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#581086 in Books Francesca Lia Block 1999-10-06 1999-10-06Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 7.13 x .44 x 5.00l, .35 #File Name: 0064408329137 pagesThe Hanged Man | File size: 31.Mb Francesca Lia Block : The Hanged Man before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Hanged Man: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Very short readBy Mark TwainEnjoyed the poetic prose, just wish it was longer. It only took a few hours to read.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Excellent book for teens and adultsBy Craft MavernOne of the authors best books. Poetic and beautiful . lyrical and hopeful . Simple and complex at the same time2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. young adult's are ghostsBy Xiaothough i was somewhat sceptical about reading this book when i found out it was classified as a young adult novel, i loved the cover so much i bought it. what is more interesting and prevalent i found than the fact it's a story of a teenager girl who's been abused, is more of the haunted sense of the life she now lives in the sleepy, priviliged and depraved climate
of L.A. written in a style very evocative and insightful despite its minimalist tendencies. its so short and beautiful a book that, if i was still a teenager , i might say reading it was almost like an afternoon reverie. now i head to the bathroom without speaking and stay in there for way too long and come out singing 'Happy' by keith richards. After the death of her father, Laurel is haunted by a legacy of family secrets, hidden shame, and shattered glass. Immersing herself in the heady rhythms of a city that is like something wild, caged, and pacing, Laurel tries to lose herself. But when she runs away from the past, she discovers a passion so powerful, it brings her roundabout and faceto-face with the demons she wants to avoid.In a stunning departure from her enormously popular Weetzie Bat books, Francesca Lia Block weaves a darkly exhilarating tale of shattered passions and family secrets. .com Francesca Lia Block explores love in The Hanged Man, a novel that is not part of the Weetzie Bat series even though it shares the same Los Angeles backdrop. It's the story of 17-year-old Laurel, who lives just below the famous Hollywood sign. Her mind twisted and scarred from painful childhood experiences, Laurel becomes an addict and is driven toward reckless passions and empty mirages of "love." Only when she finds the strength to confront her inner demons is she able to reach out and feel a strong, true love for others, and herself.From Publishers Weekly"Block's novel is structured upon the conventions of a tarot reading, adding another layer of meaning and mystery to the hypnotic prose," said PW's starred review of this tale of a girl grappling with her abusive father's death. "Disturbing but ultimately exhilarating." Ages 12-up. (Oct.) r Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.From School Library JournalGrade 10 Up-Laurel, who was named for the canyon, doesn't eat. Her father has just died of cancer; now her mother cooks and cleans in a frenzy and moths follow her (the spirit of her husband, like in One Hundred Years of Solitude). Laurel thinks of herself as the Hanged Man, the tarot symbol meaning "Renunciation. Selfdeprivation. Suspended in illusion...Self-poisoning. Also, resurrection." She is punishing herself for the incestual relationship she had with her father, and for loving him in spite of it. She smokes to lose flesh. She wants to change, to be pure and free "like some fairy thing." At the same time, she wants to have a woman's body and wishes her period would come back. Her lover, Jack, and her friend, Claudia, try to help her-the three of them even sleep together-but in the end it's she who resurrects herself, and her mother who shares the flood of her pain. Her period returns, and she is seized with the desire to paint and to live. Block's prose moves like a heroin trip through the smog and wet heat, heavy flowers, and velvet grunge of Hollywood. Readers will see themselves in Laurel's dreams and be excited by the strange, yet familiar possibilities there; and they'll want fiercely, like her, to create, to dance on the beach, to have visions, to make love, and to love themselves for who they are. This is serious life Block is writing about-it's raw, hellish, heavenly, and real.Vanessa Elder, School Library JournalCopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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