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What I Loved (2003) [Novel]
by Siri Hustvedt Rating: Weighted - 9.6 / Average - 10.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

What I Loved begins in New York in 1975, when art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a SoHo gallery. He buys the work; tracks down the artist, Bill Wechsler; and the two men embark on a life-long friendship.

Leo's story, which spans twenty-five years, follows the evolution of the growing involvement between his family and Bill's-an intricate constellation of attachments that includes the two men; their wives, Erica and Violet; and their children, Matthew and Mark. The families live in the same building in New York, share a house in Vermont during the summer, keep up a lively exchange of thoughts and ideas, and find themselves permanently altered by one another. Over the years, they not only enjoy love but endure loss-in one case sudden, incapacitating loss; in another, a different kind, one that is hidden and slow-growing, and which insidiously erodes the fabric of their lives.

Intimate in tone and seductive in its complexity, the novel moves seamlessly from inner worlds to outer worlds, from the deeply private to the public, from physical infirmity to cultural illness. Part family novel, part psychological thriller, What I Loved is a beautifully written exploration of love, loss, and betrayal-and of a man's attempt to make sense of the world and go on living.
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Original title: What I Loved
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: What I Loved

What I Loved (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Superb...What I Loved is a rare thing, a page-turner written at full intellectual stretch, serious but witty, large-minded and morally engaged." The New York Times Book Review
  • "A great book...Those of us who read fiction dream of finding such a book." Los Angeles Times
  • "A remarkable achievement of Siri Hustvedt's prose, with its attention to nuance and intricacy, is its demonstration that friendship is a powerful form of intelligence." The Washington Post
  • "A multiple love story; an evolving exploration of the purposes and methods of late twentieth-century art...and, finally, a deeply psychological crime novel...Absorbing." Elle
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What I Loved (March 1, 2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0312421192
Dimensions: 8.9 x 9.3 x 1.0
Pages: 384

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