The Carnivorous Lamb
Author Agustin Gomez-Arcos ...more
It’s taken as long to write a review for this book as it did to read it—I keep starting and stopping, starting and stopping; in the same way I kept picking it up and setting it down, I start writing and stopping over and over. Anyway, …
Fascism. What is it about fascism that has captured the attention of some of my GR buddies? They’re reading books on the subject; LIKEing each other’s reviews; queerying each other about the subject and other books. I can’t get...more
novel the self-exiled Spanish author, then living in France, uses
dark humor to indict the tyranny of Franco, the Catholic Church
and the valueless conformity of Moralists. Life carries despair
and isolation, allows the writer, but always pursue freedom. He
gooses its importance with a sexual metaphor: two brothers defy the social contract by having an erotic relationship. Their parents, marginalized by the Civil War, look away. "You've built u ...more
To call this book sexy is misleading, but honorably so; it IS sexy and i ...more
The Carnivorous Lamb unfolds like a particularly lovely, intricate, and satisfying dream. Things that at first appear to be matter-of-fact reveal themselves to be larger metaphors for politics, religion, and social issues, in prose both decadent and surreal. The writing is phenomenal; the language so painfully beautiful tha ...more
- Phenomenal writing. I read this simultaneously in English and French (my French is functional, at best), but I can’t comment, as other reviewers have done, on the accuracy of the vocabulary used in the English version. However, the descriptions, the metaphors, the characterizations, and the pithy/witty/caustic observations certainly survived the translation. Even in the English version, which I understand is a bit crude compared to its origina ...more
Agustín era homosexual, de familia republicana, y detestaba el país que la posguerra había dejado. Ser rojo y homosexual en esa España incivil era tanto como tener una abismo bajo los pies cada mañana. Así que Agustín cansado de ir contracorriente y ver como su logros en la dramaturgia eran ninguneados sistemáticamente por la censura del ...more
Ultimately what wrecked "The Carnivorous Lamb" for me (without spoilers) was a return to that juvenile voice by the adult version of th ...more
This is an interesting, well-written story of the young gay narrator’s growing up in a dysfunctional family and his incestuous relationship with his older brother, written as a metaphor rebelling against Franco’s Spain.
It is beautifully written and wonderfully translated, but sadly, it was hard for me to get past the incest between the two brothers. I get that the title is a metaphor for defying the taboo of incest, which in turn is a metaphor for defying the censorship (including t ...more
I wish I had a deeper understanding of Spanish history. It's inspired me to attain just that so I can better interpret the metaphor this book clearly is.
Highlight for me was the two women of this book, the mother and Clara. Wonderful characters.
The only good thing about the book (Little Sister's Classics edition), and the only reason for the two stars and not one, is the editing and additional materials.
If you feel like reading the book, don't buy The Carnivorous Lamb but borrow it form the library instead.
couldn't help thinking it was a fucked up Adam and Eve and Cain and Able, incestuous family
beautifully written (translated), loved this, was distracted a little towards the end when the narrative switched to second person and we become the ghosts rather than just observing
very memorable novel
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"No, professor!" burst out Antonio. "Maybe they dressed up as sheep in your day. Now, they don't even bother anymore."
"You're right about that, young man. In my time, they were killers. Today, they can't kill anymore, so they terrorize people and inform on them instead. It comes to the same thing.”