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Pure Colour
Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
17 posts | 8 read | 1 reading | 7 to read
The world is failing to remain a world. It is coming apart. The ice cubes are melting. Species are dying. People, tooof different things. But what if this world is just a first draft, made by some great artist in order to be destroyed? In this first draft of the world, a woman named Mira leaves home to study. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Miras chest like a portalto what, she doesnt know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and his spirit passes into her. Together, they become a leaf on a tree. But photosynthesis gets boring, and being alive is a problem that cannot be solved, even by a leaf. Eventually, Mira must remember the human world shes left behind, including Annie, and choose whether or not to return. Pure Colour is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and an absurdly funny guide to the great (and terrible) things about being alive. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.
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Lindy
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Lindy
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Mira knew that humans made art because we were made in God‘s image—which doesn‘t mean we look like God; it means we like doing the same thing God likes. Both making life and making art are pouring spirit into form.

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MysticFaerie
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Mehso-so

3⭐/5⭐

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Lindy
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I think it‘s so dumb, people planning colonies on Mars. They should be planning things here, figuring out how to live here. Well, they think it‘s a mess so they want to go somewhere pure. But it‘s pure nothing!
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Lindy
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She had thought that when someone died, it would be like they went into a different room. She had not known that life itself transformed into a different room, and trapped you in it without them.

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Lindy
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Being alive is a problem that cannot be solved with living. The self is ever stirred like the leaves in the trees. The leaves quiver and quake, just like we do. A person cannot stop their quivering and quaking, which is the essence of a human life.

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Lindy
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The day or second day after he died, she saw falling from the sky the first sprinklings of snow. She had never felt greater quiet in her mind or soul. She cared nothing for the world‘s busy activity. She felt in competition with no one.

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Lindy
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How she loved books, as she lay in bed with her dying father. She saw how great art was, as she lay in his bed, and how faithful; how faithful a book was, and how strong, a place you could be safe, apart from the world, held inside a world that would never grow weak, and which could pass through wars, massacres and floods—could pass through all of human history, and the integrity of its soul would stay strong.

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Lindy
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It‘s true that the world was failing at its one task—of remaining a world. Pieces were breaking off. Seasons had become postmodern. We no longer knew where we were in the calendar by the weather.

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Yossarian
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People I respect gave this book good reviews. I feel like I‘ve been punked.

Hooked_on_books Ew. I definitely won‘t be reading this one. That‘s awful! 😵 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😬😄 2mo
CarolynM 🥴🤢 Ghastly! 2mo
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BarbaraBB I‘m with you 🥴 2mo
Vansa 😂😂Thanks for sharing, though, super entertaining. 2mo
julesG Ugh!!! 2mo
Susanita 😱 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Wowwwwww 2mo
sprainedbrain Oh my. 😬 2mo
jlhammar Yuck! Why, just why? Who likes that? 2mo
Karkar Yeah no why do this. 2mo
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sarahbarnes
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Mehso-so

I liked some aspects of this book, and some of the lines stopped me in my tracks so I had to read them over and over to take them in. However, overall I didn‘t love it as much as I‘d hoped. Definitely a creatively written take on life, decisions, regrets and love.

Ruthiella Have you read other Sheila Heti books? I‘m always curious about her, but not yet tried her stuff. 3mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella I haven‘t, but this book made me curious about her other books as well. Maybe I‘ll try another one. 3mo
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Cathyloves2read
Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
Panpan

I didn‘t “get” most of this book. It‘s very artsy. I‘m not artsy. Parts of it seems to read like poetry. The parts I did get were very good. Too bad they were few and far between. I think those of you who are artsy would get more out of this book than I did. To the rest of you, I don‘t recommend this book. I do appreciate the ARC that I won on Goodreads.

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Bookalong
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Pickpick

4🌟A philosophical, abstract, unique reading experience. A tough one to review. This book has polarizing reviews and I get why, you will either love this or you wont. I have really loved Heti's writing since first reading Motherhood and this book hit me hard. She is a visionary and this work really pushes the envelope for what a novel can be. It's poetic, experimental and facinating! #canlit #bookreview

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thewallflower0707
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Pickpick

#PureColour is a beautifully written book with many note-worthy quotes. It‘s about dying, art and bodies. I recommend to be in a good mental mood for this.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#SheilaHeti #novel

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rmaclean4
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Mehso-so

Philosophical, metaphorical, and surreal. Not for someone that is looking for plot. I am interested in reading her other work. This ended on a very sweet note. 3 🌟

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Kazzie
Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
Pickpick

It was strange, the way her books often are. But I liked it. Might require a second read

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Mpcacher
Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
Panpan

I admit that this one was just a little too weird for me, although there were some insightful comments on life. The author kind of lost me when the main character and her dead father share their existence as a leaf on a tree. For customers that really like literary fiction, this may be a good choice, but for the rest of us mere mortals there just isn't enough there. I gave it 2/5 stars.