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  • Title: Personae
  • Author: Sergio de la Pava
  • ISBN: 9781456876968
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • At issue is what will become of this grand edifice We built itup and into the sky in the hopes of reaching heaven and now asit crumbles down around us we find that this great distance wethought we d traveled can close in an instant So what now Because a person flung backward by adversity can run awayin the direction flung, meekly stay put, or slowly, grudgingly,inch by iAt issue is what will become of this grand edifice We built itup and into the sky in the hopes of reaching heaven and now asit crumbles down around us we find that this great distance wethought we d traveled can close in an instant So what now Because a person flung backward by adversity can run awayin the direction flung, meekly stay put, or slowly, grudgingly,inch by inch until foot by foot begin the journey back whencehe came to resume the struggle from Personae

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    1. The following Review should be in no way construed as an endorsement of Self Published Authors (correctly reduced to the acronym “SPA”) ;.“Sergio de la Pava’s Strange Personae” by Diego Báez ; Today, Monday November 4, 2013 :: Gapers Block, a web publication established in 2003 Chicago Illinois ::“On September 30th of this year, the University of Chicago Press published Personae, the ambitiously genre-blending, polyvocal second novel by Sergio de la Pava, author of last year's award [...]

    2. More ink than this slip of a novel deserves has been spilled by Hattie Heidegger himself and can be read via that hyperlink. This sampler of the de la Pavaian prose was impressive and despite the organisational failure and unfortunate ennui that arrives during the overlong brains-in-a-vat playlet and the opaque wispiness of various sections and the contrived and wince-inducing tone as the novel hobbles towards its faux-profound climax, Personae is an otherwise promising postbox of postmodern pas [...]

    3. Unfortunately, I don't think I can talk intelligently about Personae, but here are some scattered thoughts about it:-I think it was Nathan who said a book as short as this needs to be tight--hermetically sealed, even. This is just as messy as A Naked Singularity, possibly in certain ways even more so. The disparate parts certainly don't come together quite as well.-The play, whose name I'd change to Six Characters in Search of an Idea, is nauseating in places. E.g. from a cue on the very first p [...]

    4. Es inconcebible que este libro esté publicado. La traducción realizada por el propio autor convierte el texto en una amalgama de palabras sin sentido ni concierto. Es prácticamente ilegible. Y la culpa no creo que haya sido solamente del propio autor sino que parte de ella hay que repartirla con la editorial que permite que este engendro salga a la venta y engañe a los lectores que disfrutamos con gozo de su excepcional primer libro. Una verdadera pena. Dinero malgastado.

    5. I'm giving this 2 stars because there are moments of talent scattered about, and also it's Christmas. Although this is the author's 2nd novel it reads more like a piece of juvenilia exhumed for a quick follow-up to his debut novel, which was apparently well-received. I've got no desire to read it, as this work merely ticks off a series of postmodern cliches (appropriating genre detective fiction; discovered notebooks; unexplained deaths and lost lives; name-dropping sophomoric discursions on cla [...]

    6. 27FEB11. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!! A Naked Singularity was so surprisingly good, so unrelentingly engaging, that when I heard the other day that De La Pava was publishing Personae this spring, I thought it was too good to be true. (Still sort of do!)=-=-=-=-=-=-=-27NOV17. Just finished my third or fourthurth I think trip through this carnival. Comments forthcoming[FULL DISCLOSURE: In March of 2011 I was paid by SDLP to copy-edit a draft of this book. It remains the only time I’ve ever been [...]

    7. Excellence requires risk. One has to swing for the fences to drive in a home run. Sometimes that swing is a miss. It's disappointing, but still makes you wonder about what could have been.DLP appears to be an author who is often occupied by the nature of perfection and the associated bits (introspection, sacrifice, isolation, will, et al.). Such topics cannot be addressed but by swinging hard, willfully ignorant of the risks, led by his own vision and not by the hypothetical--even probable--inte [...]

    8. Vreemd boekje. Tegelijk heel grappig (zowel de vertelstem van de vrouwelijke, licht autistische politierechercheur als het toneelstuk-in-een-roman Personae) als filosofisch (de conversatie tussen een man vol wraak en een duivelachtige figuur). Maar ook postmodern verwarrend en soms zelfs vervelend. In deze tijden valt er nog maar weinig te lachen in de literatuur en daarom toch drie sterren! Ik las zijn eerste en ik lees zijn volgende zeker ook.

    9. With Sergio de la Pava's massively impressive debut novel A Naked Singularity in the rear view, I climbed tentatively into his second novel not knowing what to expect-- he set the bar very high, after all, and I was worried that the expectation of something as great would hinder my enjoyment.What he's crafted in Personae is something very, very different from A Naked Singularity. It may not reach the high bar set by its predecessor, but that is owed more to the fact that it hardly tries to. One [...]

    10. An interesting follow up to Naked Singularity, the author has replaced maximalism with more fugue-like, poetic verses.Mashes together philosophy and magical realism in the styles of Marquez, David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), and something like House of Leaves, with an Ionesco/Beckett play sitting right in the middle.Personally, I prefer the maximalism, but this is a great second novel.

    11. "El inglés es más rico que el español, así es, y yo quiero antes que nada ser rico".Personae lata de novela, lata de drama, lata de obra posmoderna.

    12. Perhaps the mistake was to read naked singularity first. This is noway near as, whats the right word, complete and enjoyable as naked singualrity.

    13. This experimental novel left vivid images in my mind. The slim book jumps from NYC to the jungles of Colombia with striking pictures of unusual characters. The plot is confusing, but the book is short so I happily persevered.

    14. Borges, Beckett, bafflement, and (alas) boredomI was sucked in by the back-cover blurb. It opens with an enthusiastic account of De La Pava's novel A Naked Singularity (which I have not read), then continues: "THIS BOOK IS NOTHING LIKE THAT ONE. Just look at it: A Naked Singularity was a brick of a book, 678 pages, and this one's slim—neat and focused." And so on. Who could resist such self-deprecating modesty? Leafing through, one saw newspaper copy, scholarly articles with footnotes, somethi [...]

    15. Sergio De La Pava's follow-up to the colossally brilliant A Naked Singularity is a briefer affair that's still jam-packed with ideas and styles. Like the novel before it, Personae was self-published before getting picked up by the University of Chicago Press--and THANK YOU for that, UCP--and it made me wonder if part of this novel is a kind of look-what-I-can-do! entreaty. I mean, imagine creating something like A Naked Singularity and then having it be ignored by publishers. So you self-publish [...]

    16. VERY PO-MO. reminds me of an amalgamation of writing projects that have been weaved together to salvage a book. in fact it really works more as a collection than a novel per se - it is composed of:I. The OceanII. PersonaeIII. Energeiase novelistic "glue" that holds these elements together (barely) is a mysterious death which is investigated by the author's narrator Helen Tame, who contributes some really horrible prose - there are also some marathon sentences, that should not have been attempted [...]

    17. Personae llegó precedido de la fama de Una Singularidad Desnuda, que, dicho sea de paso, no he leído aún porque me parece MUY COSTOSO y hasta la fecha ningún alma caritativa me lo ha obsequiado. Sergio De La Pava hace más que una novela, un ejercicio narrativo creativo, disruptivo; una suerte de reflexión en voz alta que traduce en algo así como una libreta de notas. Inicia con la narración de un crimen, que empieza a ser estudiado por la Detective Tame, pero en la medida que la historia [...]

    18. Loved Naked Singularity, but couldn't abide the 100 or so pages of this that were billed as a 'Sartrean drama'. Everything else I could get on board with, but De La Pava's gouged a huge whole in the middle of his novel to make room for some pretty undergraduate level navel gazing, which (at its worst) unintentionally recalls Douglas Adams's philosophers ("I demand that I am Vroomfondel!") in the same way that minor celebs emitting a constant low level desperation at all times can't help but evok [...]

    19. The follow up to his totally fantastic novel A Naked Singularity (one of my favorites published last year), Personae takes on such a different shape it’s hard to believe it’s written by the same author. Where Singularity was gripping in voice and sheer ability to build pace and tension, Personae exhibits a whole other sheath of skills, one much more oblique and collage-like in its trajectory. And yet, de la Pava’s line-to-line brilliance and ambition are unmistakably his, and the manner in [...]

    20. I didn't get most of this book while I was reading it, but I got it at the end. I definitely preferred A Naked SIngularity but this was a cool follow-up: a very ballsy, avant-garde book. It's not really the kind of book to read when you are super exhausted and busy most of the time (as is the case w/my life right now). It's the kind of book where u need to really pay attention and use your brain. Also, it didn't help that the main chunk of text was a Satre-Beckett-like play, which has never real [...]

    21. Something of a disappointment - a character sketch (of 'the Writer') which fails to display any of the skill evinced so well in ANS. If you imagine it as a series of pastiches of David Foster Wallace, Sartre, and McCarthy it just about functions, but the essential object which the book could have achieved - painting for us the dead Writer in his own words - remains essentially distant. De La Pava's Writer is as shallow as his Helen Tame. Sad that an excellent character writer should produce some [...]

    22. the jury is still out. i love his writing style, but i'm not entirely sure i get this book. i kinda wish de la pava was my neighbor so i could go over and ask questions.i understand why some commenters have said the book jumps around too much or that the characters go off on tangents, but i think this is an intentional device used to good effect rather than the poor editing some have suggested. i'm pretty sure we're meant to see the story through the foggy haze of The Big Mysteries.i'm going to [...]

    23. I loved this book. It probably has flaws I simply can't see at the moment, so I'll just say that, while I loved this book so much that it's going on my All-Time Favorites list, it may not be for everyone. It's weird. It's difficult. Frustrating, even. But it made me laugh quite a few times and managed to illuminate many of those elusive human emotional recesses we intuitively grasp the nature of but so often fail to put into words. Oh, and the man was SPOT ON when it came to the description of m [...]

    24. Good, but not great. Oddly patchy after the brilliance of Naked Singularity. While there were flourishes of excellence (the final chapter was a lovely story- written in a voice very similar to that of Singularity's Casi), the entire thing felt too loose. De La Pava would've done well to either make this book much longer and drawn focus in at the rate he did for this 200 pager, OR just gotten a whip crack editor to make this more pointed. I still have hope for him as a writer though- I'm just hop [...]

    25. Flashes of brilliance and moments of frustration. I applaud the ambition, and while I am happy to have read it, I am happy to have read it. Meaning I am glad I'm not reading it right now. I hear A Naked Singularity is better. I'm adding that to the proverbial list, though I think I need a bit of a break from de la Pava. Off to read Thomas Lynch and Yoani Sanchez. They ought to provide a nice contrast.

    26. Don't waste your time. Apparently de la Pava wants to waste his impressive writing talent with unedited run on material like this. I recommend he focus on telling a story before selling one. And similar to the review I gave with his other book, he should try to make more of an effort to separate the voices of characters so they all don't sound the same.

    27. Every once in awhile a book blows you away with the sheer joy of reading. I wish I could memorize every chapter - the absurdist (but so true!) play, the aphorisms, the image of floating farther, then closer, then farther out to sea. Sergio de la Pava is brilliant. A philosopher poet. Can't wait to read his other books.

    28. Difficult second album. That falls a bit flat. Admirable that De La Pava tried something completely new. Not quite pulled it off. It is not that bad a book, but 150 out of 200 pages are a write-off. Perhaps a more natural writer such as Teju Cole would have pulled it off. But not De La Pava.

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