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Review of History of Violence by Edouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein

 

The follow on to the autobiographical novel of The End of Eddy and Eddy is now living in Paris and heading to his apartment after a Christmas Eve meet with friends for Dinner. He is stopped in the street  by a stranger and while Eddy tries to get away, eventually they both go back to hi with the night ending in Reda raping, assaulting and trying to murder Eddy.

 

The novel deals with the event and aftermath, told through both Eddy's point of view and from listening to his sister tell her husband about what happened.

 

This I found to be a very engrossing, heartfelt, afflicting read about the trauma of a traumatic event, trying to tell it to the French police the incident but responses of racism as the perpetrator was of North African descent, trying to deal with friends and family about the incident.  The narration of the event takes on a kind of slow motion in it.

 

Definitely not a book for everyone but I did feel that despite the difficult subject of the novel, that it was an excellent, affecting and absorbing read.

 

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I had seen this in a bookshop and was almost tempted - probably won't ever surface as one to read, but glad you enjoyed it. Do you think you have to have read The End of Eddy first?

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On 03/02/2019 at 09:17, MisterHobgoblin said:

Do you think you have to have read The End of Eddy first?

My heartfelt advice would be not to read either of them... You're not supposed to say so, of course, given the subject matter, but both books are distinctly overrated, and distinctly boring. (And poorly written... I read them in the original French... )

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On 03/02/2019 at 08:17, MisterHobgoblin said:

I had seen this in a bookshop and was almost tempted - probably won't ever surface as one to read, but glad you enjoyed it. Do you think you have to have read The End of Eddy first?

No, you wouldn't have to read end of eddy first, they both can work as independent works. 

 

If wavering about the book, it is one to give a miss 

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