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The Scent of Pine In her newest novel award winning author Lara Vapnyar a talented writer possessed of an ample humor and insight and a humane sensibility The New York Times Book Review tells a provocative tale of se

  • Title: The Scent of Pine
  • Author: Lara Vapnyar
  • ISBN: 9781476712628
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Scent of Pine By Lara Vapnyar, In her newest novel, award winning author Lara Vapnyar a talented writer, possessed of an ample humor and insight and a humane sensibility The New York Times Book Review tells a provocative tale of sexual awakening, youthful romanticism, and the relentless search for love.Throughout her acclaimed, award winning career, novelist Lara Vapnyar has consistently impressed cIn her newest novel, award winning author Lara Vapnyar a talented writer, possessed of an ample humor and insight and a humane sensibility The New York Times Book Review tells a provocative tale of sexual awakening, youthful romanticism, and the relentless search for love.Throughout her acclaimed, award winning career, novelist Lara Vapnyar has consistently impressed critics with her striking honesty, empathy, and humor yet never before have Vapnyar s talents been as perfectly matched or shone as brightly as in her captivating latest novel, The Scent of Pine.Though Lena is only thirty eight, she finds herself in the grip of a midlife crisis She feels out of place in her adoptive country, her career has stalled, and her marriage has tumbled into a spiral of apathy and distrust it seems impossible she will ever find happiness again But then she meets Ben, a failed artist turned reluctant academic, who is just as lost as she is They strike up a precarious friendship and soon surprise themselves by embarking on an impulsive weekend adventure.On the drive to Ben s remote cabin in Maine, Lena begins to open up, for the first time in her life, about the tumultuous summer she spent as a counselor in a Soviet children s camp twenty years earlier, when she was just discovering romance and her own sexuality At a time when Russia itself was in turmoil, the once placid world of the camp was growing equally unsettled, with unexplained disappearances and mysterious goings on among the staff Lena and her best friend are haunted by what they witnessed, or failed to witness, and by the fallout from those youthful relationships It was a time of intense emotions, confusion, and passions, and ultimately very little turned out to be exactly as it seemed.As Lena reveals to Ben secrets she has long kept hidden, the lovers begin to discover together not only the striking truths buried in her past, but also immediate lessons about the urgency of this short, stolen time they have together A stirring, sexy, and breathtaking novel with an unforgettable twist, The Scent of Pine is both a poignant love story and a provocative tale of loneliness, longing, youthful romanticism, and the fickle nature of desire.

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    1. I didn t believe this book Not the story, not the construct The whole thing was forced, unsubtle Ben and Lena were uninteresting, unlikable as two cheating people would be There isn t much in the way of redeeming qualities to either of them, because they re undeveloped Lena s story of a supposed coming of age in a summer camp in Russia is boring Nobody changes, nothing happens The final reveal is forced too What are the odds that Ben would be carrying a graphic novel describing the entire thing, [...]

    2. The New York Times raved about this book not once, but twice, in 12 days And I am mystified The central character and narrator lacks a single sympathetic attribute She even makes adultery dull The narrative is relentlessly static a train, a snooze of a scholarly conference, a car ride Things get really saucy when someone does something crazy like go for a walk What the reader is left with, therefore, is talk There s an overarching story, broken into pieces to flesh out this already thin novel Bu [...]

    3. I know I should give the author a bit of a break b c English is not her first language The book is pretty darn impressive from that perspective However, I was irritated by a couple of first person narrative slips during the third person narration At times when Lena is telling Ben her camp story, it is in first person but the rest of the book is not I also found ALL of the characters unlikeable, even Lena Why is she so unhappy with Vadim, for example Once I know who he really is, I was even irri [...]

    4. Two academics meet at a conference Lena is a Russian emigree and 38 year old married woman Ben is a failed artist turned academic engaged to a woman who broke up his first marriage They are attracted to each other and after she accepts a ride home to Boston, they end up spending a romantic weekend together at his rustic cabin in Maine The pine trees in Maine reminds her of a summer working in a childrens camp in Russia So she begins relating the story of that summer to him and in the process, le [...]

    5. Tanuj Solanki is 8% done with The Scent of Pine Strangely reminiscent only in tone and language of Olga Grushin s novel, The Dream Life of Sukhanov And that is enough to have me pining for this 2014 release

    6. My review When Simon Schuster offered me a review copy of The Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar, I was intrigued Partially because the author is originally from my neighbouring country Russia and partially because of the blurb of the book The plot seemed promising.The Scent of Pine tells a story about Lena who is closing 40 and she has reached a point in her life when she needs to let go some parts of her past and to take a retrospective journey Her marriage is a mess, she has difficulties with sett [...]

    7. Change was slow to spread across Russia after the fall of communism In 1989, Perestroika, and the sexual revolution, had yet to reach summer camps and pedagogical colleges, and 18 year old camp counselor Lena, the main character in Lara Vapnyar s new novel, The Scent of Pine, was fervent in protecting her 29 charges from sexuality and the dangers of masturbation However, Lena began to discover her own sexuality that summer, leading to a series of adventures and questions that will haunt her well [...]

    8. I went into this book very intrigued about the main characters past and was excited to learn why her summer as a camp counselor bothered her as much as it did Lena is in the midst of a mid life crisis, her career isn t where she thought it would be, her relationship with her husband is falling apart and she feels lost During an academic conference she meets Ben and is oddly drawn to him, the pair share a ride home and embark on a weekend long affair at his cabin in the woods of Maine Lena begins [...]

    9. Ugh I saw this book reviewed positively in the New York Times and thought it sounded wonderful Soviet emigre struggling in American academia, with flashbacks to her childhood summer camps during perestroika Lots of entry points for me But no Many of the negative reviews on GoodReads come from readers offended by adultery, or readers who were seeking a plot driven, less contemplative read To be clear those were not my problems at all It was just poorly written The transitions into the flashbacks [...]

    10. I choose this book to be my first book to read in 2014 I wasn t disappointed in my choice The Scent of Pine is a enthralling novel that is both sensual in nature and unsettling in the background story of the character s tortured past Yapnyar s writing style is captivating and her cast of characters are very relatable Russian born, Yapnyar captures the mystery of Soviet Russia so realistically and her story bristles with intrigue and sensuality This is slender novel is to be read carefully and sa [...]

    11. Why do some things from our teen years stay with us like a splinter that has not come out The main character worked at a summer camp during those years and what happened there to her is emblematic of her life the mistakes and chances not taken She is a woman propelled forward not really making decisions but letting decisions make her.I enjoyed.

    12. The ending is one that makes you realize you should have stuck with your gut and shelved the book after the first couple of chapters.

    13. Maybe 2.5.rather improbable coincidences fundamental to the book and serial adulterers who are not so interesting for their willingness to live unhappily and deceitfully.

    14. The writing of this book sometimes made it a bit tricky to follow It jumped around from past to present and from first person to third person That could have been well done, but the story itself left me feeling like it just wasn t complete It was a fast read, but I was hoping for of a coming of age story The characters, for the most part, just felt a bit hollow.

    15. I m a little disappointed that this is the book that I chose to get signed by Lara Vapnyar She came to the DC Jewish Literary Festival to promote Still Here, which was still in editing at the time and wouldn t hit bookstores for almost a year I chose to buy this book, I think because I d read it described somewhere as being about assimilated Soviet Jews there were definitely some Jewish associated names, but no cultural content beyond that at summer camp in the 1980s I d enjoyed Vapnyar s short [...]

    16. Bouncing back and forth between Lena s present day life as a community college professor presenting at a literature conference and her past as a counselor at a summer camp in rural Russia during the 1980s, this book had a somewhat magical quality It is not magical realism but it is filled with the magic of reality the way that time slips back and forth and stories, once understood, become convoluted The most magical part of this book is the way people return to our lives without fully revealing [...]

    17. Lena ,in the grips of a midlife crisis, is on her reluctant way to a conference Feeling lost in her dying marriage and motherhood, she meets Ben, a fellow academic and failed artist, who seems to spark life back into her Lena decides to accept a ride home with him that soon turns into an impulsive trip to his secluded cabin Along the way, Ben seems to open memories of her time at a Soviet children s camp where she was a shy counselor that finally has her first taste of romance with soldiers she [...]

    18. First off, I received this book from the First reads giveaway here on , and it was one that I signed up for without really reading what it would be about, honestly I glanced over the summary and thought it looked interesting enough to sign up for.Basically, I had no idea what this book would be like, and quite frankly, I was a little surprised when I started reading it, simply because as I reiterate I didn t actually read the summary very well.For a book that essentially glorified adultery in so [...]

    19. The main character in this story is named Lena and she is at a convention of sorts of soviet writers, poets, artists and other people waiting to share or find out about the Soviet life Lena is by herself on this trip, her husband and two boys are back in California visiting his parents As she meets some of the people, a few of the the well known people she knows having grown up together She begins to look back on her life and mostly on one summer where most of them were camp counselors at a s [...]

    20. What a bizarre little book this is I read one of her collections of short stories, liked it, and was looking forward to reading this on that basis, but one of the very things that made her short stories come alive for me the very internal, reflective style of her narrators made this fall completely flat First of all, it became clear that Vapnyar does a lot of internal narrative stuff because she s not very good at writing realistic dialogue So there s that But the story itself was just really, r [...]

    21. This novel about a young woman who immigrated to America from her native Russia disappointed me The story alternates between the present of Lena going to speak at a conference while her husband and children go to the west coast to visit his family with flashbacks back to Russia to a summer during her college years where she worked as camp counselor The present day story is somewhat interesting, her speech is a disaster but she meets a fellow speaker, they become friends and decide to drive home [...]

    22. I couldn t wait to receive The Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar Thank you Simon Schuster and Ms Vapnyar I won this book from.I have read other books by Lara Vapnyar, and this one certainly did not disappoint I felt that the main characters were very credible A few scenes in the book had me laughing out loud One scene is when Lena sees a sign on a fence that states, KEEP THE WILDLIFE WILD and her interpretation of it.Throughout the book, Lena is telling Ben a story about summer camp, and I found tha [...]

    23. I requested this novel because I m always interested in women s midlife crises I like that most of these types of novels focus on how the woman has had enough and is now going to put herself first This novel alternates between Lena discovering her sexuality at camp and having a sexual re awakening when she steals away for the weekend to a cabin in Maine Not a comfy, cozy cabin but a cabin with no heat and no toilet Not exactly condusive to wild romance As Lena confides her memories of being a ca [...]

    24. This writing in this book is adequate but the novel was grossly unstructured and under developed It had no substantial story line The book flap promised dual story lines inter twining past and present but nothing mysterious took place in the Russian Camp but some kids bed wetting and much teen sex in the woods Nothing new there The flipping back and forth between past and present was inconsistent and difficult to follow There is some weird mention of aliens WHY I agree with other reviewers the c [...]

    25. Thank you Dana from Simon Schuster for the free copy of this book and thus the opportunity to read it I won a copy of this in a giveaway, so yay My first THE SCENT OF PINE was a pleasure to read, and I will look forward to reading of Vapnyar s work again this was a first It s a story about passion, love and intimacy But mostly about sexual liberation and being able to let go of the past It s a story about two people who discover good in themselves through each other I very much enjoyed the main [...]

    26. Dissatisfied academic facing early midlife crisis has weekend affair with fellow academic she meets at conference, tells him stories about the summer she spent as a camp counselor in Soviet Russia twenty years before Skip this and read Vapynar s collections There Are Jews in My House Stories or Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love instead You ll thank me.

    27. The story of two lonely people cheating on their significant others going on a weekend jaunt Their actions bringing on the truths of their lives, while telling each other stories of their childhood and past experiences By the end of this book I was ready for it I spent most of the book waiting for , as the story unfolded in a so so way A couple small twists towards the end, which I enjoyed, but too little, too late Too many pages of stretching out a mediocre story for this to be a book I would r [...]

    28. I found this book touching and real I read it almost straight through While a bit older than Lena, the emotions she feels about her marriage, her life, and the possibility of an affair felt very true to me I liked the way the author interwove the story of her past with the journey of the present The writing gives a strong sense of place A favorite few lines, She felt guilty about her encounter with Ben Not just guilty but pathetic, because the only thing she could be guilty of was her desire to [...]

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