Gordon Lish / Dec 15, 2019

Peru A newsflash triggers an odd confession from a middle aged man living in Manhattan He recalls how he committed an act of lethal violence as a child Everything is recounted in microscopic sensory detai

  • Title: Peru
  • Author: Gordon Lish
  • ISBN: 9780684187648
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • A newsflash triggers an odd confession from a middle aged man living in Manhattan He recalls how he committed an act of lethal violence as a child Everything is recounted in microscopic, sensory detail Yet did it really happen or are words not the point

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    About "Gordon Lish"

      • Gordon Lish

        Gordon Jay Lish is an American writer As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Richard Ford.


    1. I never wanted to be the one who I am.A man cannot go to sleep. He has seen something on television. She says he will have to wait until morning when someone else will be there. Six hours. There were men on a rooftop and they are fighting to the death, living to the death. They are the prisoners or did they become the guards. He didn't understand until now what it was when he was six years old and he murdered the other boy in the sandbox. He couldn't see his own face. What was that on the televi [...]

    2. msarki.tumblr/post/6738395wool·gath·er 
intr.v. wool·gath·ered, wool·gath·er·ing, wool·gath·ers 
To engage in fanciful daydreaming.

pg. 28 Steven Adinoff was just woolgathering and then caught himself at it

Was the boy who Gordon killed, Steven Adinoff, just dreaming when he got it?

In the very first paragraph Gordon Lish tells us every character he intends on showing us. The boy he killed in the sandbox Steven Adinoff, Gordon's neighbor Andy Lieblich and his nanny, t [...]

    3. Peru: difficult, perhaps "disturbing," probably destined to be misunderstood but its formal complexity makes it compelling. I wrote at length about this book for 3:AM Magazine, here.

    4. Super good and menacing (like Dear Mr. Capote) but this one has a weird coming of age kind of slant as well.

    5. From an author with such an eminent reputation and who was such an influential editor, Lish's Peru is a flimsy, shallow book.A rambling kind of monologue, Peru is told as a fifty-year-old man's recollection of his murder of a child that he committed as a child. Other than that sensationalism of one six-year-old killing another, there is nothing else here except for a half-hearted attempt at style.If nothing else, this novel shows that not everyone who can edit can write. One can see here why Lis [...]

    6. Here Lish is a fantastic postmodern master. His writing style is exquisite. On top of that, he knows how to tell a story. This is a great exploration of guilt and responsibility, the identification and ownership of feelings, and coping.The story intertwines three events revolving around one character. One foundational (his killing a child as a child), one sentimental (his preparations dropping his own child off for camp), and the last mundane (watching the news of a violent jailbreak in Peru). I [...]

    7. My first Lish book and boy do I wonder what I was waiting for in not getting to this guy before now. This kind of writing is exactly what pushes all the right literary buttons for me: edgy, brilliantly inventive and virtuosic, witty/amusing, moderately avant garde techniques (as in time shifts, and plot fragmention). Reminds me somewhat of other favorites of mine: Beckett, Thomas Bernhard and Stephen Dixon. Will probably read Zimzum next.

    8. Perú se publicó originalmente en Estados Unidos 1986. En 2009, la Editorial Periférica lo publica en España con traducción de Isabel Centeno.El libro viene avalado por personalidades como Harold Bloom o DeLillo. A mí me ha gustado bastante poco.A los seis años un niño americano, pobre, mientras juega en un cajón de arena con un amigo de buena familia y otro niño al que conoce por vez primera, acabará matando a este último. No sabremos ni al principio ni al final si había premeditaci [...]

    9. The narrator of 'Peru' (1986) tells the reader a confused mixture of two stories; one of his murder of a playmate at the age of six, and the other of an accidental injury he sustained aged fifty at the hands of a clumsy taxi driver from Peru, leaving him brain damaged (it is implied). His attitude to his juvenile crime is cold, peripheral and without compunction. He is more interested in the smells and sights that caught his eye that day than he is in the motives or consequences of his part in t [...]

    10. Though it's a short novel, I found it hard to get to the end. I certainly wanted to get to the end. I thought of little else while reading this book. So much so that it became a distraction, a further obstacle (apart from the text itself) preventing me from putting this one down as black and white and read all over. I did finish it and I was satisfied when I closed it and sealed it up on my bookshelf. It left its thumbprint on me which I've not ever been able to shrug off. (I haven't tried all t [...]

    11. This would have been better if it was half as long, but the last 50 pages or so were pretty good so maybe it was all worth it, I don't know

    12. Reminded me of Thomas Bernhard, how the story and language is so barren that it circles around itself until it strangles you, but in a good way.

    13. Pretty unique writing style; grammatical structures I have never seen before. Sentences sometimes look like they are constructed from several parts; each one is grammatically correct in itself, but together it looks odd; like those parts overlap each other. There are also repetitions of same words within a sentence; almost like an echolalia. Here are a couple of examples:We just didn't have a dog, and this is all that I can say I really know about it, this is all that I can say that I really kno [...]

    14. Si hubo un buen momento para declarar la muerte de la novela fue sin duda el día en que se inauguró la posmodernidad. Muerte entendida no como el fin trágico de un género, sino en el sentido de que en algún punto del desarrollo de la literatura el lenguaje y no la historia tomó el papel principal de las narrativas. En no pocos casos, casi todos ellos desafortunados, la sola idea de novela se volvió un pretexto para el artificio, como si los escritores se hubieran dado cuenta de que no bas [...]

    15. “Don’t you remember when you were six?I remember.”A mesmerizing, endlessly recursive account of a childhood memory involving a possibly lethal incident whilst playing in a sandbox. A glimpsed news item on television concerning an enigmatic rooftop prison fight in Peru serves as a madeleine for the fifty-year-old narrator who obsessively recalls sights, sounds, smells, and above all thoughts and feelings from when he was a child. But the recall is very specific – “What I remember is the [...]

    16. This is the obsessive, circling internal monologue of a 54-year-old protagonist (“Gordon Lish”) who at the age of six murdered a playmate in a sandbox. The narrative consists of eight or ten focal themes and the associations they call up (confusedly) in the narrator’s mind. Here’s what Lish sounds like: She said that we were just temporary, that that was just how some people were, that they were just temporary people, and that you never knew why this was so, but that sometimes it was be [...]

    17. I enjoyed how Lish wrote this book with such a strong character voice. The rhythm and repetition clearly communicated the mental state of the narrator. I don't know how to feel about the irresolution at the novel's end. I would have enjoyed the slightest bit more help from Lish because I kept drifting away to question how the character, given what he confesses, could be in his present situation as a husband and father. Was the narrator never convicted? I know there is some question as to whether [...]

    18. An exceptional, powerful piece of writing that dissects the human tendency to exaggerate or invent a more exciting past for oneself, even at the expense of ones own public image.

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