Lost empress a novel sergio de la pava on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers from the acclaimed pen robert w bingham prize winning author of a naked singularity a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles. Lost empress is a long sprawling novel that defies any conventional sense of structure its a novel of ideas some of which intersect and some of which overlap but for the most part it reads like several separate narrative strands and holding the many characters in your head can be a challenge. Mr de la pavas new book lost empress is another overstuffed portmanteau half farce half serious social novel half compendium of meditations on everything from joni mitchells early albums to the superiority of footballs 4 3 defensive alignmentthats three halves but as with a naked singularity lost empress feels bigger than a single book. Filled with impossible triumphs and grave injustices lost empress is another brilliant hilarious and eccentric masterpiece from sergio de la pava a vibrant exultation of a novel populated by a cast of unforgettable characters immigrants exiles and outsiders who will have you rooting for them right up until the end. Sergio de la pavas lost empress begins with all the right things interesting plot smart dialogue and punning wordplay but sadly like a childs letting go of an untied balloon lost empress soon runs out of energy and falls lost empress is a pastiche that opens with entertaining verve and style author de la pava breaks many novel writing rules
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