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The End of Eddy

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  8,126 ratings  ·  984 reviews
The most talked-about European novel since My Struggle—a sexually frank, brutally honest coming-of-age story

“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighb
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 2nd 2014)
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Larry H
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up.

"Words like affected or effeminate could always be heard in the mouths of adults around me: not just at school and not only by the two boys. They were like razor blades that would cut me for hours, for days, when I heard them, words I picked up and repeated to myself. I told myself over and over that they were right. I wished I could change. But my body would never obey me, and so the insults would start up again."

Eddy Bellegueule, a young man growin
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A promising, if imperfect, first novel, The End of Eddy suggests the start of an illustrious career as a gay writer for Louis. As a commentary upon toxic masculinity or white supremacy in France, the novel offers little that is new; Eddy’s obsession with becoming “a tough guy,” while adeptly portrayed, reads as conventional and, at times, tired. Far more interesting are the many strange formal techniques of the novel. The first part’s impressionistic focus on the social life of Eddy’s village, t ...more
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*[enter] γλώσσα μεσημεριανάδικου*

"Συγκλονιστική κατάθεση ψυχής"

Μπορεί, αλλά ο,τιδήποτε πάνω από 3 αστέρια είναι sympathy vote

ΥΓ : ακολουθούν κι άλλα δύο βιβλία, στο δεύτερο βιβλίο περιγράφει πως τον βίασαν, στο τρίτο...

Ζ' αν ε μαρ...

ΥΓ2 : αν ξέρετε τίποτα γαλλικούλια, διαβάστε αυτό :

Και αυτό :

Γεμίσαμε Κορτώδες και Σεντάρηδες. Και ανακαλύψαμε το "autofiction". Μεταξύ του autobiography και fiction.
Τι να πω...δεν ξέρω
A brief but unrelenting autobiographical novel about growing up gay and poor in Northern France. This was originally published in French in 2014, when the author was just 21. Since then it has sold 300,000 copies in France and been translated into 20+ languages. It can be hard to read scenes such as the one where Eddy has his – not entirely consensual or wholesome – sexual initiation. But there is also something cathartic about them, particularly since readers learn early on that Eddy makes it o ...more
Jim Coughenour
Only in France would a fictionalized memoir about a brutalized sissyboy be underpinned by the sociological theory of Pierre Bourdieu. Only in France would it be a phenomenon: En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule was published in 2014 – it's just been translated into English and a score of other languages. Édouard Louis (only 19 when he wrote this book) has been compared to Knausgaard and Ferrante. How much is hype?

Not too much, in my view. It's a solid little story; it takes place in the impoverished
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Another read from the Tournament of Books shortlist, about bullying and masculinity and its impact on a gay boy coming of age in a French factory town. Translated from the French and largely autobiographical, it's not a cheery read, but thought-provoking and full of truths and realities.

Compared to a recent read, The Heart's Invisible Furies, which wraps a gay coming of age story in a larger narrative about cultures changing (or not) and AIDs, this is a much narrower, more rural, and more focus

«Το να γίνω κάποιος άλλος σήμαινε να νομίζω πως είμαι κάποιος άλλος, να πιστεύω ότι είμαι αυτό που δεν ήμουν, ώστε σταδιακά, βήμα βήμα, να γίνω».

Ο συγγραφέας μεταφέρει στο χαρτί με βίαιο τρόπο τα δύσκολα παιδικά χρόνια που έζησε σ' ένα χωριό της βόρειας Γαλλίας στα τέλη της δεκαετίας του '90. Εκεί που το συγγενικό (και ευρύτερο) περιβάλλον δεν είχε καμία ανοχή απέναντι στους γκέι, και ο ρατσισμός ήταν ένα από τα χαρακτηριστικά τους.

Πόσο δύσκολο είναι να εναντιωθείς στη βία ενός περιβάλλοντ
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, 2018-read
"The End of Eddy" / "Das Ende von Eddy"
Édouard Louis (fka Eddy Bellegeule) does it all: He just finished his stint as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College and next Monday, he'll give his first lecture at Freie Universität Berlin (it's public, so go there, people!). Also, he has become one of the most important voices in France, his books sell like crazy, and his opinions on the working class and the Alt-Right are published in the New York Times ( Oh,
Đorđe Bajić
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nakon što sam pročitao ovu knjigu (a pročitao sam je u dahu, za manje od 24 časa), postalo mi je jasno zašto se u Francuskoj digla kuka i motika. Eduar Luj je imao svega 21 godinu kada je njegov autobiografski roman objavljen 2014. u Francuskoj, a knjiga je postala fenomen i bestseler prodat u 300.000 primeraka. Ne čudi me sve to, pošto ovo nije samo priča o turbulentnom odrastanju gej dečaka u zatucanom francuskom seocetu, već roman o radničkoj klasi i društvenim nepravdama. Mestašce u kojem od ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a tour de force of a coming-of-age novel. The author is only 21. The book recounts his childhood in a Picardy village among the rural poor, where unemployment, alcoholism, racism and homophobia are rife -just like the stereotype the rest of France has of the North in fact. The French underclass has scarcely been written about since Zola, and almost never by someone who grew up in it as far as I know. This is terrific, full of sadness and tenderness, without hatred but with great love, and humour ...more
Leo Robertson
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Google Edouard Louis so you can learn what he looks like, because if you ever see him in the street, you are to immediately hug him and don't stop hugging him until he's like, 50.

Does anyone know him? Can you call him or put a hand on his shoulder and ask if he's okay?

I had reservations about this one initially because I thought it was just another Dave Pelzer child sadness porn (and that may attract readers, but they won't leave without learning something—nice try!!)—but the answer comes from o
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αρχικά να επισημάνω πως πρόκειται για ένα σκληρό βιβλίο με ωμές περιγραφές! Ένα βιβλίο που σου προκαλεί έντονα συναισθήματα. Εκνευρίστηκα σε υπερβολικό βαθμό, πόνεσα πολύ, αηδίασα από την απανθρωπιά των ανθρώπων.

Βρίσκομαστε λοιπόν, σε ένα μικρό χωριό της βόρειας Γαλλίας, όπου επικρατούν αταβιστικές συμπεριφορές. Ο άντρας πρεσβεύει τη βία, οφείλει να πίνει κ όταν θυμώνει να δέρνει τη γυναίκα του. Δυστυχώς, η βία σε κλειστές κοινωνίες θεωρείται βασικό προσόν για τον άντρα. Είναι φυσιολογικό ο άντρ
Tomáš Fojtik
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K této knize jsem se dostal především proto, že se o ní hodně mluvilo v souvislosti se záměrem nakladatelství Paseka uvádět jména překladatelů na obálce. Možná bych ji jinak přešel s nezájmem, a to by byla velká škoda.

Skoncovat s Eddym B. vám totiž otevře oči. Do velké míry je to autorova autobiografie, ve které zpracovává zážitky ze svého dětství. A je opravdu na co vzpomínat. Šovinismus, všeobjímající chudoba, homofobie – to všechno patří do jeho života. Nejhorší na tom je, že se tu popisuje
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, br
For me this was an eyeopener of a book which helps explain the current political situation in Europe.

Our first reaction to poverty is to distance ourselves from it, by blaming those in poverty. They live that way because they are slackers, they are lazy, etc etc. But that would then mean that people who have more are not lazy, are not slackers and from my experience that is simply not true. I know people who have money, a 'good' job etc and who are habitual avoiders of sweat and work. It is much
Δυνατή αφήγηση, κάπως αποστασιοποιημένη (αυτό δεν το χρεώνω ως κακό), με κατά τόπους σπουδαίες στιγμές. Θα κάτσω να τα σκεφτώ λίγο όλα αυτά, περισσότερα σύντομα.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Σπαραγμός. Αυτοβιογραφικό μανιφέστο, μια κραυγή προς τα μέσα, η πως κοιτάς τη λύπη κατάματα και ξέρεις πως δεν υπάρχει τίποτα άλλο εκτός απ'αυτήν, παρ'ολα αυτά ελπίζεις. Ανυπομονώ για τα επόμενα.
Emir Ibañez
Me dijeron que la iba a pasar mal. Pero no sabía que iba a ser TAN MAL. La historia del autor (sobre cómo crece en un pueblo pequeño y prejuicioso con una familia del demonio) es durísima y te la cuenta sin adornos y sin victimizarse. Tal y cual fue, nada más.
This book is a rather bleak coming of age tale about growing up poor in the working class villages of the north of France. It was hailed as a literary phenomenon: the author is 21, and he describes in this memoir the incredibly harsh reality of growing up in a part of the world where people work in the same plant generation after generation, where alcoholism is a hereditary as employment, where racism and homophobia are normal attitudes and where gender roles are stereotypical to the point of ca ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, memoir
4.5 rounded down

Blimey. I'm not quite sure what to say about this. This is marketed as a work of fiction, but it seems (from the little I've read online about the book) that almost everything that takes place in the book parallels Édouard Louis's life - the protagonist is called Eddy, was born in rural northern France in the early 90s, grew up in a life of misery and poverty. Eddy is subjected to daily abuse from his family and classmates because he is gay and "different" - something that made h
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya os he hablado en más de una ocasión de novelas de temática LGBT en el blog, y también en mi canal, pero nunca antes había leído algo basado en hechos reales. No suelo leer historias así porque no suelen gustarme, pero entonces Daniel Blanco me dijo que le había recordado en algunos aspectos a mi propia novela, así que al final me acabé animando. Y lo cierto es que, aunque tiene sus fallos, me ha gustado bastante.

Reseña completa:
Shawn Mooney
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I've long had a bone to pick with gay male lit: how the coming-out narrative has been sidelined, has gotten such short shrift since the mid-to-late-80s. As if all that bullying, fear of violence, homoerotic yearning and anxiety became passé—even embarrassing—and could no longer be depicted.

So I was delighted to encounter in this new and newly-translated French novel such a raw, accurate account of preadolescent gay sexuality and homophobic bullying, i.e., what coming out is still like for most q
Δεν ξέρω πώς μπορείς να γράψεις για την βία (για την τόση βία) με τόσο αφηγηματικό τρόπο χωρίς σχεδόν καθόλου συναισθηματική εμπλοκή. Όπως και να 'χει ήταν ένα βιβλίο γροθιά στη μάπα.
4 stars

This book of fiction reads like a memoir. From what little research I did on it, the book is about the authors years of struggling growing up in an environment that he didn't fit into, that didn't accept him and that he himself tried to revolt against. It must be a common story sadly, the extreme poverty didn't help. One of the hardest books I have read since A Little Life, not an enjoyable read.
Book's Calling
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... kdybych mohl, dám této knize sedm hvězdiček z pěti. Neuvěřitelně silný příběh mladého gaye, který vyrůstal v nefriendly prostředí severní Francie. Knihu jsem přečetl za dva dny, což je u mě nezvyklé. Bylo to hlavně proto, že mě děj naprosto uchvátil a díky empatii jsem se s hlavním hrdinou sžil a nechtěl jsem ho opustit. Opravdu, nezapomenutelná kniha.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda es bueno y brutalmente realista. Nos cuentan la historia de el pobre Eddy, de su situación familiar, de sí mismo, de bullying que en ocasiones resulta hasta cierto punto increíble, porque la víctima no es para nada victimista a la hora de contarlo.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grāmata, kas uzrakstīta ar autora asinīm, kurām ir mazliet piejaukti autora puņķi.
Bet der izlasīt - ļoti personīoga un tieša grāmata par neiederēšanos nekur.
Maru Kun
Only a few years after being beaten up in the narrow corridor outside the school library Eddy was writing a Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive, published on the front page of Le Monde and translated for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
"...If we want to redefine and transform the intellectual and political scene, it is urgent that we adopt some ethical principles for thought and action:

1. Principle of refusal: escape the imposed debates, refuse to recognize the validity
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 This short quick read, an international bestseller and cause célèbre in France, was a mite disappointing, perhaps due to my own inflated expectations. I am not even quite sure why it is called a 'novel', since it is clearly autobiographical; the original title translates more accurately as 'To Finish With Eddy Bellegueule', which was the author's birth name. Reviews praised its Faulknerian language, but, perhaps due to poor translation, this is not very apparent here - the prose is competent ...more
Vasco Simões
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Relato duro na primeira pessoa de quem é discriminado, insultado, agredido e maltratado psicologicamente por ser homossexual. Neste livro Eddy conta-nos o inferno que vive ao tentar esconder dos outros a sua orientação sexual, numa pequena localidade francesa, chegando mesmo ao ponto de tentar a "cura" obrigando-se a ter intimidade com raparigas. Conseguimos ver no romance um lar disfuncional, muito álcool, ignorância, intolerância, uma sociedade muito machista, rural e conservadora. É o pesadel ...more
Marius Paulsen (Antari-kun)
Heartbreaking, tender, and just raw. If you want to try something that will tug on your heartstrings, then this is for you. Highly enjoyed this emotional ride.
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Édouard Louis est un écrivain français né le 30 octobre 1992. Édouard Louis, né Eddy Bellegueule, grandit à Hallencourt (Somme) avant d'entrer en classe de théâtre au lycée Madeleine Michelis d'Amiens. De 2008 à 2010 il est délégué de l'académie d'Amiens au Conseil national de la vie lycéenne, puis étudie l'histoire à l'université de Picardie.

Il poursuit à partir de 2011 des études de sociologie à
“It took me a long time to understand that she wasn't being incoherent or contradictory, but rather that it was I myself, arrogant class renegade that I was, who tried to force her discourse into a foreign kind of coherence, one more compatible with my values—that incoherence appears to exist only when you fail to reconstruct the logic that lies behind any given discourse or practice. I came to understand that many different forms of discourse intersected in my mother and spoke through her, that she was constantly torn between her shame at not having finished school and her pride that even so, as she would say, she'd 'made it through and had a bunch of beautiful kids,' and that these two modes of discourse existed only in relation to each other.” 4 likes
“De mi infancia no me queda ningún recuerdo feliz. No quiero decir que no haya tenido nunca, en esos años, ningún sentimiento feliz o alegre. Lo que pasa es que el sufrimiento es totalitario: hace desaparecer todo cuanto no entre en su sistema” 3 likes
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