The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

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"An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. "Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again. Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy." Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different -- "girlish," intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result -- a critical and popular triumph -- has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation."--
"An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy"--
Published: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780374266653
0374266654
Branch Call Number: F LOU
Characteristics: 192 pages ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lucey, Michael 1960-- Translator

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Eddy grows up gay in Hallencourt, France, and it's very difficult. This autobiographical novel is slim, but Louis' artful analysis of power, violence, and domination is heady, embodied, and even empowering.

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DBRL_Jeremiah Mar 30, 2018

Edouard Louis wrote this fine autobiographical novel (translated by Michael Lucey) in his twenties after he plucked himself from his hometown in rural Hallencourt, France. Growing up queer in this village, Louis shows us, is traumatizing, but the nexus of queerness and violence isn't the focus of... Read More »


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DBRL_Jeremiah Mar 30, 2018

Edouard Louis wrote this fine autobiographical novel (translated by Michael Lucey) in his twenties after he plucked himself from his hometown in rural Hallencourt, France. Growing up queer in this village, Louis shows us, is traumatizing, but the nexus of queerness and violence isn't the focus of this book: more than this, Louis attempts to write through, around, and about the conservation of violence—how violence perpetuates violence.

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m0mmyl00
Feb 02, 2018

The End of Eddy is hard to read because there’s so much pain within the story. I’m not sure why it’s called a novel; it appears to be autobiographical. The protagonist’s name is, after all, the name of the author. One thing is for sure, Eddy suffered a lot as a boy. He was effeminate in an environment where being a tough guy was everthing. Eddy just couldn’t fake toughness, though he made it his goal to try. He fooled no one. For that he was bullied mercilessly in school, in the neighborhood, and at home. I hope his brains and talent have landed him in a more accepting place in real life.

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Bridget60
Jan 02, 2018

Beautifully written, heartbreaking story about growing and not being able to be who you really are.

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finleysteve
Jul 16, 2017

fabulous - this man can write - lovely prose

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