as the subtitle suggests, is for: the Infinite Possibilities in All Things." In the course of her journey, this longing, which is essentially spiritual and philosophical in origin, becomes for us immediately tangible, sensuous, and fully real. Eve's longing takes her from New York City to a monastery in Assisi, Italy, the home of St. Francis, then back again to New York. Along the way her longing grows into a desire so intense that it engenders a compassion verging on the saintly and a cruelty equally as extreme. Her desires, when unfulfilled, lead to sexual excesses, hallucinations, and transformative spiritual visions. In the course of Eve's journey we meet characters both alive and dead: her sister Claire, her parents, her lovers, St. Francis, and the Virgin Mary: and two of her most intimate companions, the Spiral and the Pearl String, both creations of her own mind. Eve's Longing creates almost a new literary genre in literature. It combines the intimacy of an entrusting autobiography with the intrigue of a novel and the cool detachment of a clinical study. The consequence of Eve's Fascination with "The Infinite Possibilities in All Things"—the temptation to which the original and our Eve succumb—is both an end and a beginning.From Publishers Weekly:
"They should put a warning on the front of every philosophy text for people like you," says one of Eve's academic colleagues, grumbling at her many philosophical flights in her quest for "infinite possibilities." Whether her visions (fruits and vegetables swarm around her head; she inhabits the body of the Virgin Mary) are profound or simply mad, the heroine of this first novel spends little time in the mundane world of New York City, where she works on her doctoral dissertation and lives with her sister Clare (who works triple shifts at a restaurant to support Eve and has a bleeding ulcer). When Eve spends two months in a monastery in Assisi, she continues to see what others do not: dining with portly monks, she peers under the table and spots St. Francis scrounging for crumbs. As charming as she is eccentric, Eve is at once timid and daring; her behavior ranges from rigidly controlled to totally uncontrolled, an intriguing blend of whimsy and philosophical inquiry. Those who are not afraid to abandon the safety of ordinary reality can try to accompany Eve out of the "First Pearl" of the finite world and along the "Pearl String" toward infinity.
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