Aberration of Starlight
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After reading Mulligan Stew, Sorrentino had both my curiosity and attention, and I knew that I had to read his other works without much delay. The reason to pick Aberration of Starlight (Fantastic Title!) was to read something conventional (according to Gil’s standards, of course) within the realms of story-telling and with this book, I’m convinced of his inimitable style which solely belongs to him because only he had the talent to make it work.
Nothing much is going on here plot wise: Summer of...more
Did I like Aberration of Starlight? Kind of. Sorrentino uses different instruments to record the expectations from light yea...more
Aberration of Starlight is one of Sorrentino’s most bitter, scathing and unflinching novels (and perhaps the closest he came to ‘realism’ in content only) in his hefty canon. Split between four characters—a son, his mother, her lover and a father—the book probes into the “psychopathology of everyday life” (Freud ref but also a short...more
4.5 to 5 stars—for one of those interesting experiments in form, a narrative in parts and pieces, a kaleidoscope story—turn it slightly and it becomes something else, a different picture, some variation on what’s preceded and a variation of what will come.
This is one of those novels actually done justice by the summary of its GR title page. Four people staying in a summer boardinghouse, most on a vacation from the city, each with his or her own story, although overlapping with the stories of th...more
In many ways this is quite a traditional text, the subject matter being that which thousands of writers have considered thousands of times before. What elevates this is both the quality of the prose itself, and the intelligent and co...more
Aberration of Starlight is a beautiful family story which takes place over the course of a few days at a summer vaca...more
Mostly, Sorrentino is just a master storyteller, employing all the tricks of the trade, but not in a hokey or gimmickry way. The story is told through letters, bits of question and answer type exposition, inner dialogue, and other mo...more
Essentially, it is the same event, as depicted from the perspective of four different characters. The depictions themselves are portrayed through letters, Q&A sections, recounting of the characters' dreams and fantasies, and even the occasional straightforward narrative by the author. It all comes t...more
Sorrentino makes this simple story complex by telling it four times, giving us each character's pri...more
Sorrentino skillfully makes use of a technique most readers will be familiar with film, that of presenting different character perspectives around a series of central events, with each r...more
One thing was a bit odd, though. I can see glimpses of the style he perfected in Mulligan Stew, but that was published a year bef...more