Uselessness: A Novel

Uselessness A Novel The streets of Paris at night are pathways coursing with light and shadow channels along which identity may be formed and lost where the grand inflow of history art language and thought and of lo

  • Title: Uselessness: A Novel
  • Author: Eduardo Lalo Suzanne Jill Levine
  • ISBN: 9780226207797
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • The streets of Paris at night are pathways coursing with light and shadow, channels along which identity may be formed and lost, where the grand inflow of history, art, language, and thought and of love can both inspire and enfeeble For the narrator of Eduardo Lalo s Uselessness, it is a world long desired But as this young aspiring writer discovers upon leaving his homeThe streets of Paris at night are pathways coursing with light and shadow, channels along which identity may be formed and lost, where the grand inflow of history, art, language, and thought and of love can both inspire and enfeeble For the narrator of Eduardo Lalo s Uselessness, it is a world long desired But as this young aspiring writer discovers upon leaving his home in San Juan to study to live and be reborn in the city of his dreams, Paris s twinned influences can rip you apart Lalo s first novel, Uselessness is something of a bildungsroman of his own student days in Paris But than this, it is a literary pr cis of his oeuvre of themes that obsess him still Told in two parts, Uselessness first follows our narrator through his romantic and intellectual awakenings in Paris, where he elevates his adopted home over the moribund one he has left behind But as he falls in and out of love he comes to realize that as a Puerto Rican, he will always be apart Ending the greatest romance of his life that with the city of Paris itself he returns to San Juan And in this new era of his life, he is forced to confront choices made, ambitions lost or unmet to look upon lives not lived A tale of the travails of youthful romance and adult acceptance, of foreignness and isolation both at home and abroad, and of the stultifying power of the desire to belong and to be moved Uselessness is here rendered into English by the masterful translator Suzanne Jill Levine For anyone who has been touched by the disquieting passion of Paris, Uselessness is a stirring saga.

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    1. revisiting themes explored in his rĂ³mulo gallegos prize-winning novel, simone, eduardo lalo's uselessness (la inutilidad) is set dually on the streets of paris and san juan. lalo's debut novel (originally published in 2004) follows the long drudgery of disentanglement from a failing relationship. uselessness's first-person narrator recalls his days in the city of lights, coming-of-age as individual, artist, and lover alike. the puerto rican novelist vividly captures the alienation and longing t [...]

    2. Intrigued by the title, but also by the book description, I really enjoyed this book. Lalo's descriptions of cultural estrangement as a visiting foreign student in Paris, as well as his dissatisfaction with life upon his return home to San Juan had a familiarity, as well as being well-, appropriately ephemerally, described.Lalo's storytelling is bold, frank, eloquent. I enjoyed reading about the characters in Uselessness. I paused reading several times to look up the authors and artists he refer [...]

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