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
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Novels

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 ...
  • Jonathan Pool
    This is my sixth Cusk novel, and completes the Outline ‘trilogy’I have been enthusiastic enough about Rachel Cusk’s writing to greet a new release as an exciting prospect; furthermore many respected Goodreads friends rate Cusk very highly.That said,I was starting to have some doubts when I read TransitI didn’t enjoy Kudos one little bit, and my sense of foreboding set in early."He wore new-looking leather shoes on his feet”(3) Where el...
  • 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...
  • Julie Ehlers
    What's the problem here? After loving Outline, I wasn't super enthused about Transit, and I may have liked Kudos even less. The magical feeling I had wandering around Greece in Outline has definitely not been replicated in these later volumes in the trilogy. Is it the change of setting? The fact that some of the characters our protagonist, Faye, speaks with in Transit and Kudos are completely random and therefore it makes no sense that they would...
  • 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...
  • Lee
    Started wonderfully. I kept saying "this is great" aloud as I read the parts about the countess in Italy and her writer's retreat (I'm 95% sure I know who it's based on). Loved the part with the editor talking about successful novelists who've figured out how to write what are essentially enjoyable entertainments that suggest the literary tradition -- the suggestion itself is all readers can really handle now, like a few antiques in an otherwise ...
  • Joachim Stoop
    As in the former parts of this trilogy Cusk's style and technique is magnificent and original. The way she tells stories within stories (within stories) with fluently and carefully gliding from citations to just (story)telling to paraphrasing is top level. Not many renowned writers can pull this off.The way she -especially in this last part- writes about writers and everything happening in the world of literature with publicity, obligations, conv...
  • Krista
    The Greek word “kudos” was a singular noun that had become plural by a process of back formation: a kudo on its own had never actually existed, but in modern usage its collective meaning had been altered by the confusing presence of a plural suffix, so that “kudos” therefore meant, literally, “prizes”, but in its original form it connoted the broader concept of recognition or acclaim, as well as being suggestive of something which mig...
  • 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...
  • Robert Wechsler
    The third volume of a trilogy, this novel is as wonderful as it is difficult to describe. There is more beauty in this volume, but also a couple of sequences that I found below an incredibly high average. This is the most literary novel, because the narrator is at a literary event, but the literariness is comically undermined again and again by individuals’ desire to tell the narrator stories rather than learn about the narrator’s fiction wri...
  • 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...
  • LindaJ^
    A number of my GR friends have reviewed this novel and some of them suggest it would be a good choice for the Man Booker 2018 longlist. All their reviews are excellent and provided me with much useful information about the author and the trilogy, of which this book is the third, e.g., https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... and https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
  • Jill
    It happens less frequently than I’d like that I read a book and am impressed with how unique it is. Her writing is beautiful and complex. I wish, however, that I could have read all three at one time because I think I would have enjoyed it even more.
  • Mandy
    There are certain authors to whom, try as I might, I just can’t relate. Marilynne Robinson is one. And Rachel Cusk is another. I read the laudatory reviews, I see the acclaim which both writers garner, and I try very hard to see what others see. But I just don’t. I find Cusk’s writing pretentious and self-satisfied. This latest novel has done nothing to persuade me otherwise. The third part of a trilogy, the others being Outline and Transit...
  • Gwendolyn
    Kudos is a strong finish to this trilogy of novels that started with Outline and continued with Transit. I’ve enjoyed all three novels, but they are difficult to describe. Really, the novels are nothing more than a series of conversations with people Faye, the protagonist, comes into contact with. The conversations in each novel touch on some similar themes so that there are some connections between conversations (in Kudos, the commitment of ma...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    Faye, a British writer, is on her way to a book conference somewhere in southern Europe. She is expected to give several interviews and to take part in social events. The people she meets all have a story to tell – and they do. Faye herself hardly ever talks, especially not about herself, she somehow makes people around her open up and share their thoughts with her. First, it’s the passenger seated next to her in the plane leaving London. Lat...
  • Jasmijn
    Lang geleden dat ik zo ben gegrepen door een verhaal. ‘Kudo’s’ is een aaneenschakeling van gesprekken die hoofdpersoon Faye heeft met personen die ze ontmoet: van haar buurman in het vliegtuig tot de gasten op een literatuurfestival en haar eigen zoon. Ze beschrijft alles wat gebeurt met dezelfde intensiteit; alles lijkt even belangrijk: hoe iemand zich beweegt, of hoe iemand het leven ziet. Ze legt karakters genadeloos bloot, en ik blijf a...
  • Jan
    An interesting and provocative read but not an especially enjoyable one. YMMV.
  • Dorothy
    I had been looking forward to this third entry in Rachel Cusk's Outline series. I found the two earlier books, Outline and Transit, to be remarkable works that were thought-provoking reads. With the release of Kudos, one can see now that all three are pieces of a whole and they fit together like jigsaw puzzle pieces in the narrative that Cusk has constructed.Cusk's story-teller once again is Faye, a middle-aged writer divorced from the father of ...
  • Kayleigh
  • Joe M
    Finishing Rachel Cusk's "Outline" trilogy today with a little bit of sadness and large amount of awe and admiration. Kudos is the third book in this knotty, cerebral, but remarkable series, and picks up once again with Faye, a novelist who over the course of a few days, meets and engages with various strangers and characters who cross her path on airlines, at literary events and other engagements. Conversations tend to revolve around issues of mo...
  • James Lang
    It took me a bit longer to appreciate this one than it did with the first two, I suspect because I read those two right in a row and was captivated by the style. For some reason I struggled with that style in this one, at least for the first half, and then it drew me in again like the others. The ending . . . either I'm not perceptive enough to see the deep significance of the ending, or the symbolism of the ending is so obvious to be a little in...
  • Irina
    This trilogy might be confusing. It is a world of one (the narrator) lived through the prism of others talking to and around her. Cusk is showing that ultimately we interpret what others are saying the way we want to as if sifting out our own personal reality through our surroundings.Given my short attention span, I really enjoyed immersing in so many lives. It was almost like reading a collection of short stories tied together by the audience of...
  • 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.
  • Cherise Wolas
    Outline, Transit, and Kudos, a stellar trilogy, each one different, each one absolutely compelling.
  • Edith
    This is the third book of a trilogy...I enjoyed the first two much more than this one. The style is the same.....a woman writer has traveled from home for literary purposes and engages in conversations with various people she meets along the way. They all tell her their story or share something from their life. She is a good listener. There were a few enjoyable stories here but on the whole, there was far too much boring pontification and intelle...