Wasteland

Wasteland When you were a baby I sat very still to hold you I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you I stopped breathing so you wouldn t You were just a boy on a bed in a room like a ka

  • Title: Wasteland
  • Author: Francesca Lia Block
  • ISBN: 9780060286446
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When you were a baby I sat very still to hold you I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you I stopped breathing so you wouldn t You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows andWhen you were a baby I sat very still to hold you I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you I stopped breathing so you wouldn t You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it.

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    1. "We keep burning in the brown smog pit. The girls swarm in their black moth dresses. Their scalps are shaved like concentration camp ladies. Rats click my head. Everything broken.".This is how Wasteland begins. This is why I love loveFrancesca so much. She uses words good. When I'm particularly down, I can pick up any of FLB's books and feel light again. Sometimes, that makes me feel icky and not so sure of my mental well being, seeing that her stories usually involve some sort of abuse, whether [...]

    2. This is one of the most beautiful and hauntingly sad love stories I've ever read. I have read it over fifteen times and still, I get the urge to pick it up and read all over again every day. It tells the story of Lex and Marina, a brother and sister with a deep bond that is both beautiful and frightening. Early on the reader can see that the bond proves to be harder and harder for Lex to deal with. Marina's world is turned upside down when her brother commits suicide. The bulk of the story revol [...]

    3. This book was so gorgeous that it broke my heart. "You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it."-Wasteland

    4. You know, I always think I should like Francesca Lia Block, that I do like her, and then I read her stuff and am reminded that, no, she's not particularly my cup of tea. She does a lot of interesting things with her narrative structure and the way she tells her story, but 1) I don't think her flights of structural fancy always help her tell her story better (which in my mind should be a requirement), 2) they often add an offputting distance between the reader and the characters, and 3) I don't t [...]

    5. I can't begin to describe how much i adore this book. The language is so delicate and descriptive, i find it utterly absorbing. There's something really haunting in the combination of the controversial theme, (incest), and the way Francesca Lia Block writes. Which i find strangely childlike, yet so vivid and intricate. The sentances all weave into each other. Perfect. Parts of it just read like a song to me. The ending completely broke my heart too'You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a [...]

    6. The word that best describes Wasteland is:aching. The perils of forbidden love mingle with the more resonant pangs of a soulful bond stronger than love or lustat is necessary. What becomes of an individual when someone else becomes "necessary"? Bronte attempts to answer that between Catherine and Heathcliff, Leroux between Christine and the Phantom. Here, Lia Block echoes the sentiment between Marina and Lex. She does so in her usual, brilliant, artful way, weaving in the quiet, mournful backdro [...]

    7. When I first picked up this book from the library I thought that it would be somewhat like a trashy love story between a brother and sister. But after reading it, it changed into something not quite like anything I've ever read. Beautifully written with poetry that grips you, I actually had to read this book twice. Its a short story with a lot of impact but switches between characters and half way through the story I realized that there were 3 characters actions I needed to account for, not just [...]

    8. For such a small book, this took me a while to finish. Shifting perspectives between three different points of view, the book reads like a dizzy, drunken dream. Images pop out and then vanish, scenes happen with minimal connection to what came before. As Marina grapples with the loss that is driving her mad, the story comes into focus.Like most of Block's writing, this is as much an exercise in style as it is in story. If you want a great story, this isn't really it. If you like stretching bound [...]

    9. To some people this writing style might be genius- to me it was just unnecessarily confusing with an author screaming "Look at me, I write differently!" The story itself was okay once i finally actually understood what was going on by page 100 (of 150). It would be much easier to read if you went through and actually wrote quotation marks where people were talking.

    10. Like most Francesca Lia Block books, I can see why people enjoy it and love it and want to get deep into it. And like most Francesca Lia Block books, this just goes straight over my head.It's beautiful, yes, and it approaches incest in such a delicate way it could almost be seen as not being incest. Everything between Marina and Lex is unsaid. The only time incest is mentioned is when one girl constantly taunts the mourning Marina by saying 'incest is best.'It's a very small book, my copy only 1 [...]

    11. Marina's relationship with her brother Lex has always been different than that of normal siblings. Therefore, it’s not a shock to anyone when she takes his apparent suicide so hard. But there’s more to the story than anyone knows. At least, so she thinks.As Marina delves deeper into the mystery, struggling to understand what happened to her brother, hidden truths come to light. But none so large as those learned when she takes off to visit her father.This is a story of love: how it can raise [...]

    12. Personal Response:Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block was a confusing book. At first the novel seemed like it would be good because the story took place inside someone’s mind, which was interesting. One issue that became apparent was the fact that the characters were not defined at all. Also it was very difficult to determine who was the narrator and understand the gender of Marina’s brother, Lex. Another problem was that the novel switched between past and present tenses often, or so it seemed [...]

    13. 5 stars for writing / 3 stars for plotI've always had a fascination with incest as a forbidden love plot. I know that some people find it disturbing (disgusting, even). As far as I'm concerned, I'm fascinated because I think incest probably is the most forbidden form of relationship there is. And you know my love of all things forbidden ;)Wasteland meets most of the criteria for a good forbidden romance (what makes a forbidden romance a good forbidden romance in my opinion anyway).You can feel h [...]

    14. It took me quite a while to finish this book because, honestly, I never wanted to pick it up.The book is written in a beautiful and poetic manner, and for a lot of people, I'm sure that's what they enjoy about the book. But for me, it was like the author was trying way too hard to make every. little. thing sound poetic that she fell short on creating plot and character depth. I mean seriously, the only things I caught from the book were the poetic writing and a very vague sad story of incest. Se [...]

    15. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.After reading The Weetzie Bat Series and some of Block’s stand alone books, I jumped to buy this book when I came upon it. At only 160 pages it is a short and quick read, as are some of her other books, but the ending in this one felt rushed and fell short of my expectations. The ending was predictable and way too easy for me. However, the journey there is what makes this book special.Block has a way of writing that is different from any other author I’ve re [...]

    16. This is the story of what happens when a brother and sister are too close for societal standards, which of course then makes it not for everyone. Then again, well-written books and engaging stories are not for everyone. Block describes her characters with transcendent compassion and portrays the grief of a sixteen-year-old girl with certain realism, despite the overall dreaminess of the lyrical paragraphs. This is a haunting story, but so beautifully written I read it in an hour.

    17. This is a story about a brother (Lex) and sister (Marina) and the bond they share. When Lex dies, we watch as Marina looses herself to grief. During her struggle the siblings mutual friend West tries to help her come to terms with the loss. I love the poetic language that Francesca Lia Block uses. The way she describes the thoughts of each character is so beautifully written. I do, however, feel like the ending was just thrown in there. I still enjoyed the book nonetheless.

    18. Short but sweet. I think I just loved everything about it. The writing is amazing, poetic, romantic. The story is good: told through three POVs. I think I hoped for things to turn out the way they did (which is super twisted) and it's interesting to see what the author did with the story. I'll have to read it again for a more detailed review. But yeah, I loved it.

    19. How sad. The writing got to me and the story made me wish things could have been different even knowing that considering they were technically brother and sister, it could not be different. This is the second book I've read in which the brother has killed himself and quite frankly, I'd like a different ending.

    20. An easy read, I read this book at my kitchen table with about 2 cups of coffee. It was insightful and deep but hard to follow because it switches from the sisters perspective to the brothers. Pretty good but nothing's ground breaking. I needed a quick read to numb my mind as it's getting close to the end of the semester.

    21. I read this book a number of years ago, and have a vague idea of what it is about. But what I remember unequivocally is the feeling that it gave me: a cold, hard knot in my chest that I only get when reading something that is incredible, and taking me far, far away from myself. I think this is Francesca Lia Block's best.

    22. i love this story. i don't know if it's the author's way of writing, it's almost like poetry in my opinion. the story literally entices you in and you can't put it down until you've read the whole thing. which isn't such a bad thing because it isn't too long. any person with an open mind should read this book.

    23. I had a difficult time figuring out this book, as it switches first person point-of-view between the brother and the sister without explanation. Once I figured it out, it was a beautiful, poetic story one I will probably read again.

    24. "Yet again, more Block, because I admire her to no end and her work is fantastic. This is brave, taboo subject matter here that she tackles beautifully."

    25. Painfully beautiful and poignant. Single-handedly my favourite book. My heart breaks every time the same as it did the first.

    26. When I read, "You used to look like Jim Morrison." I new I was gonna like this book. As you or may not know, I love The Doors, and obviously I am in love with Jim Morrison. And I did, it pretty odd and unique at the same time, also sad.

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