Plot summary[ edit ] When the book opens, G. Instead, to her shock, she finds a desert; "an entirely clean and vibrating room as in an insane asylum from which dangerous objects have been removed". The room was the portrait of an empty stomach. Pondering the inscrutable drawing, she realizes that the black maid, whose name she has forgotten, and whose face she has trouble calling to mind, had hated her. Overwhelmed by anger, she opens the door to the wardrobe. She wants to scream, but she knows it is already too late: "If I raised the alarm at being alive, voiceless and hard they would drag me away since they drag away those who depart the possible world, the exceptional being is dragged away, the screaming being [sic].

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Nelmaran Except it is in a modern setting and is more immediate. But also the religious imagery gives a Catholic backdrop as well. This violent and sudden awareness is forcing G. Alex Ha, thanks Seingalt. Rarely has a book had such a hypnotic effect on me.

All this makes the flow of the prose seem to undulate back and forth, sometimes flowing, sometimes stilted, seundo at some point you begin to understand that she seems to be I had a very difficult time reading this book.

It follows the emotions and inner turmoil of a South American sculptress, G. The Passion According to G. The air is fertilised and wheezing. This is not a book for everyone. Lispector dissects it and lays it out before the reader. I remembered not comprehending what I was paiaxo how I had a consciousness directed at these objects. Her black maid, Janair has left her home because the said maid hates G.

She seeks not her thoughts or apprehensions in this violent poetic prose of things but the thing itself. An Eve who is proud to be naked! And yet, the G. Her profound mystical and philosophical musings are triggered by the incident that happened the day before. Looking back and going through it at the same time, G.

I still say, it was all worth it. To enter the world, she has to lay off all that which separates her from the primitive. It was evening—dark enough for the bright lamplight to cast hard shadows around the q not so late that the dingy sunlight had fully retreated. Questions she has no answers for but more important, questions she does not want to answer. Born to a Jewish family in Podolia in Western Ukraine, she was brought to Brazil as an infant, amidst the disasters engulfing her native land following the First World War.

And then she just bangs on lispdctor, what, more pages, taking it all so fucking seriously. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she was also a journalist. I laixao some parallels with the Kafka story Metamorphosis, although the protagonist does not become the cockroach but she does take its essence into her. Maybe nonsense is meaning without limitations.

The philosophical rambling soliloquy is SO dense, with so many ideas in just one paragraph, I found it overwhelming, stifling. This combined with clairce setting — staring at the vile roach carcass, made me feel suffocated, claustrophobic. Poesia y Poetica That must be what insanity is, right?

Certainly th is experimental. From the outset, this book was well received by the critics, especially in Brazil, with several book-length studies and doctoral theses devoted to it. The work takes the form of a monologue by a woman, identified only as G.

Aug 29, Stephen P rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Staring at the cockroach she sees, especially with its white innards hanging out, it is exactly what it is.

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