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The Book of X de Sarah Rose Etter
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The Book of X (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Sarah Rose Etter (Autor)

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"Etter brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world, what it means to hurt, to need, to want, so much it consumes everything." --Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist "I loved every page of this gorgeous, grotesque, heartbreaking novel." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties A surreal exploration of one woman's life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men. The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday -- school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents -- with the surreal -- rivers of thighs, men for sale, and fields of throats -- Cassie's realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.… (mais)
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Título:The Book of X
Autores:Sarah Rose Etter (Autor)
Informação:Two Dollar Radio (2019), 284 pages
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The Book of X de Sarah Rose Etter (2019)

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The Book of X was my first time reading Sarah Rose Etter and what a thoroughly beautiful, darkly funny, joyus, heartbreaking, and absolutely weird novel! Two words: Meat quarry! A deeply affecting novel of womanhood and otherness and emotional trauma by way of simply being a person in the world. But the world that Sarah Rose Etter has built here is altogether alien and familiar. To attribute a quote from Paul Beatty about his 2015 satirical novel The Sellout; when asked about the novel he said something like 'its all true'. The Book of X for all its weirdness and absurdity and to this reader satire The Book of X could very well be a true story.

Magical. Transcendent. Heartbreaking. Full of weird and bonkers elements that work within its own strange and beautiful internal logic. The Book of X is everything a novel should be. Everything a story should be. ( )
  modioperandi | Feb 4, 2021 |
Really gorgeous prose, intense magical realism vibes and a lot to chew on (probably a really good book club book, though I didn't find the book club guide at the back to be very good but I never do lol.) How this is NOT trans is mind-boggling to me, but I guess it just speaks to the expansive destructive power of patriarchy. Definitely recommend (and it's a pretty quick read!) ( )
  aijmiller | Feb 2, 2021 |
Perfection of a kind. A musky odor emanates from every sentence, and each word seems meticulously chosen to evoke, mm, something like sanguinarian, or even coprophilic pleasure. This is ruthless, relentless, and visionary writing. The story could well mean more than its superficial meanings, I'm open to it meaning more...something deeply feminist...something deep about the many indignities and pains suffered by any person living inside a female body...but even before I try to ruminate over any possible metaphorical meanings I am filled with admiration, with elation even, for Sarah Rose Etter, and for her clarity of vision, and for the way she dares to be this ruthless in her storytelling.

Ok, I loved it. Even though I feel a little sick.

People who have followed me a while know I have a beloved shelf for what I call ruthless books. After reading The Book of X I'm thinking I need a sub-shelf for unabashedly, bravely repulsive books, where I would give this novel a place of honor, along with recently read, much admired novels [b:Three Plastic Rooms|36441093|Three Plastic Rooms|Petra Hůlová|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1508430104l/36441093._SY75_.jpg|14650084] by [a:Petra Hůlová|4395227|Petra Hůlová|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1313568684p2/4395227.jpg], [b:Feebleminded|47899093|Feebleminded|Ariana Harwicz|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1566675252l/47899093._SY75_.jpg|43273682] by [a:Ariana Harwicz|6897634|Ariana Harwicz|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1358678961p2/6897634.jpg], and [b:Ultraluminous|33916025|Ultraluminous|Katherine Faw|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1493060678l/33916025._SX50_.jpg|54881751] by [a:Katherine Faw|16329801|Katherine Faw|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1516835059p2/16329801.jpg]. I can't say whether this is a trend, or whether I'm simply attracted to these wild-and-musky-female-author-breaks-every-taboo type of novel right now, but all of these novels gave me the same mixed feeling of nausea & joyful release.

If you decide to read this novel, or to read any of the others I'm mentioning here, I'd love for you to ping me with your review. Something wild unites them all. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
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"Etter brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world, what it means to hurt, to need, to want, so much it consumes everything." --Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist "I loved every page of this gorgeous, grotesque, heartbreaking novel." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties A surreal exploration of one woman's life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men. The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday -- school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents -- with the surreal -- rivers of thighs, men for sale, and fields of throats -- Cassie's realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.

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