"Banana Rose explodes with wit and vision."Indianapolis News
Banana Roseby Natalie Goldberg
The bestselling novel from the beloved author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, and Long Quiet Highway is now available in paperback for the first time. With a half-million copies in print of her three remarkable books of nonfiction, Natalie Goldberg has inspired a generation of writers with her insight, humor, and/i>/i>… See more details below
The bestselling novel from the beloved author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, and Long Quiet Highway is now available in paperback for the first time. With a half-million copies in print of her three remarkable books of nonfiction, Natalie Goldberg has inspired a generation of writers with her insight, humor, and empathy. Subtly hilarious and achingly raw, her first novel Banana Rose has rewarded her devoted fans while attracting a whole new readership to her work.
Banana Rose is the story of Nell Schwartz, a Brooklyn-born Jewish girl who moves to the Taos of communes and sweet cedar smoke, transforms herself into Banana Rose (because she's "bananas"), falls in love with a horn player named Gauguin, and believes they can stop time if they just love hard enough. It's also about Nell and Anna, a strange-eyed writer as lonely as the Nebraska farm where she grew up, whose kisses taste like raspberries and who teaches Nell what it means to be an artist. But most of all, Banana Rose is about Nell's struggle with her own wild heart, with the demands of canvas and paint, with her family and faith, and with her irrepressible longing for home.
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I loved 'Writing Down the Bones' and 'Wild Mind', but it appears that although Natalie Goldberg can write books about how to write novels, she can't actually write novels herself. 'Banana Rose' was just obnoxious. The heroine was completely unlikeable and every freaking scene revolved around eating. (Things would literally jump from a dinner table to a candy bar to a breakfast brunch...etc.) The whole story was just pointless. Stay away from this book if you want to keep respecting Natalie Goldberg. Her nonfiction rocks, but this novel was appalling.
I have been quite the Natalie Goldberg fan. I have devoured anything she has written. I am writing this review, and I am only half through with the novel. I think it is excellent. I can't wait to see what happens next. I love the short chapters....because before you know it, after saying...ok, just one more chapter, you've read half the book. I just read the reviews from the quote unquote literary magazines, or whatever, and....hello....if they only had a clue. They gave the book one star. Wow. I guess these people don't have a clue. They have never experienced the uncertainty of creation....of being a writer...of being a painter. It's an ambiguous thing...and it's quite compelling to read Banana Rose and the way she came through it all. I love this story so far, and quite honestly, I've begun painting again...which has cracked open my wild writing mind. A must read for anyone creative. Ok....so that means..any kind of formal reviewers don't have a clue as to what this book means!! Cheers to my fellow creators!