Generation Loss

Generation Loss Cass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers on the infamous the damned and th

  • Title: Generation Loss
  • Author: Elizabeth Hand
  • ISBN: 9780156031349
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview aCass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine When she arrives Down East, Cass stumbles across a decades old mystery that is still claiming victims, and she finds one final shot at redemption Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith in this mesmerizing literary thriller.

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    1. In the book "Generation Loss" by Elizabeth Hand we enter the life of Cass "Scary" Neary, a self-destructive photographer. who captures on film the Punk scene of the '70's , and became famous for her efforts, as she lived the punk life and not just capture it on film. We join her as she has become a much older uninspired investigator as Cass is now a sneering, pill-popping junkie. This may be due to Cass also being the victim of a violent rape that ended her love affair with the punk scene. In an [...]

    2. Had I read Elizabeth Hand's work before, I might have been very surprised at this book. When I met Elizabeth this past summer and expressed my praise for such a wonderful book, she expressed some doubt if I would like her other work as it was more standard fantasy. It was only later in a seminar about the experience of writing the book that I got a deeper glimpse into her reasoning: She hated writing this book.I can see why. "Generation Loss" is as disturbingly beautiful as the photography the p [...]

    3. I get all the Elizabeths with the four-letter last names confused, and I thought I had tried Elizabeth Hand already. Nope. (It was probably Elizabeth Bear but there is also an Elizabeth Moon.) When Jeff VanderMeer gave a glowing review to the most recent Cass Neary book, I felt I missed something and got the first book in the series immediately. Fantastic. Darker and grittier than I expected, loved Cass, loved the hint at potential supernatural elements that may just be the side effect of a drug [...]

    4. An aging punk-rock photographer travels to Maine, aka Vacationland, to visit a brilliant reclusive artist who hasn't spoken in decades -- and discovers a world of weirdness and horror. The meditation on seeing, and how the observer changes what is seen, is brilliant, and so is the the extended metaphor for photography as a way of turning light and time into images. Cass Neary is a brilliantly unpredictable fuckup, great protagonist.

    5. Finally. Eureka. A strong female lead, a middle aged single woman whose existenz isn’t defined with the platitudes of a man hunt. OK, so she’s a junkie and an alcoholic – her main love in life is Jack Daniels and Corona. Actually, that IS her life, now: questing from hit to hit, focused on the singularity of a microscopic raison d’etre in order to avert, no subvert, a kaleidoscope of opportunity costs, each one destined to crystallise an actuality of failed possibility.Cass Neary is stru [...]

    6. Cass Neary - so eine ungewöhnliche Heldin ist mir noch nie untergekommen.Cass Neary, Fotografin, bekommt den Auftrag, die legendäre Fotokünstlerin Aphrodite zu interviewen. Diese lebt zurückgezogen auf einer Insel vor Maine. Die Künstlerin erweist sich als Alkoholikerin und verhält sich auch sonst wenig entgegenkommend.Ausserdem fällt Cass auf, dass in dem Ort auffallend viele Jugendliche verschwunden sind, manche schon seit vielen Jahren. Ein Mädchen, MacKenzie, das sie kurz kennengeler [...]

    7. Generation Loss is impossible to put down, in the same way that it's impossible to refrain from poking a beached dead seal with a stick: repellent but compelling. Hand combines a bunch of unlikely elements - an aging meth head, a famous photographer, a serial killer, an artists' commune, a sullen teenager, and the lonely, tangled wilds of the Maine coast - into a lean and perfect tale about endurance and redemption. A beautiful and unsettling book.

    8. I first started reading Elizabeth Hand's books in the mid 90's. I've always had a hard time exactly describing my response to her books. Her early works (the books I read in the mid 90's) were EXTREMELY dark post-apocalyptic science fiction. Beautifully written - I used to say that if other books were like cotton, her books were velvet. Maybe a better comparison is water and blood. Generation Loss is different. It's more or less a mystery, set in modern day, and not science fiction. I suspect, f [...]

    9. I don't know how to feel about this book. I don't feel objective, which is funny given how much Generation Loss is about the intersection of art and consumer. As a love letter for Maine isolated weirdness that people from Away don't get to see, it's amazing. (Content warning: I talk about rape behind the cut.) (view spoiler)[ As a commentary on cults of personality destroying themselves and others, it's unparalleled. As a reflection of how small towns affect the younger generation, it's insightf [...]

    10. Like Deliverance, if it took place at a defunct artist colony in Maine. Creepiness abounds, and even the protagonist in this novel made me a little uneasy-- possibly because one wrong turn in life, and that could have been me. I kept having the urge to put this down, but I really wanted to see what it all was going to amount to, and I have to say, but about page 200 it doesn't disappoint. Dark and a bit unnerving, but worth reading. Just not, perhaps, lighthearted beach reading.

    11. A kind of redemption story, in the bleakest possible terms. Cass Neary (cf. Cassandra of Greek myth) is a washed-up ex-punk photographer who lives from bottle to bottle, stocking boxes in the back room of the Strand. She gets a call to go to a remote island in Maine, to interview a mysterious icon of photography, Aphrodite Kamestos, who's holed up there since the 1960s. Cass makes her self-destructive, stumbling way through the frozen wasteland of the "real" Maine, where the economy has tanked a [...]

    12. A short take: I really liked Hand's beautiful prose. The story starts out tragic, gets weird, and then goes into some wicked places. Hand hits the right balance in her mix of psychoses and the artistic impulse. This book will stick with me for a long time.More thoughts: I was looking for a good horror read from a female writer (since it was very easy to locate and pile on work by male writers), and I found "Generation Loss" on a list of works recommended by Ann VanderMeer. I'm glad that I went w [...]

    13. Brilliant book. As soon as I finished it, I had to start in on the next Cass Neary novel. For popular fiction, this is what I call a real work of art. Fully realized characters, no-frills through-the-camera-lens descriptions so real that they put you inside the scenes, an organic plot and a setting that reflects the inner bleakness of protagonist Cass Neary--all these elements come together to make even the most jaded reader's heart race with excitement at discovering that a book can still be su [...]

    14. Kitabın güzel bir arkaplanı var ve ana hikayeye giriş 150 sayfadan sonra olmasına rağmen kendini okutuyor. Ama (evet tabii ki ama var) b sınıfı korku filmleri tadına bürünen hikaye ve klişe son kitabın çok iyi olmasını engelliyor. Karakterin 48 yaşında olduğuna bir türlü inandıramaması da cabası. Hand, giriş için harcadığı eforun yarısını hikayenin gidişatı için harcasaymış keşke. O zaman tadından yenmezmiş. Bu haliyle biraz sönük. 3/5

    15. Punk, photography, drugs, dissolution and the Maine coast? What's not to like? I started this a few years ago and finally finished it a couple of months ago. Truthfully, I think the reason I put it down in the first place was that I didn't care how the mystery was resolved, who the culprit was. It was pretty obvious anyway. The ideas behind the book are what fascinated me, and seeing from another review on here that part of it is likely autobiographical makes me want to hug the author and hang o [...]

    16. I would've been much more into Generation Loss if Hand didn't take 200 pages to get the plot going somewhere and didn't meander in the meantime on overlong explanations about the wonders of photography or photographic artists and the continuing drug abuse of Cass Neary, the main character. It just got a bit old, and I didn't really get into what some reviewers seem to consider the beauty of the book (or of the Maine coast). To me it just sounded grim and lifeless, and while there isn't anything [...]

    17. Well, this was dark! Cass, the main character, is fascinated by corruption, decay, and bleakness. I'm not especially fascinated by any of these things, so a lot of the quite lyrical writing was not really for me. Cass had her fifteen minutes of fame in the 70's after she published a photography book called "Dead Girls", featuring photos of junkie life. She was also way into the NYC punk scene. However, her life has mostly been just about getting by as she feeds her addiction and deadens her pain [...]

    18. I kept reading about Elizabeth Hand's Cass Neary books and now i finally got around to read the first one. And wow, what a powerful novel it was.It has, I think, one of the most depressed and messed-up protagonists I have ever encountered, and one of the bleakest and creepiest settings. Yet what I could not fail to notice was how much the feeling the whole story gave me was similar to the way Cass herself was absorbing the surrounding bleakness and seeing its twisted beauty.A twisted anti-heroin [...]

    19. So I know that there are a lot of readers who can't connect with Cass Neary, and that's completely valid, but I think anyone who was a punk artist or ran with them and survived, can find something in her dangerously loose grip on survival in middle age really resonant. Now, take her out of her comfort zone and dump her on a rugged island where the hardscrabble residents seem pretty blasé about the high death and disappearance rate in their community, and this is THE atmospheric mystery I've bee [...]

    20. Who would know that I would like a book about a occasional drug-using, petty thief, woman that's life has become stagnate after some early semi-fame. She's sent to interview one of the women she admires and finds out the woman doesn't know her and that there's some strange things happening. There's a connection between two people which I find really strange because she's not that attractive or nice but there's something about her that people like. Even with all of that, I liked the book and plan [...]

    21. Ripping yarn that takes a bit to reach its horror story levels, nyc punk rocker and photographer Cass goes to down east maine islands to interview an aging artist who doesn’t want to be interviewed, then Cass finds that the truly innovative artist lives on another island but is in fact a mass murderer too. Fun times in boats, in snow, and in the sack. I suppose Elizabeth hand is somewhat an acquired taste as her characters skip back and forth from most depraved drug addicted punks to starving [...]

    22. Ooo I saw her at a reading, and it was the first time I ever saw an author do ALL THE VOICES! So metal. Cass, the main character, is a punk junkie alcoholic, so watching her piece together this crime as she hits the Jack and swallows pills is kind of totally awesome. If by the end she has "redeemed herself", as the back of jacket says, then drugs and booze is still a major problem. Awesome.

    23. #BOTNS-bingo: 'Set in a place you want to visit.' (I mitt inre landskap vistas jag ALLTID i Maine.)'Has water on the cover' och nu, post-Crimetime, även 'written by an author you've met'. En fantastisk person och författare!

    24. I liked this book in the beginning but I slowly grew to hating it. There was a lot of unnecessary depth and no character development (especially the villain Denny). The main character Cassandra Neary is impossible to like and her annoying qualities made this book drag on and on

    25. Gah. I just love everything Elizabeth Hand writes. Cass Neary is one messed up character, but the book is gorgeous. The location details are amazing.

    26. I did not like this mystery thriller in so many ways until page 150! The author Elizabeth Hand has written a mystery story with literary novel overtones, but the pacing in this book is awful. Hand spends too much time to suit me setting up the action and characters for two-thirds of the book - but it is done in a wonderfully crafted atmosphere of gloom, rain, dark forests, grim rocky islands, and tons of mysterious and vaguely threatening characters her heroine meets on what is clearly her adven [...]

    27. For some reason I can't quite pinpoint, I have trouble fully connecting with Elizabeth Hand's stories. I enjoy the writing immensely, and I think she has a great talent for describing scenery and atmosphere, but somehow there is a distance, a coldness that I don't manage to breach.I hoped that this series would be different for me and that I'd finally make the connection, but I couldn't. Cass is a great character, but while I can connect with unlikeable characters, I was often put out by her. On [...]

    28. Lite seg och lite weird, men blev helt sicko på slutet. För mycket tekniska fotografitermer för min smak och många referenser som flög över huvudet på mig tyvärr. Tror jag hade gillat den mer om jag läst den på engelska.

    29. Reading Generation Loss is like getting your hands on eightball of coke. You dive in and the intensity rattles you. You might not be able to handle this. So you do some more and now you can't stop. As you give yourself over to the experience and ignore the rest of your life, there comes a point where you mourn coming to the end well before you've tipped over the climax. Thank god there are two more books in the series. My dealer, , tells me the next one is on the way.

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