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message 1: by Aubrey (last edited Sep 10, 2017 10:52PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector, translated from Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero, Brazil, 1977, NOVEL

"...Stream-of-consciousness writing filled with Rodrigo's personal anguish is interspersed with the telling of Macabea's story. "Born with a legacy of misfortune, a creature from nowhere with the expression of someone who apologizes for occupying too much space," Macabea is an ugly, undernourished native of rural northeast Brazil who loves Coca-Cola and Marilyn Monroe, lives on a steady diet of hot dogs, and believes that "to be well educated was the same as knowing how to tell lies."..."

(J.L., p. 294)

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Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments I am submitting my review for this book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


Jimmy (jimmylorunning) | 21 comments My review may be a little cryptic, but it makes sense to me. ;)


Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments I've been accused of being cryptic in my reviews many a time, Jimmy. The commentators liked them regardless, so something must have worked.


Bjorn | 32 comments This is such a good novel, as is everything I've read by Lispector. And cryptic reviews are pretty much par for the course with her books. :) I just wish I'd written down some more concrete thoughts than just "Wow" when I finished my read of it a few years ago...


Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments A reread is always a possibility, Bjorn, especially with a book as short as this.


Bjorn | 32 comments True. But I have a bunch of her other books on my list too...


Zanna (zannastar) | 180 comments I have reviewed this one (is this an appropriate way to contribute?! please guide me) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments Zanna wrote: "I have reviewed this one (is this an appropriate way to contribute?! please guide me) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..."

For sure! Any and all reviews are welcome, Zanna. Posting on the discussion devoted to the books speeds up the process as well.


Zanna (zannastar) | 180 comments Great :-)
I heard Lispector wasn't into reading... Certainly, I can't think of any author whose work shows up as an influence here!


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Neal Adolph (neal_adolph) | 16 comments I read this book last year and it ended up being one of my favourites of the year. I am reading my review of it now and, well, honestly it is damn near impossible to make sense of - a response and sentimental commentary rather than a sensible, easily understood review. Still, though, I think it captures something of how this book is possibly digested.

Here is the link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Zanna, I'm not surprised to hear she didn't like reading much. Her sentence structure is so unique. I had heard previously that she was self-taught as a writer, so I guess that can mean that she didn't like reading much too. I guess. Regardless, this work is marvelous. I've got three other works (thank you, New Dimensions Press) and I plan on reading them soon. Actually, one is approaching the top of my To Be Read pile.


Zanna (zannastar) | 180 comments Have you read in Portuguese? I can't judge her sentence structure, but it reminds me of, for example, Fernando Pessoa (I am not a fan) so I have assumed up to now that the odd gait her writing has is an artefact of translation. Do persuade me if you disagree = )


Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments Neal wrote: "I read this book last year and it ended up being one of my favourites of the year. I am reading my review of it now and, well, honestly it is damn near impossible to make sense of - a response and ..."

Thank you for your review, Neal. It has been inputted above.


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Neal Adolph (neal_adolph) | 16 comments Zanna wrote: "Have you read in Portuguese? I can't judge her sentence structure, but it reminds me of, for example, Fernando Pessoa (I am not a fan) so I have assumed up to now that the odd gait her writing has ..."

Great point. I don't read Portuguese, but it strikes me as a language worth learning for the sake of reading. There are a great many great writers who have used it.


Zanna (zannastar) | 180 comments I wish I had the time and talent to 'learn a language for the sake of reading it' but I find it a tremendous slog to attain the most basic competence in any language. I can certainly order a meal and follow directions in Portuguese (or I could once) but 3 months of study and 3 more immersion would get me no further. Certainly it's a beautiful language though :-)


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