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I think it requires more than a single read-through to fully appreciate its nuances and subtleties. On the contrary, they wrote and if money came, it was welcome. The Franchiser Stanley Elkin. You know, Fellipe Brossard was always an eccentric. Want to Read saving….

Locos : A Comedy of Gestures

Appearing to be a collection of stories, the characters within nevertheless appear and reappear, in somewhat different forms and identities. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The Making of Americans Gertrude Stein.

As to One Hundred Years of Solitudehuh?! Jesusa and eflipe others were all very serious about their work.

afau We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Yet to me, they are wise and educated.

This page was last edited on 6 Januaryat It’s so ridiculous, Lucy. And further, some of the characters seem to metamorphosize and despite having the same names, serve different roles or have different relationships in subsequent stories. Do you think whites are superior? View all 4 comments. Do you do the crossword puzzle? Born in BarcelonaAlfau emigrated with his family at the age of fourteen to the United States, where he lived the remainder of his life.


Not as good as Chromosbut striking for its time. Aug 19, Ben Winch rated it really liked it Shelves: Log of the S.


Others are mainly hinted at, like the long-suffering Padre Innocencio. All of them are introduced at once in the very beginning when they are pointed out by the narrator as he sits in a cafe in Madrid, but then they each take the stage in their turns and weave odd tales that lead you on as patiently and deliberately as any Scheherezade. And don’t even get me started about how pathetic the structural ruse of Hopscotch is in the first place!

So people are named, and re-configured. Whether there’s any real ‘depth’ here I can’t say, but when Alfau’s at his best I don’t care, because he’s so entertaining. A tale of two experimental novels. Nov 23, Feljpe Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: McCarthy described the attraction of the book to her as “the modernist novel as detective story”, and apfau compared it to Nabokov’s Pale Fire Lunarito can be a child, a prostitute, a nun.

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Why do you think your novels took so long to get attention and incite interest? The various stories interconnect in surprising and amusing ways. But you were also an immigrant. I have repeatedly asked him to send me the negative ones but he silently refuses. Unfortunately, Loos found No, they were journalists, translators, and people devoted to their art.

Or are you now an American like everybody else around here?

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When he was fourteen, his family moved to New York Alfu. Some are victims of themselves, like the son of the man who invented fingerprints, or the man who is alive but does not exist.

He wrote this book in the late s, but was not able to get it published until In fact, that is the one I read first.

Locos by Felipe Alfau

The author speaks to the reader. Do you think it does? No, they all live far away. Cortazar seems to be peopling an imaginary city with characters and scenarios imagined by the very characters in the story, but unfortunately they never seemed real. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

This is a book that, as soon as I finished it, I thought of three of my good friends whom I wanted to foist it upon immediately, telling them that they had to read it now and all at once and that I wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. The truth is, I was never interested in writing, nor did I ever dream of making a living at my craft. That interest led me to the study of music.

An argument with his nephew, Pepe, who has recently been expelled from school in England, is salvaged when the Prefect reveals to Pepe that his brother, Gaston, is now a professional pimp El Cogote! You share with me similar values.

What if there is a God?