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Sea Monsters

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Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sea Monsters offers an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s.

One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her l
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Black Balloon Publishing
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Michael
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is filled with wonder and surprise. Gorgeous passages evoke a sense of wanderlust, of comfortable dislocation and a sort of longed for isolation. It’s rare to find a novel that marries the post punk, gothic influences of my youth to the sun drenched, Oaxacan daydream of my current existence. Chloe Aridjis, someone skilled in the painterly art of wordscapes and with such an internationally replete experience, deftly explores this odd combination.
Stewart Home
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The prose is beautiful & the narrative details Mexican goth subculture in the 1980s. The first part is set in Mexico City but the two teen protagonists run away to a beach town, which creates a wonderful tension between the geographical setting and the post-punk style favoured by our anti-heroes. The descriptions of music clubs are groovy, and our two goths have fabulous cinematic tastes - on a date they go to see a revival of Muñecos infernales (or Curse of the Doll People from 1961 as it's ...more
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Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Catapult was kind enough to send me a galley of SEA MONSTERS, a novel about a teenage girl, Luisa, as she becomes obsessed with a strange boy named Tomas and eventually runs away with him to the seaside town of Zipolite in Oaxaca. There, the two drift apart, and Luisa becomes enraptured by the strangers who dot the Beach of the Dead.
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But the main craft of the novel is in all of the strange and mesmeric transgressions of Luisa and the mysterious ways in which strangers shape our lives. Aridjis’ w
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Super strange and wildly weird.
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This was a buddy read with my dear friend Matthew. Thanks to him I could read this book early.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere and tone of this book alongside the beautiful writing.
Unfortunately I could not connect to the main character, in fact I found her to be a bit annoying. It also lacked a bit of reasons behind the actions, we got glimpses, but never quite got there and I personally felt the ending was rather arbitrary in regards of the timing.
It felt like a great concept not meeting its f
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Chloe Aridjis was born in New York and grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico City. After receiving a BA from Harvard, she went on to receive a PhD from Oxford University. A collection of essays on Magic and Poetry in Nineteenth-century France was released in 2005. Her first novel, Book of Clouds, followed in 2009, winning the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France.
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