[Reading] ➸ The Talking Room ➮ Marianne Hauser – Thomashillier.co.uk

The Talking Room The Talking Room Reflects An Apocalyptic Vision Of The Late 20th Century, Seen Through The Eyes Of A Pregnant 13 Year Old Who May Or May Not Be A Test Tube Baby The Lesbian Relationship Between The Mother J Wild, Lost, Beautiful And Competent Aunt V, A Business Woman, Reveals Itself To The Reader As The Talking Room Becomes The Sounding Board For Endless Fights, Endless Reconciliations V S Desperate Search For The Beloved J Through The Nights Of Waterfront Bars Is Lightened By Wildly Comic Excursions Reminiscent Of Our Great American Humorists With Wit, Poetic Clarity And Compassion, Marianne Hauser Explores The Paradoxes Of Our Age Need For Love Yet Flight From Love, Search For Self Yet Self Destruction A Dilemma Sared Alike By Today S Heterosexual And Homosexual World The Author S Multifaceted View Defies Dogma Or Simplification As Her Characters Draw Us Into Their Turbulent And Deeply Human Drama.


10 thoughts on “The Talking Room

  1. says:

    Here s a crazy book Not because it s overtly surreal, or embodies psychological instability, or because of intensity, or because fundamentally impossible events take place though there are shades of all of these, perhaps , but because it s underwritten in a surging irrationality Our central dysfunctional lesbian couple form a recognizable, if unstable unit, at least the desperately in love and seeking order vs an alcoholic restlessness and carelessness though we ll never know exactly the source of her self immolating sorrow or incompleteness, she s as essentially hidden as Nora Flood But what drives our narrator, their flippant precocious 13 year old daughter, who seems to have nearly no desires or concerns or personality besides her place as a listener through the wall, or to the sloganeering of radio and a few impulses towards hedonism All we have are her flutter of words, sardonic and inhuman, blas where the events would seem to dictate sorrow or discomfit, pursuing half formed aims without a shred of self reflection The effect is dizzying, distancing, guideless But oddly pleasant I couldn t figure out at first if I actually liked this lost experim...


  2. says:

    I wanted to put this down after the first few pages but I m glad I stuck with it Written in a breathless poetry slam style before there were such things as poetry slams, it is at once maddening, vulgar, disgusting and incredibly amusing A supposed sati...


  3. says:

    this didn t always work for me but it s pretty fun cool uncle character who looks like hitler, The genocide we are committing on the seal folk will surely condemn us to a waterless hell hole forever and i don t think anyone s going t...


  4. says:

    The talking room is about a pregnant 13 year old being raised by lesbian parents Narrated by the girl the story takes place in New York City, during the years of blight and neglect The smell of urine and polluted water pulses through its pages This is not a novel celebrating queer life It has no agenda It is vulgar, hilarious and brilliant Her prose is precise and concrete, full of sensual detail, such that I felt like I was living and breathing the air of its rooms and walking down the streets.The characters are mostly identified by a single initial, and Hauser uses this device in a most Joycean manner B, the narrator, lives with her Aunt V, and her biological mother there is some suggestion early on that she might be a test tube baby , J The father of her unborn child is O There are also Uncle D and another named lesbian couple, Q and T But V and J, and their unending marital warfare, dominate the book B lies in bed listening to her transistor radio and the raging fights, discussions, tantrums, and torrid sex of V and J in the room below hers Half heard phrases float through her mind, mingling with dreams, memories, reveries and fantasies B is one obstreperous, horny, mean young woman She is in full revolt agai...


  5. says:

    The Talking Room is perhaps one of the most surreal works I have ever read It tells the story of V and J and B, three female characters living in a world that is so intricately intertwined they have almost no choice but to drive each other insane Auntie V is the business like, no nonsense, rather neurotic woman who somehow holds everything together financially J is the lost spirit alcoholic who may or may not be unfaithful to V And B, who is their possible test tube daughter, who is thirteen and pregnant and narrates the entire story The entire narrative skips around, from segments of B s connection to these two women s lives both before and after her conception And even calling it a narrative seems almost wrong, it reads instead like rough, grammarless, slammed out poetry In this way of writing, the reader is intimately connected to B psychologically, and in turn feels the deep running roots of her connection to both V and J Overall is it a thrilling ride through the emotional highs...


  6. says:

    I read a review that praised this book, so I thought I d give it a try It just didn t do it for me.