Kudos by Rachel Cusk


Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid ...

Details Kudos

Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
PublisherVintage Digital

Reviews Kudos

  • Meike
    Welcome to my Goodreads review of a novel that mocks Goodreads reviews! :-) (More about that later.) "Kudos" is largely dialogue-driven and set in the world of literary festivals and book marketing - and while Cusk only alludes to the events and places where she does actually take us, I think I solved some of her riddles. But let me start by outlining (haha, sorry) the story:Faye, a writer and divorced mother of two (just like Cusk; Faye is also ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    I met with a number of my Goodreads acquaintances – to share with them my thoughts on the concluding part of Rachel's trilogy of books.The first to speak was Meike – she was very keen, she said, to understand my views on the book. She herself was a dog lover from a European country, but could read books in at least two other languages including English. She could not she said, tell us, which country she came from or which languages she spoke,...
  • Doug
    My five star rating is more for the entire trilogy as a whole, for after reading the three volumes back-to-back-to-back, I really consider it to be one book, since there are few distinguishing characteristics for the separate volumes. But this book, like Outline, is really more of a 4 star - I was slightly disappointed that there WAS no real epiphany - or even much of a conclusion - at the end, but then realized that would somewhat have defeated ...
  • Paul Fulcher
    'Faye', he said fractiously, 'will you just listen?'In 1911 the photographer Herbert Ponting joined Captain Scott's, ultimately ill-fated, Terra Nova Expedition, the first professional to join an Antarctic expedition.He didn't go on to the later, fatal, part of the journey over the ice-fields to the South Pole since, as he explained in his book The Great White South: Traveling with Robert F. Scott's Doomed South Pole Expedition, there would be no...
  • Neil
    "'But then I noticed,' she said, 'that in certain places where statues had obviously been, new lights had been installed which illuminated the empty spaces. These lights,' she said, 'had the strange effect of making you see more in the empty space than you would have seen had it been filled with a statue. And so I knew,' she said, 'that this spectacle was not the result of some monstrous neglect or misunderstanding but was the work of an artist.'...
  • Dan Friedman
    "As it happened I was no longer interested in literature as a form of snobbery or even of self-definition -- I had no desire to prove that one book was better than another: in fact, if I read something I admired I found myself increasingly disinclined to mention it at all. What I knew personally to be true had come to seem unrelated to the process of persuading others. I did not, any longer, want to persuade anyone of anything."—Rachel Cusk, Ou...
  • Katia N
    “The character is sitting by this river just looking at the shapes the dark and light make on the water, and at the weird shapes of what might be fish beneath the surface, there for a second and then gone again, and he realises that he’s looking at something he can’t describe using the language. And he sort of gets the feeling that what he can’t describe might be the true reality. “This is the last part of Rachel Cusk’s experimental t...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Thus ends the trilogy that Rachel Cusk began with Outline, continued in Transit. Concludes here. As with the previous two, there is very little action on the part of the narrator. The action arises from the life stories related to her by people encountered on planes, over drinks, in the course of attending a literary festival in Germany in, I think, Cologne. The only glimpse into the writer's own personality is when she admits to being a writer a...
  • Jo Hamya
    Prose as clear cut and crystalline as ever; philosophy as provocative as the past two- but the gimmick begins to wear. Was hoping to see Faye develop and form somehow- but she is as absent as in 'Outline' and 'Transit'. Still as true a novel to our times as I've ever come across, though.
  • Nadia Ghanem
    Kudos is everything I was hoping it would be. I found again the merging of 'dialogues as spoken' and 'dialogues as heard' that I so enjoyed in Outline and didn't quite find again in Transit. Cusk's prose is hypnotizing to me, not in a way that makes me fall asleep but in a way that wakens me to (in)sights I had taken no or little notice of before.Kudos follows Faye who is an invited author at a literary Festival, at which she is promoting her nov...
  • Pgchuis
    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.This is my least favourite of the trilogy of Outline novels; somehow I found it less humorous and harder-going than the others. Faye is still her enigmatic self, going to various writers' festivals and conferences and being interviewed, in this instalment in the run up to and immediately after the Brexit referendum. The blurb suggested to me that Brexit would feature more than it in...
  • Jan Thullen
    This is a novel of conversations as writer Faye travels to two literary events in Europe. Faye is the observer and listener. Interviewers often monopolize the entire session. Faye muddles through disappointing accommodations and food in some desolate settings that mirror the concerns of post-Brexit Europe. I can be an impatient reader, but this final installment in the Outline/Transit/Kudos trilogy was an absorbing read for me. Thank you to netga...
  • Bill Berger
    Rachel Cusk is one of England’s greatest authors. Her books resonate of the state of women today and Kudos, her last of a trilogy continues the life of a successful author. Mostly in dialogue, spoken by another person in conversation and it is a joy to read. Highly recommend the Trilogy.
  • John White
    Maybe three and a half