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Outline is a novel in 10 conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her student in storytelling exercises. She meets other writers for dinner. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her seatmate from the place. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves, their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face great a great loss.

Outline is the first book in a short and yet epic cycle - a masterful trilogy which will be remembered as one of the most significant achievements of our times.

©2014 Rachel Cusk (P)2020 Faber Audio

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Great book and Kristin Scott Thomas is amazing

The book is weirdly captivating— very simple story about an author who travels from London to Athens for a week to teach a creative writing course. She meets so many characters. The plot sounds boring but really it isn’t at all. It all just makes you contemplate life... Kristen Scott Thomas has great intonation and deft comic timing and gets each character down perfectly. Her accents are good too.

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Pointless

Kristen Scott Thomas' performance was the only good thing about this book. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters (with the exception of the dog-beating housewife).
Saddest thing is, because it's part of my Uni course, I'll have to read parts of it again.
Reading this book is like eating caviar - you only do it because people you admire (or who have power over you) tell you that you ought to.

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Interesting concepts, bad Greek accents

I found this very soothing to listen to while falling asleep and Kristen Scott Thomas’ voice is certainly very soothing, but she seems to emphasise the wrong parts of sentences and her Greek accents are a little bit comical (not what I think was the intended affect). I didn’t not enjoy this though.

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