The End of EddyBook - 2017
"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."--
From Library Staff
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.
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 »