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Beautyland: A Novel di Marie-Helene Bertino
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Beautyland: A Novel (edizione 2024)

di Marie-Helene Bertino (Autore)

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A Must-Read: Nylon, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, BookRiot, The Christian Science Monitor, Our Culture, The Saturday Evening Post "A monumental accomplishment, a shimmering masterpiece from an author with talent to spare." --Michael Schaub, The Boston Globe From the acclaimed author of Parakeet, Marie-Helene Bertino's Beautyland is a wise, tender novel about a woman who doesn't feel at home on Earth. At the moment when Voyager 1 is launched into space carrying its famous golden record, a baby of unusual perception is born to a single mother in Philadelphia. Adina Giorno is tiny and jaundiced, but she reaches for warmth and light. As a child, she recognizes that she is different: She possesses knowledge of a faraway planet. The arrival of a fax machine enables her to contact her extraterrestrial relatives, beings who have sent her to report on the oddities of Earthlings. For years, as she moves through the world and makes a life for herself among humans, she dispatches transmissions on the terrors and surprising joys of their existence. Then, at a precarious moment, a beloved friend urges Adina to share her messages with the world. Is there a chance she is not alone? Marie-Helene Bertino's Beautyland is a novel of startling originality about the fragility and resilience of life on our Earth and in our universe. It is a remarkable evocation of the feeling of being in exile at home, and it introduces a gentle, unforgettable alien for our times.… (altro)
Utente:dianeham
Titolo:Beautyland: A Novel
Autori:Marie-Helene Bertino (Autore)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2024), 337 pages
Collezioni:2024 Read, eBooks & audio (owned)
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This book was exquisite and I cannot recommend it highly enough ( )
  krtierney | Jul 5, 2024 |
Quirky, original, thoughtful, touching, endearing, humorous, pensive, insightful... Beautyland is the unexpected. It took me a little while to find the rhythm of this book, but once I did, I was hooked. A review in the NYT led me to reading it, but imagine my surprise when Philadelphia appeared as a leading setting for the 4th time in the last 10 days of books I've read.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/07/books/review/beautyland-marie-helene-bertino.... ( )
  bookczuk | Jun 24, 2024 |
DNF @ 57pages
“Human beings don’t like when other human beings seem happy.”

Well this book doesn’t want you to be happy either.
Whilst it has some great observations, having a very detached alien main character lessened the impact of those dry observations of human behaviour.
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
Stranger than Stranger in a Strange Land. I'm not sure what I just read but, whatever it was, I'm giving it five stars. ( )
  wandaly | May 31, 2024 |
This was a very interesting book. Adina was born in 1977 and grows up believing that she is an alien sent to Earth to report back to her home planet. Bertino uses this plot device to allow Adina to make wonderful observations about humans. She is "activated" into her existence as an alien at age 4 and grows up with a single mother and experiences life as any female human but with the twist that she is an alien. Bertino presents her an an alien and as the years pass Adina's behavior is odd but fits with her belief about her being an alien. The book has the humor of observations made about humans that really do point to the absurdities of our existence. Adina does make some connections with a friend, her mother, and her beloved 5 pound dog but in the end the book left me with a good insight into how we can look at the world once we strip away all of the things we have created such as culture, class etc that at their best are arbitrary and would appear so to a visitor from another planet. I would suggest giving this book a chance and go with it. A very worthwhile read and I may read her earlier works. ( )
  nivramkoorb | May 12, 2024 |
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A Must-Read: Nylon, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, BookRiot, The Christian Science Monitor, Our Culture, The Saturday Evening Post "A monumental accomplishment, a shimmering masterpiece from an author with talent to spare." --Michael Schaub, The Boston Globe From the acclaimed author of Parakeet, Marie-Helene Bertino's Beautyland is a wise, tender novel about a woman who doesn't feel at home on Earth. At the moment when Voyager 1 is launched into space carrying its famous golden record, a baby of unusual perception is born to a single mother in Philadelphia. Adina Giorno is tiny and jaundiced, but she reaches for warmth and light. As a child, she recognizes that she is different: She possesses knowledge of a faraway planet. The arrival of a fax machine enables her to contact her extraterrestrial relatives, beings who have sent her to report on the oddities of Earthlings. For years, as she moves through the world and makes a life for herself among humans, she dispatches transmissions on the terrors and surprising joys of their existence. Then, at a precarious moment, a beloved friend urges Adina to share her messages with the world. Is there a chance she is not alone? Marie-Helene Bertino's Beautyland is a novel of startling originality about the fragility and resilience of life on our Earth and in our universe. It is a remarkable evocation of the feeling of being in exile at home, and it introduces a gentle, unforgettable alien for our times.

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