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  • Taschenbuch: 280 Seiten
  • Verlag: Alma Books Ltd. (15. Juni 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1846882974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846882975
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 2,1 x 19,8 cm
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'A beautiful story.' Anna Paquin 'I am always drawn to stories with strong and complex female protagonists. And I always knew the first movie I would want to direct would contain the role I would have killed to play when I was a teenager. This book moved and provoked me in ways I can't fully articulate. I am incredibly excited to transform Anna Stothard's extraordinary work into a film I hope we will both be proud of.' Anna Paquin 'The Pink Hotel is mysterious, lyrical, and utterly absorbing, by turns funny and forlorn. Anna Stothard is a precise, insightful observer of what it means to be human, and her writing bristles with sexiness and suspense, love, loss, and longing. This is the best book I've read in years.' Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart is an Idiot 'The quality of her writing is remarkable.' Helen Dunmore 'She breathes new life into old literature.' Fay Weldon 'Astonishingly good... Stothard's writing is accomplished and very engaging.' The Times 'A poignant novel about identity, and a love/hate letter to LA.' Glamour Magazine 'Matters of personal identity underlie an exhilarating ride through LA's seamier side in the company of a hard-bitten yet highly engaging protagonist.' The Daily Mail 'A gently transgressive, transatlantic quest that conjures up both the languid heat of LA and the confusions of a young woman on the cusp.' The Lady

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Anna Stothard lived in Los Angeles for two years, studying at the American Film Institute, before returning to London. She has written weekly columns in The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph, as well as articles in other newspapers. Her first novel, Isabel and Rocco, was published in 2004, followed by The Pink Hotel in 2011, which was longlisted for the Orange prize and has been translated all over the world. She lives in Chalk Farm, London.

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Ich habe mir dieses Buch eigentlich nur wegen des Titels (ja, im Herzen bin ich immer noch ein Mädchen, das auf Pink, am besten mit ganz viel Glitzer steht!!!) zugelegt. Ein weiterer Pluspunkt für mich war, dass es in L.A. spielt, meiner absoluten Lieblingsstadt. Ich fing also ganz unvoreingenommen an zu lesen und habe das Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand gelegt, bis ich es zuende gelesen hatte. Die Geschichte ist nicht sehr spannend, aber eindrucksvoll erzählt Anna Stothard von der Protagonistin, dessen Name nicht bekannt wird und wie sie von London nach L.A. kommt, um an der Beerdigung Ihrer Mutter teilzunehmen. Während ihres Aufenthaltes deckt sie so manches Geheimnis ihrer Mutter auf, die sie nie richtig kennengelernt hat. Dabei treibt es sie kreuz und quer durch die Stadt, man erhält unweigerlich ein Bild der Stadt der Engel.
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Nach den ersten Seiten konnte ich das Buch gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen, leider ist es nicht bis zum Ende so geblieben.
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A flawed quest. 12. Oktober 2012
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The narrator of this book has flown to LA to attend the wake of the mother who abandoned her. She had lived in England with her father and stepmother over the cafe they owned and ran. We know her mother, Lily had gotten pregnant quite young. Our narrator gets to the pink hotel, where her mother and husband had lived, in time for the wake. It is a decadent party. Lily's daughter steals a suitcase and clothes and runs off in search of her mother's life.
Lily was beautiful and elusive. She had a wild streak and apparently stolen and cheated. As the story goes on, we see that her daughter is, and always has been, very much like her. In fact I think this is the purpose for her lack of name. She tracks down men who had been in her mother's life. Her journey is indeed engrossing. The picture of LA with its epicenter of dreams is bewitching and clear.
The flaw in the quest for me is the heroine's affairs first with her mother's first husband, then with a believed boyfriend. She is 17 or 18 but lies about it. The first husband knew about the connection. While I can see that the narrator is deeply linked and flawed in the same way as her mother, the sex she has with her mother's lovers just bothered me enough to cast a shadow on the whole book. While the men with whom she slept thought she was older than she was, they certainly knew that she was very young. I understand the role that sexual acting out and later love played in the story, it just gummed up the plot for me. The tone of the book skipped lightly on the difference in ages, and i think this minimizes what seemed to me an uneven position ofnpower in the men's favor. Perhaps other readers will disagree. I cannot argue with the deftness of the writing and the clear world view that emerges. This is a good, flawed, book.
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4.5 stars to an absorbing, gritty portrait of Los Angeles and self-discovery 13. März 2012
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The Pink Hotel is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl from London who sets off to Los Angeles when her mother, who left when she was three, dies. Her mother and her husband own the pink hotel in Venice Beach. When I sat down to read The Pink Hotel, I knew little about it aside from its inclusion on the 2012 Orange Prize longlist. The cover led me to believe it was a light, vacation romp and perhaps a romance of sorts. Instead, I was delighted to discover an absorbing, gritty portrait of the unnamed narrator and her search for herself in her mother's memory. I was mesmerized by Stothard's portrait of Los Angeles and its inhabitants. The spunky heroine arrives during her mother's wake, which is really more of a rave. She sneaks up to the apartment at the top of the hotel where her mother lived. She takes off with a suitcase filled with some clothes and documents.

This novel is a beautiful exploration of a main character who has little idea of who she is, but she is bright, thoughtful and observant: "It sometimes seems that men and women are born to be a particular age. David was meant to be in his twenties. I'm meant to be fifteen, maybe. Children are allowed to be perplexed, but adults are judged on how well they mould to the world around them and how well they connect. If you're no good at connecting then you're a failure." Layers of mystery run through this novel, as the narrator reaches out to people who knew her mother in the hopes they can tell her more about Lily, her mother. None of them knew Lily had a daughter. Lily was fourteen when she gave birth and hasn't been in England since she was 17. As our heroine uncovers more secrets, even more emerge. Her path was never clear, but this novel's narrative flow was as lovely as it was winding.

Stothard mesmerized me from the very first page of this novel. I so enjoyed the day I spent with this novel and the girl with no name. It was a sexy, sad, bittersweet adventure through Los Angeles, but more importantly, it was a shocking and illuminating portrait of a lost, troubled young girl trying to find herself, understand her mother, and simply live her life.
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A Stunning and Sad Story 21. Dezember 2012
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(Taken from a review on my blog, The Reader's Commute):

As readers, we learn along with the narrator about the character that was Lily. We learn that "her bedroom reeked of cigarette ash and stale perfume" on the very first page. However, this small detail is not enough for the narrator, a girl who relishes in ample sleep and physical pain. Like someone who incessantly presses a bruise, the narrator delves deeper into the world that was her mother's. She wears Lily's clothes (even her underwear), reads her love letters, and pays visits to acquaintances and old lovers. She doesn't seem to really care that she's upsetting the balance of this world, or causing hurt to Lily's husband, Richard (a dangerous, red-haired man). The narrator in The Pink Hotel is relentless. She fights on the soccer field, she repeats words that have "musical qualities," and she continuously hounds people for information on Lily.

Even after she falls in love and begins living with David, a photographer who once knew her mother, the narrator cannot let go of her obsession. She lies to David and says that she has disposed of Lily's clothing, and humors him while wearing the clothing he has picked out for her (the cardigans and skirts that David buys her do not reflect her personality - or the personality she wants to have - as much as Lily's leather jacket and silk fuchsia dress). Saddest of all: David does not know that his new lover is Lily's daughter.

The scenes between the narrator and David are heartbreaking and obsessive. She loves him, yet hurts him without his knowledge. He is a recovering alcoholic who sees some semblance of goodness in this young girl, and he wants to turn his life around. Meanwhile, the narrator has this desperate desire to feel something; she makes frequent mentions of injuries suffered, the game of pressing pressure points to facilitate fainting, and masochistic dreams she's had where she is tied to a laundry machine for hours. In a pivotal argument scene with David, the narrator feels a rush of excitement when she thinks that David is going to hit her. She is left disappointed, and she suffers silently.

Everyone in The Pink Hotel suffers silently. David grapples with alcoholism and a secret sadness; Julie, a bartender, pushes away her emotions with heroin; the narrator's grandmother suffers from a stroke that takes away her ability to speak. Despite all of this silence, this novel speaks volumes. The prose is gorgeous, full of unexpected descriptions that left me thinking: this is so true.

While some readers may be put-off by an unnamed narrator, I felt that I was really able to identify the narrator of The Pink Hotel as an individual. Her feelings, her vivid dreams, and her actions made her stand out. Like Emily Vidal in The Adults, she seems wise beyond her years. Her thoughts are complicated, beautiful, and sad. I think she will sit with me for a long time, and I look forward to a reread of The Pink Hotel.
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A woman searches for her mother's identity, and her own 29. September 2013
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The Pink Hotel is narrated by Lily Harris' daughter, whose name is never revealed. Lily's daughter never knew Lily, but she impulsively travels to Venice Beach from London to attend Lily's funeral. She arrives in time for the wake being held at the hotel Lily co-owned. In Lily's room, she watches a fistfight between Richard, Lily's most recent husband, and David, a fashion photographer who knew Lily when she was a model. Using clues she gleans from items she steals from Lily's room, Lily's daughter tracks down people from Lily's past. Although her father told her that Lily was "manipulative and dangerous," Lily's daughter gains different perspectives of her mother as she meets the people who were part of Lily's life.

We often learn about characters in surprising ways -- as, for instance, when Lily's daughter and David compare their scars or discuss their fantasies. Lily's daughter is endowed with quirky personality traits (including a desire for physical pain) that make her a convincing character. She's coming of age, sorting through her confusion, making or avoiding decisions about the person she wants to become. David is older than Lily's daughter but he's also (perhaps belatedly) trying to find an identity he can live with. I'm just as impressed with the thought given to the novel's minor characters -- the gossipy residents of "Little Armenia" (David's neighborhood) who give Lily's daughter their unsolicited advice, the bartender who goes into the back room every hour to feed her addiction.

Part of the charm of The Pink Hotel is that I never had a clue what would happen next. After the first chapter, there is little direct interaction between Lily's daughter and Richard, but a sense of foreboding pervades the novel. Richard is in no condition to stop Lily's daughter when she steals Lily's things, but he makes it clear that he wants the property returned. Yet this isn't a thriller. The Pink Hotel has a plot of sorts, one that holds a surprising turn of events as the story nears its conclusion -- a turn of events that, unlike the rest of the story, is too contrived -- but this is fundamentally a character-driven novel. The plot is a vehicle for Lily's daughter to investigate a series of complex relationships, an investigation that shapes, and helps her to understand, her own identity.

Anna Stothard's prose is evocative and graceful. She sets scenes in photographic detail and plays with some wonderful images of maps transformed into objects of art. The story moves quickly but it's never hurried. Lily's daughter loves words (quiddity is a favorite) and it's clear that Stothard shares her joyful approach to language. "A good word captures the quiddity of its meaning, the drippiness of dripping and phosphorescence of phosphorescent light." The Pink Hotel is full of well-chosen words.

Not everything is resolved by the novel's end, but Lily's daughter is still young, and that's life. Although I was disappointed with some aspects of the novel's concluding chapters, that reaction did not overcome my enjoyment of the story that preceded it. In fact, there are other aspects of the novel's conclusion (those that don't involve the "shocking" revelation) that have the appealing flavor of truth. In the end, the novel's one flaw is not fatal. I would give The Pink Hotel 4 1/2 stars if I could.
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Like Being Home 14. August 2013
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I'm an L.A. native and lived in Los Angeles for the first fifty years of my life. Reading The Pink Hotel gave me a chance to re-visit my "hometown" and given that I lived many years in Marina del Rey, right down the road from the Pink Hotel, I was right there with the ambiance and feeling of the book. I thought the story was compelling and well thought out. It kept my interest throughout. The characters were complex, multi-faceted and well developed. My heart went out to the book's heroine. I hope the author write's a sequel.
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