The Story of My Teeth

The Story of My Teeth Praise for Valeria Luiselli Valeria Luiselli s lovely and eccentric first novel is peppered with arresting imagery The New York Times Luiselli s extraordinary debut novel Faces in the Crowd signals th

  • Title: The Story of My Teeth
  • Author: Valeria Luiselli Christina MacSweeney
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  • Praise for Valeria Luiselli Valeria Luiselli s lovely and eccentric first novel is peppered with arresting imagery The New York Times Luiselli s extraordinary debut novel Faces in the Crowd signals the arrival of major talent Jeremy Ellis, Brazos Bookstore With her first novel, Luiselli has established herself as a brilliant explorer of voice, self, and art.Praise for Valeria Luiselli Valeria Luiselli s lovely and eccentric first novel is peppered with arresting imagery The New York Times Luiselli s extraordinary debut novel Faces in the Crowd signals the arrival of major talent Jeremy Ellis, Brazos BookstoreWith her first novel, Luiselli has established herself as a brilliant explorer of voice, self, and art Josh Cook, Porter Square Books Luiselli s Faces in the Crowd is one of the most mesmerizing debut novels in recent memory Diesel Bookstore BlogValeria Luiselli s Faces in the Crowd won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum First Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation s 5 Under 35 and Indies Next Pick.I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz But I m grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Eur pides L pez S nchez, was given to saying, is character forming.Highway is a late in life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer His most precious possessions are the teeth of the notorious infamous like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli s own literary influences.Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney s.

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    1. s.p

      My luck was without equal, my life was a poem, and I was certain that one day, someone was going to write the beautiful tale of my dental autobiography.Literature has a unique role in the discussions of truth and ideas. When we tell a story we dress the themes and messages up in an elegant wardrobe of fiction and send them out to seduce the audience. Fiction and lying may seem like blood-relations, yet the major function of a lie is to deceive while fiction’s function is to illuminate. The sto [...]

    2. Mike Puma

      Suppose, if you can, or if you will, that after a night of revelry and telling each other stories (lies), César Aira and Enrique Vila-Matas somehow managed to conceive a child—a love child, if you will—a child who grew up as an amazingly gifted and surprising author whose stories about stories (a gift from EV-M’s Y chromosome) might take off on any and every tangent imaginable (a gift from CA’s Y chromosome)—imagine a child who grew up to be Valeria Luiselli.In The Story of My Teeth, [...]

    3. Lee

      Your typical one-star/five-star split so I'm sitting out the provision of stars for this one. Iridescent and irritating, admirable and abominable, loved it, hated it, made me want to read a thriller sans pics, chronology, fortune cookies, kitschy collectibles, literary reference. Never believed in Highway's existence even if disbelief was intentional. Interesting which writers get mentioned in books like these (a genre is forming -- someone's probably already written an essay and named it): Borg [...]

    4. Murat Dural

      Yılın ilk kitabına çevirilerini çok beğendiğim, birikimine çok güvendiğim Seda Ersavcı'nın önerisi ile başladım. Siren Yayınları tarafından basılan, Seda Ersavcı tarafından dilimize kazandırılan eser gerçekten içinde çok enteresan bir roman barındırıyor. Buna bir roman diyebilir miyiz? Hele o son sayfalara yaklaştıkça bizi yerden yere çarpan garip detaylar, alıntılar, fotoğraflar ve "sorulu & cevaplı" bölüm? Ustaca sokaklarda dolaştırıyor, mezatlara [...]

    5. Rae Meadows

      I think I was really taken with the title of this one, but I probably should have read more about it. It really wasn't for me. I found it mildy amusing at best and really just finished it to finish it. It fits into a tradition of Latin American surrealist/absurdist literature--and I like the story behind it of a collaboration with workers at a juice factory--but this ode to storytelling didn't do much for me. Calling it a novel is pushing it.

    6. ·Karen·

      My TeethMy teethAre younger than I amYet crumble awayInside my head.My eyes(My age)Grow dim.My feetAlthoughNo younger than IHave taken meA journeyTo mountain topsThrough forest gladesAlong seashoresUp stone stepsOver bridgesAnd no returnThe hips grate The knees creakBut the feetObliviousGo on.

    7. Antonomasia

      A novel's narrator introduces himself as 'charismatic': on the page, this would alert the reader to suspect a buffoon, and unreliability. From the voice of a professional audiobook reader, however, there is more doubt - the correlation between sound and assertion seems like a statement of believeable positive qualities, similar to what's found on a CV or job application. And when an author has created an opposite-sex narrator, does hearing the story from someone whose gender corresponds to the n [...]

    8. Mevsim Yenice

      Kitap oldukça güzel. Kısa ve öz fikrim bu. Ama söylemek istediğim o kadar çok şey var ki, kafam allak bullak. Kitap hakkında orada burada yazılanlara baktım da "Şenlikli bir oyun" denmiş hep, doğru da, kurgusu falan çok zekice, gel gelelim beni o kısmı etkilemedi. (Muhtemelen yine gariplik bende) Kitabın baş kahramanı Gustavo Sanchez Sanchez beni mahvetti. Neden mi? Bana bir kere daha şunu hatırlattı ki: Gerçek dediğimiz şey, "gösterge" ve "anlamdan" ibaret değil. Dur [...]

    9. Juan Guzman

      Pieces of text commissioned by an art gallery from giant industrial juice company Jumex, that should tell you something. The great authors of history never treated a novel as a custom-made product, but as an exploration of the human condition.I find the story of the genesis of this product (book) disturbing: so the original idea was to explore the relation between factory workers and their surroundings with the art gallery, Instead of that we get a postmodern exposition of writers that Luiselli [...]

    10. Paul Fulcher

      I’m the best auctioneer in the world, but no one knows it because I’m a discreet sort of man. My name is Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, though people call me Highway, I believe with affection. I can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums. I can interpret Chinese fortune cookies. I can stand an egg upright on a table, the way Christopher Columbus did in the famous anecdote. I know how to count to eight in Japanese: ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi. I can float on my back.This is the story [...]

    11. David Schaafsma

      My three/four star rating is on the fence. I think I don't know enough yet to really review it, so I confess I will have to investigate further. I need to hear more about her and from critics that know more about the situation she is writing about.I heard about this book from many Best of 2015 lists, and liked the concept of the book: The sort of fabulist tale of an auctioneer, Gustavo "Highway" Sanchez, who is actually an auctioneer of famous people's teeth. The text is part novel, part meditat [...]

    12. jeremy

      with faces in the crowd, it seemed rather evident that we'd only begun to see the depths of valeria luiselli's literary talents - given that the young mexican author is barely into her 30s. the story of my teeth (la historia de mis dientes), happily, is as imaginative and richly conceived a novel as her first. if vila-matas, aira, and borges (all of whom figure into the tale) had collaborated together on a book about a storytelling auctioneer with an affection for literature, we might have seen [...]

    13. Jenny (Reading Envy)

      I first learned of this book on the 2016 Tournament of Books Longlist. When I found it at the library, the description made me laugh, in fact all the back says is, "Some men have luck, some men have charisma. I've got both. I'm the best auction caller in the world, my name is Gustavo Sanchez Sanchez, and this is the story of my teeth."If that makes you laugh the rest of the book probably will too. Because of how the book was written, the entire thing feels rather meta and episodic. The author wr [...]

    14. Judy

      You could call this book experimental, or unclassifiable; you could call it a novel or a collection of vignettes. It is also a work of art in the paper form, is delightful, humorous, and distinctly literary. Though barely a novel in the usual sense, it does tell a story, evoke a place, and is definitely about teeth.I happen to like all of the above, though I've not had much attention on teeth in my lifetime. Come to think of it however, my mother had dentures from an early age and I do recall ma [...]

    15. Aoife Roberts

      Early in 2013 Valeria Luiselli was commissioned to write a work of fiction for the catalogue of ‘The Hunter and the Factory,’ an exhibition at the Jumex gallery, a prominent collection of contemporary art owned by the Grupo Jumex –a juice factory located in Ecatepec de Morelos, the industrial wasteland on the outskirts of Mexico city. The exhibit, and Luiselli’s commission, aimed to interrogate the links between the gallery and the factory, the artists and the workers, and the town itsel [...]

    16. jess

      this book has many fine features and I might describe it as a rollicking descent into absurdity. It didn't work for me though. It reminded me of that series about miss peregrines home for children - a story propelled by a method that is suited to a writing exercise, but better excused from efforts for full length novelization. There just wasn't enough substance to justify the fetishization of the process. And the process wasn't enough to justify the novel. So, meh.

    17. Joachim Stoop

      Crazy, strange, funny, clever, original, unique, fresh, delightfull. Between gasps of laughter and having to read certain phrases and passages two times thinking:' No, did she really write this?!' A small book to reread and make people happy by giving it as a present."Everyone knows that horses have no compassion, I told Alan Pauls. If a horse sees you standing in front of it, crying, it just chews its hay and blinks. You start crying harder, your eyes overflowing with tears and pain, and the ho [...]

    18. Bahar

      Müthiş bir anlatım, çılgın bir kurgu, cesur bir yazar. Çeviri de çok güzel. Uzun süredir böyle bir yazara rastlamamıştım (hem de 83 doğumlu, yaşasın), edebiyatın nelere gücünün yetebileceğini hatırlattı. Bu kitabı 2018'de bir daha okuyacağım.

    19. Simon Robs

      How could you not like this book? It has a little bit of everything touch and feel. Even the book itself, the artwork, the actual paper grade of substance. The story behind the story is just as delightful showing a collaborative spectacle of values collage period/place materiality. I'm reminded of a film admired "The Milagro Beanfield War" one of whose main character an elderly Mexican village faux sorcerer rings close to this book's protag. in thought/deed as he charms readers' imaginations lik [...]

    20. Lisa

      Weird title, weird story that I found weirdly hilarious. I kept trying to figure out what kind of humor this book was giving me. It's not American comedic humor we get from Steve Martin or Tina Fey, it's not British humour we get from P. G. Wodehouse, it's the kind of humor that these one liners make my torso twitch once with a slight 'ha'. I had to look up the author, Valeria Luiselli to figure out that this might be Mexican humor. This is a good one to listen to audio as the convincing voice o [...]

    21. Alice Lippart

      This was a strange book but definitely an interesting read. Really enjoyed the first half, but the second half went a bit over the edge for me. Liked the themes of storytelling and really enjoyed the main character, but this whole thing feels a bit like an experiment of sorts, one I'm not sure I really understand. It feels like it's trying, but it's not quite there.I will give this book one thing though, and it's that I've thought a lot about it since I finished it.

    22. Daniela

      Muy mala, malísima de veras.El recurso de usar nombres de escritores famosos es aburrido,infantil y muy poco original.La historia es tonta, parece de un principiante de taller literario inexperto y con poca imaginación.Lo lei porque un diario argentino reconocido hizo una critica excelente del libro, pero no entiendo que le vieron.Un desastre por donde se mire, un desperdicio.No lo recomiendo.No me interesa esta autora tan tonta.

    23. Renklikalem

      bazi hikayelerin gercek olup olmamasi onemli degildir. okuduktan sonra sizin neye inandiginiz, nasil olmasini duslediginiz kadardir bazi kitaplar. iste tam da oyle bir kitap dislerimin hikayesi. ben otoban’a ve onun hikayelerine inandim. cunku gordum ki kahramanimiz otoban da, yazar da muhtesem hikaye anlaticilar. kahramani niye ayirmiyorum da yazarla birlikte aniyorum peki? cunku ana kahramanimiz sanchez yani nami diger otoban o kadar gercek, o kadar ete kemige burunmus ki onu o karikaturize [...]

    24. Ronald Morton

      A note: this was not as good as Faces in the Crowd, but I feel this got considerably more notice and acclaim than that earlier book. If you read and enjoyed this, go check out Faces in the Crowd; and, if you're considering this, go check out Faces in the Crowd.That out of the way, this is an entertaining, funny read with a larger than life narrator whose tentative relationship with the truth slowly blurs the lines between story and storyteller. There's a nice shift towards the end of the book (b [...]

    25. Will

      "Several years later, while eating king prawns with his friend Sergio Pitol, in the town of Potrero in Veracruz State, Mr. Vila-Matas told Pitol about the episode with the tooth. However, in the middle of his story, a molar did in fact come loose, and fell into his plate of king prawns. Mr. Sergio Pitol, who is a man of great wisdom and mysticism, asked Vila-Matas to give him the molar, as he knew a shaman in the town who buried the teeth of the best men and women, and with them conducted a whit [...]

    26. Lisa

      The Story of My Teeth is a most unusual book. It’s very clever and very witty – but… I can’t say that I really enjoyed reading it.Valeria Luiselli is a rising star in Mexican literary circles and this novella is published by Granta. The blurbs praise her intellect and her mastery of prose. The book itself is a postmodern pastiche of styles which come together to explore the value of the things we buy and the way that celebrity attaches itself to consumer goods to inflate the price. All y [...]

    27. Elli (The Bibliophile)

      What an original and strange book! It is a genre-defying exploration of art-and very different from anything I've read so far in my life! The book is hard to describe, because there's the narrative aspect, the philosophical and cultural discussions, photos, and the book itself is beautiful as well. I love the collaborative aspect, and how even the translation into English changed the novel (obvious reasons aside, there's also a section focusing chronologically on events that took place during th [...]

    28. Elaine

      Behind on my reviews but would suggest reading the afterword and perhaps Christina McSweeney's Chronologic (immediately preceding the afterword) first. Otherwise, you may have, like me, the sense of reading a very clever and rather pleasant elaborate in-joke about modern art, literature and critical theory that is largely going over your head.

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