Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525520610
0525520619
Branch Call Number: LUISELLI
Characteristics: 383 pages : illustrations (some color), photographs ; 24 cm.

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May 22, 2019

This is a very clever, self-aware book that echoes influences as diverse as Virginia Woolf, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and David Bowie’ Space Oddity. There is a long, twenty-page sentence near the end of the book that echoes Molly Bloom in Ulysses. A type of bibliography at the end references the resonances in the book, not direct quotations, many of which are translations of translations. Such reflexivity could be clunky and derivative in clumsier hands, but it’s not: it’s confident and deliberate, and a book of the heart and head. As soon as I started reading it, I knew that I was in the hands of a very talented, intelligent writer. It’s been ages since I enjoyed a book as much.

For my complete review, visit
http://residentjudge.com/2019/05/22/lost-children-archive-by-valeria-luiselli/

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Mar 06, 2019

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