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Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

By James Frey

Probably the most celebrated and arguable authors in the USA can provide his first novel--a sweeping chronicle of up to date la that's daring, exhilarating, and completely original.

Dozens of characters go around the reader's sight lines--some by no means to be visible again--but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's misplaced souls and captures the dramatic narrative in their lives: a vivid, formidable younger Mexican-American girl who permits her destiny to be undone via a second of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie superstar whose ardour for the not possible item of his affection approximately destroys him; a pair, either nineteen years previous, who flee their suffocating fatherland and fight to outlive at the fringes of the good urban; and an getting older Venice seashore alcoholic whose existence is grew to become the other way up while a meth-addled teenage lady indicates up half-dead outdoors the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly robust novel there's the relentless drumbeat of the hundreds of thousands of different tales that, taken as an entire, describe a urban, a tradition, and an age. a stunning travel de strength, Bright glossy Morning illuminates the fun, horrors, and unforeseen fortunes of existence and dying in l. a..

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Ter vindo a Manaus foi meu último impulso aventureiro; decidi fixar-me nessa cidade porque, ao ver de longe a cúpula do teatro, recordei-me de uma mesquita que jamais 74 75 tinha visto, mas que constava nas histórias dos livros da infância e na descrição de um hadji da minha terra. Muito antes do desaparecimento de Emir soube que me casaria com Emilie; os levantinos da cidade eram numerosos e quase todos habitavam no mesmo bairro, próximo ao porto. A beira de um rio ou a orla marítima os aproximam, e em qualquer lugar do mundo as águas que eles vêem ou pisam são também as águas do Mediterrâneo.

Mas o curioso é que ele sempre deixava uma ponta de incerteza ou descrédito no que contava, sem nunca perder a entonação e o fervor dos que contam com 78 79 convicção. Os fatos e incidentes ocorridos na família de Emilie e na vida da cidade também participavam das versões confidenciadas por teu pai aos visitantes solitários da Parisiense. O que me fez pensar nisso foi a coincidência entre certas passagens da vida de outras pessoas, que mescladas a textos orientais ele incorporava à sua própria vida.

Em Manaus, um sempre fazia companhia ao outro nas idas ao cemitério e à igreja. Nunca me perguntaram se eu era religioso, mas talvez condenassem secretamente este estrangeiro que vivia no mato entre os índios, que nunca entrara numa igreja, e no entanto podia rezar uma Ave-Maria em nhengatu. Emilie e o marido praticavam a religião com fervor. Antes do casamento haviam feito um pacto para respeitar a religião do outro, cabendo aos filhos optarem por uma das duas ou por nenhuma. — Basta olhar para o templo que abriga os fiéis de cada religião para se ter uma idéia de como uma difere da outra — disse teu pai, ao explicar a árvore genealógica da família do Profeta, numa das nossas conversas de fim de tarde na Parisiense.

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