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Crudo

Love in the Apocalypse
Narrated by: Olivia Laing
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Summary

Kathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It’s the summer of 2017, and the whole world is falling apart.

From a Tuscan hotel for the super-rich to a Brexit-paralysed UK, Kathy spends the first summer of her 40s trying to adjust to making a lifelong commitment just as Trump is tweeting the world into nuclear war. But it’s not only Kathy who’s changing. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all?

Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse. A Goodbye to Berlin for the 21st century, Crudo charts in real time what it was like to live and love in the horrifying summer of 2017, from the perspective of a commitment-phobic peripatetic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker.... 

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©2018 Olivia Laing (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Highly recommend this work from a brilliant writer

I came to Crudo after reading 'The Lonely City' which I loved and admired. Crudo is a supremely clever, but accessible work of art. I love that Olivia herself reads it.

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Cluedo!

Not for me . I’m not keen on authors reading their own work but I don’t think a different narrator would have made any difference to this story. The character lacked development and whilst isolated observations were amusing they weren’t “ blisteringly funny” as described in one review. It was more a cross between a personal diary and complaints letter. I hope other people find it more enjoyable.

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Took a while to get into it

I loved the Lonely City, so looked forward to this one. But it was hard to start with and confusing. I let it wash over me. I’m beginning to think authors should avoid reading their own books: the narration was distracting. But I’m glad I stuck with it, for it captured events & feelings from 2017 in a powerful way.