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Shipwreck av Louis Begley
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Shipwreck (utgåvan 2004)

av Louis Begley

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A mesmerizing novel of deception and betrayal from the acclaimed author of Wartime Lies and About Schmidt.John North, a prize-winning American writer, is suddenly beset by dark suspicions about the real value of his work. Over endless hours and bottles of whiskey consumed in a mysterious café called L'Entre Deux Mondes, he recounts, in counterpoint to his doubts, the one story he has never told before, perhaps the only important one he will ever tell. North's chosen interlocutor-who could be his doppelgänger-is transfixed by the revelations and becomes the narrator of North's tale. North has always been faithful to his wife, Lydia, but when one of his novels achieves a special success, he allows himself a dalliance with Léa, a starstruck young journalist. Coolly planning to make sure that his life with Lydia will not be disturbed, North is taken off guard when Léa becomes obsessed with him and he with her elaborate erotic games. As the hypnotic and serpentine confession unfurls, we gradually discover the extraordinary lengths to which North has gone to indulge a powerful desire for self-destruction. Shipwreck is a daring parable of the contradictory impulses that can rend a single soul-narcissism and self-loathing, refinement and lust.… (mer)
Medlem:claudiaannett
Titel:Shipwreck
Författare:Louis Begley
Info:Ballantine Books (2004), Paperback, 243 pages
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I didn't particularly like this book for several reasons.

For one, i found the story that forms the framework, i.e. the two men in a bar, lacking credibility. It doesn't tell enough to make me believe the listener is a real person. I get the feeling it just serves to make the ending more dramatic.

Secondly, the actual story is not original at all. Just another tale of an affair gone wrong. On top of that the young woman he falls in love with is depicted as crazy. Crazy, in the sense of trying to threaten him to talk to his wife, lying to achieve something and then suddenly telling the truth, and stalking him to his holiday home. But it never becomes clear why she does it and so the character gets annoying.

In short: I wasn't impressed.
  verenka | Jun 17, 2010 |
Unusal novel structure--entire book told to a stranger in a bar without interruptions. Interesting and well written. Honest portrayal of the narrator--warts and all. ( )
  Gary10 | Oct 13, 2008 |
John North aparentemente não tem do que se queixar. Escritor de sucesso, leva uma vida equilibrada e confortável ao lado da mulher, Lydia - médica renomada e esposa dedicada. No campo profissional, está prestes a ganhar o mais importante prêmio literário norte-americano. Seu mais recente romance, publicado em vários países, é sucesso de crítica e público, e em breve ganhará versão cinematográfica. Mas, de repente, o renomado escritor se vê no meio de uma crise: talvez seus livros não tenham de fato o valor que a crítica lhes atribui; talvez não passem de mero embuste. Em temporada parisiense atormentada pela súbita insegurança, North concede entrevista a uma encantadora jornalista: Léa Morini. A atração é quase imediata, mas nada teria acontecido se, naquela mesma noite, o acaso não os tivesse reunido num jantar com amigos comuns. O sexo com Léa é ainda melhor do que North imaginava. Fundamental para ele é que Lydia jamais fique sabendo de coisa alguma. Léa, porém, tem planos bem diferentes. Agora, num bar, diante de um estranho, John North precisa contar a única história que nunca contou nem poderá contar a mais ninguém.
  patf4444 | Jun 30, 2007 |
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A mesmerizing novel of deception and betrayal from the acclaimed author of Wartime Lies and About Schmidt.John North, a prize-winning American writer, is suddenly beset by dark suspicions about the real value of his work. Over endless hours and bottles of whiskey consumed in a mysterious café called L'Entre Deux Mondes, he recounts, in counterpoint to his doubts, the one story he has never told before, perhaps the only important one he will ever tell. North's chosen interlocutor-who could be his doppelgänger-is transfixed by the revelations and becomes the narrator of North's tale. North has always been faithful to his wife, Lydia, but when one of his novels achieves a special success, he allows himself a dalliance with Léa, a starstruck young journalist. Coolly planning to make sure that his life with Lydia will not be disturbed, North is taken off guard when Léa becomes obsessed with him and he with her elaborate erotic games. As the hypnotic and serpentine confession unfurls, we gradually discover the extraordinary lengths to which North has gone to indulge a powerful desire for self-destruction. Shipwreck is a daring parable of the contradictory impulses that can rend a single soul-narcissism and self-loathing, refinement and lust.

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