How I Became a Nun
But then we are in Aira country, where strange things happen and in turn morph into even stranger ones. The story begins with the narrator of indeterminate gender b...more
But I do wonder if it leads to one of my biggest confusions of this book. Is this a boy, or a girl? In real life, César is male. This is obvious from his website and of course the Wikipedia article. His father calls him an awful boy, a horrible son when César does not like the ice cream his father bough...more
Despite the title, our narrator may be a boy rather than a girl: sometimes the text says one, sometimes the other. This is either annoying or amusing in a whimsical sort of a way, depending on the reader's m...more
The narrator is a young boy or a young girl--the book keeps shifting as to which it is, with no logic that I could discern--who is born in the provinces around Buenos Aires in the 1930s. The book begins with his/her first taste of ice cream, which is tainted with food poisoning. A poignant scene of the father not understanding why he/she does not like the ice cream...more
*spoiler review follows*
Many reviews have begun with the oddity of the protagonist's gender - as they refer to themself as...more
I started and finished Nun in the course of waiting for, catching, and being carried home on the bus yesterday afternoon. It is one of those magic novellas whose beguiling strangeness is akin to watching a match flare up, burn out, and smolder. I missed the part about the nun if it is actually in there, and found the floating gender identity of the narrator a little confusing, but its opening chapter about the promise of ice cream resulting in a murder and a lifetime of bewilderment...more
If you're looking for something short, original, and fantastic. Then read this. It's one of a kind.
One likely to piss off some readers. It needn't. It will, it has, but it needn’t.
A precocious little girl (boy), César Aira—not the author, César Aira, or the César Aira who narrates The Literary Conference, but a fictional César Aira who will likely narrate other books by César Aira—recounts the traumatic event which begins her life in a new city before she (he) becomes increasingly distanced from the reality that others participate in. A little mind-fuck of a book given that she (he) narrates...more
Not only is there anything to clue you into the choice of title, but there's a completely unexplained shift in the main character's gender. The narrator uses the feminine form of adjectives to refer to him/herself the maj...more
All in all, I quite liked this book. Reading it is much like being in the state of delirium that the narrator experiences in the second chapter, and has left me in a state of lovely d...more
Parts that stuck with me (beyond the haunting storyline):
"The drama started later on...Why is it that drama always starts late? Whereas comedy always seems to have started already." (46)
"Love was the theme of the serial and everyone was in love." "The tangle was so dense, it created a new simplicity of compactness. Space was no longer empty, porous and intangible; it had b...more
It's not intelligent enough to be worth it but also not funny enough to be worth it.
Still, there were some cutesy/fun/silly phrases:
"Por algo dicen: lo barato sale caro."
''Yo iba bien predispuesta. Adoraba a mi papá. Veneraba todo lo que viniera de él.'' (I think I remember so...more
"Because reality, the only sphere in which I could have acted, kept withdrawing at the speed of my desire to enter it"
Certainly he is becoming one of my favorite writers. Certainly he writes two books which I have read thus far, both unlike each other and unlike anything else I've read, this one telling the story of a childhood, of a girl who is sometimes the author himself (a man), resembling a child's point of view that is obviously too grown up to be a true child's view. The author himself wh...more
first, the author does better than any other since Bruno Schultz in representing a child narrator, employing literary language that is clearly "adult" to reconstruct the hallucinatory imagery of a child's imagination. so the prose is pleasing in itself, as in the narrator's description of radio dramas she listened to:
Era un radioteatro de amor, y todos amaban. Como pequeñnas moléculas, todos extendían sus valencias de amor en el espacio, e...more
(Mais trois étoiles parce que c'est un petit récit complètement déjanté qui se lit assez bien, quand même.)
He has published over fifty books of stories, novels and essays. Indeed, at least since 1993 a hallmark of his work is an almost frenetic level of...more