Everyone Is Watching

Everyone Is Watching New York A city that inspires A city that draws people in A city where everyone is watching waiting to see what will happen next Robert Mapplethorpe knows he is an artist From his childhood home

  • Title: Everyone Is Watching
  • Author: Megan Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9781509809745
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New York A city that inspires A city that draws people in A city where everyone is watching, waiting to see what will happen next.1967 Robert Mapplethorpe knows he is an artist From his childhood home in Queens he yearns for the heat and excitement of the city, the press of other people s bodies He wants to be watched, he wants to be known.1891 Walt Whitman has alreNew York A city that inspires A city that draws people in A city where everyone is watching, waiting to see what will happen next.1967 Robert Mapplethorpe knows he is an artist From his childhood home in Queens he yearns for the heat and excitement of the city, the press of other people s bodies He wants to be watched, he wants to be known.1891 Walt Whitman has already found fame, and has settled into his own sort of old age Still childlike, still passionate, he travels with his friend and biographer Bucke to the city he has always adored, the scene of his greatest triumphs and rejections.1922 Robert Moses is a man with a vision Standing on the edge of Long Island he knows what it could become Walking down a street in Brooklyn he sees its future He is the man who will build modern New York.2013 Edmund White is back in New York It s the city of his youth, of his life and loves He remembers days of lazy pleasure, nights of ecstasy and euphoria But years have gone by since then.Everyone is Watching is a novel about the men and women who have defined New York Through the lives and perspectives of these great creators, artists and thinkers, and through other iconic works of art that capture its essence, New York itself solidifies Complex, rich, sordid, tantalizing, it is constantly changing and evolving Both intimate and epic in its sweep, Everyone is Watching is a love letter to New York and its people past, present and future Bradbury s writing is beautiful unusual, intoxicating and bold I may have been sceptical at the start, but I finished Everyone Is Watching on a high The Guardian

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    1. This book had an interesting approach, providing fictional accounts of real life events from the point of view of historically significant figures in NYC history from the last 150 years, from Walt Whitman, to Robert Moses, to Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, to Jean Jacobs, to Edmund White, each part separate though some intertwining, with the overall narrative being about the evolution of the city in each of the protagonists' eyes.Bradbury has certainly done her research - indeed she lists [...]

    2. Please read all of my reviews at ultraviolentlitI felt like this was a great concept with so much potential and so many interesting, fictionalized historical characters - but it kind of fell flat for me. The writing style is stilted and dry, and I didn't get to know any of the characters in the intimate way that I was expecting. Still some interesting vignettes about fascinating people and their connections to New York City.This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest revi [...]

    3. This is a highly original novel, which examines moments in the lives of four real characters in New York: photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, writer Edmund White, poet Walt Whitman and controversial city planner Robert Moses. It does provide an insight into these four men's lives, and makes you feel like you are living in New York (I've never been there, but would love to go there one day). You also get to know more about other people associated with them, such as Mapplethorpe's great friend Patti [...]

    4. Everyone is Watching is purportedly a novel, but it really isn't. It's more like a series of little vignettes from the lives of famous New Yorkers such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Edmund White, Walt Whitman and Robert Moses. The idea seems to be that these little stories add up to telling the story of New York City. It's highly debatable that the book achieves that; there is a lot more to New York and its history than what Bradbury manages to convey here. The novel has only the barest semblance of a [...]

    5. Nova Iorque: onde todos observam e são observados. Instantâneos da vida de protagonistas do grande drama que é Nova Iorque, Mapplethorpe e Patty Smith, Edmund White, Walt Whitman, Robert Moses e outros que com eles se cruzam, famosos ou simples figurantes, como os banhistas de Jones Beach ou os defensores das árvores e do forte Clinton de Battery Park.Megan Bradbury escreve como quem descreve fotografias ou pequenos filmes, um capítulo para cada "imagem", quase aleatoriamente. Todos os cap [...]

    6. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway.After finishing this book, I had to reread the description because I wasn't quite sure what I had just read. I recalled entering the giveaway because I loved Patti Smith's Just Kids and wanted to see what another writer thought of Robert Mapplethorpe and New York, and the other icons that shaped the city. Unfortunately, I was not impressed. I don't really care for the short sentence style of writing; I found it rather difficult to follow the author's [...]

    7. I *really* wanted to like this book. It has a lot of things I love–city planning, New York City, art, and eyes on the street. However, the book is written in this strange staccato, only punctuated by vignettes about individual pieces of art and their artists. Part of the problem I had was probably that I read an ebook version which wasn't formatted the way the actual book was, but the overall effect was unpleasant. The descriptions ended up feeling colorless, despite the vivacity of the actual [...]

    8. Brah.There are outhouses in Europe older than any grand building found in New York. "Empire State" not.There are reasons why people across the country despise New York City.To wit:New York City is a gutter-scapeacrid urine fogging subwaysrabid cabbies doubling the fare for touriststhere is an actual tax on breathinginsurance rebates to motorists that mow down bicyclistsdisease carrying pigeons are the official city bird (on the seal)Mayor Koch gave his "State of the City” on a skateboardCity H [...]

    9. A paean to New York City, its art and its artists. I'd hesitate to call this a novel, it's more a series of vignettes, of imagined and real encounters, hopes and ideas. And I loved every page. I know the work and lives of Mapplethorpe and Whitman well so there was a sense of familiarity and I was fascinated to learn about the work of Moses. I found the White sections least satisfying, not sure if it was the current day setting or that I've never read his books so was missing context. A very impr [...]

    10. Some parts were excellent, especially towards the end. Most of the book, however, seems to just drift, is full of purple prose and doesn't seem to have a point. It reads like a creative writing exercise but isn't as clever or experimental as it thinks it is.

    11. In the late nineteenth-century, poet Walt Whitman travels with his friend and biographer Robert Maurice chronicling his life. In the 1920s Robert Moses has a vision of transforming New York into a modern city. In the 1960s Robert Mapplethorpe begins a career which will lead him to produce some of the most iconic images of the twentieth-century and the some of the most controversial. In the twenty-first century writer, Edmund White, returns to New York, remembering his hedonistic youth and finds [...]

    12. Having finally got around to finding my next book, following an annoying gap where a combination of workload and inability to find a book which held my attention for longer than 10 minutes, I was somewhat disappointed by Everyone is Watching.Before I get onto the reasons why, let me outline some of the positives. The setting here is all - New York IS the protagonist and a vibrant presence throughout. I know next to nothing about the history of the city, and, having never visited, my only experie [...]

    13. Mixed reactions to reading this book. I initially purchased this book as it had the Empire State Building on the front cover. I love New York so any book that covers this subject will always attract me. At the heart of it, it's a fictitious novel. But it covers real life people who either made New York what it is today or depicted the lives of certain of its people. It was very gritty and sleazy in parts (like the City itself), rough and raw in others and yet had a melancholy and poignancy that [...]

    14. DNFing this book at page 134 because I am not enjoying reading it and I don't really have time to waste these days. Hope to give it another chance cause I hate to leave books unread. Still this will be the last book of 2017 (hoping to finish the comic though). I am sad I couldn't get myself to read more these last five months because of a lot of things but I miss it so I hope to read a lot again very soon. Happy new year everyone, may this 2018 be productive, positive and full of love and of thi [...]

    15. Meh.Some very nice writing and excellent archival work. I get the art of collaging disparate, punchy chapters. There were some very sexy bits of prose. But I just couldn't shake off the question of why bother? The style of writing; the present continuous objective narrator got hackneyed very quickly, and although the city undoubtably came to life, there just wasn't enough story to give a fuck about. Wasn't for me.

    16. I liked this a lot but I also really, really wanted more. The writing is articulate and beautiful, in places, in a pared-down kind of way, and the research is enviably thorough So many short chapters really worked for me to start with, too - I could gain momentum - but by the end, so many vignettes made me care less and less and less

    17. Following the lives of several men and women in NYC from various time periods - 1880's, 1920's, 1970's and current day. How NYC has evolved over the centuries. Based on real life people, many artists and Walt Whitman. Themes of photography, sex, homosexuality and poverty.

    18. not the book i thought it would be when i bought it. but otherwise it makes you look at new York in a new way

    19. Slow to get into the format, but intoxicating after a bit. Really helped inform me of the historical underbelly of NYC. In the end, so happy I stuck with it and loved!

    20. Tutto può accadere aNY e questo romanzo strano ben racconta l'energia vibrante che pervade NY. È come stare seduti su un vulcano in perenne attività latente

    21. The author is enthusiastic about her discovery of the art and story of NY through 4 well chosen New Yorkers. Well researched but not really adding anything we didn't already know.

    22. This review first appeared on our blog - we also chat to the author about writing, the book and NYC:tripfiction/stories-ofSnapshots of the life and people in the metropolis spanning a century and a half.This is a very unusually constructed book, a classic of short story pieces. The oftentimes brief chapters chart the lives of selected New Yorkers from the late 19th Century onwards, short, sharp, sexualised at times, how their lives built and broke the foundations of this sparkling and brooding c [...]

    23. An interesting concept; though it took me a while to get through, I enjoyed looking at New York City through a variety of eyes and via a variety of fictionalised voices, some more familiar than others. Initially I though I'd have preferred singular, straight-forward chapters about each character, however by the end I had begun to enjoy (and appreciate!) the narrative structure of intercutting each perspective. As someone with a deep, deep love of the city, I felt Bradbury captured it well and mo [...]

    24. The novel is an account of New York and what defines it and how in turn it inspires art – told largely around the lives of four historical individuals, all visionaries and all whose story is inseparable from New York: Walt Whitman – 19th Century writer on a journey with his biographer back to one of his key inspirations New York; Robert Moses – a City planner who through his vision and determination largely built modern New York, from re-designing Long Island to be the beach of the City ra [...]

    25. "Everyone Is Watching" is the extraordinary debut novel by American expat and UEA grad Megan Bradbury. It's a mosaic portrait of old New York, told through the perspectives of four of its most famous sons: poet Walt Whitman, town planner Robert Moses, writer Edmund White and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her pared-down, affectless narrative voice is initially quite irritating, and reads like a facsimile of Don DeLillo or E L Doctorow - short sentences, an earnest, humourless present tense, s [...]

    26. An enthralling portrait of a city told using characters who lived there. There is an energy to the writing which drew me in to the lives of the characters and the changes of an evolving city.

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