[Epub] ↠ Lost Empress Author Sergio de la Pava – Loufanet.info

Lost Empress If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS While he s no Pynchon, who is de la Pava is certainly standing precariously on Pynchon s shoulders De la Pava is of the same, to put a label on it, Postmodernist tribe as Pynchon, DeLillo, Gaddis, Wallace, Murakami, and Bola o World builders, builders of alternate realities, of door stopper mega novels embracing everything that is or could be.When the NFL owners lock out the players over revenue sharing dispute, Nina Gill, the rebellious and brilliant daughter of Cowboys owner Worthington Gill, and commissioner of the Indoor Football League IFL sees an opportunity to break the dominance of the major league and sticking it to her family by rescheduling the IFL season, now the only game in town, to coincide with the traditional Fall football season Oh, yeah, she also happens to be owner of the IFL s Paterson Pork, of Paterson, New Jersey.This is the initial set up for LOST EMPRESS However, believe me, if this were merely another sports novel, I wouldn t be writing this I m not fond of that cliche ridden genr De la Pava uses football the way DeLillo uses baseball in his wonderful novel UNDERWORLD, as a metaphor for From The Author Of The Acclaimed, PEN Bingham Prize Winning A Naked Singularitya Shockingly Hilarious Novel That Tackles, With Equal Aplomb, Both America S Most Popular Sport And Its Criminal Justice System.From Paterson, New Jersey To Rikers Island To The Streets Of New York City, Sergio De La Pava S Lost Empress Introduces Readers To A Cast Of Characters Unlike Any Other In Modern Fiction Dreamers And Exiles, Immigrants And Night Shift Workers, Lonely Pastors And Others At The Fringes Of Society Each With Their Own Impact On The Fragile Universe They Navigate At The Story S Center Is Nina Gill, Daughter Of The Aging Owner Of The Dallas Cowboys, Who Was Instrumental In Building Her Father S Dynasty So It S A Shock When Her Brother Inherits The Team And She Is Left With The Paterson Pork, New Jersey S Only Indoor Football League Franchise Nina Vows To Take On The NFL And Make The Paterson Pork Pigskin Kings Of America Meanwhile, Nuno DeAngeles A Brilliant And Lethal Criminal Mastermind Has Gotten Himself Thrown Into Rikers To Commit Perhaps The Most Audacious Crime Of All Time With Grace, Humor, And Razor Sharp Prose, De La Pava Tackles Everything From Salvador Dal , Joni Mitchell, Psychiatric Help, And Emergency Medicine To Religion, The Many Species Of Love, And Theoretical Physics, As All These Threads Combine To Count Down To An Epic Conclusion. The empress has no clothes on This was like reading a 600 page novel by a first year undergrad You know the kind he thinks he s a genius and has recently read Lacan s Wikipedia page, is deeply into artisinal something or other, but is bright enough that there s the chance that in ten or fifteen year If you look out over the landscape and all you see is post Carver MFA stuff, how I came of age in small town Indiana, Sergio de la Pava is the writer for you Now, as someone who got serious about his own writing due to post meta modern fiction, you might say Sergio de la Pava is the writer for me as well And hey, I do enjoy A Naked Singularity a great deal However, if there s one thing we all should learn from Lost Empress, de la Pava s third novel and second doorstopper, it s that those small town Indiana novels have a lot to teach us, too.This book has a whole host of problems, problems that on the surface don t seem too dissimilar from A Naked Singularity s problems Well, really, I consider Singularity s shortcomings quirks than anything else Features, not bugs Singularity hews so close to David Foster Wallace s super smart, over caffeinated prose style it s downright shocking, it sometimes feels like de la Pava is brushing up for his PhD dissertation than writing a novel, its characters sometimes come off as repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five star rating specifically, i would break this out into sub ratings, and i would give this book a five for ambition, a four for creativity, a two for execution, and.5 stars for authorial restraint i have long been out of the custom of reading maximal literary novels but i enjoyed Naked Singularity which has a loooot of the same charms and anti charms as this book and generally dig de la Pava s authorial persona he self published Naked S after getting rejected by a lot of agents and also I had a coupon on the kindle storeso this is a novel about a parallel universe where the NFL goes on strike and an XFL esque subaltern league rises to prominence thanks to the expertise of renegade NFL heiress who is basically a 1930s screwball heroine Nina meanwhile, on Rikers Island, a character who is clearly meant as a kind of non biological twin Nuno gets himself sent to Rikers on purpose in order to steal already stolen art hidden there These two stories creep toward one another with a bunch of detours and weirdnesses at its core and you have to do a lot of chewing to get to that core this is a novel about 1 the carceral state 2 football 3 the moloch blood god esque shared properties of items 1 2 it is at times impossibly funny, punishingly accurate in its tossed off diagonses of social and spiritual woes of 21c america humankind in general it is also a giant A brilliant, funny, crude, violent, wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner, a Rikers inmate, a 911 dispatcher, an EMT, art thieves, a genius parking garage attendant, and my favorite character a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy commissioner of a semi pro football league This massive story is impossible to summarize It s also the best Frustrating book The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good, but too many sitcom dialogues, lectures, and eye rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character Audible book performances were pretty good but I m too lazy to enter that edition in here myself. Perhaps my first major novel discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr r s I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub d his HatBox of a second novel Certainly if anything can be experimental it s that one I doubt anyone s captured its unifying thread yet.vs.Danielewski s first one I had a mild reception to not quite hot enough after a steady diet of my favorite Barth But really a cool novel I bailed on his second one, Only Revolutions but I will return and felt a bit cheated with his 50 Swords thing But Then The Familiar At least there s GOLD once again no one is buying now after five glorious volumes damn american readership with their crappy taste buds At any rate A story of my reading to contrast with mine of de la Pava.Because his new one is not very good It is w a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style grace he achieved there with some sleeve worn dfw influence thrown in the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebr

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