The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy"--
"An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. "Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again. Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy." Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different -- "girlish, " intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result -- a critical and popular triumph -- has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation."--
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374266653
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Lucey, Michael 1960-- Translator


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Feb 02, 2018

The End of Eddy is hard to read because there’s so much pain within the story. I’m not sure why it’s called a novel; it appears to be autobiographical. The protagonist’s name is, after all, the name of the author. One thing is for sure, Eddy suffered a lot as a boy. He was effeminate in an environment where being a tough guy was everthing. Eddy just couldn’t fake toughness, though he made it his goal to try. He fooled no one. For that he was bullied mercilessly in school, in the neighborhood, and at home. I hope his brains and talent have landed him in a more accepting place in real life.

Jan 02, 2018

Beautifully written, heartbreaking story about growing and not being able to be who you really are.

Jul 16, 2017

fabulous - this man can write - lovely prose


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