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Sea Monsters 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 in the painterly art of wordscapes and with such an internationally replete experience, deftly explores this odd combination. Chloe has written a novel that is quiet, charming, and familiar Because it described itself as pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees , I was expectingof 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 memories, running around with boys I knew my parents Chloe has written a novel that is quiet, charming, and familiar Because it described itself as pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees , I was expectingof 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 memories, running around with boys I knew my parents wouldn t approve of, doing things I knew the police wouldn t approve of, and yet still struggling with that feeling of being just this side of bored with it all Of long road trips with limited funds, of spending evenings on the beach listening to the waves crashing in, and of falling in love with every cute boy, or good looking guy, that crossed my path and made eye contact with me For a book that moves as slowly as this one, Sea Monsters is a suprisingly quick read one of my Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2019 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 SOne 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 Tom S, A Boy She Barely Knows He Seems To Represent Everything Her Life Is Lacking Recklessness, Impulse, IndependenceTom S May Also Help Luisa Fulfill 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 Mystery It Is A Quest 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 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 quick 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, contempor 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 quick 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 desire So, 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 3.5 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 inconsequential things that the narrator perceives in specific places in 1980s Mexico, creating a very strong sense of place thanks to her sublime language Some of the perceived haziness may be due to the fact that I re 3.5 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 inconsequential things that the narrator perceives in specific places in 1980s Mexico, creating a very strong sense of place thanks to her sublime language Some of the perceived haziness may be due to the fact that I read 70% of the novel during a flight, but it seems that many reviewers agree on the general sense of not knowing Go in for the atmosphere and the language, otherwise you might be disappointed I truly enjoyed immersing myself in this storyworld, but I would have appreciated a littledynamics I m still not sure what the novel is about, which I find, in this case, to be one of its merits Seventeen year old Luisa trades her safe middle class life for a quest 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 adventure.This 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 beautifully written novel It is hard to just sum up in a paragraph or two the Seventeen year old Luisa trades her safe middle class life for a quest 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 adventure.This 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 beautifully written novel It is hard to just sum up in a paragraph or two the vividness and profound prose in this book I cannot wait forby this author 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 des 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 Somewhere between 2.5 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 for something deep here, something mythically resonant all the Kyther Somewhere between 2.5 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 for something deep here, something mythically resonant all the Kythera Anti Kythera stuff, the Baudelaire, the father who s a classics professor , but hell if I know what it is it certainly never surfaces in this meandering, excessively loose narrative.A distinct disappointment after all the hype 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 Mexico, with a boy she barely knows What happens to her there, or what doesn t really happen, is not the point Aridjis is a deeply poetic writer This is a novel full of beautiful description, and astute observation of both people and the natural world Although many of 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 Mexico, with a boy she barely knows What happens to her there, or what doesn t really happen, is not the point Aridjis is a deeply poetic writer This is a novel full of beautiful description, and astute observation of both people and the natural world Although many of the things observed or analysed turn out to be nothing, this is the beauty of this novel It is about the pursuit of magic in this world, and just as the illusion of one trick dissolves, another appears before us In the end, if we find the magic in the moments we live, it doesn t matter how much of it is real or not I was entranced 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 mytholo 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 quality 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 poetQuelle 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 terreOn 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 quite 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 earthquake 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 quite 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


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.


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