The Hour of the Star
I’ve been putting off any attempt at writing on this one because: A) it’s rather a challenge without spoilers (although, depending on how one reads the title, the very idea of spoiler is rather silly) and B) this is one I would expect casual readers to dislike…intensely. Which leads me to:
You have confused the true and the real.A line that Elizabeth Hand, in Fantasy & Science Fiction calls Dhalgren’s “minatory epigraph.” I’m not a reader of F&SF or Ms Hand, but, dammit, they both dese...more
Someone is walking on my grave.
Lispector is MJ Nicholl’s doppelganger. I’m sure he hasn’t heard of her, which makes the similarities of exactness between aPostmodern Belch and The Hour eerie. Not only do we have the narrator fooling around with three characters (Macabea, Gloria and Olympico) who are clearly facets of herself, but on page 57 we even have ‘quiddidity’ apropos Macabaea: need I say more?
Its no secret Macabea is a ‘loser’, an anti-heroine, an anonymous nonentity, wretched, ugly, sic...more
In terms of the ne...more
Macabea has moved to Rio from Northern Brazil and is now alone in the world; strictly brought up by her aunt she is portrayed...more
And one subway ride later:
The book is written in a clean, sparse, and beautiful style, but the story is anything but simple. The narrative flip flops from the author's ruminations on writing,...more
This is billed as Lispector, a Brazilian pyrotechnician of words, writing her last novel. It's about 80pp long, so I am hard pressed to see how it's anything but a novella as defined by length. Its content, the descent and fall of one of life's losers, places it firmly in novella territory as well. Its beauty and grace of language mark it as a poetic novella. But it's not a complex, nuanced, developed story, so not what I'm willing to call a novel.
But it's brilliant, and it...more
A hora da estrela é de uma sensibilidade rara. O narrador estabelece uma relação complexa com a personagem, repleta de ódio,...more
While pure being allows for self-consciousness, it may be so simplistic that it leads to near anonymity. Is it commendable to be like that in our world? - this seems to be one of the questions.
The writer is writing as the reader is reading. Lispector's interventions are very well done / managed. For formal rigour and philosophical inquiry, the novel could stand with the very best.
The first forty pages were amazing—constant asides from the narrator talking about the story, storytelling, the main character. Lots of good stuff, so much so I had to stop to take notes. The further along I got, the less the text compelled me to note-take.
There are many worse ways to spend an afternoon, but few better ones. Highly recommended, if you appreciate the way in which a story is told, and what it means to tell.
note that goodreads entry for this...more
Vou tentar formular um review minimamente decente, mas sendo que ainda estou sob o efeito da obra... a ver vamos.
Esta obra, antes de mais, não é para quem vive de máscaras. Certamente que todos usamos uma ou outra em momentos pontuais (viver em sociedade não dá azo a que as pessoas possam ser 100% genuínas), mas esta Hora da Estrela relembra-nos de quem somos por detrás de tudo isso.
Para mim, esta obra retrata uma espécie de 'Inception' no que toca ao processo...more
"Perhaps I could enhance this story if I were to introduce some difficult technical terms? But that is the problem:...more
"Occasionally, she wandered into the more fashionable quarters of the city and stood gazing at the shop windows displaying glittering jewels and luxurious garments in satin...more
"I think about Macabea's vagina, minute, yet unexpectedly covered with a thick growth of black hairs-her vagina was the only vehement sign of her existence."
the story is ostensibly about macabea, a dirt-poor, extremely eccentric "northerner" living in brazil and doing mediocre office work while she pines away about true love, food and mundane radio trivia. but it's also about her equally bizarre, yet strangely philosophical, boyfriend - who spends most of the narrative pontificating out loud about why they shouldn't...more
One of my favorites. Is her short story "Love". You can find it in this site: http://www.shermantranslations.com/lo...
the story describes a moment of epiphany triggered by a blind man chewing gun. The story my look weird at first, but when you start to notice the smal details you realize that every single word was carefully c...more
Now if that doesn't sell me on an author, I don't know what will. After stumbling upon Why This World A Biography of Clarice Lispector at my local bookstore, and reading the above quote emblazoned boldly upon the back cover, I naturally had to take a look. And apparently many others had the same idea—all of her books in my local library system had daunting hold orders. I...more
Clarice Lispector is considered the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka and is possibly the most important Brazilian writer of all time. Her final work before her untimely death from ovarian cancer “The Hour of the Star” illustrates why Lispector is so important. It is also one of the best things I've ever read.
Lispector's critics call her over-indulgent, and she is, but in her commitment to her own vision and her obsessions...more
She grew up in northeastern Brazil, where her mother died when she was nine. The family...more