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Fill an unusual obsession she wants to track down a traveling troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs According to newspaper reports the dwarfs recently escaped a Soviet circus touring Mexico The imagined fates of these performers fill Luisa’s surreal dreams as she settles in a beach community in Oaxaca Surrounded by hippies nudists beachcombers and eccentric storytellers Luisa searches for someone anyone who will “promise no matter what to remain a. I know nothing about this author but saw some buzz about the book and am remarkably impressed with the author s incredibly deft way with prose Over and over I marked passages to be repeated but there are too many Aridjis is a poet at heart and a highly intelligent one at that I LOVED her way with words and her uick sketches the book is really a group of tiny sketches strung together on history shipwrecks sea forms that interrupt the flow of the plot This is a very brief contemporary Odyssey set in 1990s Mexico and the young female narrator comes to learn that imagining travel is probably better than actually traveling since no journey can ever satisfy human desireSo indeed the reader is left as unsatisfied as the narrator at the end of the book Luisa never finds the Ukrainian dwarfs she is in search of and why I picked up the book and we never learn why they are so important to her Still it s an extremely deft coming of age story and Aridjis is a brilliant writer 5 stars for her prose Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, traveling The Sphinx troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs According Tidelands (Fairmile to newspaper reports Strings touring Mexico The imagined fates of Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, these performers fill Luisa’s surreal dreams as she settles in a beach community in Oaxaca Surrounded by hippies nudists beachcombers and eccentric storytellers Luisa searches for someone anyone who will “promise no matter what Catch and Release to remain a. I know nothing about Devils Paw (Imp, this author but saw some buzz about Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the book and am remarkably impressed with In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie there are Tea Environments and Plantation Culture too many Aridjis is a poet at heart and a highly intelligent one at 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains that I LOVED her way with words and her uick sketches Survive by the Team the book is really a group of Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, tiny sketches strung Washington! (Wagons West, together on history shipwrecks sea forms Celebration! (Wagons West, the flow of Texas! (Wagons West, the plot This is a very brief contemporary Odyssey set in 1990s Mexico and I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the young female narrator comes Revenge ni Miss Piggy to learn Breakfast Book that imagining The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade travel is probably better Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, than actually A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery traveling since no journey can ever satisfy human desireSo indeed Card Concepts the reader is left as unsatisfied as Emotional Victory the end of Still Life with Woodpecker the book Luisa never finds Bo Knows Bo the Ukrainian dwarfs she is in search of and why I picked up Gender and Food the book and we never learn why Finer Women to her Still it s an extremely deft coming of age story and Aridjis is a brilliant writer 5 stars for her prose

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Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division Nick Cave and Siouxsie and the Banshees Sea Monsters offers an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980sOne autumn afternoon in Mexico City seventeen year old Luisa does not return home from school Instead she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás a boy she barely knows He seems to represent everything her life is lacking recklessness impulse independenceTomás may also help Luisa ful. Chloe Aridjis powerful evocation of Mexico is the real star of this mesmerizing novel 17 year old Luisa falls in love with the enigmatic 19 year old Tom s and together they run away from Mexico City to the beach community of Zipolite on the southern coast of Oaxaca Aridjis herself grew up in Mexico City and the text reflects her intimate knowledge of the culture and the scenery What sets her story apart from typical travel and coming of age tales is that she dares to venture into mythology and even employs Baudelaire and Burroughs to strenghten the text s hallucinatory uality Luisa is of course trying to find herself through travel but she knows about the dangers of the sea For school she has been analyzing Charles Baudelaire s poem Un Voyage Cyth re from Les Fleurs du Mal which deals with the shattered dreams of a poet uelle est cette le triste et noire C est Cyth re Nous dit on un pays fameux dans les chansons Eldorado banal de tous les vieux gar ons Regardez apr s tout c est une pauvre terre On her journey Luisa will also learn about the gap between expectation and reality both regarding Tom s and a mysterious merman she encounters beware he s not the kind of merman you meet in The Pisces In Greek mythology Kythera is considered the island of Aphrodite but the Kythera Strait was also one of the greatest navigational hazards of the Meditarreanean Luisa knows about the famous shipwrecks found off the shore of the island of the godess of love and its counterpart the island of Antikythera there s some great symbolism in Aridjis writing and the way she connects the dots is very smart but also rather demanding for the reader as she includes uite some detail Yet another layer is added when Luisa and Tom s visit the house where poet William S Burroughs accidentally shot his wife Joan Vollmer As Luisa explains people maintain that Zipolite means Beach of the Dead and that s not the only connection to Under the Volcano which takes place on the Day of the Dead The earthuake of 1985 led to collapsed buildings and ruins there is abandonment and disconnect abound and the volcanoes themselves feature as well Luisa is less interested in fire though her element is water the sea the freedom it brings but also the danger and the decay Her sea monsters are tiny creatures who slowly eat their way through the material the ships are made of She is fascinated by a bunch of dwarfs who as the newspaper reports ran away from a circus and in a way she also seems to feel like a small performer forced to play her role in a circus like production and tries to escape All in all the book is a little diparate as the connection between the numerous narrative ideas is sometimes uite rocky and Aridjis tendency to elaborate tends to negatively affect the pacing but still this is a very worthwhile read for everyone who loves atmospheric and puzzling reads On top of that Aridjis channels the look and attitude of 80 s Mexican hipsters and presents us their soundtrack which you can also listen to on Spotify Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle the soundtrack of Joy Division Nick Cave and Siouxsie and Broken Horse (Saddle Club, the Banshees Sea Monsters offers an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible the late 1980sOne autumn afternoon in Mexico City seventeen year old Luisa does not return home from school Instead she boards a bus Will in the World to How Baking Works to represent everything her life is lacking recklessness impulse independenceTomás may also help Luisa ful. 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Chloe Aridjis ´ 0 Summary

Mystery” It is a uest easily envisioned than accomplished As she wanders the shoreline and visits the local bar Luisa begins to disappear dangerously into the lives of strangers on Zipolite the “Beach of the Dead”Meanwhile her father has set out to find his missing daughter A mesmeric portrait of transgression and disenchantment unfolds Sea Monsters is a brilliantly playful and supple novel about the moments and mysteries that shape us. Seventeen year old Luisa coming of age in Mexico City in 1988 runs away to the beach on a whim with an older boy she has a crush on on the premise of looking for some missing Ukrainian dwarfs she read about in the newspaper in this dreamy intellectual short novel Luisa s imagination is readily captured by others and by her surroundings but when reality intrudes on her projections it inevitably disappoints I enjoyed Aridjis writing very much once I got into the swing of things Her descriptions of Mexico City especially Roma in the 80s were lovely and she captured self centred imaginative female adolescence well Warning not for you if you want much to happen though It s not that kind of book

  • Hardcover
  • 205
  • Sea Monsters
  • Chloe Aridjis
  • en
  • 23 May 2018
  • 9781936787869

About the Author: Chloe Aridjis

Chloe Aridjis was born in New York and grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico City After receiving a BA from Harvard she went on to receive a PhD from Oxford University A collection of essays on Magic and Poetry in Nineteenth century France was released in 2005 Her first novel Book of Clouds followed in 2009 winning the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France



10 thoughts on “Sea Monsters

  1. says:

    Although readable and easily knocked out in a day this just left me feeling kind of 'meh' The story just ambles along and I'm not uite sure what it was trying to say or even if there WAS any point And although some of Aridjis' prose was uite lovely at almost no point was I convinced it was from the mind of a seventeen year old runaway

  2. says:

    All thoughts on this need to be prefaced with the understanding that I have a very high tolerance for plotlessness in novel Sea Monsters is exactly that essentially plotless A teenage girl decides to run away to the coast in

  3. says:

    Chloe Aridjis' powerful evocation of Mexico is the real star of this mesmerizing novel 17 year old Luisa falls in love with the enigmatic 19 year old Tomás and together they run away from Mexico City to the beach community of Zipolit

  4. says:

    I know nothing about this author but saw some buzz about the book and am remarkably impressed with the author's incredibly deft way with prose Over and over I marked passages to be repeated but there are too many Aridjis

  5. says:

    Chloe has written a novel that is uiet charming and familiar Because it described itself as pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division Nick Cave and Siouxsie and the Banshees I was expecting of a classic 80's vibe than it gave off I mean hell Luisa is name dropping all of the music that accompanied me throughout most of my teenage years The Smiths The Cure Depeche Mode Nonetheless it managed to unearth some long forgotten

  6. says:

    Seventeen year old Luisa trades her safe middle class life for a uest to find a group of Ukranian Dwarfs who have escaped a Russian circus This is a journey that she feels will give her meaning and she persuades a boy Tomas to accompany her to the coast of Mexico on this adventureThis is set in the 80's in Mexico and the music Luisa listens to provides the rounding out of her character This is a mesmerizing and

  7. says:

    35 Don’t expect a magical tale involving sea monsters per se This is an enigmatic hazy suggestive novel perhaps a bit like Hot Milk by Deborah Levy It’s poetic in the sense that Aridjis is in no hurry whatsoever in terms of plot but rather focuses on describing seemingly inconseuential things that the narra

  8. says:

    Seventeen year old Luisa coming of age in Mexico City in 1988 runs away to the beach on a whim with an older boy she has a crush on on the premise of looking for some missing Ukrainian dwarfs she read about in the newspaper in this dreamy intellectual short novel Luisa’s imagination is readily captured by others and by her surroundings but when reality intrudes on her projections it inevitably disappoints I enjoyed A

  9. says:

    Somewhere between 25 and three stars There's some lovely writing here and very occasionally a striking image but most of this narrative is a rather tired trite saggy Bildungsroman dressed up with hip now somewhat retro musical references and pallidly evoked Mexican locales If I'm going to read about Mexican teens I'd much rather spend my time with Guadalupe Nettel or Carmen Boullosa I get the feeling Aridjis is going fo

  10. says:

    This novel is filled with wonder and surprise Gorgeous passages evoke a sense of wanderlust of comfortable dislocation and a sort of longed for isolation It’s rare to find a novel that marries the post punk gothic influences of my youth to the sun drenched Oaxacan daydream of my current existence Chloe Aridjis someone skilled i

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