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Stephen Florida de Gabe Habash
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Stephen Florida (edição: 2017)

de Gabe Habash (Autor)

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"In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study." -Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark."--… (mais)
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Título:Stephen Florida
Autores:Gabe Habash (Autor)
Informação:Coffee House Press (2017), Edition: Unknown Printing, 304 pages
Coleções:Lista de desejos, Para ler
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Stephen Florida de Gabe Habash

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I must say, I can really admire a first novel when it is very very gutsy. In my mind, I would think that a first time writer would not want to be so gutsy when they don't have anything else published. Maybe save the gutsy for a second book, when you have another example of your writing and style in a first book, to compare the second book to. To have a feel for your writing. But Gabe Habash goes all in with this first book. We have Stephen Florida - not the most likeable dude, in his final year of college, when most of his relatives have recently died and his main focus is the sport of wrestling! Even the topic of wrestling should scare most readers away, if Stephen won't do it himself. I never really have a problem with unlikable characters unless they are deliberately sociopathic murderers or something. Stephen is okay but he is such a weirdo! Other characters call him a weirdo! He proceeds to beat them with a shoe. Running around the streets in a gorilla mask! The writing is gutsy in other ways - listing all 99 names of the wrestlers that Stephen has lost matches to. But Habash has the skill. Stephen is believable. Would I usually care for a book about a deranged college student obsessed with wrestling? Or even books about sports or college at all? Absolutely not. But it is a testament to the writing skill of Mr. Habash that this story is so captivating. I was a bit tired of all the technical wrestling bits by the end, not quite visualizing what is happening since I don't know wrestling. But this is Stephen's purpose and life force on the page so it's understandable why it's on the page. Sentence level perfection right here, which can not be denied no matter the topic or subject matter. I absolutely can not wait to see where Habash goes with a second book.
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  booklove2 | Apr 11, 2021 |
the loneliness and obsession of a college wrestler evoked in stark brilliance, he perfectly captures a smart and fiercely talented monk in religious fervor to his monomaniacal desire. daring in how it bares the near psychopathic soul of its character, without losing his humanity. and some of the best writing of what it's like to compete in a sport of this visceral nature that I've encountered. a stunning debut. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
The Catcher in the Rye meets The Art of Fielding meets Vision Quest ( )
  LivingReflections | Dec 3, 2019 |
I lived in the head of Stephen/Steven for three days and what a wild ride it was! He’s an increasingly unhinged narrator, and yet there’s a core of sweetness and stoicism in him that keeps him likeable in spite of the sometimes mean and occasionally gross things he does. A guy of few spoken words, he’s got a strangely poetical way of thinking.

A tiny example: in his “summary of my romantic encounters”, the last item in his list is “Various other minor physical frictions and affectionate transactions.”

Just when you think he’s being relatively normal, he ends a sentence with an inappropriate exclamation point! Stephen/Steven channels all his frustration, anger, fear, loneliness and pain into wrestling and his reason for living the last four years is to win his weight class in the division IV national championship. I never thought I could be so engrossed by wrestling, but in all of his matches I felt like I was in the bleachers cheering myself hoarse. What a character. What writing. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
You know how someone can say something that has the sound of a joke but isn't actually funny? I feel like this book reads like a good book, but somehow isn't. At least not for me, at this point in time. And maybe this is because Stephen Florida reminds me so much of people I know and dislike that I can't get past it, which is possibly a tribute to the writer? I was also turned off by the many wrestling scenes; I never enjoy reading about sports in fiction and this was no exception. I can't say it's a bad book, just one that I disliked reading. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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"In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study." -Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark."--

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