The End of Eddy

A Novel

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Publisher Description

An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy.

“Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different—“girlish,” intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men.

Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result—a critical and popular triumph—has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2017
May 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
3.4
MB

Customer Reviews

RiqueNFL ,

The Truth Be Told…

I have to admit having a connection through family to France drew me to this “novel”… which reads more like a memoir. The timing is later than my own life in the U.S., but much of the small town prejudice and shallow minds, limited world view, rings true. His use of italicized text to insert conversations and quotations expanded to narrative and added an element of truth, though frequently shocking and depressing, to the story. The blue collar class in France shares many of the culturally deprived elements that is also present in the U.S.. Although I sympathized with the brutality of Eddy’s life, I was drawn to the book, hoping that his life would find a brighter future.

zrealoneil ,

Moving

I first read an NPR review of Édouard Louis' novel and, always in want of more gay literature, I decided to give this a go. I'm so glad I did. The emotional rollercoaster that Édouard Louis brings you on make you just want to run in and save his younger self while unveiling great truths about life in poverty and growing up in the closet. I was sobbing at the end of the novel yet wanting more. Highly recommend.

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