Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli is an evening cyclist; a literary tourist in Venice, searching for Joseph Brodsky’s tomb; an excavator of her own artifacts, unpacking from a move. In essays that are as companionable as they are ambitious, she uses the city to exercise a roving, meandering intelligence, seeking out the questions embedded in our human landscapes.
Review by Rose Thornton:
This is a very subtle, yet powerful, book. Luiselli is an excellent writer who is able to incite deep thinking while using few words. One example is when she is describing her bare windows in an dilapidated apartment: “The fact that you see yourself mirrored in the windows at night and almost never see the outside world is most probably an architectural strategy for creating an illusion of privacy in a city where the view is a constant invitation to peek into other lives.” She has an intriguing philosophical view of the details right around her in daily life, and she grounds her views within the boundaries of good common sense. Sidewalks is definitely a good read for the anyone who enjoys a challenge to mediocrity.
Thanks for visiting, Rose, Julie, Donna, & Rochelle
Length: 120 Pages