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The Sunken Cathedral [Reading] ➹ The Sunken Cathedral ➯ Kate Walbert – Marie and Simone friends for decades were once immigrants to the city survivors of World War II in Europe Now widows living alone in Chelsea they remain robust engaged and adventurous even as the vist Marie and Simone friends for decades were once immigrants to the city survivors of World War II in Europe Now widows living alone in Chelsea they remain robust engaged and adventurous even as the vistas from their past interrupt their present Helen is an art historian who takes a painting class The Sunken PDF \ with Marie and Simone Sid Morris their instructor presides over a dusty studio in a tenement slated for condo conversion; he awakes the interest of both Simone and Marie Elizabeth is Marie’s upstairs tenant a woman convinced that others have a secret way of being a confidence and certainty she lacks She is increasingly unmoored—baffled by her teenage son her husband and the roles she is meant to play.

10 thoughts on “The Sunken Cathedral

  1. Ron Charles Ron Charles says:

    In 2009 Kate Walbert published “A Short History of Women” a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age “The Sunken Cathedral” may be a shorter history of women but it’s no less insightful about the mysterious ways our lives play outLike so many elements of this rich new novel its title points backward and forward The people of Brittany have long told of a church submerged underwater and now as the climate warms and the oceans rise we may have the opportunity to see that ancient myth reenacted in the 21st century There’s nothing overtly polemical about Walbert’s book — no Earth Day bumper stickers or treacly polar bear drownings — but it begins and ends with an apocalyptic vision of water flooding New York City “The trees toppled and bobbed knocking in a surging logjam the limestone foundations of the once tenement art galleries the red brick churches and garages and too numerous to count glassy condo towers — each a flimsy envelope leaking carbon heat cooled air in summer”The main story of “The Sunken Cathedral” takes place in the deceptively stable months before that ruinous inundation To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpwwwwashingtonpostcomenterta

  2. Lianne Lianne says:

    I won an ARC of this book via the GoodReads First Reads programme This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictalescom I didn’t really feel for the story The first few pages were disconcerting but I thought it just took some getting used to getting a feel of the storytelling and slipping into the lives of these characters But about a third into the story I wasn’t feeling for anything at all–the story the characters even the setting Everything about this novel just felt so disconnected The characters felt remote between me and them and even between each other There are a few moments of lovely prose here and there and fleeting moments that the characters experience Unfortunately these touch and go moments aren’t really grounded in anything to keep the reader going in this case the characters or even something sembling a plot I was really expecting something about this book based on the premise something introspective than the vagueness that I read Maybe other readers will get out of this novel but it just didn’t work for me

  3. Lauren Lauren says:

    I read this in NYC during a March snowstorm and wondering why so many things I liked about the city weren't there any So it was very fitting as this is a novel about the city beset by storms luxury condos police surges Its a gorgeous book made up of interweaving voices a French woman who came to America after WWII her young tenant uneasily negotiating life in a post 911 post Sandy world a painting teacher in an illegal Chelsea suat Footnotes to the text take the reader even deeper uncovering memories or stories characters are otherwise reluctant to share Highly recommended especially to New Yorkers though y'all may want to move before you finish it My bookpage review here

  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    25 Much has been made of Walbert’s “Impressionistic” style There is some beautiful writing here for sure but I think it would lend itself better to short stories as there is not enough plot or character continuity to latch onto Essentially the novel is about a set of New Yorkers in a Chelsea brownstone chiefly Marie an old woman who came to America from France after World War II and their disparate memories and experiences I also didn’t feel Walbert followed through on the subtle environmental dystopia theme and the annoying footnotes should really just have been incorporated into the text as ordinary flashbacksFavorite passage “Someone has a fire going—that smell—Marie’s street uiet with fresh snow snow on the two potted evergreens outside the Korean flower shop and crowning the brownstone lions Jules fed as a boy stuffing their jaws with dried leaves amazed to find the jaws empty the next day”

  5. Jenna Jenna says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for free access to an ARC of this bookHave you ever stood before a painting of Chagall and you've got technicolor cows and moons and barns and villages and flames and eyes and kerchiefs and hands and stars all jumping out at you? Stuff is flying all over the place in a manner that is decontextualized and nonchronological and whimsical and yet so powerfully imbued with such symbolic import that even if you are very young and unaware of the precise details of the historical events Chagall depicts you can still gather that he's presenting themes of sacred and unuestionable importance?Like Chagall this book has shit jumping out all over the place a touch of the magic realism and deals with some very compelling themes and setting Art Surviving war in its older and contemporary forms Climate related disaster Aging and loss Fear Interpersonal connections and the way we affect those close to us in proximity or relationship And most importantly ever changing New York City as it yields to the transformative forces of gentrification and lingering post 911 anxiety Doesn't that all sound great?? And yet and yet the narrative was not handled as deftly as Chagall's Sadly the book felt scattered so thin to the point of superficiality so diffuse as to be diluted making it for me absolutely impossible to attach to the story or characters or to absorb the narrative and its worthy themes I don't really have an elouent way to describe it except for to say that my brain was just like System Reject Fatal Error Does Not Compute You Do Not Have The Plug In Reuired To Play This FileHave you ever read or rather tried to read a book that theoretically seems like a worthy book you would and should enjoy but alas to no avail? That describes my experience with this book I failed to connect on any level whatsoever At first I was mad at myself what on earth was wrong with me? Perhaps I was having an off day you know? I kept trying and trying until the reluctant acceptance of my utter detachment and lack of investment finally became inescapable The fact that this book did not work for me filled me with such self doubt that I had to consult other reviews to determine whether I was crazy You'll see there seems to be a critical mass of reviews with a similar it's too scattered could not connect angle so I guess it's not just me Also I love footnotes but hated the copious and lengthy footnotes in this novel There are always exceptions but I think we are maybe generally past footnoted fiction in this post pomo ageSo the book for me was Bad Chagall which is worse than like no Chagall at all In a pinch I'd rather have like Good Mary Engelbreit than Bad Chagall Anyone who's read or plans to read this would love to hear your articulate than mine thoughts on what made this book sink or swim

  6. Kristi Lamont Kristi Lamont says:

    This book made me gnaw my cuticles It made me feel all over again like country come to town in an American Literature class in undergrad with a professor who wanted to make sure I went away knowing exactly how unsophisticated I was It made me dread growing old and looking back on my life And? I did not like the conceit of the footnotes That said it was a very well written book It was obviously just not written for me

  7. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    Every book I sit down with I hope I like While a good snarky review cleanses the palate every once in a while I would really prefer to read awesome books And so it was with a great sense of relief that I discovered that the first ARC I'd ever gotten contained a book that I uite enjoyedAnd yet I'm uite sure it's not for everyoneNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  8. Bandit Bandit says:

    My second read by Walbert exactly same impression There is undeniable skill with which she weaves a dreamlike narrative of a Manhattan about to go by the way of Atlantis but the writing is too detached somehow for a reader to really emote The structure of the book was uite clever with asides taking up a significant space of each chapter something usually only seen in nonfiction Yet for all its cleverness the book seems too aloof to engage This novel was very much like its cover beauty of the surreal kind atmospheric but not uite substantial Very uick read though

  9. Orie at Let& Orie at Let& says:

    When I was checking out Simon Schuster's summer releases I added The Sunken Cathedral to my TBR list The description really peaked my interest When I found out I won an ARC of the book through a Goodreads giveaway I added it to the top of my April pile because I was so excited despite the fact that it doesn't get released until June Unfortunately for me the book was not what I hoped it would be I found it really difficult to get into as the story jumped from one character's perspective to another with no connections in between I would have liked to be able to relate to the characters than I did The book also included footnotes often about the characters' past They were uite lengthy causing me to lose my place in the book and having to reread entire pagesMy low rating for this book was because of my inability to enjoy the story due to the writing style It was just too scattered for my liking I think I would have enjoyed this book if it were a collection of short stories rather than a novel

  10. Maria Maria says:

    The Sunken Cathedral is an ominous yet humane masterpiece Its characters are well drawn and believable from the widow who lets the phone ring so she can hear her husband's voice on the answering machine to the teenager who happily loses her virginity in a scene of exuisite ordinariness to the coolest in the pack the long banged boy The Sunken Cathedral will both upset and console you Urban and human decay post 911 anxiety and drowning are some of the book's major motifs Heavy stuff but it is leavened by persistent reminders of the warming and sometimes transcendent power of connection As in this scene describing a terminally ill man's last visit from his son He loves his boy It is as if his body is already a shell he could burst from with the light of his love for his boy The novel is set in Manhattan in the near future a place of paranoia and fierce storms that feels like yesterday or the day after tomorrow Despite the futuristic element this is far from science fiction It is literary fiction of the first order

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