Self

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Edgy, funny and devastating, Self is the fictional autobiography of a young writer at the heart of which is a startling twist. This extraordinary life meanders through a rich, complicated, bittersweet world. The discoveries of childhood give way to the thousand pangs of adolescence, culminating in the sudden shocking news of an accident abroad. And as adulthood begins, indecisively, boundaries are crossed between countries, languages and people . . .

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Title:Self
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571219766
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  • tee

    Er, it seems that I am one of the only people on goodreads that loved this book. And love it I did. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed every aspect of it, from the fluidity of gender, to the beauty of ...

  • Xandra

    I can only assume that part of the reason this book has such a low rating is the horrified fans of Life of Pi, who, confused by Ang Lees pretty movie, remember that story as a cute fairytale about a k...

  • Kevan

    It is SO HARD FOR ME TO LIKE THIS BOOK. It's like somebody told Yann Martel: "You know what's really hot in contemporary lit right now? Poetry, transgender issues, and made-up memoirs. YOU should writ...

  • Kathleen Dixon

    I've just read through a number of other reviews on this book, and as one finds with almost every book ever read, the opinions are polarised.There were some things about this book I really enjoyed. I ...

  • Kim

    I'd read 'Life of Pi' a few years ago, so when this book came to me as a birthday gift I was excited to read another book by Yann Martel. It took me a few pages to get used to the writing style presen...

  • MJ Beauchamp

    I always enjoy Yann Martel's writing and appreciate his creativity and symbolism - that said, I feel Self is in a class of its own; intelligently awkward, boldly candid, and beautifully empathetic.As ...

  • Miss Adeo

    This is a great example of how amazing writing can carry an entire book. I tried to explain to a friend why I loved this book and why they should read it but literally I've no idea how to explain. Yan...

  • CynthiaA

    I am seriously at a loss about how to rate this book. I felt almost voyeuristic when reading this at times. I wanted to shake or comfort the main character frequently. There were parts that dragged a...

  • Graham Herrli

    Self has good characterization and fluid writing, but nothing to hold it all together. The descriptions are vibrant but not thought-provoking. I enjoyed the use of the novel as a format to adumbrate i...

  • Sebastien Swift

    It's almost unbelievable that this and Life of Pi were written by the same author.The tone of Self is so absurdly different from Pi's. It offers no conclusion to speak of, nor explanation, it is ragin...