Nine Island

Nine Island Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel told by J a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach s lush Venetian Islands After decades of disaster with men she is trying to deci

  • Title: Nine Island
  • Author: Jane Alison
  • ISBN: 9781936787128
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach s lush Venetian Islands After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love Having just returned to Miami from a monthlong reunion with an old flame, Sir Gold, and a visit to her fragile mother, JNine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach s lush Venetian Islands After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love Having just returned to Miami from a monthlong reunion with an old flame, Sir Gold, and a visit to her fragile mother, J begins translating Ovid s magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros A woman who wants, a man who wants nothing These two have stalked the world for thousands of years, she thinks.When not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, in the company of only her aging cat, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings on among her faded glamour condo neighbors One of them, a caring nurse, befriends her, eventually offering the opinion that if you retire from love then you retire from life.

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    About "Jane Alison"

    1. Jane Alison

      Jane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and grew up in the Australian and U.S foreign services She attended public schools in Washington, D.C and earned a B.A in classics from Princeton University Before writing fiction, she worked as an administrator for the National Endowment for the Humanities, as a production artist for the Washington City Paper, as an editor for the Miami New Times, and as a proposal and speechwriter for Tulane University She also worked as a freelance editor and illustrator before attending Columbia University to study creative writing Her first novel, The Love Artist, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus Giroux and has been translated into seven languages It was followed by The Marriage of the Sea, a New York Times Notable Book of 2003 Her novel, Natives and Exotics, appeared in 2005 and was one of that summer s recommended readings by Alan Cheuse of National Public Radio Her short fiction and critical writing have recently appeared in Seed Five Points Postscript Essays on Film and the Humanities and The Germanic Review She has also written several biographies for children and co edited with Harold Bloom a critical series on women writers She has taught writing and literature at Columbia, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, and for writers groups in Geneva, Switzerland Jane Alison s most recent book, Nine Island, is an autobiographical novel forthcoming from Catapult in Sept 2016.She is currently Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, VA.

    632 thoughts on “Nine Island”

    1. “I’m not old yet, but my heart is sick with old desire,”I'm hovering between a 3 and 4 star but I'll bump it up to a 4 due to its originality, this is narrative poetry, the words glide on the page and before you know it you've been swept up in it's lyrical beauty. Rich evocative descriptions that are also short, tight and snappy every sentence a treasure trove of gold. Introspective thoughtful observant nuggets. I could list so many sentences that sang to me and made my heart revel in this [...]


    2. 3.5 rounded up. This was a quick read and I think it'd be great for women's book clubs--lots of talking points. While it's not in the same style, this type of novel reminds me of Anita Brookner books in that you're in the head of an older (not old, maybe 40s?) woman who is considering whether or not to give up on romantic love. Silly question. What she's really doing is asking if she should settle for loser guys where no love is lost anyway. Two things I really liked: One, J (no names are used, [...]


    3. 4.78 starsHey, here's a new book I actually appreciated (which is saying something for me). With its short chapters, lush sensory descriptions, and confessional tone, this book feels like a meditation. A meditation on what it means and feels like to be alone. The doubts and questions, the justifications and desires and hopes. All of it. A meditation on finding love and life in strange and often unexpected places. A quiet book, but one with a deep resonance.



    4. Just finished reading “Nine Island” by Jane Alison. I want to firstly thank Jane Alison and Catapult Publishing for a print copy I won on . Secondly, this is not usually a genre I would normally read, but that being said…I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this read. It was beautifully written, humorous, touching and heartfelt. A very poetic and introspective prose.Synopsis (from cover): Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower o [...]



    5. Nine Island is the kind of book that will sink in way after you have read it. It makes most sense sometimes and no sense at all, the other times. Jane Alison’s writing is lucid at so many points and so vague at the other points. You get my drift, don’t you? It is a dream-like book. I was astounded when it began the way it did and there were also times I was bored out of my mind. Having said that, I reread a couple of passages of the book once I was done with it and let me tell you: They spar [...]


    6. This (non-fiction?) book is putatively "up-my-alley" (a translator of Ovid repurposes his works on love in her effort to explore and cope with her own sexuality as menopause sets in), but in the final analysis it fell flat for me. The Ovidian references were either too subtle or clever, or were too weightless to garner intrigue (which is what Ovid advises us to develop if we are to be successful at love!). Like Ovid, Alison writes with tongue in cheek about her misadventures--but unlike Ovid, he [...]


    7. Nine Island is an introspective, personal account of what it means to settle down - settle down alone, that is. The narrator's had a string of love affairs and a failed marriage and is contemplating the embrace of a solitary existence. Choosing to be alone is not "giving up" - it's being content with the romantic experiences in your life you have already had, and being OK with their power over your life; halting the cycle of "overriding" those experiences each time one ends; knowing that your be [...]


    8. An absolutely great novel! My favorite book of 2016. Go read it. It's smart and funny and full of wonderful stuff.


    9. The setting of this autobiographical novel, is the Venetian Islands, of south Miami. A place I had never heard of. (Why, we read books, right?)The narrator, known simply as “J”, (presumably the author) is a middle-aged woman, living alone, with her elderly cat, in a crumbling high-rise. She shares with the reader, her sharp observations, about her tumultuous love life, her colorful neighbors, her ailing mother and her sexual fantasies.I was not sure, this would be my sort of thing, but I wa [...]


    10. Outstanding. Ovid's tales of transmogrification set the tone for this very smart, funny, offbeat novel that muses on the male gaze, the female gaze, love, lust, loneliness, self-sufficiency, and how hard it is to care for even—or maybe especially—what you love. Including—maybe especially—yourself. It's also gorgeously descriptive, making me almost wish I'd waited a couple of months to read it in Miami, where it's set. But no matter it's also a good antidote to a New York cold spell in De [...]



    11. There isn't much to this novel – in that it's short, and in that it's pretty plotless – but what is there is rather wonderful. The narrator is only identified as J.; she's a middle-aged writer living in a crumbling Miami apartment block with an assortment of eccentric neighbours. Much of the story is composed of her contemplation of relationships: is it time she gave up on love and sex? She is single and childless, and a resurrected relationship with her first love, whom she calls Sir Gold, [...]


    12. Alison's prose is beautiful in this story of oddly matched elements: a solitary translator of Ovid at work in a gradually crumbling high-rise apartment in decadent Miami. The translator-narrator's pastime includes observing/spying on other occupants of her high-rise as well as those nearby, a narrative strand that plays as Rear Window without the murder, though incisively detailed all the same.


    13. Written while on pg 164I can't wait for this book to be over. If it wasn't a fairly short book, this would probably be a DNF (do not finish). I am vaguely interested in the future of the duckbut not the main character. If there is no future or a bad future for the duck, this book will be a complete loss. Book tries really hard to be an artsy, poignant one. The only thing memorable is a quote as to whether book pulp is still turned into fireworks. I have a nominee for such book pulp. My apologies [...]


    14. “Someone must have fucked her up, he said, staring at her hard. Somebody really screwed her. Maybe, I thought. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to let anyone in. What’s wrong with that? Who made it obligatory?”“Walking over the bridge, past the marina, along a shady block of restaurants and bars, to Publix, which looks like a silver space-shell and is full of porn stars and fabricated beauties strolling the aisles in shoes not made for human feet. Their silhouettes seen from the coffee a [...]


    15. Jane Alison’s Nine Island is a captivating look at love and loneliness. J, our narrator, is a middle-aged woman who retreats to a glass high-rise condo somewhere on Miami Beach, hiding under the glare of the harsh sun and pastel colors, where she can nurse some emotional wounds and take stock of her life. Should she give up on love? “I’m not old yet, but my heart is sick with old desire, and I’m back in this place of sensual music to see if it’s time to retire from love.” J is recove [...]


    16. Nine Island, by Jane Alison, Oct. 2016J’s quest for lasting romantic love has been fraught with disaster. “Such a sickness, wanting…Hunger whistles and whirls into your room at night, crouches on your chest, glues her nasty mouth to yours, and breathes her neediness into you. From then on you are full of want…Wanting is exactly what I’ve never wanted…If you retire from love, N once told me, then you retire from life…”Nine Island begins as J has returned from a month long visit wi [...]


    17. This short “non-fiction novel” is named after the address of the apartment building on a small island between Miami and Miami Beach that the narrator J, who is more or less Jane Alison, lived in during a summer while translating Ovid. It is a deeply sad (though sometimes quite funny) book: J is alone with her dying cat, aging out of her youthful beauty, and scarred by a lifetime of disastrous relationships with men. The most distinctive thing about the book is the interior voice, which dispe [...]



    18. This is a short novella mostly of ruminations on growing old and solitariness. I most enjoyed the word pictures of life in a Miami high-rise as well as the tanned, toned and self-indulgent people living within.


    19. Boring memoir about a recently-divorced Miami woman trying to decide if she can/should give up on love. The saving grace is that it's a quick read.





    20. Poetic, spare, brittle, beautiful, raw Always looking for answers in stories featuring solitary women. Very rarely find them but the trade off - wisdom - is well worth it.


    21. This novel is delightfully written, but content-wise I am not the right audience for it, so I moved on after 50 pages. I’m glad I tasted it.


    22. The author did an amazing job with the Miami setting - the flora and fauna, cult of youth, and rampant sexuality, were vividly drawn. The protagonist is a shallow, self-centered, and deeply boring woman, who is obsessed with sexual fantasies. She resents the heck out of her old and ill cat that any decent person would have had put to sleep long ago, her frail mother who resists an assisted living placement, and a stranded duck that has the extreme misfortune to rely on this bitter person for sus [...]


    23. I'm not gonna finish this because the voice is so, so irritating. Switches between informal sentences where she drops the subject pronouns—"Went to the store"—to weirdly formal constructions. The overall effect is of a pretentious teenager who's just read Charles Bukowski and Ovid in the same month and is simultaneously imitating both. Yuck. So overwrought while trying to be casual.What's more, as a native Floridian I am not impressed or pleased with how she renders Miami. Porn stars in the [...]


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