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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The child draws the letter A. The language is beautiful and clearly demonstrates her mastery of the rhythms of English. When reading the words on the page, there is not a moment in which Ava is not present. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Even the horrible memories she somehow makes beautiful: Francesco, a filmmaker from Rome; Anatole, lost in the air over France; Carlos, a teenager from Granada.

It is a true feminine text.

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

vaa Booklist Give Carole Maso and her publisher an A for audacity. View all posts by juliewbp. Maso has created a collage that further blurs the distinction between fiction and poetry and between the modern and the postmodern. What an achingly beautiful book. We hear the voices of her parents, who survived the Treblinka death camp, and of her Aunt Sophie, who did not.

She was working on an erotic song cycle with Francesco? However, this level is not for me. This is a way of asking if in our profound and agonizing loneliness we have invented the jokester, God, to keep ourselves company?

She has previously held positions as a writer-in-residence at Illinois State and George Washington University, as well as teaching writing at Columbia University. This book is her thoughts on her final day. Form is a function of content, but one continuous disjointed narrative, as far as I can tell, doesn’t quite fit the nature of the book: You are a rare bird, Ava Klein.

I read AVA in a class last semester, and it was the first book I had ever read that matched my own experience of loss and fear of death and a pure love for life — not through the plot, but the fragmented, lyrical style in which it was written.


It is a beautiful, circular mantra that reveals the details of her life slowly, lyrically. The voices that Maso gives Ava include voices from other authors, philosophers, poets, and people in her life, but Avz also opens the forum to include the voice of the reader. War permeates the text, for on Ava Klein’s last day Iraq has invaded Kuwait. Yet an open mind is opened further as the writing unfolds into meaning, message s through the faith of accumulation.

Feb 08, Paul Lemcke rated it it was amazing. Ultimately, a tedious maeo. Evocative of Woolf at her best, and definitely not for a reader who longs for each thread to tie up nicely at the carrole, the book is full of starkly beautiful sentences that struggle with what we all want to be in life versus the reality of what we are able to be.

Publishers Weekly Richly textured.

It’s more than a beautifully written book; it’s an important one that reminds readers of our capacity for great compassion. Ava yearns and the reader yearns with her, masl to hold on to all that slips away.

The Feminist Lens: AVA by Carole Maso

Entracing prose – looking forward to reading much more from Maso. Her specialty in life was seduction, and she employs it here on her self and her reader. 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. It allows to grapple with the many ways in which narrative can be organized, and it in turn breaks familiar patterns of how we read and understand literature.

AVA You are ravishing It engulfed me, heart and soul, and changed the way I thought about being a woman.

It is imperative to interact with these images, but it is difficult to do so when the character is present in every image that emerges. Perhaps one is tempted to say poetry, but in truth her form is prose, a revolving and recurring prose. Eliot, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Max Frisch, and Beckett to acknowledge their influence and to signal the novel’s genre, but these references never distract f Carole Maso’s novel is absolutely stunning.


Let us celebrate, while youth lingers, and ideas flow And the seduction that is, that has always been language. A young woman on her deathbed remembering her life in random fragments. Chicago Tribune Poetic, rapturous. What is remarkable, unlikely, and therefore utopic about Ava is the extent to which war, urban violence, disease especially AIDSand consumerism have failed to dull her own ability to “throb. I do not mean to be summing up.

And there are finches in the feeder. Instead, Maso wants her character to live and breathe within the poem. Published June 29, Great novel in verse. A “traditional” novel has chapters and sections to indicate those larger gaps in time; while I’m not asking for that, I do need some kind of break so I know when I come back to the book I’ll figure out where I left off.

It’s something to be read, not read about. Email required Address never made public. Pray the sound of bombs dropping does not become a av of silence there. Carole Maso is a contemporary American caorle and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic and fragmentary narratives often labeled as postmodern.

I happen to really like associational books, books 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.

San Francisco Chronicle Lovely. It is a story of a woman who is dying, and it is her last day on earth.

Library Journal Maso’s third novel is a moving, symphonic testimony to the meanings that memory, desire, and life acumulate.

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