Read Impossible Views of the World Online Free - A witty, urbane, and sometimes shocking debut novel, set in a hallowed New York museum, in which a co-worker's disappearance and a mysterious map change a life forever.
Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze.
But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella--a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don't ask)--on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum's colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul's been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life.
Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact.
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September 06, 2017
First, I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Books, and Lucy Ives for a free copy of this book before the publication date in exchange for an honest review.
Stella is a curator with a week from hell. To top it all off, her co-worker, Paul, goes missing. Finding a map makes her question everythi...
July 30, 2017
Thanks to Penguin's first to read program for an ecopy of this book in exchange for a review.
DNF - 15% (but it felt like so much more)
I tried really hard to get into this book. It portrayed itself as a mystery when a museum employee goes missing. I love museum mysteries ever since reading The Art...
March 19, 2017
Thanks Edewiss for this ARC.
We all have to grow up; this is a great awesome book about a woman finds her own power and worth.
April 02, 2017
I received an ARC of this novel and was blown away. Could not put it down. Will be buying the hardcover for my collection :)
February 06, 2017
Stylish and witty, revolving around a self described sophisticated misanthrope.
Stella's had quite the overwhelming week! From her unwavering career focus as the city's art curator, dealing with her self-important and almost ex-husband Wit, her eccentric famous meddling mother, her missing friend...
June 18, 2017
I found this book to be pretentious. It was not an enjoyable read. I hung in there for the whole thing, but I wish that I had quit much earlier. I kept hoping that something would occur to draw me in, but it just never happened. The language was unnecessarily showy, the characters were obnoxious...
September 10, 2017
I enjoyed everything about Lucy Ives's Impossible Views of the World. It's delightful from beginning to end. It's a literary, art, and historical mystery. It's also a romcom and a relationship/family drama. And at its heart, it's about a woman's quest for agency. Ives's writing is inventive and o...
July 25, 2017
The blurb was intriguing so that's what drew me into reading this book. And for the most part it was mildly interesting - there was a great attention to detail in the writing style and that made sense for a book set around a museum and those who worked there. But I also felt this went against the...
September 08, 2017
While I didn't think this was as pretentious as other readers seemed to believe, there were maybe five pages of dialogue throughout the entire novel and lines-long sentences full of overwrought similes. Hers was a long, bunchy name, like a bag of knots. and the like.
Sadly, the mystery and museum-...
July 10, 2017
Not for me. I wanted to like this book given its stunning cover and intriguing summary, but found it to be a challenging slog despite the brief length. Ives' writing is far too pretentious to be enjoyable; I constantly had to reread sentences to fully comprehend what was happening. None of the ch...