"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.
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By Keith G on 16-08-17
Not the usual gay novel found on Audible
This is a literary novel not a genre romance. From what I can tell due to subsequent reading, this work uses a very fuzzy line between memoir and novel. It is a somber yet exquisite work of literature set in an impoverished rural area of northern France in the late 1990s and a little beyond.
Any guy who has grown up with questions about his sexuality can find truth in this book. This is a story of a gay boy growing up without all the fluff and floss that seems to be attached to so much contemporary fiction, but also this book manages to not be morose..... just truthful.
I normally don't spend my resources on books that are this short in length. I'm very glad I took a chance on this. This is one of the best stories I have encountered. I imagine I'll be listening to it again and again.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Víctor Manuel Rentería López on 07-08-17
Excellent book and performance
This is the first book I have listened to completely in a row. The narration is very good and traps you easily. This might be because I felt very identified with it and was making me dig in my own memories.
I deeply recommend it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful