The Story of My Teeth
Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer ...more
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Literature has a unique role in the discussions of truth and ideas. When we tell a story we dress the themes and messages up in an elegant wardrobe of fiction and send them out to seduce the audience. Fiction and lying may seem like blood-relations, yet the major function of a lie is to deceive while fiction’s function is to illuminate. The stori ...more
Suppose, if you can, or if you will, that after a night of revelry and telling each other stories (lies), César Aira and Enrique Vila-Matas somehow managed to conceive a child—a love child, if you will—a child who grew up as an amazingly gifted and surprising author whose stories about stories (a gift from EV-M’s Y chromosome) might take off on any and every tangent imaginable (a gift from CA’s Y chromosome)—imagine a child who grew up to be Valeria Luiselli.
In The Story of My Teeth, Gustavo Sa...more
Kitap hakkında orada burada yazılanlara baktım da "Şenlikli bir oyun" denmiş hep, doğru da, kurgusu falan çok zekice, gel gelelim beni o kısmı etkilemedi. (Muhtemelen yine gariplik bende) Kitabın baş kahramanı Gustavo Sanchez Sanchez beni mahvetti. Neden mi? Bana bir kere daha şunu hatırlattı ki: Gerçek dediğimiz şey, "gösterge" ve "anlamdan" ibaret değil. Durun, çok bulandırmadan anlatm ...more
Are younger than I am
Yet crumble away
Inside my head.
No younger than I
Have taken me
To mountain tops
Through forest glades
Up stone steps
And no return
The hips grate
The knees creak
But the feet
I find the story of the genesis of this product (book) disturbing: so the original idea was to explore the relation between factory workers and their surroundings with the art gallery, Instead of that we get a postmodern exposition of writers that Luiselli ...more
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I heard about this book from many Best of 2015 lists, and liked the concept of the book: The sort of fabulist tale of an auctioneer, Gustavo "Highway" Sanchez, who is actually an auctioneer of famous people's teeth. The text is part novel, part meditat ...more
if vila-matas, aira, and borges (all of whom figure into the tale) had collaborated together on a book about a storytelling auctioneer with an affection for literature, we might have see ...more
"Some men have luck, some men have charisma. I've got both. I'm the best auction caller in the world, my name is Gustavo Sanchez Sanchez, and this is the story of my teeth."If that makes you laugh the rest of the book probably will too. Because of how the book was written, the entire thing feels rather meta and episodic. The author wr ...more
I happen to like all of the above, though I've not had much attention on teeth in my lifetime. Come to think of it however, my mother had dentures from an early age and I do recall m ...more
Between gasps of laughter and having to read certain phrases and passages two times thinking:' No, did she really write this?!' A small book to reread and make people happy by giving it as a present.
"Everyone knows that horses have no compassion, I told Alan Pauls. If a horse sees you standing in front of it, crying, it just chews its hay and blinks. You start crying harder, your eyes overflowing with tears and pain, and the ho ...more
I will give this book one thing though, and it's that I've thought a lot about it since I finished it.
That out of the way, this is an entertaining, funny read with a larger than life narrator whose tentative relationship with the truth slowly blurs the lines between story and storyteller. There's a nice shift towards the end of the book (b ...more
Valeria Luiselli is a rising star in Mexican literary circles and this novella is published by Granta. The blurbs praise her intellect and her mastery of prose. The book itself is a postmodern pastiche of styles which come together to explore the value of the things we buy and the way that celebrity attaches itself to consumer goods to inflate the price. All you need ...more
cunku gordum ki kahramanimiz otoban da, yazar da muhtesem hikaye anlaticilar. kahramani niye ayirmiyorum da yazarla birlikte aniyorum peki? cunku ana kahramanimiz sanchez yani nami diger otoban o kadar gercek, o kadar ete kemige burunmus ki onu o karikaturize ol ...more
Don't spoil your own experience of the book by reading too many reviews or summaries ahead of time. Trust where Valeria Luiselli will lead you & take the plunge. I dare you.
(Read the first time from 9/21/15 to 9/18/15.)
Re-read again today (11/17/16). Just as magical, wonderful, & fun as the first time around.
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