The Butcher

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In this frank and vivid account of sexual awakening, a young woman spending her summer holiday in a seaside town is drawn towards an inevitable sexual encounter with the butcher she is working for.
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In this frank and vivid account of sexual awakening, a young woman spending her summer holiday in a seaside town is drawn towards an inevitable sexual encounter with the butcher she is working for.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The conjunction of sex and death takes on new meaning in The Butcher, a French novella that is by turns delicate and lewd, lyrical and wild, metaphysical and fleshy. Its nameless narrator, a frustrated painter and college art student, takes a summer job in a butcher's shop where, amid the hanging carcasses, her fat, bloodstained boss makes obscene advances that she finally accepts. He also fornicates in a freezer room with another female employee, while the narrator reaches cosmic crescendos with her boyfriend and with a pickup who leaves her in a ditch. This seductive hymn to the unrestrained power of eros is probably too rarefied a pt to achieve the bestsellerdom it garnered in France and England, where it was published without accompaniment. Here, it's joined by a second novella, Lucie's Long Voyage. Part ecological parable, part exquisite modern fairy tale, it features a woman who lives in a forest with a colossal bear that apparently gets her pregnant. Lucie produces a human baby, with whom she lives in an abandoned church; at a nearby library, she meets Ange Nardone, a writer on myth who tells her of his obsessive love decades ago for his capricious wife, Lusi. Nardone's researches into Mlusine, the serpent-woman of myth and folk literature, gradually suggest that Lucie/Mlusine/Lusi are variants of the eternal feminine principle, whose violation triggers a city's destruction. Reyes's astonishing imagery, fertile imagination and brisk tempo give this haunting tale a compelling urgency. (June)
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Includes the title story and Lucie's Long Voyage, both originally published separately by Methuen (UK). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099469742
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.37 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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