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Apartment by Teddy Wayne

robbo13's review

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reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

scalytor's review

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emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

checkplease's review

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3.0

3.5 Stars

ljutavidra's review

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5.0

4,5

Odlično. Nešto mi je još malo falilo da zaokružim ocenu, ali vrlo mi se dopalo. Mali, nenametljiv roman sa originalnom premisom i realnim likovima. Ništa grandiozno, ništa fensi, ali onakav "slice of life" kakav volim da pročitam.

Tedi Vejn, imaš moju pažnju.

jsncnrd's review

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4.0

Wow. Apartment surprised me. It's a short book, coming in at just under 200 pages -- but it used every page to its advantage. It made bold statements about some very intriguing emotional topics.

Apartment does an amazing job at demonstrating that loneliness can be both immense and all-consuming while simultaneously being claustrophobic and suffocating. Depression and isolation can drive people to make chaotic choices. The desperation for connection can sometimes make people do things that will only drive others further away.

SpoilerThe ending and epilogue were so deeply depressing -- even when liberated from the confines of a small apartment and cast into the real world, the narrator continues to live his life in a closed-off, insignificant manner -- remaining depressed and lonely years after the events of the story.


The inclusion of homoerotic undertones as a metaphor for the isolation of being queer -- especially in the 1990's -- added another layer of complexity that I appreciated.

Apartment is a quick read, but it's one that left quite an impact. If you're a fan of books that are visceral, cerebral, or melancholy -- this is the one.

ablakespace's review

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dark tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

junothrp's review

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4.0

(Small) SPOILER AHEAD: look for ⚠️ (mention about the kind of ending in the second-to-last paragraph)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 3.7 stars

Although a somewhat slim read—my preference anyway—I found this book enchanting while I was in the thick of it, although I do have some mixed feelings about it after finishing it.

Sentences were a little densely packed sometimes, with indirect language and some uncommon vocabulary thrown in as well, but, overall, I found the writing style consistent and, eventually, easy to accustom myself to after gaining familiarity with it. I had a love/dislike (far from hate) relationship with the linguistic flourishes of Wayne's writing; sometimes endearing and earning my interest, other times coming off as almost needlessly flashy.

Apartment is just under 200 pages and segmented unequally into two parts, the years 1996 and 1997, each composed of smaller chapters roughly 20-35 pages long, making it a book that is easily digestible in one or two sittings.

Upon finishing the book, I couldn't help but feel very disappointed with the ending. Although it does lend itself to the depressing realism of distant memories turning melancholy as one ages, loose ends still felt like they were left untied—overall, in a word, unsatisfying. Usually, I do find some creative value in the imperfect, realistic ⚠️"bad endings," but this one just seemed to fall flat for me. However, the first 90% of the novel had me convinced that it was going to be a new favorite of mine that I had just discovered... only to be disappointed in the last 15 pages or so.

But! I do think this book, despite my criticisms, could be ideal for someone looking for something very subtly and covertly queer with a discursive writing style, all while full of saddening realism.

beefmaster's review

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4.0

First of all, I think all novels should be around 195 pages. Maybe 250. Second of all, epilogues that jump decades forward should be eliminated from fiction; Alice Munro perfected that and nobody else can do it as well. It undermines the tightness of the story. Finally, this is a great character piece that could do with *less* plot

tuff517's review

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

sopinkly's review

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  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5