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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You mobi à Hardcover ↠ It’s time for eighteen year old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown Instead he’s surfing the real estate listings searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas perhaps Although James lives in twenty first century Manhattan he’s at home iIt’s time for eighteen year old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown Instead he’s surfing the real estate listings searching for a sanctuary a nice farmhouse in Kansas perhaps Although James lives in twenty first century Manhattan he’s at home i Everyone compares this one to Catcher in the Rye which is interesting to me because I haven’t read Catcher and I think I would hate it and yet I completely see why the two books are compared and I loved Someday This PainJames has too many advantages to have the problems that he has His family has money an apartment in Manhattan a part time job at his mother’s gallery and he’s been accepted to Brown for next year though not Harvard Yale or Columbia His parents are divorced though whose aren’t these days?; unfortunately his mother has just seen the end of her third marriage after a disastrous Las Vegas honeymoon And James himself is not doing too well The narrative voice has a kind of iciness to it so it takes a while to understand just how sad and frightened and lonely James is; but you see him searching for old houses in the midwest He does not want to go to college He wants to sit in his old midwest house and read novels And than anything he wants to correct people on what they say It’s what he spends the entire novel doing They misuse words; they’re not precise enough His father asks him whether he’s gay His mother asks him whether he’s gay He debates the nature of the uestion with them until defeated they accept a change of subjectJames is gay He deigns to tell us this on page 192 of 228 His fear of intimacy is so great that it extends even to us the readersHowever this isn’t a novel about being gay That may have something to do with how sad and frightened James is but as James himself admits he is so far from approaching another human being that his sexuality is two hundred percent theoretical If anything it seems symptomatic; James cannot face anything about himselfThis seems to me like the kind of novel I should be ready to criticize for being whiny and emo Yet somehow it isn’t I want to use those words they say book critics should never use like delicate and luminous James’s voice is stiff and awkward enough that it never reaches that emo whiny level; you can see the clever swagger on the surface and you can also see the sadness lurking underneath And at the same time there are these moments of description that go way beyond a mere insightful detail; they bore right through to James’s state of mind

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to YouIt’s time for eighteen year old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown Instead he’s surfing the real estate listings searching for a sanctuary a nice farmhouse in Kansas perhaps Although James lives in twenty first century Manhattan he’s at home i Everyone compares this one to Catcher in the Rye which is interesting to me because I haven’t read Catcher and I think I would hate it and yet I completely see why the two books are compared and I loved Someday This PainJames has too many advantages to have the problems that he has His family has money an apartment in Manhattan a part time job at his mother’s gallery and he’s been accepted to Brown for next year though not Harvard Yale or Columbia His parents are divorced though whose aren’t these days?; unfortunately his mother has just seen the end of her third marriage after a disastrous Las Vegas honeymoon And James himself is not doing too well The narrative voice has a kind of iciness to it so it takes a while to understand just how sad and frightened and lonely James is; but you see him searching for old houses in the midwest He does not want to go to college He wants to sit in his old midwest house and read novels And than anything he wants to correct people on what they say It’s what he spends the entire novel doing They misuse words; they’re not precise enough His father asks him whether he’s gay His mother asks him whether he’s gay He debates the nature of the uestion with them until defeated they accept a change of subjectJames is gay He deigns to tell us this on page 192 of 228 His fear of intimacy is so great that it extends even to us the readersHowever this isn’t a novel about being gay That may have something to do with how sad and frightened James is but as James himself admits he is so far from approaching another human being that his sexuality is two hundred percent theoretical If anything it seems symptomatic; James cannot face anything about himselfThis seems to me like the kind of novel I should be ready to criticize for being whiny and emo Yet somehow it isn’t I want to use those words they say book critics should never use like delicate and luminous James’s voice is stiff and awkward enough that it never reaches that emo whiny level; you can see the clever swagger on the surface and you can also see the sadness lurking underneath And at the same time there are these moments of description that go way beyond a mere insightful detail; they bore right through to James’s state of mind

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You ↠ Reasingly vague D list celebrity grandmother Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prair Actual rating 25I stated before that I’d have a tough time rating this novel That still stands It began as a 4 star then 3 and finallyIn an effort for me to get my feelings across I’ve decided to list the following Pros and Cons in an irregular and non consecutive order because like my process of thoughts it’s a jumbled fucking mess1 I really connected with the writing Peter Cameron has a way with words that makes each sentence feel so very real It just works I don’t know how else to articulate it2 The plot is fairly nonexistent Really nothing much happens here the entirety of the novel It’s of a character study than anything except James Sveck our protagonist if you even can classify him as that isn’t that interesting3 I struggled with connecting to any of the characters really James had moments of potential I felt a kinship with him at times in fact especially his thoughts on societal workings solitude lack of a bond with his generation and his disinterestinexperience in romanticisms But the bottom line is he’s a judgmental and pretentious individual for 90% of the book I tried to look past these negative traits I tried to defend how he categorized and criticized everyone and everything— because he’s pretty troubled— but in the end I couldn’t forgive his outright unapologetic and rude cynicism towards people and life in general4 There were moments though where I found my own thoughts expressed so perfectly through James He and I share commonalities in how we view certain things There was one passage in particular in which he talks about the “randomness of everything” and how each personevery stranger you pass could potentially have been your lover your soulmate a best friend or simply somebody you deeply connected with but you’ll never know because you keep going on by Just the sort of things I’ve ruminated on over and over and over If James wasn’t such a albeit clueless jerk sometimes I’d have liked him as a friend5 Something that irked me Partway through the book he mentions how whenever alone with his dog he says demeaning things to it just because he can Now that may be an irrationally nit picky thing to point out but I hold dogs and basically all animals in a higher regard than most people He mentions further along in the story that he loves dogs so I don’t really know what to believe6 I have a somewhat cynical attitude myself but I’m not one to be a dick to anyone or judge anyone for that matter James condescends towards practically everyone around him And it’s not just James that I took issue with on this front but nearly every other character encountered in this book was an upper class and privileged bore I don’t know if that was intended or not maybe as satire? but I don’t like reading about wealthy snobs living the good life in NYC because I have to WORK and DEAL with wealthy New York City snobs on a daily basis I have a bitter resentment towards people with lots of money especially young rich white men like James who don’t know how good they have it Yes I understand everyone has their own personal battles they wage every day and I’m somewhat passing judgment here when I said beforehand that I don’t It’s not hypocrisy but an observation I’ve made after having dealt with it for many years I mean they order fancy and expensive salads from trendy fucking restaurants drink Starbucks at art galleries 3x a day live in brownstones and have access to nice things And every time they open their mouths it’s either something pompous or gaudy I want real New Yorkers Not these affected pseudo hipsters7 The use of the “R word” pissed me off you all know which I mean and I despise it It’s used uite a few times throughout the story and each time I disliked the book a little than before because of it Find an appropriate euphemism next time Mr Cameron There are PC ones out there8 There was a shift in attitudes towards the end that I felt came out of left field There wasn’t a noticeable enough transition characterization wise for me to discern why a few of the characters started acting in a new light9 I wish James’ mental illness because it’s uite clear that he displays many signs of having one was elaborated on thoroughly What was the point of the therapy sessions? I don’t think there was any great epiphany reached because of it The “issues” James faced in the story were pretty commonplace and banal otherwise Nothing was really accomplished come the conclusion Like at all None of the problems aside from view spoilerJames breaking out of his shell a wee bit hide spoiler mobi Ü Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You ↠ Peter Cameron

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Peter Cameron ↠ Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You mobi N the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope or his favorite writer the obscure and tragic Denton Welch James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self absorbed parents a disdainful sister his Teutonically cryptic shrink and an inc This is a lovely book The only thing that bothers me is that James is not concerned about money beyond how he would afford a house in the Midwest; it's hard for me to relate to someone so well set up But that allows us to focus on what makes him an interesting character in my opinion at least He's so self aware that he's naive at times his internal life rich his external life vacant I adore him want to talk him through some of his problems realizing that I wouldn't get along with him if he were real because we're too much alike Making use of pain is a do it yourself thing There's a chilling moment around page 140 I think during a therapy session when he remembers his father reaching out to him and then as he leaves his therpist reaches out to him too But the adults seem to realize he is unreachable Being on the inside of this feeling James maybe feels less helpless than they do It's one of those moments so true I lost my breath for a few seconds