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By nonfiction reader on 02-13-17
Don't let the title scare you off
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I love non-fiction for its anchored logic and reason and from time to time I'll jump onto a book that I find that will challenge me. It's like a college class that you loved because you felt something, but when trying to articulate what you liked, all you can say is, "You just have to take it to understand." Then someone does and you have this understanding between you, but still can't put it into words.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Suicide of Claire Bishop?
If this was a film, I would definitely start with the line "This painter I know thinks I want to jump off a bridge."
Which scene was your favorite?
Definitely when West starting talking physics and seeing just how much of a polymath this author was, so nice to see physics woven into a literary work. I can't help but think of Poe, not just the loneliness of his "The Man of the Crowd" but also that Poe solved Olber's Paradox in his book Eureka, emotion, loneliness, intuitive science were a draw for me.
Who was the most memorable character of The Suicide of Claire Bishop and why?
I felt more comfortable with West, I listened to him first skipping to those chapters that Will Damron narrated, then went back to the beginning to hear Claire's story from Carol Monda. If you try to solve a non-linear puzzle linearly, you'll be hopelessly lost.
Any additional comments?
I saw some DNF comments on Goodreads who quit on this book early and to those I would say to start with West, then come back to Claire.