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Peru

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Hacia 1940 un niño de seis años mata a otro chico de la misma edad mientras juegan en la mejor casa del barrio, la de Andy Lieblich, el tercer niño de esta perturbadora historia de la que también forman parte una niñera, un chofer negro y algunos fascinantes personajes más, retratados siempre a través de la voz del propio narrador y protagonista, que ya adulto y padre de u ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published January 22nd 1986 by Dutton Books (first published 1986)
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Mariel
Aug 11, 2013 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: we just had the strength of children
Recommended to Mariel by: he couldn't write a sentence to save all of our lives
I never wanted to be the one who I am.

A man cannot go to sleep. He has seen something on television. She says he will have to wait until morning when someone else will be there. Six hours. There were men on a rooftop and they are fighting to the death, living to the death. They are the prisoners or did they become the guards. He didn't understand until now what it was when he was six years old and he murdered the other boy in the sandbox. He couldn't see his own face. What was that on the televi
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M. Sarki
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wool·gath·er intr.v. wool·gath·ered, wool·gath·er·ing, wool·gath·ers To engage in fanciful daydreaming.

pg. 28 Steven Adinoff was just woolgathering and then caught himself at it...

Was the boy who Gordon killed, Steven Adinoff, just dreaming when he got it?

In the very first paragraph Gordon Lish tells us every character he intends on showing us. The boy he killed in the sandbox Steven Adinoff, Gordon's neighbor Andy Lieblich and his nanny, the "colored" man
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David Winters
Peru: difficult, perhaps "disturbing," probably destined to be misunderstood... but its formal complexity makes it compelling. I wrote at length about this book for 3:AM Magazine, here.
Lewis Manalo
From an author with such an eminent reputation and who was such an influential editor, Lish's Peru is a flimsy, shallow book.

A rambling kind of monologue, Peru is told as a fifty-year-old man's recollection of his murder of a child that he committed as a child. Other than that sensationalism of one six-year-old killing another, there is nothing else here except for a half-hearted attempt at style.

If nothing else, this novel shows that not everyone who can edit can write. One can see here why Lis
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Morgan
Here Lish is a fantastic postmodern master. His writing style is exquisite. On top of that, he knows how to tell a story. This is a great exploration of guilt and responsibility, the identification and ownership of feelings, and coping.

The story intertwines three events revolving around one character. One foundational (his killing a child as a child), one sentimental (his preparations dropping his own child off for camp), and the last mundane (watching the news of a violent jailbreak in Peru). I
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Andy
My first Lish book and boy do I wonder what I was waiting for in not getting to this guy before now. This kind of writing is exactly what pushes all the right literary buttons for me: edgy, brilliantly inventive and virtuosic, witty/amusing, moderately avant garde techniques (as in time shifts, and plot fragmention). Reminds me somewhat of other favorites of mine: Beckett, Thomas Bernhard and Stephen Dixon. Will probably read Zimzum next.
Kevin
Super good and menacing (like Dear Mr. Capote) but this one has a weird coming of age kind of slant as well.
Brent Legault
Dec 30, 2007 Brent Legault rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: visitors, revisitors
Though it's a short novel, I found it hard to get to the end. I certainly wanted to get to the end. I thought of little else while reading this book. So much so that it became a distraction, a further obstacle (apart from the text itself) preventing me from putting this one down as black and white and read all over.

I did finish it and I was satisfied when I closed it and sealed it up on my bookshelf. It left its thumbprint on me which I've not ever been able to shrug off. (I haven't tried all t
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Geoff Wehmeyer
Reminded me of Thomas Bernhard, how the story and language is so barren that it circles around itself until it strangles you, but in a good way.
Cooper Cooper
This is the obsessive, circling internal monologue of a 54-year-old protagonist (“Gordon Lish”) who at the age of six murdered a playmate in a sandbox. The narrative consists of eight or ten focal themes and the associations they call up (confusedly) in the narrator’s mind. Here’s what Lish sounds like:

She said that we were just temporary, that that was just how some people were, that they were just temporary people, and that you never knew why this was so, but that sometimes it was because pe
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Liam
The narrator of 'Peru' (1986) tells the reader a confused mixture of two stories; one of his murder of a playmate at the age of six, and the other of an accidental injury he sustained aged fifty at the hands of a clumsy taxi driver from Peru, leaving him brain damaged (it is implied). His attitude to his juvenile crime is cold, peripheral and without compunction. He is more interested in the smells and sights that caught his eye that day than he is in the motives or consequences of his part in t ...more
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Gordon Jay Lish is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Richard Ford.
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