Feb 18, 2020
Life Form
Posted by Amélie Nothomb

One morning, Nothomb receives a letter from one of her readers, an American soldier called Melvin Mapple, who is fighting in Iraq Horrified by the endless violence around him, he takes comfort in over eating Over eating until his fat starts to suffocate him and he can barely fit into his XXXXL clothes Disgusted with himself, but unable to control his eating, he takes hiOne morning, Nothomb receives a letter from one of her readers, an American soldier called Melvin Mapple, who is fighting in Iraq Horrified by the endless violence around him, he takes comfort in over eating Over eating until his fat starts to suffocate him and he can barely fit into his XXXXL clothes Disgusted with himself, but unable to control his eating, he takes his mind off his ever growing bulk by naming it Scheherazade and pretending that he is not alone at night with his flesh Although initially repulsed, Nothomb is fascinated and begins exchanging letters in earnest with Mapple.

  • Title: Life Form
  • Author: Amélie Nothomb
  • ISBN: 9781609450885
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life Form One morning Nothomb receives a letter from one of her readers an American soldier called Melvin Mapple who is fighting in Iraq Horrified by the endless violence around him he takes comfort in over

    Ioana

    Y con el giro de la ltima p gina solamente me queda una nica duda cu l de los dos est m s loco Una forma de vida es una novela epistolar de autoria belga que cuenta la historia de un militar norteamericano que despu s de leer la obra completa hasta la fecha de la escritora Am lie Nothomb decide aventurarse y tomar contacto con ella a trav s de misivas


    Cristina Boncea

    Aceasta a fost prima carte scris de Amelie Nothomb pe care am citit o i am descoperit cu stupoare, abia la final, faptul c este vorba de o lucrare de fic iune Dat fiind faptul c Amelie ns i este protagonista sa iar relatarea are loc la persoana I, sub forma unui jurnal, nu mi am putut imagina c situa ia poate ie i din limitele normalului chiar n ultimele pagini n O form de via este vorba despre un schimb de scrisori ntre autoare i un soldat american din Bagdad care i se confeseaz n leg tur cu ob [...]


    Arelis Uribe

    Me gust mucho, mucho el libro Es una historia presentada de forma muy cl sica con su inicio, desarrollo, anagn risis y cierre pero con una idea que me parece original un soldado en Irak le escribe a Nothomb, cont ndole que la nueva secuela patol gica de esta guerra gringa no ser el estr s postraum tico como el que sufr a Rambo , sino la obesidad Hay soldados en el frente que comen hasta superar los doscientos kilos, porque no queda m s que hacer, porque sa es una forma de subvertir al r gimen Me [...]


    Simon

    Nothomb s books are often unconventional, yet this one still surprised me with its mixture of reality and fiction, the subject matter, the format, and the plot twists towards the end In the space of 170 pages, as well as telling an involving and moving story she manages to touch on issues of body image, written vs verbal communication, fame, writing itself, and much besides Impressive stuff.


    Andrew

    Two hundred pounds is already a huge person I m richer by one whole huge person now Since she came and joined me here, I ve been calling her Scheherazade It s not very kind to the real Scheherazade, who must have been a slender creature But I d rather identify her with one person and not two, and with a woman rather than a man, probably because I m heterosexual Besides, I like the idea of Scheherazade She speaks to me all night long She knows I can t make love any, so instead of doing it with me [...]


    NAMIK SOMEL

    Yazar, bu kez yine a rt c , farkl bir metinle km kar m za Irak ta sava an bir Amerikan askeriyle mektupla ma yk s d r okudu umuz Asker, Nortomb un b t n kitaplar n okumu tur, ba ar s z bir ressaml k ge mi i vard r Ordudaki bir ok asker gibi o da 170 kiloluk bir obezdir Mektupla ma ilerledik e konu iyice ilgin le ir ve yine a rt c bir son bizi bekler.Amelie Nortomb un okudu um en g zel roman Katilin Temizli i ydi Bu kitab da olduk a be endim Kitab n bir zelli i de d rt farkl kapak tasar m ile bas [...]


    Elisabetta

    Mi sono imbattuta in questo romanzo per caso.Era un po che avevo voglia di leggere un romanzo della Nothomb e ne ho scelto uno, cos , senza neanche leggere la trama.Avevo sentito dire che la Nothomb o la ami o la odi Sono sincera, io non l ho ancora capito.Certamente questo romanzo parla di una forma di vita che non sana, non attiva, ma quella di un obesoUn uomo che arriva ad un punto dove impossibile tornare indietro, perch il cibo la peggior droga che si pu trovare in commercio e oltretutto a [...]


    Iris

    A graphomaniac, Nothomb creates at least one novel per year while maintaining an immense correspondence She s known to respond personally to each letter she receives This novel dramatizes that practice Am lie shares her fictional letters to and from a melancholy US soldier in Iraq A Balti born soldier who has read all her novels An incisive insider critique of junk food mess halls A way into the vast problem of military health Check out an article in Slate about the appalling smorgasboard in mes [...]


    Francisco Silva

    Me gusta la forma de escribir o la traducci n de Amelie Nothomb, sin excesivas florituras, con una narrativa que traza lineas rectas y pese a ello no renuncia a la reflexi n.Y es que el libro en cuesti n se presta para ello, trat ndose de un breve intercambio de cartas entre la escritora y un soldado estadounidense enviado a Irak quien acusa estr s postraumatico de una forma distinta al que las pel culas, libros, etc nos tienen acostumbrado, que en su caso es comiendo en cantidades monstruosas y [...]


    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Life Form is a compelling and original book For a start, Nothomb herself is the narrator, a Belgium writer living in France who receives a fan letter from an American soldier stationed in Iraq At first, she gives a rote reply and is not too interested, but as the letters continue to come she gets caught up in the young man s story Melvin Mapple is grotesquely obese, and his over eating is a side effect of the shock and horror of war, and a protest against it I saw my first combat, with rocket fi [...]


    Lectrice Hérétique

    Youpi, le Nothomb 2010 est arriv Je ne sais pas pourquoi je persiste la lire chaque ann e Sans doute en souvenir de mes premiers mois nothombesques avec ses premiers romans, autobiographiques ou non Un r flexe auquel on ne pense pas.Mon attachement son uvre reste assez profond pour me pousser tenter le coup tous les ans, et cette fois, je trouve que le niveau remonte un chou a.Ce que je souhaite y trouver chaque fois y est Style, ma trise de la langue, vocabulaire soign , mais jamais p dant, hum [...]


    Sergsab

    Parec a que ya nada podr a sorprenderme de Nothomb Estuvimos juntos durante mucho tiempo Se apag la magia y cada uno sigui por su lado As que las esperanzas de esta nueva incursi n nothombiana era m s una obligaci n por deudas pendientes que por puro inter s Sorpresa, claro Cuando no esperas nada cualquier cosa es bienvenida Y en esta breve novela, son muchas las cosas que llegan para quedarse, para lavar la imagen desprestigiada de la Helena Bonham Carter de las letras.En esta ocasi n, la escri [...]


    Juan Almonacid

    Deseo existir para usted Es pretencioso No lo s Si lo es, lo siento Es lo m s aut ntico que puedo decirle deseo existir para usted Las personas son como pa ses Resulta maravilloso que haya tantos y que una perpetua deriva de los continentes propicie que se encuentren islas tan nuevas Pero si esa t ct nica de las placas lleva un territorio desconocido hasta tu orilla, la hostilidad aparece de inmediato S lo quedan dos soluciones la guerra o la diplomacia La lectura permite descubrir al otro conse [...]


    LittleThing

    Un livre qui change Beaucoup de confessions de la part de cette auteure que j appr cie Je suis arriv e la derni re page, j ai tourn et et la suite Je ne m attendais certes pas une fin de ce genre, mais je suppose que a fait partie du charme du livre


    Regina Limo

    Am lie Nothomb, la escritora belga, empieza a recibir cartas de Melvin Mapple, un soldado estadounidense de servicio en Irak Mapple le cuenta el padecimiento rutinario que vive por su enfermedad y la situaci n b lica ser el ltimo de los soldados de USA en regresar a casa El carteo se hace m s frecuente e ntimo, lo que lleva a Am lie a sentirse involucrada en la vida del soldado Al igual que en Estupor y temblores, nos encontramos en otra narraci n donde destacan el contraste de culturas y la fas [...]


    Emma

    Si je vous dis que le h ros de ce roman plus ou moins pistolaire personnifie sa graisse, l appelle Sch h razade et vit une relation vaguement amoureuse avec elle avec lui m me donc , a vous suffit pour passer votre chemin Tout le reste est l avenant, Une forme de vie n a vraiment ni queue ni t te, et je me suis ennuy e tout du long il se termine en queue de poisson, tr s brutalement, comme pas mal d Am lie Nothomb, mais cette fois, c tait plut t un soulagement.Deux toiles tout de m me parce que [...]


    Mel

    Este libro me dej la impresi n de ser una extensa respuesta de la autora a sus admiradores en la vida real, haci ndoles llegar todo aquello que no se anima a decirles personalmente.La historia en s misma comienza siendo una propuesta interesante, pero a medida que avanza pierde originalidad e impacto En mi opini n la novela fue resuelta en forma apresurada.


    Amante Libri

    Un racconto sull obesit , tema degno di approfondimento e interesse soprattutto per il fatto che l autrice soffr di anoressia in giovent , che non mi ha entusiasmata Non ha aggiunto niente a ci che gi sapevo, non ha suscitato in me alcun sentimento forte mi ha invece annoiata Una forma di vitaAm lie NothombTraduzione Monica CapuaniEditore VolandPag 116Voto 2,5 5


    Sonia

    qui cuoredinchiostro Am lie Nothomb un artista ultramoderna prende un idea, non necessariamente originalissima, le d forma con carta e inchiostro e ne ricava, solitamente, un opera particolare, che anche se non otterr il riconoscimento generale, riuscir in ogni modo a far parlare di s.Capita cos un po con tutti i suoi romanzi, e Una forma di vita non da meno.In sole 116 pagine la Nothomb capace di costruire una bella architettura, come se la lettura di quelle pagine potesse avvenire su piani div [...]


    Sonia

    This was a particularly unusual story to read I have been recently favouring translated fiction and so far it has been a bit of a hit and miss experience.The blurb was not appealing at all but I was still very intrigued It is not often I m faced with such a unique storyline This novella is a narrative by one Amelie Nothomb yes, the same name as the author with mostly exchanges of letters between her and a soldier stationed in Iraq We subsequently discover that this soldier, Melvin Mapple, has be [...]


    Jerome Parisse

    Amelie Nothomb, the prolific Belgian writer, is an interesting person Her always short, definitely out there, novels some of them novellas than novels revolve around a small number of common themes impossible love, eating disorders, obesity, Japan, and self introspection She writes in French, but many of her novels have been translated in several other languages Some of her books available in English include, Fear and Trembling, The Character of Rain, Tokyo Fianc e, The Life of Hunger, Sulfuric [...]


    Manon Clélia

    J ai ador ce livre J ai ador suivre les changes pistolaires entre Am lie Nothomb et un militaire d Irak La plume est encore tr s belle, et le livre addictif J ai trouv des m taphores tr s belles de la part de l homme j ai trouv a touchant et finalement pas si b te que a de consid rer ses d fauts je n aime pas ce terme, et je ne pense pas a des personnes rondes, je suis pareille _ , mais l , je n ai plus de mati re grise disposition pour trouver des synonymes xD comme une oeuvre d art, comme une [...]


    Phillio96

    Ein merkw rdiges Buch.Mich berfiel eines Tages die Lust, ein Am lie Nothomb Buch umgehend zu lesen Also kaufte ich mir So etwas wie ein Leben frz Une forme de vie , auch wenn mir der Klappentext am wenigsten zusagte.Es beginnt mit einem Briefwechsel zwischen der Autorin und einem US Soldaten im Krieg, in welchem es ber die krankhafte Fettleibigkeit des Soldaten geht, welche durch den Dienst an der Front ausgel st wurde.So gestalten sich ca die ersten 100 Seiten, in denen ab und zu packende berle [...]


    A.

    This is a strange little novella translated from the French The narrator is the author Amelie Nothomb I usually love this kind of thing, especially when Philip Roth did it in Operation Shylock, and I enjoyed Nothomb s take on playing with identity Nothomb, the fictional narrator, gets into a correspondence with an obese American soldier in Iraq The letters back and forth are fascinating, but sometimes Nothomb s commentary on what s happening is less than astute The criticisms of the war seem a b [...]


    John Pappas

    Richly symbolic and deeply allegorical, this quasi epistolary novel tells the tale of two inveterate fiction writers one, the author made character, Belgian writer Amelie Nothomb, and two, a depressed and increasingly obese correspondent whose tales of self loathing and self obliteration in occupied Iraq captivate Nothomb Both a political allegory and fascinating psychological drama, Nothomb s book is about both personal and cultural narcissism, the resulting lack of self knowledge, and using st [...]


    Deni

    est bien, me gusta que sea corta y se lea r pido, es muy placentero ese formato de novelita corta la historia est buena y se desarrolla en torno a una correspondencia que va tomando nuevos giros d ndole a la trama a n m s sustancia sin embargo, le falta algo m s, algo m s que simples giros y cierto dramatismo del yo que es precisamente lo nico que sostiene esta escritura la recomiendo no leer a otro libro de esta autora s.


    Isadora

    Am lie Nothomb proves once again that she is the master of originality with Une Forme de Vie She creates a fictitious Nothomb who one day receives a letter from an American soldier stationed in Iraq, Melvin Mapple Mapple reveals through his correspondence with the Belgian writer his unique way of repenting for the sins of a military man Could his twisted justifications be considered an art form


    Sylvia

    Como siempre, Nothomb me sorprende.Lo que empieza como una relaci n epistolar se vuelve de pronto una intriga de vida y cuerpo de hambre y sue o de ficci n y realidad Es esto una novela no lo s , poco importa porque la autora logra no no no, el se or Mapple logra envolvernos en su vida y en su peso Una forma de vida presenta un twist al final que lo deja a uno sin aliento.


    Leka

    A me, lei, generalmente, fa pensare Ma non in modo generale Nel modo e del mondo particolare che ogni libro.Nel canto fermo di alcuni temi che sono suoi, s innestano sempre voci e controvoci che portano abbastanza lontano O, almeno, che portano me piuttosto lontano.Un avventura del pensiero, quasi, oltre che ore in godibile compagnia.


    Pekisch

    no s si ha sido un mal comienzo pero el primer libro que leo de Amelie Nothomb me ha parecido infumable, y la culpa la tiene ella cu nto ego, cu nto narcisismo, cu nto le gusta escucharse y leersext, please



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