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Larva: A Midsummer Night's Babel

Larva A Midsummer Night s Babel A striking reassessment of the Don Juan myth A literary tour de force this extraordinary novel is told in single minded pursuit of double meanings but it is serious play Larva is a rollicking accoun

  • Title: Larva: A Midsummer Night's Babel
  • Author: Julián Ríos
  • ISBN: 9781564783684
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • A striking reassessment of the Don Juan myth A literary tour de force, this extraordinary novel is told in single minded pursuit of double meanings, but it is serious play Larva is a rollicking account of a masquerade party in an abandoned mansion in London Milalias disguised as Don Juan searches for Babelle as Sleeping Beauty through a linguistic funhouse of puns aA striking reassessment of the Don Juan myth A literary tour de force, this extraordinary novel is told in single minded pursuit of double meanings, but it is serious play Larva is a rollicking account of a masquerade party in an abandoned mansion in London Milalias disguised as Don Juan searches for Babelle as Sleeping Beauty through a linguistic funhouse of puns and wordplay recalling Joyce s Finnegans Wake A mock scholarly commentary reveals the backgrounds of the masked revellers, while Rios allusive language shows that words too wear masks, hiding an astonishing range of further meanings and implications Larva revives a Hispanic tradition repressed for centuries by introducing the English tradition of puns, palindromes and acrostics a word puzzle in which certain letters in each line form a word or words and establishes Rios as the most accomplished successor in any language to Joyce.

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    • ☆ Larva: A Midsummer Night's Babel || ✓ PDF Read by ↠ Julián Ríos
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    1. The most pun-drunk of the pun-drunk novels. A novel with a toxic volume of Joyce in its bloodstream, laughing on its trip to the intensive care ward to have further puns pumped from its stomach. A brutal attack on the conventions of reading—its verso ‘footnotes’ and later-page ‘endnotes’—perform the same warping as in Jacques Roubaud’s Great Fire of London novels. A feast for fans of multilingual punnage from heaven. Simply sublime, sublime, sublime. Simply.

    2. Yes. I do wonder sometimes Why I do this to myself. UnreadaBABEL. A Larva’s Midslumber Knot’s Blather. Most of what is probably useful to be said about Larva has been said by me in Poundemonium which is Book Two of Five, Larva equals Book One. Pound is good warm-up ground ; Larva is larger and therefore better. But its set-up is pretty much the same as that of Pound -- text in three places plus a map, photos, etc. Brilliant. Nabokov got a pale approach with his fire. So this is what I don’ [...]

    3. About as coherent as an orgy, this novel is a sensual overload of languages. Bilingual puns and deviously constructed portmanteaus abound on every page like so many entangled limbs, sweat and various other fragrant excretions. In a nutshell, this novel retells the Don Juan story recasted in London during the late 20th century and with the entirety of the "action" being a wild masquerade where our hero, Milalias--masked, mostly, as Don Juan--endlessly seeks our heroine, Babelle--disguised, usuall [...]

    4. Big-time textualityThis book is called LARVA: Midsummer Night’s Babel, and it’s by Julian Rios. And boy is it weird. The text itself is on right-hand pages only, with footnotes (so to speak) on the left hand pages. The text and notes bounce around through several languages - English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Russian - making crossborderal and crossreferencing puns to severely disrail what essentially is a "Don Juan in London" story. I am not sure what the value or use of this is, bu [...]

    5. A wild linguistic ride. Reminiscent of Joyce with inventive puns and other wordplay overwhelming a story of a modern Don Juan in London. Really there's not much story and with the footnotes and other distractions, that's just fine. It's a book that is more about the path than the destination. Enjoy it for its surface and its fantastic picture of London.

    6. This book was a lot of fun, with wacky wordplay and mythological characters aplenty. It takes place in a masquerade party-slash-drug orgy in London in the 70s; an expatriate Spanish writer is dressed as Don Juan and looking for his girlfriend, who is playing Sleeping Beauty amidst the dreamlike chaos. I'm a Joyce fan, so I really enjoyed the puns, portmanteau words, and the literary allusions.

    7. Some books are written to tell an amazing story. Some books are written to paint amazing pictures with their prose. Some books are written to show off with word play and make the reader's brain work hard. This last group is my least favorite kind, and Larva is a perfect example. I should have taken it as a warning that one of the critics said it was inspired by Finnegan's Wake. The story (and I use that term loosely) is about a masquerade party in an abandoned mansion in London. A Don Juan chara [...]

    8. To be honest you cannot really read a book like Larva once. It’s got so many layers and hidden meanings that the first reading is almost superficial. In essence if you strip away the wordplay , the side notes, footnotes , illustrations and pictures you get a simple romance. Man sees a woman fleetingly at a party and then spends the rest of the bash chasing her and , spoiler alert , he gets her and live happily ever after.Now in-between that is a party of the most hedonistic proportions ever. S [...]

    9. This was wonderful. It's a mad story with mad language and mad structure. I'm sure Shandy was handy. And fine, again, Finnegan too, "again" because it's obvious. But Shandy's handiness too. Obviously, I'm not as good as Rios. Heh.

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