He is trying to decide if he should kill himself. In almost every instance, the decisions being made in the novel’s homestretch feel applied rather than organic, and this reader at any rate found herself longing for reason and connection. Loved it! In Iain Reid's I'm Thinking of Ending Things (I'll admit I thought of ending my reading of this book more than a few times), an unnamed woman is on a road trip with her boyfriend, Jake. Yes, yes, yes I got the ending.

You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought. Deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving, Iain Reid’s masterful, haunting debut will follow you, long after the last page is turned. That’s not a biological connection like the one between parents and children. Midway through the novel, causality seems to fall away entirely, as the characters — both the principal players and the bit ones — begin making head-scratching decisions: deciding to tour the farm before dinner though it’s arguably too cold for comfort and too dark to see anything; deciding to explore the basement alone though there are scratches on a trap door that look “frantic”; deciding to stop for “something sweet” on the drive home after dinner though there’s now a full-on snowstorm and nobody is remotely hungry; deciding to drive down a remote, unplowed road in order to throw away the sweating cups of icy lemonade because they might melt and turn the cup holders sticky.

What's with the 3.34 Goodreads rating? Asked what further reading or watching audiences might want to pursue if they dug the worlds of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” Reid recommended “Under the Skin” by Michel Faber, which was loosely adapted into the 2013 film by Jonathan Glazer about an alien among us who sucks the souls of human men. Either that, or I didn't get the memo.". It's the kind of psychological thriller you want to devour in one sitting (and you can because of how short it is). Can someone explain the ending to me? and once i could read again, but was still. It starts with these long sequences in the car, and I’m in awe of Jessie and Jesse, and when we get to the farmhouse with Toni and David, what they’re able to do is something I would have never anticipated when I was writing the novel.”. Jake and his girlfriend are on a road trip to go and see Jake's parents at their rural farm. when my illness-superpowers began to stir, SOLVED. This book slapped me in the face and stabbed in the back and I liked it. Suspense book about a college couple, they go visit the boyfriend's parents out in the country. but i was glad to have seen it so i could discover the surprise on my own and not come across it on the careless internet. love. All rights reserved. I was immediately requesting this one on NetGalley the second I saw it, as it sounded right up my alley. (Kaufman breaks down many such easter eggs in IndieWire’s recently published explainer piece. (When Gregor Samsa finds himself “transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect,” he’s as confused as we are.) The bad news? What would that feel like? This kind of relationship would be chosen. Despite Kaufman’s liberties in the adaptation, Reid handed his book over to the director/writer with complete trust.

Non-diegetic mysteries, I propose, are those in which the reader knows less than the text, in which we are at the mercy of a less-than-forthcoming narrator or author.

**Spoilers Below, Continue Scrolling At Your Own Risk**. That's pretty low for this website, and I'm not really sure why people aren't connecting with this one because DAMN... this was great! My immediate reaction upon finishing: "What was that? I was immediately requesting this one on NetGalley the second I saw it, as it sounded right up my alley. What's with the 3.34 Goodreads rating? Creepy, suspenseful, vague-YES! The tours of the barn and the abandoned school were fantastic. .lol. It's not gory or not much anyway, everything is suggested and you have a creeping sense of unease that never really goes away. i was sick for a couple weeks (koff, koff) and for a few of those days, i was too sick to even read (i know - it was DIRE! It’s a tough movie to spell out, as it’s mostly internal and unfolds inside the characters’ heads, even as their environments grow to be an extension of them. June 14th 2016 We’d just keep finding new partners. I thought it was terrific reading up until the snow storm and the Dairy Queen connection. Deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving, Iain Reid’s masterful, haunting debut will follow you, long after the last page is turned. My problems all lie within the plot itself. The girlfriend persona is someone he really did meet at a bar during trivia night, but he never gave her his number, and they never had a relationship. and it was pretty bad. that creeps up on you, it would be super easy to spoil it for someone if you weren't careful. If it were for sex, we wouldn’t marry one person. Reid said he “loved” the movie’s ending. That wasn’t really in my mind.

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” relies on a surprise finish that’s crucial to any evaluation of the story. What a mind f*ck!!! They've been dating six weeks, and she enjoys his intelligence, his sense of humor, his intensity, and the way he surprises Seriously, what the hell was this? It’s not for sex. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Reid is loath to offer up his interpretation of the movie’s end, instead deferring to viewers and how they might read the conclusion. Bitch.....my head.

Characters dead? However, I’ll say that my no. I'm confused. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Reid’s mystery feels more non-­diegetic than it needs to be. Creepy, suspenseful, vague-YES! It would be something cooler, harder to achieve than one built on biology and shared genetics.

See all 32 questions about I'm Thinking of Ending Things…. and once i could read again, but was still too sick for anything else, i decided to continue my spoiler-prophylactic junket and read this book, which i’ve owned since it came out in hardcover, noticed the VERY polarizing responses it inspired on here, and knew was a very “OMG twist!” book. I don't know how it ended. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. I listened to it, instead of reading it too, so it was much more intense. I want someone to know me, really know me, almost like that person could get into my head. Iain Reid’s page-turning novel from 2016, which provides the template for Kaufman’s film, is equally elliptical, and shimmies between many genres at once, including philosophical horror and existential absurdity. Maybe that’s how we know when a relationship is real. This is from Heidi on afterthingsend.com - I thought she summed it up beautifully: This is from Heidi on afterthingsend.com - I thought she summed it up beautifully:My take is that Jake (and the narrator too, then) is someone with multiple personality disorder. All of them. Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. When someone else previously unconnected to us knows us in a way we never thought or believed possible.”, Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2017), Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novel (2016).

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And sad. I have to tell you that I thought this was going to be a 1 or 2 star book for me until the very end.

There are no other details. I finished "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" then I went back to the beginning and read it again. It's a slim volume that packs such a WALLOP! The level of dread and unease were almost completely off the scale before it was over.

This was one of those books. Both the film and the movie share the same grand design: the events of the story are a fabricated, fictional universe the protagonist, a failed man preparing to “end things,” lives inside and has created as a coping mechanism In the movie, that world is built largely from the media Jake has consumed: A speech in the film’s final scene comes from the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” a long monologue from Buckley’s character about John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence” is really a word-for-word Pauline Kael review, and so on. “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and “Under the Skin,” in fact, have a lot in common, both in terms of tone and in terms of being explorations of profound loneliness. Yes, it does. You could say the same about both his own creation and the movie it inspired. Welcome back. Isn’t that why we commit to another? What are you waiting for. Funnily enough, that is the most accurate summation of this novel possible. That's the good news. The back of this book merely promises that you will be afraid and not know why. Without giving anything away, then, I’d like to talk about my disappointment in the “big reveal.” In class, I sometimes talk about non-diegetic mysteries versus diegetic ones. In the audio version when the point of view changes to us, the woman's voice became a man's which makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck even now. When Charlie Kaufman knocks, and wants to adapt your book, know that it’s going to look very different on the side.

Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. That's pretty low for this website, and I'm not really sure why people aren't connecting with this one because DAMN... this was great! At the farmhouse, Buckley’s character’s grasp on reality comes untethered as time elapses, dilates, and ultimately collapses over the course of a very awkward dinner. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a … It’s an imperfect use of the term, but it suits my purposes. ), When asked what minute details he tuned deeper into on a second viewing, Reid, who serves as a co-producer on the movie, said, “One thing that I maybe resonated more with in general was the acting, the performances. What are you waiting for? To have access, to know what it’s like in someone else’s head.

I don’t write a lot of reviews where I give a book under 3 stars; I’d like to think its because I typically know what type of book I like to read, but every now and again I get it completely wrong and I have to write an embarrassing review on why I disliked a novel that everyone else seems to rave about. Share your thoughts and hash out your theories on I’m Thinking of Ending Things with fellow readers who are just as taken by this eerie debut as you are. the universe is so strange. Jake writes down and acts out what would have likely happened if they did in fact have a relationship. At the end of the story, all of his personas are in agreement that he should kill himself.

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