How to Get into the Twin Palms

How to Get into the Twin Palms How To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles who struggles between retaining her parents Polish culture and trying to assimilate

  • Title: How to Get into the Twin Palms
  • Author: Karolina Waclawiak
  • ISBN: 9780983247180
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • How To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles between retaining her parents Polish culture and trying to assimilate into her adopted community She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anya s apartment It is Anya s wish to gain entranceHow To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles between retaining her parents Polish culture and trying to assimilate into her adopted community She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anya s apartment It is Anya s wish to gain entrance to this seemingly exclusive club How To Get Into the Twin Palms is a really funny and often moving book that provides a unique twist on the immigrant story, and provides a credible portrait of the city of Los Angeles, literally burning to the ground.

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    1. I'm not sure whether the brilliant cover art and the gorgeous rough cut pages biased me towards this book. I recently read The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson and questioned whether I would have liked it if someone other than Winterson had written it. Would I have enjoyed this book if it had grotesque cover art and was typeset in an ugly font? Maybe not as much.Books this well designed makes me realise how important it is to design books this well. I liked closing it and enjoying the cover, [...]

    2. This book reminds me of John Fante's Bandini writing - the loneliness that is constantly on the verge of despair, the sense of Los Angeles as a main character. It also has Fante's immigrant desire to be someone and something else and then getting frustrated when everyone else doesn't see what you are trying to be. However, Waclawiak definitely has her own voice.When we are introduced to the main character we discover she immediately wishes to be anybody but herself, for about 5 or 6 reasons. We [...]

    3. This book stinks, and by that I mean only that odors permeate the page: Onions mixed with cheap cologne. Dried saliva. Dill and boiled potatoes. “Food smells from the neighbors tumbled through the walls. Chicken fat from soup and dried sausages mixed with urine from the pipes in the bathroom. The smells seeped into the beds, the sofa, and the carpet.” A vivid sensory experience told by an outsider equally ill at ease in mainstream Los Angeles, in her pan-Slavic neighborhood, and with regard [...]

    4. A weirdly funny, yet strangely tragic story about an unemployed 20-year old single white female living off Fairfax in West Hollywood. This immigrant girl's sole ambition is to pass as Russian so she can enter the Russian club, the Twin Palms. She dyes her Polish blond hair all kinds of cheap ugly and then curses the yellow roots growing back. She buys lots of thin cigarettes that seem like Russian women, smokes a ton, and runs around a track until she barfs all over it. From her apartment balcon [...]

    5. Už jsem v životě četl hodně knih s bizarním nebo odporným příběhem, ale tahle je asi všechny přebila. Jak se dostat do Twin Palms je totiž o buchtičce, která chce spát jen se smradlavýma Rusama, kteří jí borščšž, aby se díky tomu dostala na ruskou diskotéku v Twin Palms. Zde si představte znělku z Akt X.Netrvá to dlouho a buchtička opravdu uloví muže svých snů, prince, kterého by jí každá mohla závidět. Smradlavého chlupatého Rusa s rozepnutou košilí, [...]

    6. I've been fortunate this year as far as good luck with first-time novelists. That luck continues with this book. Waclawiak has a spicy, humorous style of writing that worked well with this Polish immigrant surrounded by Russian immigrants story. The main character of the story becomes obsessed with getting into a nearby Russian nightclub, the Twin Palms. She isn't allowed in by the doorkeeper in spite of her efforts to gain entrance. What follows is the story. Butlest you think this is a shallow [...]

    7. I know this novel was purposefully dead-pan. Still I'd say that I was exasperated along the course of the read, for the protagonist's clueless idling presented in the mere accumulation of artless sentences. And now readers have to adore this as some sort of the hipsterdom in its height? At least that is how the novel is marketed. I really don't understand why, but if it really is, I just want to be counted out.

    8. Such a strange feeling to read a book that inhabits a geography with which I am intimate but presents a world that is strange to the point of being almost alien. Waclawiak takes the received images of a specific type of immigrant experience and transmutes them into a universal feelings of longing and nostalgia, a dangerous cocktail of emotions for people stuck between places.

    9. This is one of those books that make you really ponder and think about the story. After finishing the book, it took me a couple of minutes to gather myself. I don't know what fucked my mind up more: the heroine's depressing narrative or the way the story progressed. She calls herself Anka and doesn't use her real name. And she makes you question yourself. Set in the midst of Los Angeles, How to get into the Twin Palms portrays the city as an un-sexy beast, keen on destroying its citizens, or how [...]

    10. Feeling a need to stretch myself as a reader, I bought a subscription to Emily's Books. She selects one book a month, one that most likely would not have been on my radar. This first book was way outside my comfort zone. This book was not written to prove the author's finesse with words but rather to take us into a single immigrant's world. A world that is filled with stained mattresses, vomit and violence. Universal truths are not espoused; it's just one gritty tale that haunted me.The writing [...]

    11. Waclawiak has a very visceral literary style, that feels refreshing and real. She describes very intimate details of sex and life vividly and unflatteringly. After reading How to Get Into the Twin Palms, I felt I had taken a journey in Anya’s body. I could feel her raw, burnt hands, her cut vagina lip, and her losing battle with her newly grown in roots, exposing her artificial hair color. However, as familiar as I was with Anya’s body I never reached the same closeness with Anja’s mind an [...]

    12. Bleak, this story of a lost young woman in the Russian enclave of Los Angeles during fiery Santa Ana season. Why, you keep asking yourself. Why does she do what she does, want what she wants? Very interesting.Now, either I missed something or I'm dumb or there's a misprint (there are a couple of little ones) but there's a section in the middle, an episode in Poland with a family member, that comes on so surprisingly, I wonder if there's an introductory paragraph or sentence missing. Someone play [...]

    13. pretty terrific novel of longing and looking for a place to be, a person to be. our character anya, or is that REALLY her name, tries to pass, as russian, her being polish, but really her being usaer. so already things are turning upside down, passing being black passing as white, shhh, don't tell, and "polish", even though she's not "polish" anymore, she could never go back even if she wanted to the twin palms is just down the street, and spoiler, she does get in.but then she does burn down h-o [...]

    14. Look! I read a book about Polish and/or Russian people and there weren't any stupid myths or magical realism! What was here? Some very subtle ideas about ethnicity and passing (in this case, being Polish and trying to pass as Russian) and what makes somebody American vs an immigrant and the different types of people who pull one way or the other.

    15. Very entertaining at first. This book probably merits four stars, but it left me with such a nasty, gritty feeling in the end (and that is probably why it deserves four stars, but I don't like nasty feelings, so I give it three stars!). You can't help but empathize with the main character at first, but as the story drags on, you realize the manipulative brat is responsible for her own sorrows.

    16. I could not put this book down. I loves the voice and the feeling of aloneness and alienation and the added layer of despair from Los Angeles. It felt real and not made-for-tv. Every part of the story was believable, the characters made me like them and hate them and care about them.

    17. This book started promising, even funny. And then just went downhill and became depressing and revolting. I give it to the author, her descriptions of smells and mattress stains were powerful enough to give me stomach aches. I think the ending is supposed to give you hope, but I didn't get it.

    18. This felt different than other books I've read, and though I liked it, I think it's one that I have to read again to get the little details I missed the first time.

    19. "The fires were closer now. No longer in Simi Valley or the outskirts of the city. I could see rows of red and orange, fire lines down the hills in Burbank and moving closer to us, along the ridges of the mountains."The Los Angeles county wildfires provide an unexpectedly fitting backdrop for a story of Anya, a 25-year-old woman who emigrated from Poland and settled in California having gone through refugee camps first in Austria then in Texas. Anya is struggling to find her place in Los Angeles [...]

    20. Definitely the kind of book you keep thinking about days later, right? Well you're in luck, because we're Fiona, Laura and (Cool) Ben and together we're the Book Who's Talking podcast! We're like a book club, but you don't have to leave your house and you don't have to feel guilty about going out and buying some salty, polish sausage after reading HTGITTP. We reviewed How To Get Into The Twin Plams for our fourth episode because we heard it was one of the best short novels written in quite a whi [...]

    21. I feel a little conflicted over this story, but I don't think that's entirely unnatural. I didn't really like the main character, "Anya", but I also don't think you always have to like-able characters in order to have a good story. I thought it provided an excellent perspective of an immigrant voice - not totally belonging, belonging more than you think, simultaneously wanting to be proud and wanting to melt away. The ending leaves a lot of loose threads but I enjoyed that. I think it fit with h [...]

    22. I actually liked the beginning of this book fairly well. Waclawiak has a visceral and shameless way of describing things, which is always appealing. The cover art is gorgeous and I like the short chapter format. It's the actual storyline that fell short for me - the destruction, the pointlessness, the pervasive "all women destroy themselves as quickly and thoroughly as possible" undercurrent that seems to be in so many books I've read recently. Self harm happens, and I'm not completely opposed t [...]

    23. This was a really pleasant book to read. I liked the fact that the heroine is so imperfect, seems to hate herself and just wants to be someone else – it makes the book very different from many other books I have read recently.The context is also interesting in the sense that her identity is very complex anyway – she doesn’t quite fit with Americans, but is not exactly Polish anymore either. When she decides she wants to pass as Russian and gain entry to a shabby nightclub in her neighbourh [...]

    24. The glib review I'd give this book is a "darker Bridget Jones," which is not a negative review. I would not call this "chick-lit" as in a light,fluffy book about relationships and shopping,but like Bridget Jones in the attention to the gap between what the narrator wants and her lived reality, and the amount of detail spent on descriptions of eating, clothing, hair and make-up ("technologies of the self") as means to an end of achieving some kind of better life. As many others have noted, and as [...]

    25. The physical book is beautifully designed, and the contents is a melancholic study in loneliness and disgust, full of visceral scents, smells, textures, and sights, all described in a way that jangles the nerves and brings memories of past discomforts. I had to be in the right mood to read this book, it's been sitting on my shelf awaiting that mood for a while, but having picked it up at the right time, I'm glad I did. Waclawiak is a powerful writer.

    26. Wow, this book was strange and weird, not like anything I have read and enjoyed. Twin Palms reads like a diary. I felt like I was spying on a neighbor and couldn't quite stop. Zosia aka Anay'saccount of her daily life in LA definitely paints a picture of the seamy side of life. Twin Palms opens with no big storyline and ends the same.

    27. This book sang straight to my Polish, American, Los Angeleno, twentysomething year old heart. I don't know how to describe Anya other that - feral? In a beautiful way. (4.5 stars out of 5, but hey, I'll round up.)

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