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Author: Zoe Heller
ISBN: 0061430218
Language: English
Pages: 368 pages
Category: Humor
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 1, 2010)
Rating: 4.1
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The Believers is a 2008 novel by Zoë Heller. It depicts the family of a controversial lawyer in New York after a stroke renders him comatose.

The Believers is a 2008 novel by Zoë Heller. Each member of the Litvinoff family must confront the hypocrisies underlying their patriarch's political profile, and make difficult choices about their own values and ideological commitments. The motto of the book-"The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned"-is a quotation from Antonio Gramsci.

is an extraordinarily entertaining writer, and this novel showcases her copious gifts. view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook.

Zoe Heller's best-known book, Notes on a Scandal, was an exercise in the unreliable narrator, with all the information . Heller has made things harder for herself by multiplying the points of view

Zoe Heller's best-known book, Notes on a Scandal, was an exercise in the unreliable narrator, with all the information, including the information that undermined it, being given from a single point of view. Heller has made things harder for herself by multiplying the points of view. Each viewpoint in a novel is like a bank of theatre lighting - by multiplying light sources, you can end up making the shadows disappear.

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Acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic for What Was She Thinking? Acknowledgements. What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal: A Novel. The free online library containing 500000+ books. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Zoe Heller keeps producing books that could have been great if she had only managed to stick to her original purpose .

Zoe Heller keeps producing books that could have been great if she had only managed to stick to her original purpose without getting distracted. I have just finished Heller's new novel and at first I really liked it. The beginning of The Believers is simply hilarious, and it's no wonder that the book made the Best Books of 2009 list by Publishers Weekly. Heller ridicules - often in a pretty vicious way - a certain type of self-righteous leftists whose holier-than-thou attitude sometimes conceals pettiness and unenviable nastiness.

The Believers: A Novel. The Believers - Zoe Heller. is an extraordinarily entertaining writer, and this novel showcases her copious gifts, including a scathing, Waugh-like wit. -New York Times. Best-selling author Zoe Heller has followed up the critical and commercial success of What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal with another tour-de-force on the meaning of faith, belief, and trust: The Believers. Tragic and comic, witty and intense, The Believers is the story of a dysfunctional family forced by tragedy to confront their own personal demons.

Home Zoe Heller The Believers. Other author's books: What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal: A Novel. Later, when Rosa went up to bed, she found Karen tucked in and reading a book called Journey to Jerusalem. Notes on a Scandal: A Novel. Did you enjoy your talk with Rabbi Reinman? Karen asked.

The Believers is a novel by Zoë Heller first published in 2008 It has been noted that The Believers, Heller's third novel, bears no resemblance to her previous book, the successful Notes on a Scandal (2003).

The Believers is a novel by Zoë Heller first published in 2008. It depicts a left-wing New York family of grown-ups who have little in common. The patriarch suffers an unexpected stroke and falls into a coma, after which each family member tries to continue his own unconventional course in life while at the same time trying to accommodate various revelations about the dying man and assisting and supporting the other family members in their lives Contents.

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“[Zoe Heller] is an extraordinarily entertaining writer, and this novel showcases her copious gifts, including a scathing, Waugh-like wit.”—New York Times

Best-selling author Zoe Heller has followed up the critical and commercial success of What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal with another tour-de-force on the meaning of faith, belief, and trust: The Believers. Tragic and comic, witty and intense, The Believers is the story of a dysfunctional family forced by tragedy to confront their own personal demons. In the vein of Claire Messud and Zadie Smith, Zoe Heller has written that rare novel that tackles the big ideas without sacrificing page-turning readability.

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Doukree
This book is set in a variety of scenes in and around New York: socialist rallies, hospitals for the terminally ill, adoption agencies, upper-middle class homes in Greenwich Village, Jewish Orthodox synagogues, after school programs for poor black girls, courtrooms, etc. etc.

The author probably had to do so much research that she forgot to also create a plot. Nothing much happens in the book.

While most characters are believable (with the exception of the main character, the matron of a dysfunctional family who is so mean it's unclear why anyone still satellites around her), the story is slow and tedious.

On top of everything, the characters often speak like English people! They say thing like "don't let's" and "you mustn't" which aren't used in daily talk in America.

Heller's other book "Notes on a Scandal" set in her native London offers much subtler and more effective social commentary.
Ballardana
Zoe Heller keeps producing books that could have been great if she had only managed to stick to her original purpose without getting distracted. Her novel What Was She Thinking? : Notes on a Scandal: A Novel was not bad at all, and if you think otherwise, it is probably because you were put off by the pretty weak film version. I have just finished Heller's new novel and at first I really liked it. The beginning of The Believers is simply hilarious, and it's no wonder that the book made the Best Books of 2009 list by Publishers Weekly. Heller ridicules - often in a pretty vicious way - a certain type of self-righteous leftists whose holier-than-thou attitude sometimes conceals pettiness and unenviable nastiness. You can get a pretty good idea about the first part of the novel from the following quote: "Karla always spoke of Mike's job as a union organizer with the reverence of a missionary wife describing her husband's evangelical work in Borneo."

Unfortunately, somewhere after the first third of the novel, Heller decided to abandon this line of her story and turned to creating a trite, boring, and repetitive melodrama. The children of the above-mentioned self-righteous leftists are understandably disillusioned by their parents' political agenda and start looking for the meaning of life in drugs, affairs and Orthodox Judaism. Among these three solutions as they are described by Heller, the drug addiction is presented as pretty much the most innocuous one.

We see in The Believers a gifted writer who is somehow too afraid of her own gift to let it flourish. In our patriarchal society, even very talented women obviously have a very hard time believing that they can dedicate their lives to anything other than trivialities. Trivial literature, trivial lives, trivial occupations; women still often see themselves as secondary human beings, secondary writers, and secondary artists. Heller buries her considerable talent in a barrage of trivialities that overwhelm her novel.
Perius
I loved this book and everything about it. The prose glides with grace, and Zoe Heller's characters are so true to life. This is charismatic reading at its best. The strange [or not so strange] thing is that I never truly entered the Litvinoff's home, but I carefully observed every one of the main character's activities. I revisited the West Side of Manhattan and was reminded of what life may be like there.

Fortify yourselves before meeting Audrey and Joel Litvinoff. They are left-wing liberals and seem to believe in their causes. Naturally, speak to your physician first, and then take some B Complex, Vitamin C and all the immunity-fighting vitamins you are able to tolerate. Believe me, I know these people. I really do!

The `Audreys' on the West Side have the ability to skewer you. They guess your weight, measure your dress size, judge your tastes, and usually have biting wits. If one wants to be entertained, one generally will dine with these people.

When the reader becomes familiar with Audrey, Rosa. Karla, and Lenny, Joel has been felled by a series of Cardio-Vascular Accidents. We come to know Joel, for the most part, through the women in his life. There is Audrey - there is always Audrey. Then, there are the two daughters Rosa and Karla. Rosa is seeking her roots while Karla is, also, on a journey of her own. Lenny, well, Lenny appears to try to stay 'clean.'

There was an almost tender moment between Audrey and Karla that is embedded in my memory. Audrey makes one statement to Karla and with this one statement, Audrey redeems herself. I could have reached into this book and hugged her! Sometimes, Mothers do know what they are talking about. I am purposely not stating too much. Future readers should really read this with knowing as little as possible. Suffice it to state that the reader will be in the hands of a master storyteller.

I highly recommend this intelligent book. It is filled with pathos, as well as how people may become bonded to their intellectual pursuits.
Ffyan
The story is about family members struggling to find themselves, after the family 'glue' suffers a stroke and they're left to fend for themselves. It was interesting enough that I read the whole book, but I found that I cared for none of the characters. And now, a few weeks later, I had to read a plot summary to do this review, because it wasn't terribly memorable.
Yozshubei
I read this book many, many years ago from a hard bound book I still posess, now, with yellowed pages and fragile spine. I was thrilled to see it in the Kindle bookstore. Giles writes so vividly, I felt I was on the journey with Rebecca and Richard, Permilla and even Prissy! Do yourself a favor, step back in time and open the pages to a different lifewhere freewill doesn't exist. As a side note.... The buildings still stand today, near Bowling Green, South Union Shaker Village historic museum.
Acebiolane
I liked these characters, they seemed like many New Yorkers that I know. I found it believable thea way each struggled with the unfolding facts of their fathers other life after his death, in their own way. The Mother had some of the best zingers I've read in awhile.