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Das Ende von Eddy As a commentary upon toxic masculinity or white supremacy in France, the novel offers little that is new Eddy s obsession with becoming a tough guy reads as conventional and at times tired Farinteresting is the novel s strange form The first part s impressionistic focus on the social life of Eddy s village, the second part s contextualization of Eddy s coming of age tale within that framework Louis s unself conscious blurring of the line between life and art or his tendency to out hi As a commentary upon toxic masculinity or white supremacy in France, the novel offers little that is new Eddy s obsession with becoming a tough guy reads as conventional and at times tired Farinteresting is the novel s strange form The first part s impressionistic focus on the social life of Eddy s village, the second part s contextualization of Eddy s coming of age tale within that framework Louis s unself conscious blurring of the line between life and art or his tendency to out his intentions as a character and as a writer by explicitly stating them the oblique epilogue and its subversion of what the reader expects, based off the preceding narrative an ending that emphasizes shame over pride, rejection over acceptance For me this was an eyeopener of a book which helps explain the current political situation in Europe.Our first reaction to poverty is to distance ourselves from it, by blaming those in poverty They live that way because they are slackers, they are lazy, etc etc But that would then mean that people who haveare not lazy, are not slackers and from my experience that is simply not true I know people who have money, a good job etc and who are habitual avoiders of sweat and work It is much For me this was an eyeopener of a book which helps explain the current political situation in Europe.Our first reaction to poverty is to distance ourselves from it, by blaming those in poverty They live that way because they are slackers, they are lazy, etc etc But that would then mean that people who haveare not lazy, are not slackers and from my experience that is simply not true I know people who have money, a good job etc and who are habitual avoiders of sweat and work It is much easier to be lazy when you have, in that life is unfair as with all the rest.Louis describes very well how poverty has it s own fruits, lack of education and why, the mistrust of education, medicine, the lack of hope in getting a better deal Why the mistrust Well think about how we teach dogs, now the current mode is teach them by positive reinforcement, praise them for the good things that they do and you develop the behaviours you want them to follow Well now transfer that to humans and don t get on your high horse, what works for dogs works for us as well What kind of rewards are the poor getting, they make it to the end of the month and then someone gets sick and the family is into debt again, or the house needs repairs, or someone gets into a little trouble Because what is little for those who have, is a catastrophe for those who do not have that safety net So no positive reinforcement, no bonus at the end of the month, no promotion, no taking out your daughter to the shops for a little treat.Poverty shapes, it shapes the people, the culture, the history, their prospects and also how to be, how to be a man, how to be a woman, how to anesthesize yourself with violence and alcohol, what to do with the tragedy of wanting something different, what to do if you were different Some other reviews I read saw The Paris ReviewThe GuardianThe New YorkerLondon Review BookshopLambda Nominee for the 30th Lambda Literary Awards Gay FictionBR with Lena A brief but unrelenting autobiographical novel about growing up gay and poor in Northern France This was originally published in French in 2014, when the author was just 21 Since then it has sold 300,000 copies in France and been translated into 20 languages It can be hard to read scenes such as the one where Eddy has his not entirely consensual or wholesome sexual initiation But there is also something cathartic about them, particularly since readers learn early on that Eddy makes it o A brief but unrelenting autobiographical novel about growing up gay and poor in Northern France This was originally published in French in 2014, when the author was just 21 Since then it has sold 300,000 copies in France and been translated into 20 languages It can be hard to read scenes such as the one where Eddy has his not entirely consensual or wholesome sexual initiation But there is also something cathartic about them, particularly since readers learn early on that Eddy makes it out of this situation years later, when I arrived in Paris and at the cole NormaleIt helps to know that he has a life beyond this painful one The title reflects a determination to be done with others conceptions of who he is or should be the passive prey, the effeminate disappointment versus the longed for macho male, the deprived boy and find his own way in life.See my full review at BookBrowse See also my article on the book as a publishing phenomenon I just stood there, immobile and inert, as passive to invoke an expression my sister used and that I borrowed frequently as a ballsack in a tar pit.The End of Eddy douard LouisI came away from this read feeling ashamed, abused and dirty I never experienced abuse or bullying like this in my life and it broke my heart, and yet, Louis heaped that same abuse upon others He was the self loathing homosexual that we all know too well.The End of Eddy is an autobiographical story of brutality and I just stood there, immobile and inert, as passive to invoke an expression my sister used and that I borrowed frequently as a ballsack in a tar pit.The End of Eddy douard LouisI came away from this read feeling ashamed, abused and dirty I never experienced abuse or bullying like this in my life and it broke my heart, and yet, Louis heaped that same abuse upon others He was the self loathing homosexual that we all know too well.The End of Eddy is an autobiographical story of brutality and violence, of small minds, foreshortened horizons and profound sexism and homophobia Honestly, it s not much different than tRump s America This ugly story is set in the 2000s This is a story of France today This is the story of the world todayEddy Bellegueulehis last name the rough French equivalent of hey, nice face and also the author s birth name is a skinny, unathletic, verbally conscientious but academically uninspired child of 10 when we meet him Life in his northern town is rough Obesity is respected among the underemployed men, their drunken brawling a point of pride among their wives, who see it as a sign of inscrutable but ultimately admirable masculinity Girls grow up to work as cashiers in the shop, and later to stay home to look after the kids boys work in the factory or not at all No one leaves The nearby city of Amiens is too full of blacks and ragheads, who d cut you as soon as look at you, as everyone knows.Every day at school, Eddy keeps an appointment in an out of the way hall with two slightly older boys, one tall with red hair, the other shorter with a hunched back, who beat him, make him swallow their spit and call him p dale, p d , tantouse, encul , tarlouze, p dale douce, baltringue, tapette, tapette mouches, fiotte, tafiole, tanche, folasse, grosse tante, tata, l homosexuel, le gay they have a lot of words for something they hate so much He meets them there willingly, because he figures it s better they beat him up and call him names in a remote spot so others won t be so likely to join in That someone might defend him doesn t occur to him, or anyone else.This is a story without justice, filled with monsters There is no beauty or redemption in Eddy s story It is the story of a new subversive force in the West, born of an abandoned working class, that s fueling a whole hate filled revolution Another read from the Tournament of Books shortlist, about bullying and masculinity and its impact on a gay boy coming of age in a French factory town Translated from the French and largely autobiographical, it s not a cheery read, but thought provoking and full of truths and realities Compared to a recent read, Only in France would a fictionalized memoir about a brutalized sissyboy be underpinned by the sociological theory of Pierre Bourdieu Only in France would it be a phenomenon En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule was published in 2014 it s just been translated into English and a score of other languages douard Louis only 19 when he wrote this book has been compared to Knausgaard and Ferrante How much is hype Not too much, in my view It s a solid little story it takes place in the impoverished Only in France would a fictionalized memoir about a brutalized sissyboy be underpinned by the sociological theory of Pierre Bourdieu Only in France would it be a phenomenon En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule was published in 2014 it s just been translated into English and a score of other languages douard Louis only 19 when he wrote this book has been compared to Knausgaard and Ferrante How much is hype Not too much, in my view It s a solid little story it takes place in the impoverished towns of northern France Its ambiance reminded me of Bruno Dumont s La Vie de J sus or Ga l Morel s Le Clan It s the all too familiar tale of an imaginative, effeminate boy being bullied for an affect he can t control, can t understand, can t disavow Louis brings a disciplined objectivity to what, in American prose, would be a bitter tale of black comedy or suppressed rage or wretched catharsis The French to return to my stereotype do this well I m thinking of Tricks 25 Encounters 1981 in which Renaud Camus described sex with strangers in the dry, unastonished voice of an anthropologist observing his own tribe at a time when Americans were publishing fervid classics like Dancer from the Dance and A Boy s Own Story Louis concludes his recit with a small surprise and here I salute the inspired comparison from Neil Barrett s review in The Guardian The ending of the story is strange, fractured and brilliant, especially the audaciously suspended moment which reminded me of the unforgettable freeze frame at the end of Truffaut s Les Quatre Cents Coups as he leaps out of his childhood into the possibility of salvation The title that came to my mind is from a slight, earthshaking novel I read at Eddy s age sitting at the back of homeroom I ll Get There It Better Be Worth the Trip Google Edouard Louis so you can learn what he looks like, because if you ever see him in the street, you are to immediately hug him and don t stop hugging him until he s like, 50.Does anyone know him Can you call him or put a hand on his shoulder and ask if he s okay I had reservations about this one initially because I thought it was just another Dave Pelzer child sadness porn and that may attract readers, but they won t leave without learning something nice try but the answer comes from o Google Edouard Louis so you can learn what he looks like, because if you ever see him in the street, you are to immediately hug him and don t stop hugging him until he s like, 50.Does anyone know him Can you call him or put a hand on his shoulder and ask if he s okay I had reservations about this one initially because I thought it was just another Dave Pelzer child sadness porn and that may attract readers, but they won t leave without learning something nice try but the answer comes from one publisher s rejection of this manuscript on the grounds that it was unbelievable because France hadn t seen this poverty in a long time The style is a kind of biography of his family and village Best read all in one sitting to really let the purgatorial feel of it sink into you The one book I d most compare it to, oddly enough, is Joseph Heller s Something Happened a kind of plotless evocation of an unbearable mood, the volume of which threatens to deafen you, but it s irresistible somehow so you keep turning the knob pages ahahaha my metaphor fell apart It s well written of course, in the way all things are when they have something to say, because the muse s urgency has her doing the brunt of the work.So I m glad the French are bearing witness What s done is done and that s about all you can do about that But there s work to do, and this book is a call to action.I had to stop reading at one point because I gagged No spoilers though lol Ein Befreiungsschlag, ein neues Leben souver n und sprachgewaltig erz hlt von Frankreichs neuem literarischen Star douard Louis Ich rannte weg, ganz auf einmal Gerade h rte ich meine Mutter noch sagen Was soll der Schei jetzt wieder Aber ich wollte nicht bei ihnen bleiben, ich weigerte mich, diesen Moment mit ihnen zu teilen Ich war schon weit weg, ich geh rte nicht mehr zu ihrer Welt, der Brief besagte es Ich kam zu den Feldern und wanderte einen Gro teil der Nacht herum, auf den Feldwegen, in der K hle Nordfrankreichs, in dem zu dieser Jahreszeit so intensiven Geruch der Rapsfelder Die ganze Nacht ber entwarf ich mein neues Leben fern von hier Mit unglaublicher Sprachgewalt erz hlt der junge franz sische Autor douard Louis die Geschichte einer Befreiung aus einer unertr glichen Kindheit inspiriert von seiner eigenen The End of Eddy Das Ende von Eddy douard Louis fka Eddy Bellegeule does it all He just finished his stint as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College and next Monday, he ll give his first lecture at Freie Universit t Berlin it s public, so go there, people Also, he has become one of the most important voices in France, his books sell like crazy, and his opinions on the working class and the Alt Right are published in the New York Times Oh, The End of Eddy Das Ende von Eddy douard Louis fka Eddy Bellegeule does it all He just finished his stint as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College and next Monday, he ll give his first lecture at Freie Universit t Berlin it s public, so go there, people Also, he has become one of the most important voices in France, his books sell like crazy, and his opinions on the working class and the Alt Right are published in the New York Times Oh, have I mentioned that this guy is 25 The End of Eddy was his first book, published in 2014, and it is an account of him growing up as a gay kid in a poor family in the Picardie Similar to his friend and mentor Didier Eribon, Louis describes the structural undercurrents that shape this ailing rural community and that drive the inhabitants of the village to behave as they do The hard, repetetive work in the factories or as cashiers the toxic masculinity and reactionary female stereotypes the suspicion against education and the educated the alcoholism Roles and behaviors are inherited over generations, and so is poverty Eddy Bellegeule, who is gay, loves theatre and aims to go to university, does not fit in, he is perceived as a source of shame and a target of humiliation As a kid, that must have been hell for him, but reading his account, it becomes clear that those who torture him also suffer tremendously which is certainly no excuse for their hate and neglect Eddy aims to become a regular member of the community, playing soccer, telling gay jokes and trying to convert himself to heterosexuality, but of course he fails and finally flees.There are several questions that one might ask here First of all, I am always having trouble with Eribon s deterministic view which shines through here as well, but way less extreme While society puts up tremendous, unfair obstacles against the class depicted in the book, these people still have a free will Not being able to exercise it to a degree that other classes can due to outside circumstances is a terrible injustice, but it does not mean that free will is taken away from the lower working class Eribon and Louis left their homes, for example From a wider perspective, this is of course no solution The working class needs better living and working conidtions, and Louis is an advocate for this.Another question would be whether this is ficton or non fiction Louis says that what is described in this book happened to him, while some people who are characters in the text saw certain parts differently I guess this is no contradiction The book his highly personal and based on memory, many characters look really bad in this story, so I guess some are ashamed while others really believe in a different course of events The Ende of Eddy is about Louis perspective, and that is his prerogative as an author.I am really excited to readfrom Louis, and to see where he will be going in the future His third book, Qui a tu mon p re, seems to be a piece of social advocacy and sounds fascinating Oh, and his second book History of Violence is really good as well a tour de force of a coming of age novel The author is only 21 The book recounts his childhood in a Picardy village among the rural poor, where unemployment, alcoholism, racism and homophobia are rife just like the stereotype the rest of France has of the North in fact The French underclass has scarcely been written about since Zola, and almost never by someone who grew up in it as far as I know This is terrific, full of sadness and tenderness, without hatred but with great love, and humour a tour de force of a coming of age novel The author is only 21 The book recounts his childhood in a Picardy village among the rural poor, where unemployment, alcoholism, racism and homophobia are rife just like the stereotype the rest of France has of the North in fact The French underclass has scarcely been written about since Zola, and almost never by someone who grew up in it as far as I know This is terrific, full of sadness and tenderness, without hatred but with great love, and humour in places I especially liked his relationship with his sister, who tries to get him off with girls Not yet translated into English, but should be the reality of the Benefits Street of France in the 1990s needed showing to us Maybe I ll volunteer to translate it for non native francophones the prose is limpid and simple because of his youth Louis has been criticised in the snootier ends of the French media and I promise you they can do snooty for a juvenile style, but I think this is misplaced And for me as a non native it was easy to read Incidentally, or not, Bellegueule is his real surname, hard to translate but would invite mockery at school something like Lovelymug or Prettyboy The latter especially, for a gay boy who is recognised as such by classmates and bullied for it well, you can imagine I read thisor less at a sitting If I were teaching French to college students outside France I would have them read this


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