Carole Maso. Ava Klein, thirty-nine, lover of life, world traveler, professor of comparative literature, is dying. From her hospital bed on this, her. All articles below are freely available for dowload as PDF documents. Contents: Approaches to Carole Maso’s AVA Monica Berlin Textual Bodies: Carole Maso’s . Looking back on her life, Ava claims tohave been “extraordinarily lucky,” but the reader is even luckierthat Carole Maso has written and Dalkey Archive has.

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Experimental Reading (and Reviewing): ‘Ava’ by Carole Maso

View all 4 comments. This act of participatory reading gives readers the ability to delve deeper into the text as well as create a personal connection to the characters and images. A young woman on her deathbed remembering her life in random fragments. Ava Klein is dying on the day George Bush is going to war in the gulf.

These images are always followed by white space in the text, which gives the reader some room to put the pieces of the text together by figuring out which images are in reference to others.

Don’t move through it, but rather let it move through you. Like a piece of music, AVA uses repetition and thematic layering to create a shimmering, impressionistic portrait that eschews linear narrative in favor of the sensations aroused by resonant imagery.

Not perhaps the menage a trois he had in mind And the smell of mushrooms–and apples. Francesco, a filmmaker from Rome; Anatole, lost in the air over France; Carlos, a teenager from Gr From her hospital bed on this, her last day on earth, she makes one final ecstatic voyage. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In order to personalize and make this an interactive text, one must participate in the blank space — in between the lines — and participate in the reading by making connections within the poem as well as with personal experiences that may relate to or be triggered by the text.

Take your time with this book. This is how Ava is told, a series of sometimes just sentences, sometimes paragraphs, sometimes repeating, sometimes being similar.

Pray the sound of bombs dropping does not become a kind of silence there. It engulfed me, heart and soul, and changed the way I thought about being a woman. What [Virginia Woolf] did for the prose rhythm of the paragraph, Maso has done for the sentence.

You wrote of her very well. One of the more beautiful things I’ve ever read. Are you sure, Ava Klein, that no one is bringing you experimental drugs? The words are her thoughts as the day progresses. To ask other readers questions about Avaplease sign up. I read it for the first time while in college — but I have come back to it so many times since th Masi book truly touched my heart in a way I have difficulty describing.

In Ava, Maso has created a woman who burned through her life, in travel, in the pleasure of the flesh–to live, to sing, to eat–she remembers the spaghetti bolognese she and her lover ate, almost more important than the lover.

The effect i A professor of comparative literature is dying. Oct 25, Janet rated it it was amazing. Ava yearns and the reader yearns with her, struggling to hold on to all that slips away. Apr 24, Myriam rated it it was amazing. We hear the voices of her parents, who survived the Treblinka death camp, and of her Aunt Sophie, who did not. When one finishes the work, one has come to know and care deeply about the narrator, although this knowledge and empathy arise from the novelist’s careful use of bricolage rather than from more traditional character study techniques.

We hear the voices caorle her parents, who survived the Treblinka death camp, and of her Aunt Sophie, who did not. Carole Maso is a contemporary American novelist and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic and fragmentary narratives often labeled as postmodern. Currently she is a professor of English at Brown University. Memories fail in the end. Different makes, colors, styles made no difference. This text comes the closest to helping me understand Julia Kristeva’s definition of symbiotic in a concrete way.

I happen to really like associational books, avw built of fragments and images and repetitions, which build themselves in their accumulation in your head rather than as a linear narrative, and AVA is a classic–a passionate and well-travelled, well-read, sensual woman, a singer, a writer, a teacher of comparative literature, dying at 39 of a rare blood disease, as she dreams back through her life in phrases and images.

An Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction carle the way.

A dialogue with French feminism. She sought legitimacy from others. I always liked pens and thought they liked me.

It’s something to be read, not read about. Whisper in my heart, tell me you are there.

AVA by Carole Maso | Dalkey Archive Press

Ultimately, a tedious read. My general understanding is that good storytellers employ a variety of techniques to continue the metaphor, jabs, feints, crosses, footwork, shoulder rolls, etc.

This is a must-read for fans of experimental literature as well as readers who appreciate how words give shape and meaning to our lives and imaginations. This is her life.