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Publisher's Summary

The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece.

Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S. M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery, Macabéa is inwardly free. She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be.

Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator - edge of despair to edge of despair - and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love, and the art of fiction. In her last book, she takes us close to the true mystery of life and leave us deep in Lispector territory indeed.

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  • Jacob
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 02-20-18

Excellent Audiobook

Stimulating audiobook of a dense, introspective, and often funny novel. Features crystal clear and well-paced narration.

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Great reading

The narration is wonderfully done. The story itself pulled me in immediately and I listened straight through. I "almost" understood this poor girl.

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So awesome

This is book is fantastic and the fact the poet Melissa Broder is narrating just makes it even more awesome. Yes!

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Amazing Book. Great read!

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If you've never read Clarice Lispector, now is the time, because Melissa Broder's read of this book is incredible.

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Cool book about the complexity and uncertainty of life.

Sometimes this book is complex and insightful. Sometimes it is rhymic poetry. Somtimes it is interesting because of what it suggests.

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Melissa Broder Sounds Amazing!

Great narration of an incredible piece of literature from CLARICE LISPECTOR. Audiobook game on point. Get this. High repeat value.

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Great!

This was a really well done audiobook. The book is excellent and the narrating and and production quality are great!