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If you could sum up No One Belongs Here More Than You in three words, what would they be?
Smart, funny, light
What did you like best about this story?
It has all the elements to quickly transport you to the author's story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This collection of original short stories covers brave ground in examining themes of love (requited and unrequited), sexual desire and isolation - reworking these familiar literary themes through honest and perhaps somewhat jaded eyes.
Celebrated performance artist, director and writer Miranda July has arguably created a collection here deserving of as much critical acclaim as her beautiful film 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' (2005). Like the film, this compilation tackles difficult and awkward subjects with a sensitive, sometimes touching and always frank tone. Due to this frankness, listeners of a sensitive disposition should be warned that there is sometimes powerful language and sexual/deviant themes in some of the stories, although it doesn't seem contrived/shock-value in the context of these plots - the majority of them first-person monologues.
July reads these stories with the heartfelt voice-cracking earnestness that they deserve, although a listener can't help but feel that she may have a mischievous twinkle in her eye or tongue firmly in-cheek at the same time.
Especially important listening for anyone experiencing an existential crisis, or even those who wish to understand the nature of the world and the private/hidden lives of those around them a little better.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
Miranda July is clearly the woman for whom the word ditsy was invented. These slight stories, read out in the sort of dead pan American voice that is desperately trying to make them sound interesting, are really just random streams of consciousness with no tangible substance. I gave up after the third as I found I had completely zoned out.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
it's not my thing. I found the stories quite weird (in some cases, gross). I don't think I'm the target demographic (male, in 30s). I was looking for something short and funny. I went as far as un-downloading it so I don't play it by accident. I'm sorry about being mean, it's just not my thing.
I don't think that I have laughed so much listening to a story ever. The dead pan black humour of it all was brilliant. The book was not what I was expecting and I'm so grateful for that. Thanks for the laughter .