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Philosophical Toys

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Nina, a drifter from southern Spain comes to London in search of experience, only to find that the strangest of stories is hiding in her father's loft in Almería...

A playfully concocted, fast-paced novel committed to the irresistible pleasure of reading, both a celebration and a critique of our relationship to objects (from fetishes, to curios, to commodities, to objectum
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Paperback, 242 pages
Published 2015 by Dalkey Archive Press
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Mahak
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
~You are drawn to things, in time and place, you are attracted to wreckage, a miasma of memories, storms passed, those looming, those ending. ~

One is an attraction to an effect-an effect of an attraction-to people, to things they say. Wholly capable in this displacement of connection, of wrought-iron purpose created through a broken synapse.

We are infallible like glass we feign on...yet only receding; retreating, stumbling. The complexities of mind, of that ever soul-mind none can escape harbou
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A2
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A strange and deeply philosophical book. A little too philosophical for me. It all starts when Nina, the narrator and an artist of sorts, discovers an eclectic collection of 95 shoes in her father's loft. She begins to suspect that her father has a shoe fetish and that her mother (deceased) was a foot model. So begins an extended musing on various kinds of fetishes and the ways in which inanimate objects shape our lives. Nina is also (somewhat) obsessed with the movies of a guy named Bunuel; she ...more
Brian McCrone
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. I have just re-read this book and it keeps giving and giving.
Kevin
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Anna Domestico
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nina Medina vibrantly exhibits the struggles of coping with a parent's gradual descent into Alzheimer's and eventual death while trying to forge a place in the world. She blends all of this emotional turmoil with the musings of an artist's obsession with fetishes, theories of materialism, and fear of being subsumed into a culture wherein everyone is just a carbon copy. Or, rather, a plastic facsimile of the original. Perhaps mutated into a candy color.

I recommend this book HIGHLY. I consistently
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Multiple Galerie
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You could take Susana Medina's book to be a kind of cultural autobiography while others call it a novel.
You could use it as I am as a kind of transnational psychogeographical guidebook around and about some cultural side-streets and circus shows, some of which will have tickled already.

The best thing to do is just stick your head in this book and go with its kaleidoscopic effects. A literary trip for sure but one that contains all of its own reference books.

One of my reads of 2015 and highly r
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Beatriz
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fantastically refreshing and thought-provoking read - Medina sets herself the task of deciphering the somewhat alarmingly colourful and invasive world of post-industrial materialism, whilst ultimately affirming the importance of human love and love. Both playful and profound, Medina's novel is the best thing I have read in 2015!.
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