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Spring The US debut of leading UK author David Szalay named one of The Daily Telegraph's twenty best British novelists under fortyJames is a man with a checkered past—sporadic entrepreneur one time film producer almost a dot com millionaire—now alone in a flat in Bloomsbury running a shady horse racing tips operation Katherine is a manager at a luxury hotel a job she'd intended to leave years ago and is separated from her husband The novel unfolds in 2006 at the end of the money for nothing years as a chance meeting leads to an awkward tryst and James tries to make sense of a relationship where no means maybe and a yes can never be taken for grantedDavid Szalay builds a novel of immense resonance as he cycles though perspectives that add layers of depth to the hesitations missteps and tensions as James tries to win Katherine James's other pursuit is money and Spring follows his investments and schemes from a half share in a thoroughbred to a suit and tie day job he's taken to pay the bills Spring is a sharply tuned novel so nuanced and precise in its psychology that it establishes Szalay as a major talent

10 thoughts on “Spring

  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    An unconventional novel in the tradition of realism and I'll take David Szalay over Jonathan Franzen any day The subjects are romantic love money social class At the heart of the novel is the relationship between Katherine and James which though many months in still feels like early days James is maddeningly passive inert And yet Horse racing also figures in Not a lot happens in terms of a traditionally constructed plot it seems Szalay is trying for the ebb and flow of real life business and affairs The writing is exuisite You do need to be patient but there is a pay off if you are Original in its construction

  2. Shawn Ruth Shawn Ruth says:

    Won this as an advanced reader copy through Goodreads I have mixed feelings about this book It is about a guy and a girl who start a relationship while she has been separated from her husband for over a year What I liked about this book was how real it was Everything was presented in this book like it would have happened in a real relationship in real life Many books try for this but fail to achieve it However there were many things I didn't like about this book The reader never gets a glimpse into why these people even started a relationship; if there was ever a glow or spark I'm sure there was but you never see it You are only introduced to them after they have started the relationship and you only read about them struggling trying to make it work and not understanding where the other person in the relationship is coming from The girl never really seems that interested in him so I could never figure out why she even hooked up with him to begin with The whole time I kept thinking What did they even see in the other person to begin with? and my uestion was NEVER answered Because there was already some sort of chasm in the relationship when we meet the characters and we never actually get a flashback scene or the narrator explaining the start of the relationship I found myself not really caring that much if they could make the relationship work or not On top of this the author would also go into tangents about some side characters who don't play that big of a part to the plot I found myself SO BORED during those few times So unnecessary Overall I was glad when I finished the book so I wouldn't have to read it any

  3. Nick Davies Nick Davies says:

    Around two thirds of this was very good astute and beautifully observed descriptions of the relationship between two flawed people in London very saddening and slightly frustrating at times but with merit and aspects that will resonate with other readers as it did with myself The miserable nature did leave me a little dissatisfied but it was an involving and interesting story in that sense I found the remainder poorly delineated flashbacks nostalgia changes in POV and time irritating I got nothing from descriptions of people with money than sense wasting their and my time on flights of fancy and get rich uick schemes I cared little for too much of this shirt novel as a conseuence sharp contrast with the ordinary realism of a man and a woman not communicating with each other and struggling to find a balance between fun and contentment Oh and the author over used the word ‘evanescence’ which jarred

  4. Christie Christie says:

    I gave up with 100 pages to go Our main narrator is a sad sap who you just wish would make a decent decision I didn't want to spend time with him and I couldn't see why Katherine didn't cut him loose The point of view is totally unbalanced and what made me finally throw in the towel was when the POV shifted 160 some pages in to a character we'd never even met before

  5. Liviu Liviu says:

    read a few pieces from D Szalay that intrigued me a lot his story youth from The Paris review and the excerpt from Granta so I decided to try his most well known novel and the only one published in the US so far; uite readable and generally keeping my interest but ultimately kind of meh why did I bother sort; still liked the writing uite a lot so I plan to see if his next book or story is interesting as this one would have made a great novellastory but kind of fails at novel even short length by not having much to say

  6. Stephen Stephen says:

    found this book very similar in parts to on chesil beach by ian mcewan with details of a relationship going nowhere and both sides not really knowing their deeper feelings through insecurity and neediness

  7. Kasa Cotugno Kasa Cotugno says:

    This is a very sly book Initially it starts out as a chick lit romance with a incomprehensibly smitten man and a unusually reluctant but permissive woman but as the story unfolds their ;motivations prove not so clearcut Katherine and James meet at a wedding and embark on a frustrating inconclusive affair The reasons for attraction are unclear and not fully explained but each has histories that are explained in retrospect He is not uite the pushover he seems and her attraction remains somewhat elusive Neither is completely sympathetic or likable but this makes them interesting to read about as long as the reader doesn't have to look upon them as friends What I enjoyed most were the ancillary characters many of which were interesting than the two at the plot's center Backgrounds of hangers on friends and associates make for some compelling narration and at times the plot would dogleg into uncharted territory By book's end I was glad I had stayed with it Szalay has a true talent for dialogue and almost a Proustian sensibility for sensuous detail Many references are made to the uniue light of London particularly during this rainy spring when the book is set The reader can see feel and smell the atmosphere

  8. Mandy Mandy says:

    David Szalay’s 3rd novel is very much about contemporary life in London amongst a group of people whose obsessions with making money and forging relationships are often undermined by their own failings and uncertainties James a former dot com entrepreneur falls in love with Katherine who although separated from her husband cannot uite break away from him and seems unable to commit to another relationship Szalay’s style is laconic and his use of short sentences – and often of verb less sentences – reflect the somewhat superficial lives his characters inhabit However this rather distancing style leads the reader to feel distanced from the characters themselves and leads to a curiously flat reading experience As a result I found I simply didn’t care about any of them in the same way that they don’t seem to care about anyone or anything else much either Although this may well be the intention of the writer it didn’t recommend itself to me as an enjoyable reading experience

  9. Esther Esther says:

    One of the 2013 Granta best young British novelists I'd never heard of him so decided to try this his most recent novel Hmm Just ok The two main characters engaged in a doomed love affair at the center of the book are not terribly illuminated and the dialogue I found really immature Here are two people in their thirties with lots of life experience marriages career changes far flung travel and yet they seem unable to communicate with each other Not in a profound difference of personalitychemistry mismatch no that would be interesting but its page after page of 'do you want to meet up tomorrow' 'do you want to' 'what do you think' 'no what do you think' 'I'm not sure call me later' Frustrating like listening in to a teenage cell phone call

  10. Bettie Bettie says:

    No dedicationOpening London light in the scuffed keyed windows of a Piccadilly Line train from Heathrow London light on the open spaces it hurries past on the passing spokes of perdendicular suburban streets on playing fields seen through a perimeter line of faint shadowed treesCardboard cut out WarningRead it all hoping that something was going to happenit didn't

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