The Celebration

The Celebration In the early morning of March in Belo Horizonte Brazil the annual birthday celebration of a prominent and wealthy young artist is taking place and a train docked in Plaza Station filled wit

  • Title: The Celebration
  • Author: Ivan Ângelo
  • ISBN: 9781564782908
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the early morning of March 31, 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the annual birthday celebration of a prominent and wealthy young artist is taking place and a train docked in Plaza Station filled with starving, drought stricken migrant workers seeking relief gets turned away by the authorities, sparking a riot From these seemingly unrelated events, Ivan Angelo s remarkaIn the early morning of March 31, 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the annual birthday celebration of a prominent and wealthy young artist is taking place and a train docked in Plaza Station filled with starving, drought stricken migrant workers seeking relief gets turned away by the authorities, sparking a riot From these seemingly unrelated events, Ivan Angelo s remarkable debut novel connects and implicates the lives of a complex of characters spanning three decades of tumultuous social and political history in twentieth century Brazil But with the central event the celebration missing, the reader is thrust into the middle of an intricate puzzle, left to construct the story from the evidence that accrues in a range of comic, unnverving, misleading and tragic episodes.

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    1. Celebration is an odd book, set up like a puzzle, with the book's pivot or cusp (the party) conspicuously missing. It is a book with a hollow middle. You, the reader, have to reassemble the book's events and put them in the proper order. In a way, it's like reading disjointed articles from newspapers, society pages, short stories and magazines, and trying to figure out how and why all of them are connected. And they are connected, but the connection, the party, is missing.The first half of the b [...]

    2. Der Autor nähert sich dem Ereignis auf vielfältige Weise. Er erhellt mit Zitaten aus Büchern und Zeitungsberichten die Hintergründe der Flucht der Landarbeiter und die Biographie des Organisators des Fluchtversuchs, der eine bewegte Vergangenheit als Guerillero hat. Darauf werden in kurzen Dialogen und Erzählungen die Beteiligten in für sie charakteristischen Lebenssituationen dargestellt. So schildert er die Kindheit des homosexuellen Veranstalters des Festes mit der besonderen Vaterbindu [...]

    3. this is the first brazilian book i read that was not amado. as other reviewers are accurate in describing the novel structure (see Troy), all i can add is how strongly i enjoyed this book, though some of that might just be sentimental. i read this about the stage i first got interested in postmodern work, about the age others might read something like joyce, of modernists, though the others i had read at this time were robbe-grillet and mishima. brazil as a place fascinates me. the way all the i [...]

    4. The second chapter of my dissertation is about this novel. It is considered one of the best, if not the best, novel of the dictatorship from Brazil. This is true experimental fiction. The structure is very unusual and surprising!

    5. This was another book that just blew me away. Like Bread and Wine, I'm afraid to pick it back up because I'm afraid it won't be as good the second time around.

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