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The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector, Giovanni Pontiero
The Hour of the Star
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The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece.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,... show more
The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece.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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811211901 (0811211908)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
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Mommy, am I cult?
Mommy, am I cult? rated it
3.0 The Hour of the Star
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF WRITERS. The first one writes for his public, and the last writes for himself.Clarice is the kind that writes for herself, and it shows in her works. Specially in this novella.But it's okay, because it's Clarice Lispector, a woman who looks like an old Hollywood sexy villain, ...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
4.0 Uneasy hour
In telling the story of a 'meagre' character, an orphan from the poorest region of Brazil living in poverty in Rio, Lispector offers no philosophical certainty, proceeding from one diffuse reflection to another, usually conflicting one, while retaining a vice-like grip on the minimal narrative.The d...
M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
So Mr. Moser does the Lispector biography which I plan on reading soon as it arrives in my waiting hands, but then I read this here thing that Moser himself translated and he is making his comments of gushing praise for it saying that the book was the very first exposure he had to Lispector's genius...
javajunco
javajunco rated it
3.0 The Hour of the Star
I really want to like CL, but I don't. I think maybe it's because I keep expecting something borgesian, and then her writing turns out to be more dosteyevskian. I'll keep trying.
MochaMike
MochaMike rated it
I’ve been putting off any attempt at writing on this one because: A) it’s rather a challenge without spoilers (although, depending on how one reads the title, the very idea of spoiler is rather silly) and B) this is one I would expect casual readers to dislike…intensely. Which leads me to: You have...
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