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Aukční katalog toho o člověku dokáže říct hodně – o jeho vášních a marnivosti, poklescích i cítění. O tom lepším i horším, čím prochází. Leanne Shaptonová s úžasnou vynalézavostí sestavila katalog věcí, které zbyly po vztahu Lenore Doolanové a Harolda Morrise. Mezi fotografiemi předmětů, které jsou na dražbách běžně k vidění (šperky, umělecká díla nebo vzácný nábytek), aleAukční katalog toho o člověku dokáže říct hodně – o jeho vášních a marnivosti, poklescích i cítění. O tom lepším i horším, čím prochází. Leanne Shaptonová s úžasnou vynalézavostí sestavila katalog věcí, které zbyly po vztahu Lenore Doolanové a Harolda Morrise. Mezi fotografiemi předmětů, které jsou na dražbách běžně k vidění (šperky, umělecká díla nebo vzácný nábytek), ale i zdánlivě bezcenných věcí (pyžamo, vzkazy, ohmatané knihy) se vynořuje příběh lásky jednoho fotografa a jedné novinářky. Filmová práva drží Paramount pictures, v hlavních rolích by se měl objevit Brad Pitt s Natalii Portmanovou....

Title : Významné artefakty a osobní předměty ze sbírky Lenore Doolanové a Harolda Morrise. Knihy, oblečení, šperky atd.
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Významné artefakty a osobní předměty ze sbírky Lenore Doolanové a Harolda Morrise. Knihy, oblečení, šperky atd. Reviews

  • Kirstyn McDermott
    2019-05-06 15:18

    The novel tells the story of a four year failed relationship between the eponymous Lenore (a epicurean columnist specialising in cakes) and Harold (a photographer whose work has him constantly travelling the globe), rendered in the form of an auction catalogue with photographs of almost all the items up for sale accompanied by brief notations. I saw this in a art/design shop and immediately snapped it up. I’m a sucker for strange books, for experiments in style and different ways of storytelling, for the daring and the innovative and, yes, the sometimes-too-clever. Besides, the story-by-artifact concept touched near to some ideas of my own which I’ve been carrying about for a couple of years now. I’m not sure if anything will ever comes of those, but we’ll see. Whatever happens, it will be quite different to what’s been done here.According to this New York Times review, Shapton decided to create the book “because she noticed how the lot descriptions in some estate catalogs added up to elliptical plots about the lives of the former possessors”. It’s a neat idea: if all those things we acquire and accumulate throughout our lives can tell others about us and those lives we’ve lead, why not let them speak for themselves? And, for the most part, this is what Important Artifacts does. Some additional background and exposition is provided by the auctioneer’s notes — Lot 1172, for instance, is a small travel clock with its original box. The notes inform us that the clock was “given to Morris by Doolan” and, furthermore, that “Doolan insisted that the clock remain on New York time [where the couple lived:]. Morris took the clock on two trips, but complained it was too heavy”.The items presented for auction varies from the extrinsically if marginally valuable — furniture, vintage homeware, designer clothing — to the utterly trivial but significantly personal — photographs, shopping lists, party invitations. Together they give a coherent picture of the couple’s relationship as well as their individual personalities and quirks, ambitions and fears. It’s a book I really should have loved. I’m fascinated with personal ephemera and found objects. I adore inscriptions in second hand books and snapshots of strangers. But, unfortunately, I didn’t love Important Artifacts. The last half was a tad boring and I felt disappointed by the time I closed the back cover.I think the problem lies with story. The book is clever and beautifully put together, the objects are well chosen — perhaps a little too well chosen at times; the couple seems to have exceedingly good taste in everything — and the notations manage to tread the line between poignancy and sentimentality rather well, and provide a far amount of humour to boot. But the story, oh the story. That thing that pulls you along once you’ve worn out the novelty/curiosity factor of the presentation, that thing barely limps across the finish line. It’s a simple, ordinary and predictable story: two people meet, fall in love and try to make things work for a few years before finally realising that they’re just not meant to be. Now there’s nothing wrong with simple and straightforward, but when you know the ending before you start and there are no real surprises or revelations along the way, then something else really needs to grab you. And all that’s left is character, the people about whom the story speaks.Maybe that’s where Important Artifacts falls down. I simply didn’t feel engaged with either of the characters, and didn’t really care whether they broke up or stayed together. (Harold was irritating, but only mildly, not even enough to engage me on a negative level.) This might be an inevitable effect of the format of this novel, and perhaps you can never really feel close to people when all you’re given is a selected list of their possessions. However, I suspect if greater weight had been given to the really personal stuff, to all the embarrassing and unflattering things no one wants other people to see, it would have been different. Sure, that kind of stuff would hardly be sold off at auction but then the conceit of this is stretched thin anyway — there’s all sort of things that wouldn’t be auctioned unless the former owners were very famous, so let’s not quibble.In short, Important Artifacts doesn’t seem to know what it is. It reads a little like a puzzle or cipher, except there’s no real mystery to unravel. It’s trying to tell a love story, but the intimacy this requires is missing, and sorely missed. And this is a shame, because the idea of the book is fantastic and — as far as I know — unique. Food for thought, most definitely.

  • Nate D
    2019-05-08 17:32

    A fairly ordinary relationship arc, elevated to interest purely through unique presentation, its mapping entirely onto things: collections, gifts, ephemera. Through an auction catalogue of discarded possessions -- items and desciptions -- we see the entire development of the mutual life of two people, from meeting to breakup. How much do our possessions really us? Some things not others. The inclusion of personal notes allows insight beyond just likes and dislikes (maybe a little bit of a stretch, but if we treat these people as celebrities, then sure, each little note and shopping list is of some kind of valid auction interest). Of course, they aren't. They, and their story, is essentially as mundane as the piles of possessions they leave behind. Form fitting content, or some such. But it does build a kind of portrait. And their are some interesting inferences lurking amid certain of the entries, shadings of backstory we can't ever really see in full. (Brooklyn library impulse read)Later: docked one star for its overwhelming bourgieness and the general disinterest of its characters. They do read good books though, in nice vintage editions. Obviously I'm just jealous.

  • Ken
    2019-05-10 17:25

    smart book. interesting to see a relationship rise and fall through the belongings of the individuals. on one level, i was kinda hoping for more, i don't know, clues (?) in the belongings. like an AHA! moment (where an object could possibly explain why something was happening), and possibly there was (lots of song lyrics are referred to i was unfamiliar with), but perhaps i missed them. or else, if there weren't clues, that could prove to be interesting as well, where when all is said and done, our shit is just our shit. it's meaningless to anyone outside of the moment. i like that.i'm curious if the auction format would be accessible to those unfamiliar with auction catalogues. being an archivist in the artworld, i regular get to pour through auctions catalogues when the seasons come. i care to trace the history at all times of an object. seeing a relationship through that lens was interesting. aside from that, also fun as hell to just see that things we collect, and why. yes, it's fiction, but i'm sure we all have the same crap collecting in boxes, on our shelves, and in our hearts...

  • Hannah Jo Parker
    2019-04-25 17:33

    I want to write to this author right now and tell her "Thank you for blowing my mind." This book is truly like nothing else I’ve ever read, which is the greatest experience in the world for a librarian. It’s a book of photographs with text, meant to look like an auction catalog of artifacts. Every item is identified and described as if it were going up for auction, with a price--everything from salt and pepper shakers stolen from restaurants to pieces of clothing to books to post cards to Polaroid photos. And, the items and text paint the picture of a couple falling in love and then breaking up. And, it’s all made up. The couple in the photos isn't really a couple. It’s fiction. The woman is a writer for the NY Times who writes a column about cakes. The guy is a photographer who travels around the world on various assignments. But, you know, not really. I am in love with this book.

  • Kristen Northrup
    2019-04-28 11:38

    I was instantly in love with the concept behind this. And it was more more complex than her earlier book, which I also really enjoyed. Overall, really well executed. They seemed like the sort of people who really would end up together, and really wouldn't work out. (I did keep wondering whether their incompatibility would have been so obvious if we weren't told at the very beginning that it failed.) She did clearly have a mysterious supplemental income, or a nasty credit card habit, but that's so common these days in any medium -- young characters have to be living in NYC no matter what. Giving him a job with lots of travel was a great vehicle for their interactions. And I loved the conversations on playbills. The unusual (?) habit of regularly leaving notes in books seemed a stretch, however. The truly brilliant entry was the restaurant tab towards the end, with the entrees crossed out. It said so much in so few words.

  • Artfulreader
    2019-05-16 14:31

    No it's true that the story as such doesn't really hold up or hold it together (it's pointed out in other reviews) but that is beside the point. It is a very clever idea,almost like s character study before writing a movie script, but I've poured over the pages of this,checked every lot, made a little "wheee" sound when I notice that TOTALLY FICTIVE characters have the same books that I do. These made up people really has the best taste in everything. I became very invested,very quickly. Could be because I'm shallow. Will come back to this one again and again. Easy read; it's an auction catalogue.

  • Anna
    2019-04-29 11:36

    You’ve (almost certainly) never heard of the movie “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” so let me elucidate: it’s a gory horror musical, the magnum opus of the director of the first four “Saw” flicks, set in a near-future dystopia where designer organs are available on the installment plan—but if you don’t make your payments on time, the repo man (played by Anthony Stewart Head of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and 80s Taster’s-Choice-commercial fame) comes a-callin’, to extricate the defaulted-upon pound or so of flesh, all the while trying to protect his beloved daughter from the imprecations of the world. Also, Paris Hilton is totally in it, and her face totally falls off. It’s not good per se—the music is grating and repetitive, for one—but within its palette of blacks and blues and bloody reds, it’s one of the most beautiful movies in my recent memory (seriously, I’d compare it to “Moulin Rouge” on the opposite side of the spectrum), and there is this to say for it, which means a lot to me lately: it’s like nothing else I’ve ever seen.An equally singular but far more successful work of art, “Important Artifacts” starts with an ingenious concept: to chronicle the forging, progression, and unraveling of a romantic relationship through the cast-off possessions of the couple, told in the form of an auction catalog. In photographs, documents, and dispassionate explanatory prose, author Leanne Shapton brings food writer Lenore Doolan and itinerant photographer Harold Morris to heartbreaking life. Here, an envelope of confetti she mailed him for a New Year’s they were apart. There, the contents of his shaving kit on a trip they took to Venice; there are five different kinds of over-the-counter sedative. Two pairs of clogs: “One pair powder blue women’s, size 8, the other red, men’s size 11. Some scuffing to leather.” Perhaps my favorite “lot” is 1204, a set of duplicate paperbacks from Lenore and Hal’s blended libraries, ironically containing twin titles of Graham Greene’s “The End of the Affair.”The meticulous collection and assembly behind the book is staggering, but it’s the stark poignancy of so many ordinary objects that really amazes me. This is the detritus of love: the battered toothbrush cup they shared, homemade mix CDs, scribbled conversations on theater programs. There’s no breakup “scene,” no final fight. After a few years of photos of the two on Halloween there is suddenly a sketch by Lenore of costumes for her and her sister. There are champagne corks and crumbling pressed flowers. There are, in the end, only indifferent things as witness to who these people were to each other.

  • Francesca Marciano
    2019-04-27 14:37

    A love story told in pictures, as an auction catalog. Leanne Shapton shows the evolution and the downfall of a relationship through the pictures of the objects and memorabilia that two people have exchanged, used or given each other in the course of four years: the ticket stubs, the books, love notes and messages scribbled on scraps of paper, stuff they bought to furnish their apartment together. Totally brilliant. Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? stars as the female love interest in photos of the couples.

  • Joel
    2019-05-12 10:42

    I denna experimentella bok finns hela Lenores och Harolds gemensamma liv på auktion. Målade påskägg, $10-20. Trivial pursuit, $20-25. (Att de här ska ha använts som ngn slags konversationssubstitut av paret under deras "morning and evening ablutions" tycker jag är obehagligt.) De gjorde förstås slut till slut, det är därför sakerna auktioneras ut, antar jag? Kanske var det här som Jonna "Marcus Birros exfru" Vanhatalo fick idén att sälja deras bröllopstavla på blocket?Hursom, parets relation osar av dagstidningars "min helg"-spalter och American Psycho-esque märkesvarufetischism. Jag förväntar mig nästan att en av alla deras restaurangbokningar ska vara på Patrick Batemans favorithak Dorsia...

  • Melissa
    2019-04-29 17:28

    2.5* Mostly concept, gets stale through the mid-section.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-15 16:23

    Illustrator and photographer Leanne Shaptonhas created a highly original and beautiful work of art with Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, a literary "auction" book detailing the four-year relationship of the people in question.20-something Lenore Doolan is a cake-column writer for The New York Times, whereas Harold Morris is a freelance photographer in his 40s. Important Artifacts, et al. is a story told completely in pictures of the couple's personal belongings which include letters, lingerie, post-it notes, photographs, gifts from one another and much, much more. Miraculously, the book details the ups and downs of the relationship between Doolan and Morris throughout their beautiful and romantic four years together.The concept of Important Artifacts, et al. is truly mind-numbing but don't doubt Shapton's ability to tell a thorough story through pictures because I promise, the collection will draw you in. It's absolutely fascinating to me how detailed and in-depth this catalogue is although there is no official narrative, per se.What's even more sensational about Important Artifacts, et al. are the characters of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris in all their witty intelligence and wildly artistic temperaments. The two individuals are captivating creatures and their old-fashioned romantic ways are inspiring, indeed! Leanne Shapton has also written Was She Pretty? (2006) about the nature of jealousy in women toward their boyfriend's ex-girlfriends.For more book reviews visit

  • Trena
    2019-05-22 17:34

    This was a really clever idea--using an auction catalog format to tell the story of a relationship--and the execution was just as clever as the idea which is a real coup. I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of the objects, but I loved that they were mostly just ordinary objects like playbills and polaroids. The story really comes through and it's fun to think of the catalog/relationship as a living thing (the "item removed" designations near the end). At first it made me feel like my relationship is inferior or less real because it has produced virtually no artifacts at all. But my relationship is also calm and enjoyable and we are mostly in the same place, so it's a tradeoff I suppose.This is a quickie read of an hour and a half at most, and is probably fun to pick up and browse through later (I read it in a library copy). My assessment: she was too young for him, and yet he is a perpetual man-child who will never be ready for anyone and searches out women who are too young for him so he'll never have to grow up. And I hope when she got his most recent note, which introduces the catalog, she was happily ensconced with someone who is in a real, grown up relationship with her.

  • Alistair
    2019-04-25 12:30

    this is a very clever book .it takes the form of an auction catalogue which instead of listing paintings by Van Gogh or El Greco simply lists the mundane possessions that are left over after the break up of a relationship between a globe trotting adevertising photographer and a woman who writes about cakes for the New York Times .The objects ramge from socks to post it notes and the reader is able to trace the arc from heady first days through make ups and break ups , arguments , misunderstandings , doubts to final split .the reader fills in the gaps and probably makes assumptions and makes interpretations that are quite individual i imagine . A note saying " I am sorry that I broke your favourite mug . I will repair it . I promise !" can be interpreted as he broke it deliberately or by accident and the " i promise ! " as perhaps his promises are usually hollow .It is all very subtle and ambiguous .I had a problem in that the couple were a bit too chi-chi for my liking and the man seemed obsessed with himself , labels and being smart . He was trying to publish a book of photographs of hotel ceilings . perhaps this is subtle satire . I found her more sympathetic and genuine .Highly original and touching

  • Meish
    2019-05-08 11:43

    Loved the concept that the story of a couple was told through an auction catalog of their possessions documenting their relationship, like gifts, clothes, photographs, postcards, and mixed CDs. But it came up short on execution. The descriptions only give a glimpse into their story and hinted at the problems they had. Even then, it felt too one-sided from Lenore's perspective. And there was something that seemed pretentious and unrealistic about this retro-vintage-cool couple. An epicurean columnist for the NY Times wears Christian Louboutin shoes? A traveling photographer has a Prada toiletries bag? The relationship takes place in the 21st century and everyone writes handwritten letters to each other? Plus, you know the end before you begin, and there are no real surprises or character development or story line along the way. The relationship plods along through the photos, and then comes to a sudden yet predictable end. An interesting book, but I felt it could have been so much more.

  • Inna Komarovsky
    2019-04-23 16:29

    This book presents such a unique way of telling a story. It's very relatable and understated. It is mysterious but purposeful and eloquent. It makes me imagine the artifacts that each of us creates and the pieces of our stories that they tell. The overall tone is kind of somber and detached since we mostly see objects that had once belonged to the two main characters. It is also sweet and intimate because it shows small and very human details, like a series of t-shirts or a list of foods eaten written in the margin of a book. The writing consists only of captions describing the items as if for an auction, but the seemingly objective text tells a complicated and emotional story.

  • Jean
    2019-04-25 14:17

    This is an interesting way to complile a love story. Factual yet voyeuristic....weird...too much selfie...facts.I would never agree to showing the public my private love letters, momentoes,and clothing that are based on a failed romance.So vane, I would much prefer an old Harlequin romance. It must be a generation gap, I dont get it.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-01 14:26

    I thank my friend Iris for introducing this wonderfully creative and unique book to me. I absolutely got lost in it, and I couldn't wait until the end of the work day to become a voyeur into a romance of two other people.A delightful book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a creative way to read about a couple's journey together.

  • Kirsti
    2019-05-01 14:27

    This is a novel disguised as an auction catalog. And that's a great idea, but the actual hipsters-in-love plot is a little dull. Also, I suspect it did not sell very well, since the title is just about impossible to remember (for me, at least).

  • Kyla
    2019-05-08 12:32

    The absolute most perfect book in the world for me. Don't read it, seriously, I plan to give this book as a gift. Don't read it! But read it. If you are exactly like me and love:CakesFound MagazineBeautiful ObjectsDoomed relationshipsVoyeurismArchives

  • Josh
    2019-05-22 11:20

    A boring story told in an interesting way. But still, boring. How the hell did this get a movie deal?

  • Sarah
    2019-04-25 12:43

    very clever and entertaining

  • Tomáš Fojtik
    2019-05-12 09:23

    Fantastický způsob, jak odvyprávět milostný příběh: ne slovy, ale pomocí předmětů z fiktivní aukce. Opravdu moc pěkně vypravená kniha.

  • Jessie
    2019-05-19 13:32

    This was a refreshing read. I really had to slow down and think about the each lot and it related to the relationship.

  • Julie lit pour les autres
    2019-04-26 10:37

    Un livre inusité dans sa façon de raconter une histoire d'amour entre un homme et une femme.Présenté sous la forme d'un catalogue pour une vente aux enchères, ce livre nous entraîne dans les dédales des objets qui restent de cette relation maintenant évaporée (qui forment un genre de précipité d'une solution, si on veut). Des petits objets achetés dans une vente de garage aux déclarations d'amour sur des programmes de théâtre, des photos aux listes d'épicerie trouvées dans les poches de vêtements, les objets les plus insignifiants nous renseignent (ou pas) sur Lenore et Harold, qui ils sont et ce qu'ils veulent. Et où ils s'en vont, où les chemins se séparent. C'est à la fois émouvant, joli et nous permet comme lecteur.trice de s'inventer une histoire.

  • Steve
    2019-05-06 16:22

    Brilliantly conceived and gorgeously wrought. Even though the gambit of auction-catalog-as-novel would seem to render plot and characterization minimal, these characters and their story stuck with me long after closing the book. I found myself haunted by the echoes of this dissolved relationship despite really only knowing it through the couple's discarded possessions. Shapton has conceived of a truly experimental approach here, and in this case, the experiment worked brilliantly.

  • Alicia
    2019-05-13 14:23

    Wow. Wow wow wow wow. I love this god damn book. Any time that wasn't spend reading it was spent googling Shapton/reading interviews with her/feeling an immense, petty jealousy over the fact that I don't have her mind (or her life).

  • Daphne
    2019-04-26 16:16

    Who would have thought that a catalogue with items from two people can be such a strong, loving and heartbroken story? This picture book is so simple, yet so complex at the same time.Just beautiful. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Tina
    2019-04-24 10:13

    Thoughtful and sweet. I wanted her to break with him much earlier but he had some pretty thoughtful gifts and words for her.Plus I love a book I can start at 10pm and finish in the train in the way in the work the next morning.

  • Alisa Cupcakeland
    2019-05-03 15:42

    It felt like an original idea for me.

  • Kat
    2019-04-24 10:29

    Why couldn't I think up this concept?!