Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z. – Vansonphu.com


Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z. Like The Devil Wears Prada for poets. I enjoyed this book because I started my professional life working at a large University after receiving a graduate degree in English I mention this only because I think it heightened my curiosity about the book as well as my enjoyment of it.The other reviewers were fairly harsh in their criticism of the novel and I can t disagree with many of their statements but how can you reject the opportunity to read a book with such an enchanting title And, I enjoyed the unmasking of the very ba I enjoyed this book because I started my professional life working at a large University after receiving a graduate degree in English I mention this only because I think it heightened my curiosity about the book as well as my enjoyment of it.The other reviewers were fairly harsh in their criticism of the novel and I can t disagree with many of their statements but how can you reject the opportunity to read a book with such an enchanting title And, I enjoyed the unmasking of the very base fleur de mal, Z Really wasn t sure I could keep reading Apprentice to the Flower poet Z The main character, Annabelle, is such a wimp She let s Z use her in so many ways She gives her farwork than she can possibly do while also being an undergrad And she s asking her to buy presents for her lover, help out a friend with shopping and cleaning, take the subway all over New York to do research for her next book of poetry Soon Z s husband and daughter are also asking Annabelle to do work for them It s r Really wasn t sure I could keep reading Apprentice to the Flower poet Z The main character, Annabelle, is such a wimp She let s Z use her in so many ways She gives her farwork than she can possibly do while also being an undergrad And she s asking her to buy presents for her lover, help out a friend with shopping and cleaning, take the subway all over New York to do research for her next book of poetry Soon Z s husband and daughter are also asking Annabelle to do work for them It s ridiculous But the story got under my skin I was a scholarship student, and did work for two different professors first the Botany professor, Mr Kohl, who had me watering the ground and kneeling in the wet mud to plant daffodils on a frigid February afternoon I got horribly sick afterwards The next year I worked for John Esposito, who had me do research for his next book, then took me in to help him during the summer I remember wanting to go on the March on Washington during the summer of 1968 and he shamed me into typing his wife s paper It seemed I was always typing her papers I remember him saying, saving the world is one thing Helping your friends isimportant He and his wife visited my mother with me once The wife convinced my mother to invest in mutual funds she was promoting I think Jeanne Esposito had very little financial experience, but my mom was snowed by her, I guess I only heard about this after my mom lost most of the money she d invested Nasty professors, feeling that they can use their assistants in this way So that got to me as I read Annabelle felt so privileged to be Z s lackey Z was the poet who had made her want to be a poet I still found it almost unbearable to read Annabelle is so utterly clueless And her boyfriend is similarly a literary user The story keeps getting worse and worse The ending doesn t really satisfy I wonder if Goodread readers have read this book I want to see what others think Z is a must read for anyone who has logged time in a poetry workshop This published poet s first novel an All About Eve with literary grants Detroit Free Press is witty and generous The New York Times and a keenly observed, droll satire Miami Herald While some critics found the constant word play and wit cloying and cited a few flat characters, most reviewers praised Weinstein s energetic send up of the literary art scene Yes, Annabelle is unbelievably clueless, and her life isZ is a must read for anyone who has logged time in a poetry workshop This published poet s first novel an All About Eve with literary grants Detroit Free Press is witty and generous The New York Times and a keenly observed, droll satire Miami Herald While some critics found the constant word play and wit cloying and cited a few flat characters, most reviewers praised Weinstein s energetic send up of the literary art scene Yes, Annabelle is unbelievably clueless, and her life isn t as distinct as the terrible Z s, but this novel is sure footed and insightful where The Devil Wears Prada, a novel with a similar plot, falters Peppered with poetry, some deliberately and hilariously awful, some quite good, Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z is an auspicious debut The St Petersburg Times This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. Entertaining and clever. I remember reading this in galleys, while working at a bookstore, and I remember hating it tremendously, but mercifully that s all I remember about it Wait, the word cartoonish is floating to mind. Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z tells the story of Annabelle Goldsmith, a college sopho who has been hired to work for a celebrity professor renowned for her flower poems Obsessed with the question, What is poetry, Annabelle thinks her new job with the Flower Poet Z will help her find the answer What she learns instead is something altogether differentPraised by reviewers throughout the US and abroad, Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z is a brilliant, funny novel about poets, workshops, and literary ambition Filled with kooky poetry and unforgettable characters, this coming of age novel is brain candy for aspiring writers A very funny book about a backstabbing, demanding poet and her apprentice I really liked the poetry workshop scenes they are very true to life. Charming and clever Annabelle is a winning narrator and Z her perfect foil The ending is satisfying and well earned Who knew poetry could be so funny Bad not good I read this because of its insider s take on the American Poetry Establishmentand it is rather fun in a snarky sort of way My problem with it is that it is not convincing at all I read this a couple years ago, so I am hazy on the details I started re reading it a couple weeks ago and quickly remembered why my first reaction had been negative I just don t believe much of itand it s not that I m a big fan of a lot of big names in American poetry, which is to say I was sym Bad not good I read this because of its insider s take on the American Poetry Establishmentand it is rather fun in a snarky sort of way My problem with it is that it is not convincing at all I read this a couple years ago, so I am hazy on the details I started re reading it a couple weeks ago and quickly remembered why my first reaction had been negative I just don t believe much of itand it s not that I m a big fan of a lot of big names in American poetry, which is to say I was sympathetic to see it taken down hard But this novel didn t really deliver even this let alone the other stuff novels are supposed to do I m sort of afraid that a lot of contemporary novels are like this one With a lot of surface snazzle, reflexive irony, unconvincing narrative self deprecationall adding up to not much


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