Thoughts by Édouard Louis, Brilliance Audio 2017, 4 hours 24 minutes
Translated by Michael Lucey, Narrated by Graham HalsteadChallenge: Tournament of Books 2018 Genre: Coming of Age, LGBTQ Type/Source: Audiobook / Audible Why I read this now: It’s only 4 and 1/2 hours long.
MOTIVATION for READING: I knew I could get it in by the end of January and have my monthly book reading stats LOOK GOOD.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Eddy is different. He knows it, everyone knows it. Though Eddy’s family does not understand nor support him, his mother and father *do* love him, in small not-overcoming ways. At times, there was a tenderness. Heartbreaking, really.
WHAT’s GOOD: It is startling and raw. I keep coming back to these two words.
What’s NOT so good: How about a warning that it is not shy about describing EVERYTHING. Not for the faint at heart.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I just feel that it was devoid of story. It is just a recounting of his childhood and all the ways he was demeaned by his family, his community, and himself; until he was able to escape. So it has a hopeful ending, which is nice.
RATING: Three slices of pie. No pie mentioned.