Ladivine: A Novel #(2021)
- Title: Ladivine: A Novel
- Author: Marie NDiaye Jordan Stump
- ISBN: 9780385351881
- Page: 148
- Format: Hardcover
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NAM MY H RENGE KY L inizio bello, molto.Quasi tutta la prima parte bella potente Si tratta di un po meno di un terzo del libro.Dakar, Senegal.La storia di una bambina che cresce, si vergogna della madre povera e nera, un africana emigrata in Francia che si lasciata mettere incinta da un bianco che sparisce quasi prima d essere comparso La bambina diventa una donna, nata pi bianca che nera, ha la pelle chiara, ma se la schiarisce ulteriormente col trucco per nascondere qualsiasi traccia della sua [...]
This novel gets to the heart of the human condition I feel scoured out by it I feel like my head was held tight until I was forced to look at the sadness of being alive The meanings in this novel are not entirely rational and yet the bedrock truth of the story felt so familiar It was like reading about some tragic, true event.The characters are worthy of love, and yet they are each so alone and so unloved, and so confused in their isolation, and so unknowable even to themselves They pity each ot [...]
So sorry, I couldn t even finish this one before putting it down, which is extremely extremely rare for me , because the word that kept popping into my head was overwrought, Overwrought, OVERWROUGHT It seemed like NDiaye was trying way too hard to be deep or profound, and I just couldn t get into her writing style It seemedlodramatic, but not in a way that I could appreciate Just couldn t do it, so, sadly, this will be the first novel EVER to make it onto my Could Not Even Finish shelf But, to b [...]
This is a haunting and somewhat, elusive, nightmarish and enigmatic story which explores the inner worlds of three generations of women in the same family and the secrets that prevent them communicating properly with one another Like NDiaye s previous novel Three Strong Women it has extended sections that focus on different characters, but this time they are all closely related.The first section centres on Clarisse Riviere, who has chosen a new identity to distance herself from her past as Mali [...]
Wow I wasn t expecting this What a stifling, devastating experience this was Ladivine is a highly emotional and intense novel where each page is weighed down with the unrelenting guilt of the characters Early on it seemed like it might be about mother daughter shame and guilt, class, race, unhealthy relationships and feeling lost in the world, and it is all that, but so much I m afraid this review is rather futile because I don t know how to classify this novel or even how to explain it It s de [...]
A Bitter Bread Had she not made of the servant s life a bitter bread A or less random line from the first part of Marie NDiaye s new novel I quote it for two reasons One is that the translation by Jordan Stump never quite settles into idiomatic English one is always aware of a kind of ghost French behind it, as in the inverted word order and strange idiom here He has informed me, however, in a comment on my review see spoiler below that this is an accurate representation of NDiaye s French Havi [...]
Ladivine is centered around four women There s Malinka and Clarisse, and then there s Malinka s mother and Clarisse s daughter, both of whom happen to be named Ladivine.Clarisse doesn t remember much about Malinka s childhood She remembers that she lived in a small but always impeccably clean flat in some Paris suburb one room for her, and one for her mother She remembers that Malinka s mother wasn t like other mothers her skin colour, her job cleaning other people s homes , her never failing su [...]
I really, really wanted to like this book It has an interesting premise, and on top of that you realize pretty early on that there s a whole other layer to the story that s not mentioned in the blurb And that extra layer of context really intrigued me and made me want to keep reading But the writing was not accessible at all It was the kind of writing that keeps you so far removed from the story, from simple actions or moments that ground you in the setting, that I could read whole pages and not [...]
ARC reviewDeserves 4 stars for artistic merit but I no longer want to give 4 stars to these books that are very well done, with which I didn t have that much fun, or which didn t otherwise dazzle me I d been putting off reading Ladivine for the best part of a year, my trepidation about this book which, going by the initial blurb I suspect composed by someone who had only read the beginning as well as the opening pages, seemed to be about a difficult mother daughter relationship, I expected to be [...]
Marie NDiaye s second translated novel is not as raw as Three Strong Women but is equally powerful and disturbing.Malinka is the daughter of a Black African immigrant, Ladivine Her mother is poor, she works as a cleaning woman and gives her entire life and self in service to her daughter Malinka is so fair she can pass as white and she feels deeply ashamed of Ladivine In fact she calls her the servant After leaving home, she changes her name to Clarisse, falls in love with a white French man and [...]
A genuine 4.5 star review because I give 4 stars to the first half and 5 stars to the second half In the first half, we get a normal book that tells the story of Ladivine and her daughter Malinka And the story of Clarisse who has a daughter also called Ladivine So far, so good People struggle with deceptions they have chosen to live with and relationships are stretched.But then the second half of the book happens There s a revelation no spoilers here that is given to the reader in the most undra [...]
Ladivine, written by the Senegalese French writer Marie NDiaye, known for her 2009 Prix Goncourt award winning Trois Femmes Puissantes Three Strong Women came to my attention when it was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.The blurb describes it as a novel about a women named Clarisse Rivi re, who travels by train once a month to visit her mother Ladivine, a woman neither her husband, daughter or grandchildren, or anyone connected to her present life is aware of They believ [...]
I can t stand the writing style in this book so cold and alienated The plot, not that much of it exists, is pretty unbelievable, and the characters are all cardboard they are nothing like real people It feels like the writer was trying too hard to come out as sophisticated and deep, while in reality she had a very thin story which she found difficult to breathe life into.
She was Malinka again the moment she got on the train, and she found it neither a pleasure nor a burden, having long since stopped noticing But it happened, she could tell, for no could she answer without a second thought to Clarisse when rarely, someone she knew took that same train and called to or greeted her as Clarisse, only to see her stare back in puzzled surprise, a hesitant smile on her lips, creating a mutual discomfort that the slightly flustered Clarisse never thought to dispel by s [...]
marie ndiaye s latest work to be translated into english, ladivine, is an enigmatic and singular work of fiction at times both bewitching and mesmerizing ndiaye, winner of the prestigious prix goncourt, offers a multi generational tale of psychological insight and emotional legacy though a wearying sorrow permeates throughout, ndiaye s well woven plot and impressively crafted characters keep the story afloat there is much to love about ladivine, but perhaps its most outstanding quality amongst m [...]
This book was quite surprising I almost didn t read it as it didn t make the short list for MBI, but I am so glad I did Very engrossing read and I don t want to give anything away, but the magical realism took me by surprise and sucked me in completely.
I will say this much, I have no idea what else I feel about this book other than that I deeply enjoyed it I cannot explain it, in the same way I can t explain how a Kundera book affects me either It s difficult to pinpoint the exact emotion you re left with after such a read and Ladivine presents the reader with several.The story is slightly complicated, or at least I thought it would be given that there are several characters with the same names, all of whose lives are intermingled and entwined [...]
NDiaye beautifully captures a young woman s desire to create a new identity for herself while not quite leaving her past behind, maintaining a secret relationship for decades with her mother of whom she is embarrassed She even changes her name from Clarisse to Malinka This story is about how secrets build impenetrable walls that cannot be torn down by even your closest family members These walls carry on to the next generation, guaranteeing a distance among loved ones Malika become undecipherabl [...]
My first attempt to read this lasted about 6 pages, before I decided I wasn t in the mood for it but then I came back to it a week later Wish I d trusted my initial instincts, as this was one of those books that I hurried to get through as I wasn t really enjoying it at all Am rather shocked it got nominated for the International Booker, since to my mind, a book in translation is only successful if you feel reading it that it WAS originally written in English With this I was almost constantly aw [...]
A sometimes moving but ultimately too long story of three generations of women whose lives are constrained by feelings of alienation and shame, unhappy women who bring unhappiness to others and fail to connect with those close to them I enjoyed this original and unusual family saga up to about the half way mark The opening section of the child Malinka who rejects her mother out of shame is complex and touching But later sections become almost surreal and the writing becomes repetitive and far le [...]
Update I m in a discussion about this novel with other goodread readers No one seems to know what s happening at all And during the discussion, I realized that s true this is a senseless mess It s as if the printer shuffled the pages Either that, or the author just wrote any ol thing that came to mind I honestly did try to understand what was happening, I took lots of notes, reread certain sections, etc But there is nothing here.
I dunno if my 5 star rating will survive the night The novel is captivating, unexpected, starts reasonably strong then shoots off into I bet you never thought I could do this land It s about every not quite true emotion you ever expressed because it was easier to be slightly false than truly true Brava to this author I want to read her Three Strong Women.
Rising from the soul, which sways the heart of every single word With deepest power in simple, yet driven ways So exquisite Drawing in the force of its viewer What a well written piece
What a fascinating novel this was So much of it is opaque the emotions and actions of the three generations of women it follows are often muted or inexplicable But the author s taut style and the beauty of the writing was stunning.
And so she said nothing.Readers of translated fiction would probably have come across Marie NDiaye through her 2009 Prix Goncourt winning work Three Strong Women, the work also making the shortlist of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2014 the Award won by Juan Gabriel V squez s The Sound of Things Falling translated by Anne McLean The English translation of her latest work Ladivine, just being released in the United Kingdom and is scheduled for release in the United States next week.If you wer [...]
2.5 stars, I guess.I started off liking this book quite a bit and ended up not liking it at all The story seemed so sure of itself at the beginning but went quite off the rails in the second half.The most grating aspect of Ladivine is that certain characters are referred to throughout by their first and last names together And when it started, it seemed as if the author were making a point, but by the end I didn t know or care what that point was Essentially, I feel the same way about the book a [...]
Ladivine is a strange book about strange people doing strange things or normal people doing normal things, depending on your perspective In the first third of the novel, a woman called Malinka cuts her mother out of her life because of the shame her mother s social status as a black cleaner brings her In the second two thirds, Malinka s adult daughter Ladivine embarks on a nightmarish vacation with her husband and children in an undisclosed tropical country in order to avoid the vague humiliatio [...]
What did I read there I still couldn t tell you what actually happens in the book Also the writing had an annoying circuitous, mysterious structure that didn t serve any other purpose than showing how unreliable the characters were in their perception of the world and keep you reading.No I cannot recommend this at all.
This is a book that defies description, busts genres I chose it from the Booker International Prize longlist, and am surprised it didn t make the short Its premise is intriguing, its promise stems from the author s previous work, and its execution is masterful Four generations of related women feature prominently, all affected by the actions of one Clarisse is daughter to one Ladivine, mother to another As the book opens, she has been visiting her mother monthly for years, a fact she has kept se [...]
This was a slow paced suspense for lack of a better term, as the pacing interfered with the intrigue a little that is sort of along the lines of the recent mysterious female mindfuck genre that Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train sort of fall into though this is way less of a page turner The characters were intriguing, and the relationships and emotional setups were strangely compelling, even if uncomfortable, and I like the ideas around this book and its crafting, but it just didn t pay off for [...]
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