The Hour of the Star
New Directions Publishing, 1986 - 96 pagina's
Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery, Macabéa is inwardly free/She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator—edge of despair to edge of despair—and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love and the art of fiction. In her last book she takes readers close to the true mystery of life and leave us deep in Lispector territory indeed.
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The Hour of the StarGebruikersrecensie - Lawrence Olszewski - Book Verdict
As Lispector was dying in 1977, she and her secretary constructed this novel from notes, which partially explains its fragmentary nature. The detached male narrator, Rodrigo S.M., tells the story of ... Volledige recensie lezen
Review: The Hour of the StarGebruikersrecensie - Goodreads
One does not understand the sanctity of the title, though the novel is near-excellent. While pure being allows for self-consciousness, it may be so simplistic that it leads to near anonymity. Is it ... Volledige recensie lezen
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