The end of Eddy / Édouard Louis ; translated from the French by Michael Lucey.

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    • Publication Information:
      First American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. "Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again. Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy." Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different -- "girlish," intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result -- a critical and popular triumph -- has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation."-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Translated from the French.
      First published in French as En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (Paris : Éditions du Seuil, 2014).
    • Other Titles:
      En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule. English
    • ISBN:
      9780374266653
      0374266654
    • Accession Number:
      2016041340
    • Accession Number:
      ocn957303158
      957303158
    • Accession Number:
      fay.527576
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LOUIS, É.; LUCEY, M. The end of Eddy. First American edition. [s. l.]: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. ISBN 9780374266653. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576. Acesso em: 11 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Louis É, Lucey M. The End of Eddy. First American edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576. Accessed July 11, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Louis É, Lucey M. The End of Eddy. First American edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2017. Accessed July 11, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576
    • APA:
      Louis, É., & Lucey, M. (2017). The end of Eddy (First American edition.). Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Louis, Édouard, and Michael Lucey. 2017. The End of Eddy. First American edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576.
    • Harvard:
      Louis, É. and Lucey, M. (2017) The end of Eddy. First American edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576 (Accessed: 11 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Louis, É & Lucey, M 2017, The end of Eddy, First American edition., Farrar, Straus and Giroux, viewed 11 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Louis, Édouard, and Michael Lucey. The End of Eddy. First American edition., Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Louis, Édouard, and Michael Lucey. The End of Eddy. First American edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Louis É, Lucey M. The end of Eddy [Internet]. First American edition. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 11]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.527576

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 March #1

*Starred Review* Desperate to change his effeminate image, French middle-school student Eddy adopts the mantra, "Today I'm gonna be a tough guy," like his sometimes-violent father. But how? To hide his gay mannerisms, he keeps his hands in his pockets and tries to deepen his high-pitched voice. He even tries dating girls, but to no effect. "My body," he thinks despairingly, "was always rebelling against me, reminding me what I really wanted." His only hope, he thinks, is to get away from his family and the small village in northern France where he lives. To go where "people wouldn't think of me as a faggot." But where can he go, and can flight truly change who he is? Translated into 20 languages and a huge hit in France, author Louis' unsparingly autobiographical novel is the story of a gay boy's attempts to come to terms with himself. Told in retrospect from the adult Eddy's perspective, the story is less a novel than a collection of linked vignettes. The first part of the book limns life in Eddy's stultifying village and offers intimate portraits of his working-class parents. The second part focuses on Eddy's coming-of-age and his emerging sexuality. Together, the two parts offer a seamless, universal portrait of the experience of growing up gay and gradually coming to accept oneself. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 April #1

Louis was born in a factory town in northern France with the name of his narrator, Eddy Bellegueule, a real tough guy's name (bellegueule means, roughly, "beautiful trap," with trap here meaning mouth). But anguished young Eddy is no tough guy, instead suffering constant bullying for his so-called fancy ways; even his parents call him pussy, the worst insult they could deliver. In a place where men are expected to be men and women and children can expect to be belted into submission, Eddy is the relentlessly targeted outsider disproving the adage that names can never hurt you and suffering real beatings besides. Fighting panic attacks, skirting his tormentors, trying to get it on with girls before "losing the battle between my desire to become a tough guy and the desire of my own body," Eddy finally finds a convincing and satisfying way to triumph, if imperfectly. VERDICT An autobiographical first novel that made Louis a star in France and an international sensation, this work is occasionally repetitious but ultimately deeply affecting. [See Prepub Alert, 12/1/16.]

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 March #1

In this excellent autobiographical novel, a middle school boy struggles to forge an identity in a French industrial town hostile in every way to his homosexuality. Beset on all sides by violent bullying, verbal ridicule, and a lack of familial support, Eddy Bellegueule has devoted himself, despite his high voice and effeminate mannerisms, to becoming a "tough guy" like his unemployed father. A series of heartbreaking setbacks occurs, including two failed relationships with women, which culminates with Eddy's mother discovering him in a compromising sexual situation. The story finally leads to a powerful farewell scene between Eddy and his father, a momentary demonstration of devotion inextricable from the years of pain that the man has caused the boy. Already translated into 20 languages, this concise novel adroitly captures the downstream effects of reactionary rural culture, heightened by the rise of hard-right ideology and the destabilization of the working class in contemporary Europe, granting its reader an extraordinary portrait of trauma and escape. Agent: Jacqueline Ko, the Wylie Agency. (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.