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Skin kings of America Meanwhile Nuno DeAngeles a brilliant and lethal criminal mastermind has gotten himself thrown into Rikers to commit perhaps the most audacious crime of all time With grace humor and razor sharp prose de la Pava tackles everything from Salvador Dalí Joni Mitchell psychiatric help and emergency medicine to religion the many species of love and theoretical physics as all these threads combine to count down to an epic conclusion. Frustrating book The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good but too many sitcom dialogues lectures and eye rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character Audible book performances were pretty good but I m too lazy to enter that edition in here myself

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Lost Empress

From the author of the acclaimed PENBingham Prize–winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles with eual aplomb both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice systemFrom Paterson New Jersey to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City Sergio de la Pava's Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any other in modern fiction dreamers and exiles immigrants and night shift workers lonel. Gazing Down the PlugholeIt takes an exceptional talent to sustain comedic prose in so many distinct voices for over 600 pages It also takes real dedication to persist in reading those 600 pages The witty ripostes the sarcastic asides the pithy literary allusions by commercial geniuses medicos with nous and self aware but larcenous offenders eventually are normalized so that the reader is thrown back to the story which frankly ain t that greatA misogynistic cast of corporate types try to keep the sassy protagonist out of her family inheritance of managing an NFL football team This is the central gyre into which everything else is eventually sucked Meanwhile lots of NYC types mostly felonious or incompetent buzz around adding local colour and guided tours of cultural centres like Paterson New Jersey and Rikers Island It s entertaining but is it artOf course it s art Humanity s best unnecessary invention is art And Lost Empress is entirely unnecessary So I take it back The story is irrelevant What matters are the various stories that make up something different not necessarily than just different from the wholeThe book is a literary toy with lots of moving parts The whole doesn t do anything productive The point though is to watch the moving parts which are fascinating Each part spins or blinks or pulsates perfectly That they engage with each other is incidental except that in total they form a thing The thing in uestion can be described as Sophisticated Street Trash Urbanely clever in a detached sort of knowing disregarding regard the genre isn t intended to evoke anything but the satisfaction of recognition It s a big inside joke shared round Too bad how sad never mind Nothing to see here but the usual absurdity It s a tough job butNo no that s not fair From his perch above the fray de la Pava has created a tribute to the dignity of human stupidity Or is it the stupidity of human dignity His book sends everything up including itself so perhaps it s both I love it

review Lost Empress

Y pastors and others at the fringes of society each with their own impact on the fragile universe they navigate At the story's center is Nina Gill daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys who was instrumental in building her father's dynasty So it's a shock when her brother inherits the team and she is left with the Paterson Pork New Jersey's only Indoor Football League franchise Nina vows to take on the NFL and make the Paterson Pork pig. a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the stylegrace he achieved there with some sleeve worn dfw influence thrown in the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny the cerebral riffs are weightless and performative it s just not good and i m not reading 600 whatever pages of it


10 thoughts on “Lost Empress

  1. says:

    Gazing Down the PlugholeIt takes an exceptional talent to sustain comedic prose in so many distinct voices for over 600 pages It also takes real dedication to persist in reading those 600 pages The witty ripostes the sarcastic asid

  2. says:

    Perhaps my first major noveldiscovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his HatBox of a second novel Certainly if anyt

  3. says:

    The empress has no clothes on This was like reading a 600 page novel by a first year undergrad You know the kin

  4. says:

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the stylegrace he achieved there with some sleeve worn dfw influence thrown in the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny the cerebral riffs are weightless and performative it's just not good and i'm not reading 600 whatever pages of it

  5. says:

    If Thomas Pynchon now 81 never pens another novel I’ll be sad grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY’S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULA

  6. says:

    repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five star rating specifically i would break this out into sub ratings and i would give this book a five for ambition a four for creativity a two for execution and5 stars for authorial restrainti have long been out of the custom of reading maximal literary novels but i enjoyed Naked Singu

  7. says:

    If you look out over the landscape and all you see is post Carver MFA stuff “how I came of age in small town Indiana” Sergio de la Pava is the writer for you Now as someone who got serious about his own writing due to postmetamodern fiction you might say Sergio de la Pava is the writer for me as well And he

  8. says:

    A brilliant funny crude violent wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner a Rikers inmate a 911 dispatcher an EMT art thieves a genius parking garage attendant and my favorite character a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy commissioner of a semi pro football league This massive story is impossible to summarize It's also the best case I've read in ages for the cont

  9. says:

    Frustrating book The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good but too many sitcom dialogues lectures and eye rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character Audible book performances were pretty good but I’m too lazy to enter that edition in here myself

  10. says:

    We Americans live in a cartoonish country cartoonish now than ever Politically speaking it’s literally represented nearly every day through Patrick Chappatte’s work in the New York Times Yet the good old US of A’s ca

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