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The Idiot A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman A Novel About Not Just Discovering But Inventing Oneself.The Year Is 1995, And Email Is New Selin, The Daughter Of Turkish Immigrants, Arrives For Her Freshman Year At Harvard She Signs Up For Classes In Subjects She Has Never Heard Of, Befriends Her Charismatic And Worldly Serbian Classmate, Svetlana, And, Almost By Accident, Begins Corresponding With Ivan, An Older Mathematics Student From Hungary Selin May Have Barely Spoken To Ivan, But With Each Email They Exchange, The Act Of Writing Seems To Take On New And Increasingly Mysterious Meanings.At The End Of The School Year, Ivan Goes To Budapest For The Summer, And Selin Heads To The Hungarian Countryside, To Teach English In A Program Run By One Of Ivan S Friends On The Way, She Spends Two Weeks Visiting Paris With Svetlana Selin S Summer In Europe Does Not Resonate With Anything She Has Previously Heard About The Typical Experiences Of American College Students, Or Indeed Of Any Other Kinds Of People For Selin, This Is A Journey Further Inside Herself A Coming To Grips With The Ineffable And Exhilarating Confusion Of First Love, And With The Growing Consciousness That She Is Doomed To Become A Writer.


10 thoughts on “The Idiot

  1. says:

    This was an interesting novel, dense, unique, written from a very specific point of view One of those books where I marvel that it was published and am grateful it was published because, I mean, who wants to read the same type of book over and over As someone who went to college in the 90s, not far from where much of this novel takes place, I felt an unexpected amount of nostalgia for that first year of college where you know nothing but think you know everything and are surrounded by people w This was an interesting novel, dense, unique, written from a very specific point of view One of those books where I marvel that it was published and am grateful it was published because, I mean, who wants to read the same type of book over and over As someone who went to college in the 90s, not far from where much of this novel takes place, I felt an unexpected amount of nostalgia for that first year of college where you know no...


  2. says:

    With the abrupt sadness of The Idiot s final sentence, I felt a near physical wrench, as if forcibly separated from someone who had swiftly become a good friend I probably read the second half of the book too quickly I loved it so much, and wish I d takentime to savour it but once I d started, I just couldn t stop.The eponymous idiot is 18 year old Harvard freshman Selin though with all the Russian influences popping up throughout the story, the title is clearly intended to evoke Dos With the abrupt sadness of The Idiot s final sentence, I felt a near physical wrench, as if forcibly separated from someone who had swiftly become a good friend I probably read the second half of the book too quickly I loved it so much, and wish I d takentime to savour it but once I d started, I just couldn t stop.The eponymous idiot is 18 year old Harvard freshman Selin though with all the Russian influences popping up throughout the story, the title is clearly intended to evoke Dostoyevsky s masterpiece Especially as both centre on a figure...


  3. says:

    2.5 5 Stars.I had a really complicated relationship with this book On the surface, it appears to have everything I enjoy in a novel a quirky protagonist, smart insights, dry humor, a character driven narrative but if I m being honest, it was completely tedious and desperate for someextensive editing.It s a Bildungsroman story about a Turkish American girl named Selin who begins her freshman year at Harvard University Selin is awkward, insecure and unprepared for this next part of...


  4. says:

    I was ready to give up on The Idiot at page 100 There was no distinct plot nothing major seemed to be happening except for a girl describing her classes at university But I persisted Thank god for that The Idiot is the story of Selin, a student at Harvard in the mid 90s The mid 90s were strange time to be at university Selin begins her tale with the line, I didn t know what email was until I got to college Batuman is obsessed with liminality, or the state of being in between Selin s w I was ready to give up on The Idiot at page 100 There was no distinct plot nothing major seemed to be ...


  5. says:

    3.5 This is such an odd debut novel that, though I ultimately thought it a very funny anti Bildungsroman, I d hesitate to recommend it too widely Nostalgia for pre technology college days, some familiarity with Eastern European literature especially the absurdist tradition , and a fascination with linguistic theory and foreign languages would be good prerequisites for enjoying this but then again, none of those criteria are quite valid for me.In brief, this is Selin s account of her freshm 3.5 This is such an odd debut novel that, though I ultimately thou...


  6. says:

    Part of my warm feelings to this book must be because the author is reflecting so much of my own experience, that era 95 96 of life changing technology and the normalization of the internet right at the gateway to college, with suddenly changing relationships and interactions, especially how email changed flirtations I began to feel that I was living two lives one consisting of emails with Ivan, the other consis...


  7. says:

    NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS IT S LIKE KNAUSG RD BUT WITH HUNGARIANS.


  8. says:

    I really hate when books with titles like The Idiot make me feel like I m the person the title is referring to This book is either really smart or faux smart, and I don t feel smart enough to figure out which of the two it is though I m kind of leaning towards faux smart to make myself feel better Side note Faux Smart would be an amazing band name Maybe one word, like Fauxsmart I expect to be credited in the future debut Fauxsmart album I get the sense that this was written in the tra I really hate when books with titles like The Idiot make me feel like I m the person the title is referring to This book is either really smart or faux smart, and I don t feel smart enough to...


  9. says:

    This novel is a slow burn, but it s a pleasant warmth not a scorching fire of excitement But it s not meant to be either Batuman has delivered a delightful, excruciatingly smart work of literary fiction that so perfectly captures the confusion of young love For anyone who has ever felt different, or a bit separated from a common reality, THE IDIOT is in your wheelhouse Batuman is a writer s writer, giving us what our brain craves and doesn t wast...


  10. says:

    I suppose it s appropriate that one of the recurring themes in Elif Batuman s The Idiot is the sensation of being trapped in conversation, in a situation, in a location Because about two thirds of the way through this frustrating and tedious novel, I realized I too was trapped too curious to simply jettison the story, all too aware that the plot was heading into everstagnant territory In the end, I couldn t help but feel that the title, although ostensibly a reference to the Dostoyev I suppose it s appropriate that one of the recurring themes in Elif Batuman s The Idiot is the sensation of being trapped in conversation, in a situation, in a location Because about two thirds of the way through ...