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La Bâtarde [The Bastard] by Violette Leduc
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Violette LeDuc is needy and she knows it. She stages suicides. She delights when her big nose halts elevator eyes. She’s prone to romantic friendships and poor boundaries; as a result she’s always unhinged. I particularly love her in obsessive-romantic mode; she records her hard falls for brutes, sycophants and gay-identified father figures in painstaking detail. I imagine she was an undertow in real life, but in print she’s glamour and genius.

LeDuc's prose is consistently amazing. Observe:

“Judge me. I could have taken him to some disused barn. I could have said to him, here is our home, we will cut our steaks from the rumps of their herds, my darling, a shepherd will lend us his cloak and there are hedges to plunder while the great wind blusters around us.”

Officially one of my favorite books ever.
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Allison This sounds really interesting--I eagerly await your verdict. Also, I must know--what, praytell, is so wrong with her physical appearance?


Leslie My reading of this is on hold until I finish up the semester. At this point she is still in the single digits, but I'll keep you posted as the mystery of her physical appearance unfolds . . .


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