Lot construction etc LARVA will allow ou to rest and relax
peacefully upon the shiny glimmering surface of single words of single upon the shiny glimmering surface of single words of single of a single sentence upon a series of alliteration of puns of pranks of play which is what one does play when one desires to recuperate from the rigors of the day If Versailles you believe thatou have to figure out what is going on in LARVA I d suggest ou leave our high school engelisch teacher in his classroom go out to the monkey bars and just monkey around with those lovely lovely words For our relaxation and recuperation reuirement I provide The Greatest Piece of Music Ever Written The most pun drunk of the pun drunk novels A novel with a toxic volume of Joyce in its bloodstream laughing on its trip to the intensive care ward to have further puns pumped from its stomach A brutal attack on the conventions of reading its verso footnotes and later page endnotes perform the same warping as in Jacues Roubaud s Great Fire of London novels A feast for fans of multilingual punnage from heaven Simply sublime sublime sublime Simply Larva A Midsummer Night s Babel is A Midsummer Night s Dream Don Juan One Thousand and One Nights and The Revelation "of Saint John the Divine rolled into one But everything is written in Juli n R os matchlessly uniue "Saint John the Divine rolled into one But everything is written in Juli n R os matchlessly uniue of the macaronic puns word hybrids lexical concatenations burlesue uibbles outlandish eggcorns and enigmatic palindromesPerhaps she went out to clear her head And to shake herself free from the distorting refractions Still sleepwalking she dreamily droned her spell her abracodabraxas her talismantra her reincantation seeing herself and the others the other masks being distortured in the mirrors that nearly covered the walls and ceiling of that dizzying hallMilalias meaning A Thousand Monikers disguised as Don Juan and Babelle meaning Babel Beauty or the Whore of Babylon wearing the mask of Sleeping Beauty are the main partakers in the evil carnival of the estival solstice celebrationTo read the novel is tantamount to wriggling one s way in the jungle of words and tearing through the fireworks of crazy scenesOoh la la here comes Sinbad the Mooriner and she went back to launching her lance Simba SimbadRock and roll Rock the egg globe clinging to the outflung skirts of the gyrating Pompadour Rocambolesue rock ma rococotte the turbaned Moor rasped as he rock and rolled the white globe along Dance egg danceShilly shally that empty shell Spinbad the Pompadour jumped and pipe jabbed the balloon to keep it aloft Sambad Simbad And then she rubbed it belly to belly dynamic static and scrambled off faster still Ayay making a face Now don t ou rock and don t Rack Ruin you rollPluck the cloverAnd this flamboyant cosmic festivity is an apocalyptic masuerade and the last supper of gluttony and earthly delightsHey wait Don Juan rushing after Sleeping Beauty Every don has his dame who was resolutely sleepwalking toward the door through the crush of snaking masks murmuring her double half words Wait This one won t eat in or out Live and let dineManducemos et bibamos dissonated the monk in blackface with a chef s hat fiddling with his onion rosary Let s eat and drink as much as we can tomorrow s just another day Another day another diet Eat for tomorrowou ll be eaten A good bite and a good screamEver since the tale of Adam and Eve told in Genesis sexual relationships remain central in all arts. It revives a Hispanic tradition repressed for centuries by introducing the Madhatter English tradition of puns palindromes and acrostics by creating Joycean echoes and pushing language to its maximum connotative capacity Larva has been praised by such leading Spanish language writers as Carlos Fuentes Juan Goytisolo and Severo Sarduy and establishes Ríos as the most accomplished successor to Joyce.
It is all about punnage and nothing else The amount of wordplay is absolutely mind boggling and a lot of them are hilarious and this was just my first readingImagine what else will emerge if I pick it up again in 5 Espenlaub years time Plus it does help ifou know at least three languages a working grasp of films and of London It s not necessary but it helpsI know in the past I have lambasted the experimental novels in this list but this one is truly special and uniue In fact I couldn t put it down which is weird as I m uite a slow readerI guess I should really re read an Infinite Jest then About as coherent as an orgy this novel is a sensual overload of languages Bilingual puns and deviously constructed portmanteaus abound on every page like so many entangled limbs sweat and various other fragrant excretions In a nutshell this novel retells the Don Juan story recasted in London during the late 20th century and with the entirety of the action being a wild masuerade where our hero Milalias masked mostly as Don Juan endlessly seeks our heroine Babelle disguised usually as Sleeping Beauty through a torrent of deranged revelers impersonating a mad litany of literary figures real and fictional and every last one of them drunk on an excess of wordplay But conventional narrative flow is impeded by a left hand page of footnotes facing every right hand page of the story proper And ou ll need two bookmarks because many of these footnotes lead to a section of endnotes that elaborate on many of the sexual conuests of Milalias and Babelle But really all this synopsizing trivializes the experience of the book Larva is a tower of languages a bacchanal of zesty wordplay a dense construct that is bound by its own confounding rules and logic the kind of book that deserves an exhaustive companion text like The New Bloomsday Book or the Annotations to Finnegans Wake Will appeal only to readers perfectly game with the notion of trading comprehension for verbal ecstacy One final thought the fact that this book was translated so dazzlingly well is a goddamned marvel People should appreciate translators Yes I do wonder sometimes Why I #Do This To Myself UnreadaBABEL A Larva #this to myself UnreadaBABEL A Larva Midslumber Knot s Blather Most of what is probably useful to be said about Larva has been said by me in Poundemonium which is Book Two of Five Larva euals Book One Pound is good warm up "GROUND LARVA IS LARGER AND THEREFORE "Larva is larger and therefore But its set up is pretty much the same as that of Pound text in three places plus a map photos etc Brilliant Nabokov got a pale approach with his fire So this is what I don t get I get it that like me after a day s work etc etc a person is exhausted mentally and emotionally and physically and resigning the convenience of Television Said Person may want to pickup a book to relax And therefore naturally Said Person doesn t want to read something difficult but something composed of conventional sentences characters plot The thing I don t get is Why do ou want to go through all the work of following characters projecting ourself into their innerlives etc etc etc keeping the trail of a PLOT etc etc etc it seems like an awful lot of mental and emotional work when all Said Person wants to do is relax So what I m recommending Larva for is for those times when ou are so mentally and emotionally exhausted that ou have no energy for performing those things such as character and Uns and wordplay recalling Joyce's Finnegans Wake A mock scholarly commentary reveals the backgrounds of the masked revelers while Ríos's punning and allusive language shows that words too wear masks hiding an astonishing range of further meanings and implicationsLarva's tale a reassessment of the Don Juan myth in our time is told in single minded pursuit of double meanings but it is serious play. WellI definitely read this In a sense Somehow I find myself not
Wanting To Rate Itto rate it I m authentically ambivalent about the value of a project like this and maybe there are multiple contradictory right answers at once Still I feel like everyone fixating on the language here is a bit of a cop out because "YEAH THAT S A BIG PART OF IT BUT "that s a big part of it but s clearly to it than that only I didn t get it and I don t think ou did either honestly which is why How to Be Alone you have nothing to say about it and that s not necessarily a problem but it s a bit hard to evaluate It s definitely someth Big time textualityThis book is called LARVA Midsummer Night s Babel and it s by Julian Rios And boy is it weird The text itself is on right hand pages only with footnotes so to speak on the left hand pages The text and notes bounce around through several languages English Spanish Catalan French German Russian making crossborderal and crossreferencing puns to severely disrail what essentially is a Don Juan in London story I am not sure what the value or use of this is but why should I be Occasionally the sustained puns don t work when they lapse into essentially being crossword clues like the inexplicable noisy nun with a pot on her head which is a crossword clue in Catalan sor nun olla pot sorolla noise The joy of a book like this is spotting the linkages before they arrive whenou just know the author is going to pull a fast one out of the hat somehow like Kim Newman s shot down airship scene in The Bloody Red Baron where the reader is sure and is not to be disappointed that Newman is going to use the Lakehurst Hindenburg disaster footage Somewhere What else I hope to get from LARVA I cannot imagine The act of translating it from the original Spanish must have been terrifying in itself but there is a note saying that the original and translated forms speak roughly the same language How this was translated from Spanish must be a story as or even complicated as the book itself It took two other translators along with R os and than 6 Racial Theories In Context years If the puns alliterations anagrams and palindromes were originally in Spanish how the hell doou do it in English all over again This translation feat is up there with any of Finnegans Wake to another language Though the Wake is already in another language Read every single word in there and still have no clue what was going on A wild linguistic ride Reminiscent of Joyce with inventive puns and other wordplay overwhelming a story of a modern Don Juan in London Really there s not much story and with the footnotes and other distractions that s just fine It s a book that is about the path than the destination Enjoy it for its #Surface And Its Fantastic #and its fantastic of London To be honest ou cannot really read a book like Larva once It s got so many layers and hidden meanings that the first reading is almost superficial In essence if ou strip away the wordplay the side notes footnotes illustrations and pictures ou get a simple romance Man sees a woman fleetingly at a party and then spends the rest of the bash chasing her and spoiler alert he gets her and live happily ever afterNow in between that is a party of the most hedonistic proportions ever Sex drugs food fights puppets EVERYTHING is going on in the most crazy and insane fashion and it s all told through tons no millions of punsLarva is a book about how to make the most out of a word. First published in Spain in 1983 and proclaimed an instant postmodern classic without a doubt the most disturbingly original Spanish prose of the century Encyclopedia Britannica 1985 Book of the Year Larva is a rollicking account of a masuerade party in an abandoned mansion in London Milalias disguised as Don Juan searches for Babelle as Sleeping Beauty though a linguistic funhouse of polylingual