Do the Windows Open?

Do the Windows Open Do the Windows Open is a series of hilarious linked tales documenting the mania of the modern day in devastating detail tales that have had readers of The New Yorker laughing out loud for years The be

  • Title: Do the Windows Open?
  • Author: Julie Hecht
  • ISBN: 9780140271454
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do the Windows Open is a series of hilarious linked tales documenting the mania of the modern day in devastating detail tales that have had readers of The New Yorker laughing out loud for years.The beguiling and alienated narrator who finds nearly everything interesting and almost nothing clear has set herself the never ending goal of photographing a world renowned reprodDo the Windows Open is a series of hilarious linked tales documenting the mania of the modern day in devastating detail tales that have had readers of The New Yorker laughing out loud for years.The beguiling and alienated narrator who finds nearly everything interesting and almost nothing clear has set herself the never ending goal of photographing a world renowned reproductive surgeon, Walden Pond, the ponds of Nantucket, and all the houses Anne Sexton ever lived in.On the way, she searches for organically grown vegetables, windows that open, and an endodontist who acts like a normal person She sometimes compares herself unfavorably to Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Princess Diana.What emerges is a unique sensibility under siege This is a remarkably original literary performance, one that speaks to anyone looking for the refuge laughter offers from life in an absurd world.

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    1. "There was no ultimate goal, after all. I'd noticed this before--that those who were not going insane just kept moving. People were calm as they went about their daily rounds of wrong choices and futile pursuits.""I didn't know what a conversation was anymore, just as I didn't know what a tomato was anymore. I'd see one and I'd want it. Then I'd cut into it, and when I saw those seeds and that juice I'd think, 'What is a tomato? Does anyone really know?' Then I'd eat it anyway.""When the men gre [...]

    2. Ms. Hecht refuses to play it safe with her heroine, whose eye for detail is deadly. Nothing and no one, including herself, is exempt. She has devastating things to say about the way people look and act. The ethical implications of Gary Hart's comb-over, the poor quality of contemporary ''peanut-eating styles,'' the exact topography of a certain kind of ''toupee mistake'' are all scrutinized, interrogated and catalogued; she compulsively sorts out the surfaces of the world as if looking for evide [...]

    3. How can such a loud voice be so quietly sad? Julie Hecht's book, somewhere between novel and connected short stories focuses on the neurotic life of a macrobiotic vegetarian, fixated on seeming trivialities and projects with no purpose, whose deep unhappiness is cleverly disguised from the reader and herself. It was hard to get into at first, as it is rife with what are often disparaged as "first world problems" and seeing the world through her eyes is rather unpleasant. But by Lovely Day the bo [...]

    4. If David Sadaris was a women who was far more neurotic and lived on the upper east side of Manhattan and summered in Nantucket; I believe, thus far, he would be writing this book. Which rules.

    5. Incredibly annoying. First person narration from a neurotic protagonist with whom one wouldn't want to spend a minute. Plenty of talent in the writer, but this text was a chore. I stopped at page 35.

    6. The unnamed, first-person female narrator of these funny, linked stories, is a bundle of obsessions, neuroses, and judgments both snap and considered. Her obsessions come bundled with often repeated phrases such as "the world-renowned reproductive surgeon Dr. Arnold Loquesto," who has done some never specified work on the narrator and whom she is trying to capture in a series of photographs, together with his family and his dog. Other photographic projects include all the houses Anne Sexton ever [...]

    7. It's rare for me to find a book I absolutely dislike. If you're up for 200 pages of luxurious ramblings from a New Yorker set pre-9/11, this might be for you. I didn't find any of these stories funny. Admittedly, the New Yorker's style of humor isn't my jig in the first place.There is no arc to any of these stories, no great lessons, no emotional experiences for the characters or the author herself. For someone so fond of wide open spaces the author seems awfully neurotic. At one point her frien [...]

    8. I read a story by Julie Hecht in Harper's last year and was thoroughly charmed by it and took note of the author. There isn't much info about her available -- she seems quite private. Interesting. Eventually I picked up a copy of this, her first short story collection, at the library and read it over just a couple of days. I enjoyed it, but the rapid reading didn't do many favors for these quiet, studied slice-of-life pieces. These stories need a little more space to breathe, a little more separ [...]

    9. The stories are the somewhat thoughtful stream of consciousness of a neurotic, rich photographer and cover the mundane details of her life in Manhattan, the Hamptons, and Nantucket (or is it the Vineyard?) is listed. Oddly compelling. I especially liked the first story, Perfect Vision, which recounts the purchase of new eyeglasses by the main character who experiences life through her oftentimes unrealistic reactions to other people. reveals her fundamental anxiety. Her gynecological surgeon--wh [...]

    10. Do the Windows Open? It's been awhile since I wholeheartedly laughed out loud while reading a book. Although the story was simple with no real plot other than everyday living, I enjoyed Hecht's observations and insights of the different personalities and situations she encounters.I felt I would be be thinking the same things or wondering why people do or say the things they do.I enjoyed her renditions of Manhattan life and the Nantucket community.Her interpretation of the doctors and dentists th [...]

    11. I loved this inter-related series of short stories featuring a nameless neurotic (to say the least!), macrobiotic protagonist - terrific parody of the northeastern upper middle class. Being familiar with (some combination of) New York City, the Hamptons, and Nantucket helps.The constant prescence of Dr. Arnold Loquesto got old after a while, but his being such a jerk does fit with the protagonist's obsessive nature. Nameless's fixation of finding "evidence" of anti-Semitism everywhere grew old, [...]

    12. A very engaging read because she has a wonderful economy of expression, delivering attitude with wit, and describing her responses and quite pointed internal dialoguing. Struck me in a way as a high brow Diary of Bridget Jones, however, she is far more cynical and testy. But I did gorge on her ability to poke fun at her own expectations and to clearly get at her responses to seemingly mundane and idiosyncratic details, which gather up all of our various forms of testiness and righteous expectanc [...]

    13. One of the oddest books that I have read, but enjoyable! Picked this up at a used book store,and found the author's writing style unique with a dry sense of humor and an unusual outlookon life, which she observes in fine detail. I could relate to some of her observations and not to others. Her constant reference to the "famous doctor" became annoying, although I understoodher initial interest in this character. Would be interested in reading another of her books if available.(less)

    14. I read this some time ago and only saw it in my bookshelf the other day. I don't remember when I read it. I don't even really remember much about it, but I have a warm feeling and I remember laughing out loud. I also remember feeling a little nostalgic while reading it - like remember what it was like to read Catcher in the Rye - and feeling that sort of east coast- angsty - feeling that permeates both books. It's hard to describe so I won't try anymore.

    15. This book is rather old. I read it when it was first published. I bought the book and I still have it which is saying a lot since I've culled through my bookshelves many times. Wry, sad, funny, this book has it all. The author's voice is neurotic and extremely cosmopolitan. I take it off the shelf and re-read it once every couple of years. It never fails to entertain, enlighten, and amuse me. Still a strong recommend.

    16. I read most of these stories in The New Yorker, not in this book, although I own it. It was always a happy surprise to see Julie Hecht's name in the magazine and know I had another installment to look forward to. They're not just witty stories; she gives the reader a singular point of view. It's transporting. I still think of tomatoes as part of the "deadly nightshade family."

    17. I thoroughly enjoyed this series of connected short stories. The details she chooses to focus on seem almost like some sort of figure-ground disturbance, but very entertaining to see the world through this quirky viewpoint.

    18. The narrator is completely neurotic and absolutely insane. And yet, I identify with her. Neatly woven and organized, so well written, and funny (I have no sense of humor and even I laughed out loud!)

    19. I liked this collection of short stories, but the novelty of the quirkiness of the narrator wears off after a few of them. The insights in each also tend to be similar. I'd recommend reading a couple of them, but not the whole collection.

    20. The writing is quite good, but I felt sympathy for the anxious narrator, rather than finding her plight hilarious. "Do the windows open?" is a question of significance to her, as she fears being trapped. I just can't find panic disorder funny, I guess.

    21. I loved the first story where the unnamed narrator is convinced her eye doctor may be a Nazi. I was bored by her transportation concerns. It took me awhile to finish the book because I never really got hooked, but once I was done, I wanted more.

    22. The voice of this book is easy to get sick of in the less eventful stories, easy to love in the book's best moments: Fussy, smart, slanted in its perceptions, anxious, appetitive, dashing, busted at times. My favorite by a long shot is the title story.

    23. I always assume people are stupid when they give this as a reason for not liking fiction, but I couldn't stand this narrator to the point that I couldn't get into the stories. I totally see how someone would love these, but I guess that someone's not me at the moment.

    24. Linked stories--one of my favorite devices. Very funny, although the first person narrator is so strange, sometimes I have had to put this book down for a bit.

    25. lol I thought the title "Do the Windows Open?" was a bit of morbid humor about suicidebut it's actually a warning that this book is full of way-too-finicky narration

    26. Interesting collection of short stories. She is a flawed, but likable character who pulls you into her way of seeing things.

    27. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I found it extremely hard to finish. I had to force myself to finish.

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