The Passion According To G.H.

The Passion According To G H The Passion According to G H Clarice Lispector s mystical novel of concerns a well to do Rio sculptress G H who enters her maid s room sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe and panic

  • Title: The Passion According To G.H.
  • Author: Clarice Lispector Idra Novey Caetano Veloso Benjamin Moser
  • ISBN: 9780811219686
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Passion According to G.H Clarice Lispector s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well to do Rio sculptress, G.H who enters her maid s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door crushing the cockroach and then watches it die At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuineThe Passion According to G.H Clarice Lispector s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well to do Rio sculptress, G.H who enters her maid s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door crushing the cockroach and then watches it die At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature Lispector wrote that of all her works this novel was the one that best corresponded to her demands as a writer.

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    1. “The world independed on me…” Those powerful closing remarks! That brilliant made-up word stating the painful truth of humankind’s relative insignificance in the world - in stark contrast to the absolute significance that a specific human life has for each individual! Oh, she knocked me down, again! Clarice Lispector, you daring, independent soul, you brilliant thinker, you wild, wild woman! YOU! Are me. And all of us if we dare not to know what we are. What is Clarice Lispector’s mast [...]

    2. The Passion According to G.H. is a difficult book to talk about—in part because it attempts to say the unsayable—so I'm going to talk about it in a very roundabout, personal way. If you're one of those Dragnet types who wants 'just the facts, ma'am,' you'd better scram right about now because I have absolutely no idea where this thing is going. I guess I'll just let this review be what it wants to be.My first crisis was—I want to say at around the age of ten. But when I say it was the firs [...]

    3. Holy crap. I'm not even sure what the hell it was that I just read, but it was undoubtedly the work of a genius. It probably deserves five stars just for being such a unique work of art, but I feel more comfortable with four simply because it lacked that crucial element of enjoyment. I can't say that I enjoyed it, even though I think I loved it (but what am I so afraid of?). I prefer a bit of, you know, plot and characterization, but Lispector's prose is so mesmerizing that it almost doesn't mat [...]

    4. How to review this! Much more introspective than The Hour of the Star. G.H. means genero humano; basically human kind; otherwise we don’t know her name. She is reflecting on something that happened the day before. The premise is fairly simple G.H. is well to do; lives in a penthouse and has a maid who has just left. She decides to clean the maids room which she expects to be cluttered. The room however is clean apart from some drawings on the wall; a man, a woman and a dog. There is also a war [...]

    5. She lives well. A sculptress, she is financially well off, living in a penthouse apartment furnished in shades of neutral colors. Claiming many friends she has reflected herself back to herself through their eyes. She enjoys what she sees as they do hers. Get-togethers occur at the right frequency. It is much like stopping at the gas station and filling up the tank.Her live-in maid has left, a black african american women. Stepping into another country, the country from within another person's m [...]

    6. This is a very thought-provoking book. This as its tagline: A world wholly alive has a Hellish power. If you are the type of a reader who rates books according to your level of enjoyment while reading, then this book is not for you. Wait, let me correct myself. If you want to think heavily while reading, there’s a chance that you might like this book too. I ordered this second-hand book via and paid $9.94 plus $4.99 as shipping charges. Paying $14.93 (P627.00) for a second-hand book with only [...]

    7. “I am now going to tell you how I entered the inexpressive that was always my blind and secret search. How I entered whatever exists between the number one and the number two, how I saw the line of mystery and fire, and which is surreptitious line. A note exists between two notes of music, between two facts exists a fact, between two grains of sand no matter how close together there exists an interval of space, a sense that exists between senses- in the interstices of primordial matter is the [...]

    8. The Passion According to G.H. is something like a miracle, so uniquely potent that you wonder how a human being could have conjured it. It’s poetry:The green water of the air. I see everything through a full glass. [] It’s eleven in the morning in Brazil. It’s now. That means exactly now. Now is time swollen to the limit. Eleven o’clock has no depth. Eleven o’clock is full of eleven hours up to the brim of the green glass. Time trembles as a motionless balloon. The air is fertilised an [...]

    9. An extraordinary work by the greatest writer of the interior crisis, of the fragmented and the fragmenting, of the breaking and the brokenHer technique is impeccable - the breadcrumbs of an exterior life, of "plot" and "reasons", which are just enough to keep the reader correctly situated but never undermine the mythic and the universally personal (the self that is all self). I need to re-read it though, I need to go slow and listen hard instead of being caught up in the flow

    10. I suspect Clarice Lispector copied here the style in Fernando Pessoa's "The Book of Disquiet" to produce this exasperating, introspective, highfalutin nonsense. Like "The Book of Disquiet" it is written in the first person singular, plot-less, tackles life's big issues (God, existence, death, soul, time, etc.), divided into short chapters and resort to refrains (Pessoa likes to repeat phrases from an earlier chapter or paragraph; Lispector makes it a point to start the new chapter with the last [...]

    11. "The deheroization of myself is subterraneously undermining my building, coming to pass without my consent like an unheeded calling. Until it is finally revealed to me that the life in me does not bear my name. And I too have no name, and that is my name. And because I depersonalize myself to the point of not having my name, I reply whenever someone says: I." (185)This little book, though sly and resistant at first, though not meaning to be, because it couldn't have been any other way and still [...]

    12. I had a very difficult time reading this book. Clarice Lispector gives you the first person account of this fictional woman as she goes through an intense unraveling of self. The style is very unconventional, using a great deal of repetion, contradiction, and free form stream of consciousness, as well as very fractured grammar. All this makes the flow of the prose seem to undulate back and forth, sometimes flowing, sometimes stilted, but at some point you begin to understand that she seems to be [...]

    13. “And I want to be held down. I don't know what to do with the horrifying freedom that can destroy me.” There are few expressions of art which can so perfectly portrait the intimism that made Clarice Lispector so famous. I can list some of them: some MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) artists like Elis Regina, Sigur Rós songs (youtube/watch?v=wfJVA to anyone who wants to have a near-transcendental experience) and this book.“What I want is to live of that initial and primordial something that wa [...]

    14. published while in her early forties, the passion according to g.h. (a paixão segundo g.h.) is a mesmerizing, unsettling, and sometimes vertiginous work, yet, like all of clarice lispector's writing, one punctuated by a most unique and gorgeous prose. themes of reality, identity, alienation, depersonalization, contradiction, and mysticism come oozing out of this slim novel as, say, the creamy innards of a broad, relatively flat insect might, were the door of a wardrobe to be quickly closed upon [...]

    15. "Give me your hand:Now I’m going to tell you how I went into that inexpressiveness that was always my blind, secret quest. How I went into what exists between the number one and the number two, how I saw the mysterious, fiery line, how it is a surreptitious line. Between two musical notes there exists another note, between two facts there exists another fact, between two grains of sand, no matter how close together they are, there exists an interval of space, there exists a sensing between sen [...]

    16. Para contarles lo que me pasó con este libro mejor me siento con un café, y me tomo mi tiempo, que se pone bueno. No voy a borrar lo que escribí la primera vez que lo leí, porque, aunque me da un poco de pudor decir que me clavé con un detalle y me perdí casi todo lo demás, es decir poco. Y más que nada, porque me parece que a Clarice hay que entrarle con valentía. Es eso. Te lleva por lugares insospechados de la conciencia, y en este libro, que para mí es la cumbre de su obra entera, [...]

    17. "Ah, meu amor, não tenhas medo da carência: ela é o nosso destino maior. O amor é tão mais fatal do que eu havia pensado, o amor é tão inerente quanto a própria carência, e nós somos garantidos por uma necessidade que se renovará continuamente. O amor já está, está sempre. Falta apenas o golpe da graça – que se chama paixão."Eu terminei este livro com um sorriso, não um mero ato de expressão, não uma demonstração externa de felicidade, mas sim um sorriso de quem finalmente [...]

    18. O livro “A Paixão Segundo G. H.” é a minha estreia literária com Clarice Lispector (1920 – 1997), escritora nascida na Ucrânia mas naturalizada brasileira.Esta obra originalmente editada em 1964 suscitou e continua a suscitar uma gigantesca bibliografia, incluindo teses de licenciatura, mestrado ou doutoramento.“A Paixão Segundo G. H.” é um livro denso, com uma escrita inovadora, de cariz poético, evidenciando um experimentalismo que nos obriga a ler e reler cada frase com uma a [...]

    19. The Passion is a strange mix of the thrilling and timeless (the central crisis is a *squashed cockroach*, which will probably be comprehensible and original when the fabled cockroaches rule the planet; the mysticism isn't original, but this nearly atheistic version of it is an interesting tweak, and history suggests people will be having mystical experiences for some time) with what seems, today at least, cliche (this book could almost be a chapter from a dissertation on Deleuze and Guattari's c [...]

    20. Reason number #36 why I love Clarice Lispector:"Holding someone's hand was always my idea of joy. Often before falling asleep--in that small struggle not to lose consciousness and enter the greater world--often, before having the courage to go toward the greatness of sleep, I pretend that someone is holding my hand and I go, go toward the enormous absence of form that is sleep. And when even then I can't find the courage, then I dream."

    21. Deeply deeply introspective. Almost equal parts wisdom and nonsense. I wavered between being moved and being exasperated. 2.5 rounded up.

    22. A world wholly alive has a Hellish power.i am giving this book five stars, because five stars means "it was amazing," and this book was definitely amazing; i would say it was one of a kind. it wasn't what i'd call enjoyable, though-- or even, really, unenjoyable-- it just kind of was what it was, and was that 100%.I keep looking, looking. Trying to understand. Try to give what I have gone through to someone else, and I don't know who, but I don't want to be alone with that experience. I don't kn [...]

    23. How should it be called? Reflections on the death of a cockroach? Going into a room as a person and not exiting it? The Passion According to G.H. is a strange meditation on the nature of God, love, reality, nothingness, and language. To a person like me, who is vulnerable because a close friend I've known for forty-five years is dying in a hospice not two blocks from me, it hit me between the eyes with the force of a sledge hammer. Clarice Lispector is a Ukrainian-born author who lived almost a [...]

    24. The book has an old color and sore on which stands the white gaze of the writer. It is a book in which flows intense life, the life described in its uniqueness, in her wild, tyrannized by a continuous motion of waves, from the dense darkness and light that does not allow shadows.Quoting:"The mystery of human destiny is that we are strong, but we have the freedom to comply or not our fatal:. Depends on us realize our fatal destiny"

    25. Ceci n'est pas un romancerco,cerco.Tento di capire. Tento di dare a qualcuno ciò che ho vissuto e non so neppure a chi, ma non voglio tenere per me ciò che ho vissuto.Non so cosa farmene, ho paura di quella disorganizzazione profonda.Non mi fido di ciò che è accaduto.Mi è accaduta una cosa che io, per il fatto di non sapere come viverla,ho forse vissuto come fosse un'altra?Una donna.Una stanza, che è anche uno spazio interiore.Una blatta.A Paixão segundo G. H. non è un romanzo,è un lung [...]

    26. Update: Apparently, Lispector never let go of my hand even after I finished the book, because she seems to have sparked a violent experience of my own mirroring the one in The Passion. It's been creeping up on me slowly, sometimes in sudden flashes, sometimes in long sessions of crying and laughing interchangeably. Any book pushing me into a personal rapture clearly deserves better than four stars, and so I'm changing it to five, because now I understand, I understand! ”I’d’ never before h [...]

    27. Translated from the original Portuguese by Idra Novey, The Passion According to G.H. was the first book by Clarice Lispector which I had the pleasure to read. Many rave about the Brazilian author, but I have sadly found her books rather difficult to find thus far. Lispector, born in Ukraine in 1920, was revered for her novels and short stories in South America, the first of which was published when she was just twenty-three. To begin with some of the favourable reviews dotted around the book’s [...]

    28. I don't mind difficult books or books that are more focused on language play than on plot or character development. But this book seems to try to create meaning out of nonsense. It's hard to say how much of this is based on the translation, which is studded with misused words and ungrammatical sentences. Lispector fills sentences with invented words like, "The world independed me," but does not create enough context for such words to achieve any kind of meaning. What we're left with is something [...]

    29. For now the first timid pleasure I am having is realizing I lost my fear of ugliness. And that loss is such goodness. It is a sweetness.Why? why didn't I want to become as unclean as the roach? what ideal was fastening me to the sentiment of an idea? why shouldn't I become unclean, exactly as I was discovering my whole self to be? What was I afraid of? becoming unclean with what?This is my first absolute favorite of the year, but not because I like it. Rather, it crept up on me and made me quest [...]

    30. This book centers on G.H a Brazilian sculptor, who experiences an epiphany after killing a cockroach. G.H largely just the monogram on a suitcase, enters the surprisingly pristine room of her maid to find the maid has drawn three large figures on the wall. That mural and the dry, clean state of the room makes G.H. see the maid as an independent person who in fact holds her in contempt. It’s all up- or downhill from there, depending on your point of view. G.H. slams the wardrobe door on a half- [...]

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