KINDLE [Fleishman Is in Trouble]

  • Hardcover
  • 373
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • English
  • 08 October 2018
  • 9780525510871

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Review ✓ Fleishman Is in Trouble 102 Or a nervous breakdown Toby doesn't know she won't answer his texts or callsIs Toby's ex just angry like always Is she punishing him yet again for not being the bread winner she was As he desperately searches for her while juggling his job and parenting their two unraveling children Toby is forced to reckon with the real reasons his marriage fell apart and to ask if the story he has been telling himself all this time is tru. Man there s a lot of sex in this book It feels like it s on every page I wasn t offended by it it just bored me If Toby Fleishman is not scrolling through revealing pics over horny older women on a dating app he s thinking about the last time he banged his horrible ex wife or when he might bang her next His friends are no different Libby is supposed to be the sensible voice of reason but she s still thinking about the affair she had with her first editor And Seth is a total ladies man just for some variation I was almost relieved when we got to a scene with Toby s kids Surely they ll have something else going in their lives I thought to myself Nope Eight year old Solly gets busted for looking up girl bagina on the family computerDo people really think about sex this much All day every day Sure it crosses my mind every now and then but I m mostly thinking about whether my football team will win the next game or the amazing sandwich I had for lunch And that s not the only repetitive aspect of the narrative if I had to read one reference to Toby s heightI suppose the book has some interesting things to say about marriage and the fact that there are two sides to every story But I couldn t really bring myself to care about any of the self absorbed characters and their first world problems I suppose I just expected from one of the most hyped novels of the year

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Review ✓ Fleishman Is in Trouble 102 Ars of emotional neglect and contempt he's just endured Anthropologically speaking it's like nothing he ever experienced before particularly back in the 1990s when he first began dating and became used to swimming in the murky waters of rejectionBut Toby's new life liver specialist by day kids every other weekend rabid somewhat anonymous sex at night is interrupted when his ex wife suddenly disappears Either on a vision uest. Fleishman is in Trouble is the kind of book that makes a mockery of the 5 star rating system Here is a novel that is eual parts highly relatable and alienating enjoyable and aggravating and great bookclub fodder discuss for hours This book wants you to sympathize with millionaire New Yorkers people whose lifestyle is totally out of reach for most and to see them as people with feelings and real struggles but not with the even wealthier New Yorkers who it casts as villains and over privileged jerks It tries so hard to subvert narratives that it ends up doubling back on itself That was what I knew for sure that this was the only way to get someone to listen to a woman to tell her story through a man Trojan horse yourself into a man and people would give a shit about you So this novel is a Trojan horse ostensibly about the recently separated Toby Fleishman and his adventures in dating but really about his ball busting wife Rachel in absentia and his old friend Libby who functions as both a preternaturally omniscient Nick Carraway type narrator and as an author stand in Cleverly Toby is cast in the traditionally feminine role of being the secondary earner in his marriage despite his six figure hepatologist s salary which pales in comparison to Rachel s career as a celebrity agent Meanwhile Rachel s narrative tackles that old chestnut women are expected to parent like they don t have a job and work like they don t have kids Slightly undermining all this is the enormous resources the pair have to hire nannies assistants and the like Much of their financial and indeed emotional strain is self inflicted from a desire to climb the ladder and keep up appearances Still Brodesser Akner does a good job of making us careThe story is incredibly layered with almost every plot point taking on a permutation of gender ineuality the one woman off off off off off Broadway show that gives Rachel her big break as an agent Toby s dating app sexting escapades his female patient s previously overlooked medical condition an incident involving Rachel Toby s tween daughter at sleepaway camp and The layers each one potent and endlessly discussable in its own right are so crammed in together there s no space for anything to breathe and the novel densifies under their weightIt s also kind of repetitious making the same contentions in slightly different flavours over and over Libby has a long diatribe towards the end which while very much on point seems like a Brodesser Akner essay on gender roles shoehorned in there just to bludgeon the reader one last timeThe Trojan horse manoeuvre is inspired but it fails in execution because 80% of the novel is spent describing the horse ie Toby s story The horse is not the point I was rather bored by the horse and wanted much much of Rachel Maybe inadvertently the Trojan horse here is not a man s story but rich people s stories Imagine a novel skewering gender roles marriage and midlife but it s about a divorced parent on the poverty line relying on welfare and child support payments that never ever arrive working around the clock to provide for their children When that character experiences a breakdown disappears for weeks cutting off all contact with their own kids would readers sympathise with them Would such a novel even get published Could it ever be a smash hit like Fleishman is in TroubleIf the measure of a book is how much you want to talk about it when you re done this would be an easy 5 stars If it s how much you enjoy the ride maybe 2 Split the difference then Fleishman is in Trouble gets 35 stars from me

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Review ✓ Fleishman Is in Trouble 102 Recently separated Toby Fleishman is suddenly somehow and at age forty one short as ever surrounded by women who want him women who are self actualized women who are smart and interesting women who don't mind his height women who are eager to take him for a test drive with just the swipe of an app Toby doesn't mind being used in this way; it's a welcome change from the thirteen years he spent as a married man the thirteen ye. Damn I wanted to like this novel Brodesser Akner is one of our greatest magazine feature writers and the reviews by people I trust have been near unanimous raves But I kind of hated itThere are many many sharp observations here about men women marriage divorce The prose is extremely uotable though nowhere near as funny as some readers have suggested the raunchy dating app material is mostly just sad But the problem for me isn t that literally every adult character except for the largely invisible narrator is unsympathetic it s the lack of universality in both the story and the relationship insights Brodesser Akner s characters all come from a narrow slice of wealthy social climbing NYNJ life these menwomenmarriagedivorce problems are very much Upper West Side menwomenmarriagedivorce problems And everyone here seems stuck Characters find themselves in time money crunches feeling neglected resentful of spouses friends co workers but those crunches are the product of choices choices that are neither inevitable nor permanent It s irritating that none of the characters seems to recognize that there are alternative ways of living communicating parenting Two thirds of the way through the novel I was dreading a radical eleventh hour perspective shift la Lauren Groff s Fates and Furies and sure enough it arrives and speeds through an alternate view of the story we ve just read intended to unsettle everything we thought with blocks of mostly undigested essay text on relationships again insightful stuff but not necessarily relevant Toby and Rachel s marriage is so unusual dysfunctional awful that viewing it from different angles yields limited returns notallmen notallwomen notallmarriages notalldivorces Animorphia An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge near unanimous raves But I kind of hated itThere are many many sharp observations here about men women marriage divorce The prose is extremely uotable though Borka The Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers nowhere Chinese Cinderella III near as funny as some readers have suggested the raunchy dating app material is mostly just sad But the problem for me isn t that literally every adult character except for the largely invisible From Sinner to Saint narrow slice of wealthy social climbing NYNJ life these menwomenmarriagedivorce problems are very much Upper West Side menwomenmarriagedivorce problems And everyone here seems stuck Characters find themselves in time money crunches feeling The Murders in the Rue Morgue neglected resentful of spouses friends co workers but those crunches are the product of choices choices that are His Mistletoe Bride neither inevitable Octopussy and The Living Daylights none of the characters seems to recognize that there are alternative ways of living communicating parenting Two thirds of the way through the Octopussy novel I was dreading a radical eleventh hour perspective shift la Lauren Groff s Fates and Furies and sure enough it arrives and speeds through an alternate view of the story we ve just read intended to unsettle everything we thought with blocks of mostly undigested essay text on relationships again insightful stuff but Fifth Avenue Uptown Tale Blazers not Power Engineering necessarily relevant Toby and Rachel s marriage is so unusual dysfunctional awful that viewing it from different angles yields limited returns The Outlander Series OutlanderDragonfly in AmberVoyagerDrums of AutumnThe Fiery CrossA Breath of Snow and AshesAn Echo in the Bone notallmen ФМ notallwomen 世界の終りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド Sekai no owari to hādoboirudo wandārando notallmarriages Crome Yellow notalldivorces