Banana Rose

Banana Rose The bestselling novel from the beloved author of Writing Down the Bones Wild Mind and Long Quiet Highway is now available in paperback for the first time With a half million copies in print of her t

The bestselling novel from the beloved author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, and Long Quiet Highway is now available in paperback for the first time With a half million copies in print of her three remarkable books of nonfiction, Natalie Goldberg has inspired a generation of writers with her insight, humor, and empathy Subtly hilarious and achingly raw, her firsThe bestselling novel from the beloved author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, and Long Quiet Highway is now available in paperback for the first time With a half million copies in print of her three remarkable books of nonfiction, Natalie Goldberg has inspired a generation of writers with her insight, humor, and empathy Subtly hilarious and achingly raw, her first novel Banana Rose has rewarded her devoted fans while attracting a whole new readership to her work.Banana Rose is the story of Nell Schwartz, a Brooklyn born Jewish girl who moves to the Taos of communes and sweet cedar smoke, transforms herself into Banana Rose because she s bananas , falls in love with a horn player named Gauguin, and believes they can stop time if they just love hard enough It s also about Nell and Anna, a strange eyed writer as lonely as the Nebraska farm where she grew up, whose kisses taste like raspberries and who teaches Nell what it means to be an artist But most of all, Banana Rose is about Nell s struggle with her own wild heart, with the demands of canvas and paint, with her family and faith, and with her irrepressible longing for home.

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  1. Natalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe , which she read in ninth grade She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty four years old She received a BA in English literature from George Washington University and an MA in humanities from St John s University.Goldberg has painted for as long as she has written, and her paintings can be seen in Living Color A Writer Paints Her World and Top of My Lungs Poems and Paintings They can also be viewed at the Ernesto Mayans Gallery on Canyon Road in Sante Fe.A dedicated teacher, Goldberg has taught writing and literature for the last thirty five years She also leads national workshops and retreats, and her schedule can be accessed via her website nataliegoldbergIn 2006, she completed with the filmmaker Mary Feidt a one hour documentary, Tangled Up in Bob, about Bob Dylan s childhood on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota The film can be obtained on or the website tangledupinbob.Goldberg has been a serious Zen practitioner since 1974 and studied with Katagiri Roshi from 1978 to 1984.

732 Reply to “Banana Rose”

  1. I really like writing down the bones, but Banana Rose just left me cold The old expression, those who can t do, teach comes to mind

  2. Like another author who writes very very well when she writes about herself and about writing Anne Lamott , Natalie Goldberg sucks at fiction I love Writing Down the Bones Freeing the Writer Within and Wild Mind Living the Writer s Life with an unquenchable passion, just as I love Lamott s Operating Instructions A Journal of My Son s First Year, Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Traveling Mercies Some Thoughts on Faith, Plan B Further Thoughts on Faith, and Grace Eventually Tho [...]

  3. I enjoyed the description in this book it seemed appropriate to me that a painter hippie would describe her emotions using color descriptions and nature metaphors I think I struggled with the straightforward simplistic nature of Banana Rose s character This may be consistent with her hippie ideals but her ability to easily accept monumental events in her lifeor at least to describe heart wrenching experiences in a passive voice was difficult for me to relate to on a personal level Portions of Ba [...]

  4. Two of my favorite nonfiction writers are Anne Lamott and Natalie Goldberg Their voices are conversational, engaging, and unique When reading their essays, I often feel like I m listening to a familiar friend full of charm and insight They inspire me.Unfortunately their attempts at fiction do not have a similar effect Goldberg s Banana Rose suffers from a first person narrator that comes off as self absorbed and shallow, often providing irrelevant details that manage to make both food and sex bo [...]

  5. Like, I suspect, most people who read this book, I picked it up out of a love for Goldberg s books on writing, most notably Writing Down the Bones In those books she emphasizes freewriting and original detail far than standard stuff like plot, character, and revision, and it is quite evident in this debut novel Nell is a hippie living near Taos, New Mexico this is the story of her journey to becoming an artist The language is vibrant and the metaphors unforgettable, but the story and dialogue o [...]

  6. I d listened to Natalie Goldberg s audio CD on Zen and writing and enjoyed it, so when I saw Banana Rose in the used bookstore, I couldn t resist Would her fiction live up to her writing instruction It did An enjoyable look at the wild hippy life of a New York Jewish girl The writing is fresh and vital, transporting you to the world of Banana Rose and her lover husband Gaugin If I had a complaint, it would be that Banana remains painfully naive and without a trace of the political theory that in [...]

  7. This was the first Natalie Goldberg I ever read and I totally fell in love with it The book follows Bananna Rose as she deals with love, friendship and life after the hippie era in Taos, NM It s pretty artsy and a lot dirty hippie I love it.

  8. Truly abysmal I was embarrassed for Goldberg Notice she s never published another novel presumes I was not the only one who hated it.

  9. Now that I ve been to New Mexico, I can read this book Twice I d started, and while the prologue stayed with me, I felt too critical of it A month after going out West, I see Taos, New Mexico with different eyes I spent hours driving through the desert with my family In the City of Rocks in southern New Mexico, I spent time hiking to the tops of boulders and looking to the horizon across the desert BANANA ROSE is a beat novel all about the hippie commune in Taos and what it was like for Nell to [...]

  10. This book was incredible I sat on the porch fiddling in my seat as I read the final chapters I feel ridiculous It s just a book Ha Banana rose really knocked some sense into me, I felt like I was Gaugin He was a gentle character and then he snaps Good thing he gets married in the end, you know He was a real freak Poor guy He tried so hard with Nell and she left him, how could she I don t really sympathize with Nell She is kind of a floozy She doesn t do much I m happy for her painting career Dea [...]

  11. I was very excited to read this book, as I count Writing Down The Bones as one of my all time favourite books and was intrigued to read some of Goldberg s fiction, to see how she puts all those gems of writing inspiration into practice.It s an interesting story she tells here and I have visited New Mexico and adored it, and found the descriptions of the landscape in the novel very authentic and evocative I found Nell Banana Rose a bit irritating as a character though her naivety was sometimes en [...]

  12. This is the kind of book you read in social work school, and write a paper to psychoanalyze the main character, Banana Rose These days I think about affect regulation Banana Rose, was an interesting character I could see that her relationship was doomed, somehow, but not the way it ended I think her true love was Taos I liked her sexual poety I liked her Jewishness and her experimental attitude towards life Goldberg s writing was clear and smooth, gave you a sense of place from Boulder, Nebraska [...]

  13. I just finished reading Banana Rose by Natalie Goldberg for one of my book clubs I honestly cannot recommend this book The book has a good premise hippie girl tries to find herself and becomes a real artist in New Mexico but the author does a terrible job fleshing out the characters They are not believable and the dialouge rings false The dialouge feels very contrived and artificial.Almost every chapter sometimes every paragraph had a sentance that just made me say Ugh For example, from page 187 [...]

  14. Goldberg s books on writing have been a guiding force in my own writing for a few decades It s funny to see her tips so clearly spelled out in her novel, Banana Rose Unfortunately the novel suffers a dearth of emotional connection underneath the frequent, specific description and the main character s spontaneity.I really wanted to like this book I liked the character, though she felt at a remove The book is about a romantic relationship and a friendship, and it struck me that only the friendshi [...]

  15. I took this out from the library, but I will probably end up buying a copy for myself I know I will want to read it again, re visit Taos, New Mexico and these wonderful characters It s a big, grilled cheese sandwich of a book filled with descriptions of breathtaking scenery, food, life in a small New Mexican town, and deep emotions I loved Banana Rose I loved her passion, her struggling, her resiliancy, how she screwed up and hit rock bottom but kept on plugging along, kept on trying, and in the [...]

  16. At first I didn t think I would like this book but I decided to give it a try and I ended up enjoying it A book about being a hippie and then trading that lifestyle for becoming a regular everyday person and realizing that you really don t like being a regular personI don t think I could live as a hippie.I could probably intigrate some of their ways into my lifestyle.I like electricity and running water too much to give it upere are some sad things that happen along the way and you feel for Nell [...]

  17. I would really have preferred to give this two and a half stars, but that option isn t available I adore Natalie s books on writing Wild Mind and Writing Down the Bones are staples on my shelf and her writing is vivid and wonderful But she mentions writing this book in Wild Mind, I think it is, and a friend points out to her that the book has no plot It s really loosely based on her own life, and I guess I would have had a better opinion of it had I gone into reading it that way rather than thin [...]

  18. Another to add to my Weeping Goodness shelf.This one hold the light.Thanks Natalie Goldberg for bringing us this story.I see by the reviews that this one really divides people they love or hate it.I love it.Recommended to.Anyone who has loved deeply and lived through itAnyone who has lost a friendAnyone who has been to New Mexico and Yearns to return.Go easy p

  19. A I wanted to LOVE this like I ve adored her nonfiction books, but I got irritated at the crazy narrator at time, at the implausibility of it all Still, good read, really interesting Realistic portrayal of how love can die Also, I really enjoyed how she represented the deep love the narrator has for New Mexiconnecting to a place is something not everyone does.

  20. I m a big fan of Natalie Goldberg s writing books I even had the pleasure to study with her last fall I enjoyed this book, but there were just some things about the main character that bothered me I can t exactly say what It was worth it to me, though, especially since I had the chance to meet the author.

  21. loved natalie s detailed writing, the setting read after i first arrived in colorado, and the scenery wasn t so foreign and the characters plot a really enjoyable, beautiful read 2004 05 5 s

  22. ok will this book change your life maybe maybe not will it be a great read absolutely natalie goldber s semi autobiographical novel is a book that i ve read many, many times i love her.

  23. I love Natalie s books on writing I wanted to see how the woman who motivates the world to write actually writes I liked the way she writes, but the story was kinda boring It was her first novel Perhaps I ll try a newer one

  24. Natalie Goldberg s books on writing are among my favorites, so perhaps my sights were set too high on Banana Rose It is with guilt that I give this 3 stars So much of the story is still vivid in my mind, the images lingert, for some reason I was let down when I read it.

  25. Despite the mixed reviews, I enjoyed this book Some people say that they felt that the main character was far removed I saw her as pragmatic and accepting of life It painted a nice picture of life in New Mexico for a free spirit.

  26. I look at the West with romantic eyes, and that probably helped me overlook the shortcomings of this novel I identified heavily with the main character The best moment for me was near the end, when she crosses back into New Mexico after a long time away.

  27. The concept of someone travelling across country, kinda hippy like didnt appeal to me at first but it was a well told story, great narration

  28. Since I read this book in high school, it has consistently been the book I most identify with I ve reread it several times, and, yep still my favorite.

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