Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

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A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle,, and Time

In Venice, at the Biennale,nbsp;a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atmannbsp;meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair.

In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist (who may or may not be Jeff) joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months.nbsp;

Their journey--as only the irrepressibly entertaining Geoff Dyer could conjure--makes for an uproarious, fiendishly inventive novel of Italy and India, longing andnbsp;lust, and the prospect of neurotic enlightenment.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780307378088
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook


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Jul 30, 2014

Certainly one of the most inspired titles for a book I've ever known: seldom fails to raise a chuckle, obviously with reference to Mann's masterpiece. So Dyer is irreverent with this book, but is he good? Well, some parts were most enjoyable and well-written, yet others seem cobbled in from travel and other bits of writing. Some parts are impressively written and humous, yet others strike me as showing a decided loss of interest in the romance that allured readers at the ouset, along with paragraphs from his own travelogues (for which the protagonist was presumably hired,) etc. Then the narrator invokes a levity that fits the protagonist more than the straight narrating eye, and things begin to dissolve in this way. There's not much plot or focus to fix on, after all, while what should be incidental--the love interest and the art exhibits--turns out to be pretty much all there was, in the end. In fact, as I approached the end of Jeff in Venice (which would have sufficed as a stellar title), I had to wonder: what would propel me to read on, into Death in Varanasi? Not much, as it turns out...

Apr 29, 2011

I don't know how I felt about this book. There were parts I loved and parts I felt very "meh" about. Watch out for the sex scenes if you're someone who blushes easily.

debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"Yes, it's technically a novel, but you also have to take into account the fact that Geoff Dyer is, well, Geoff Dyer, and the usual rules about any genre simply do not apply to him. There is magic in this tale and I was utterly spellbound."
Top Ten Books of 2010: Robert Gray

Jan 30, 2010

Really well written with a very engaging protagonist. One of the best works of fiction I have read this year. The story draws us so completely into the point of view of Jeff and we are having so much fun, that it quite chilling when we step back at the end and realize what he has done to himself- the self-destruction inherent in his journey.


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