The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

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"An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374266653
9780374716394
Branch Call Number: FICTION LOUIS 2017
Characteristics: 192 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lucey, Michael 1960-- Translator

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leewardside
Jul 17, 2018

Dispiriting: for effeminate gay boys small town France in the 2000's is no better than small town Canada in the 1950's.

inthestacks Jun 14, 2018

Autobiographical fiction of the author’s early years growing up gay in a working-class factory town in Northern France. Poverty, alcoholism, ignorance and bullying are the realities of this young boy’s daily existence. His only hope for escape is academic success and a high school scholarship that might allow him to flee his cruel life. An unflinching look at what it is like to be a gay child, not fully understanding why you are different, and striving to fit in even though you never will.

DBRL_Jeremiah Mar 30, 2018

Edouard Louis wrote this fine autobiographical novel (translated by Michael Lucey) in his twenties after he plucked himself from his hometown in rural Hallencourt, France. Growing up queer in this village, Louis shows us, is traumatizing, but the nexus of queerness and violence isn't the focus of this book: more than this, Louis attempts to write through, around, and about the conservation of violence—how violence perpetuates violence.

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m0mmyl00
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.

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Bridget60
Jan 02, 2018

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

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finleysteve
Jul 16, 2017

fabulous - this man can write - lovely prose

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