Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Series: -  Published: April 8th 2014 by Scribner
Pages: 241 • Format: E-book • Genres: Nonfiction, Short stories, Essays, Memoir
Status: read from September 02 to 08, 2016
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Rating: 3.75/5 stars



A really fantastic read. I'm surprised that I liked a non-fiction book this much.


First sentence: “We don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that's what I want in life.”

This is my first nonfiction book EVER and that's a pretty big deal to me. I really did enjoyed The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. Some stories were better than others, of course -- that's how it is.

I had two favorite-favorites in this book. There was one about a submarine (it was very touching and different) and one was written in e-mails only (a soldier e-mailing his... girlfriend?). I wanted much more of those two in particular, and they are the ones I remember the most. And also, I enjoyed her fiction part, the beginning of the book, more than the non-fiction part. But every story was truly great. 

I really liked Marina Keegan's emotional and powerful writing. It was beautiful, but I need to add that it was quite complex at times (I'm not a native English speaker so it's maybe harder for me to understand..?) but I still really enjoyed her way of writing and explaining situations and events. The writing was very real.

This was the perfect non-fiction book for me (as a beginner in the genre) to read. Really, it was the perfect choice. This book has opened up my eyes for non-fiction, especially essays and short stories since that's what this book contained. It was a great book!

I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

17927395Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

Marina left behind a rich, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Her short story “Cold Pastoral” was published on NewYorker.com. Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” was excerpted in the Financial Times, and her book was the focus of a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times. Millions of her contemporaries have responded to her work on social media.

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2 comments:

  1. Non fiction är en grym genre, man måste bara hitta rätt! Mina top tre recommendations:
    1. Reasons to be Alive av Matt Haig. Han skriver väldigt lättillgängligt om psykisk ohälsa och lyckas sätta ord på känslor som är svåra att förklara. Han var deprimerad i en massa år, så det är självbiografiskt.
    2. Furiously Happy av Jenny Lawson. Också om psykisk ohälsa men är bland det roligaste jag har läst! Skrattade så mycket. Också en som levt med alla bokstäver man kan ha men som ändå försöker göra livet roligt.
    3. The Psychopath Test av Jon Ronson. Hans böcker är som att läsa en sjukt intressant buzzfeed artikel, fast i bokform. Just den här handlar om psykopater och i den träffar han bland annat scientologer, pryskologer på 60 talet som trodde de kunde läka psykopater med "naked therapy" och en snubbe som sitts på mentalsjukhus som säger att han inte är galen, men ju mer han säger det desto mer galen låter han. Sjukt intressant!

    (inser nu att jag bara läser om mental ohälsa?!)

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    1. TACK så jättemycket för rekommendationerna! Jag har Furiously Happy på min TBR-lista, men ska definitivt lägga till de andra två! (själv har jag typ aldrig?? läst om mental ohälsa (måste göra det))

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