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Lapvona
Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfeghs most exciting leap yet Little Marek, the abused and delusional son of the village shepherd, never knew his mother; his father told him she died in childbirth. One of lifes few consolations for Marek is his enduring bond with the blind village midwife, Ina, who suckled him as a baby, as she did so many of the villages children. Inas gifts extend beyond childcare: she possesses a unique ability to communicate with the natural world. Her gift often brings her the transmission of sacred knowledge on levels far beyond those available to other villagers, however religious they might be. For some people, Inas home in the woods outside of the village is a place to fear and to avoid, a godless place. Among their number is Father Barnabas, the town priest and lackey for the depraved lord and governor, Villiam, whose hilltop manor contains a secret embarrassment of riches. The peoples desperate need to believe that there are powers that be who have their best interests at heart is put to a cruel test by Villiam and the priest, especially in this year of record drought and famine. But when fate brings Marek into violent proximity to the lords family, new and occult forces upset the old order. By years end, the veil between blindness and sight, life and death, the natural world and the spirit world, civility and savagery, will prove to be very thin indeed.
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ImperfectCJ
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Pretty sure this is a typo. That little "e" makes a big difference.

vlwelser 😂 2w
Megabooks 🤣🤣 2w
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

I didn't get into this one as much as I have Moshfegh's other books. With this one, it feels like there's symbolism just outside my reach, and without the symbolism, I can't quite connect with the story. I do think there's something here about people working hard for the wrong things or getting away with not working at all, people ignoring truths that are inconvenient or painful to acknowledge, mistaking the profane for the divine and vice versa.

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KarenUK
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Mehso-so

I usually love this author but this one was just not for me. Unsurprisingly the writing is great, and the novel well structured….but I just didn‘t connect. The medieval setting, the truly awful characters, lots of religion, the endless icky details of human depravity. Just nope.

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vlwelser
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I don't know how to explain this. It's almost like the most gruesome fairy tale ever. But without the fairies. Or magic. And it's kind of a commentary on religion. And there's rape and incest and cannibalism and murder and other things you probably shouldn't do IRL. So you've been warned. It's really well written and I like the author. But it's mega dark. The um dead lamb on the cover might be a sign.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alfoster Yikes! It‘s hard to imagine all those in one book! But I‘ll definitely check it out!😱😝 1mo
vlwelser @Alfoster it's impressive. Because it's not that long. 1mo
JamieArc I mean, how can one resist after that review? 😂😂 1mo
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Megabooks Great review! I loved this! 1mo
batsy Haha! Nice review. 🐑 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Mostly cracking up because I'm reading your review and then look back up at the cover, which says the author also wrote “My Year of Rest & Relaxation“... contrast much?? 😂 1mo
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anniebannanie
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This just confirms I would never survive in Medieval times.

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keithlafo
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A deconstruction of faith, told through an almost misanthropic lens, coupled with a sour, biting wit. It‘s almost ridiculous, the story of what happens to Marek and Jude, but through that ridiculousness it‘s easy to see the mirror Moshfegh is holding up to our current day-and-age, warts and all.

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itsyvetperez
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WTF did I just read? 😳😂

“What about heaven, Ina? Don‘t you want to go?‘ ‘It doesn‘t matter,‘ she said. ‘I won‘t know anyone.”

- 4⭐️

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rachelsbrittain
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Hoping for some better reading this week after being in a bit of a slump the last couple weeks.

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AbstractMonica
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings about this one. Ultimately, a lord takes advantage of his villagers. Because of their piety, this becomes a classic case of the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. I loved the vivid imagery the author set throughout the entire novel. It was a fast read with many surprising turn of events. I very much disliked Lord Villiam. Halfway through, I kept envisioning Lord Farquaad whenever the perspective revolved around Villiam 😭

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AbstractMonica
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Started this one last night…

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Addison_Reads
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I feel uncomfortable admitting that I "liked" this book because it is hands down the grossest book I've ever read, and I read horror! ?

This author has a unique writing style and I always get drawn into her stories. The way the characters are written, the depravity, the use of religion and wealth, all made my skin crawl but I couldn't stop reading.

I'm already thinking about a reread in the future because I just can't get it out of my head.

BarbaraBB Intriguing! Moshfegh is such an awesome author. 2mo
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perfectlywinged
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The grossest Moshfegh book yet but I loved the medieval setting and how she structured this book!

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HatefulGrablin
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Definitely not for everyone, but I loved it. Each character was fascinating in their own way, even the ones on the periphery. I will definitely be reading this one again.

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sarahbarnes
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Moshfegh takes unlikeable characters to a new level in this story. Bleak, sometimes darkly funny but often horrifying, this book was a low pick for me due to Moshfegh‘s sheer writing talent, but wow, there is little to walk away with other than deep cynicism.

merelybookish Easy pass. 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish yes, I think you can safely skip it. It‘s too bad because I had been really looking forward to it. 2mo
Megabooks I think I‘m the only person who has loved it so far. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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sarahbarnes @Megabooks I didn‘t hate it, but didn‘t love it either. Death in her Hands is still my favorite book of hers that I‘ve read. 2mo
Megabooks My Year of Rest and Relaxation is mine. She‘s just such an interesting author!! 2mo
sarahbarnes @Megabooks agreed! She has true talent. 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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At the San Diego Museum of Art today, I saw this painting and said, "Lapvona!" Maybe I can make more progress on the book this weekend while I don't have classes to teach.

Blerdgal_Fenix It‘s the not today look for me 😂 2mo
Megabooks Wow! How cool! 2mo
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Lindy
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Mehso-so

Not recommended except for those readers with a strong stomach. Not sure what the message is… possibly humans are all depraved + religion is a farce. Moshfegh has strong writing skills & dark wit, so I‘m not giving this a pan, but be prepared for a horror fable celebrating the grotesque, & to wade through filth such as starving peasants who eat mud, excrement & human flesh while their insane feudal lord feasts on every delicacy.

sarahbarnes Yep. I just finished this one last night and feel similarly. I think it‘s a low pick for me because of her sheer writing prowess, but I agree with your sentiments. 2mo
TrishB Great review. Not top of my list then! 2mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes I wonder if I was expecting it all to add up into something meaningful… and I don‘t get the meaning … except perhaps existential despair. Does it fit more comfortably within/adjacent to the canon of Jewish literature, rather than Western novels? It‘s a bookclub pick for a local bookstore. I look forward to hearing what the other members have to say about it. 2mo
Lindy @TrishB Yeah, from what I know of your tastes, you can safely give this one a miss. 2mo
sarahbarnes It‘s a great question. I also expected some revelation at the end. Maybe it is just existential despair? Or the corruptible tendencies of us all? I‘d be interested to hear what your book club thinks. 2mo
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Lindy
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He sipped his ale delicately and grinned. He liked the flavour of ale. It tasted like his own sweat, like something rotten and private.

Prairiegirl_reading That‘s fairly gross 🤢 2mo
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading “Gross” is a one-word summation of the entire novel 😐 2mo
Reggie Lol, I don‘t know whether to read this one or not. I remember reading her other book Eileen and how the main character talks about enjoying popping the pimples on her exboyfriend‘s back. She can be really gross. 2mo
Lindy @Reggie It might work for you, the horror and the humour. Moshfegh certainly has a way with prose—it‘s mostly thanks to her writing that I didn‘t bail on this novel, despite all the gross content. 2mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Through a few seasons in the medieval village Lapvona, an unappreciated boy called Marek comes of age. He‘s not quite likable, but that‘s Moshfegh‘s way. She never disappoints with her sharp, concisely detailed storytelling and ability to create horrible, yet believable, very human characters. Is it historically accurate? I don‘t know and I don‘t care. It‘s fiction, y‘all. A tale of much depravity penned for our bizarre enjoyment.

Cinfhen Great review!! @Megabooks LOVED this one! So now that I have 2 hot reviews I‘ll be moving this up my TBR - thanks 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review, stacked 👍🏻 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts Thanks - hope y‘all enjoy!! 2mo
Megabooks I did in fact love this @Cinfhen ! I saw you bought it. Enjoy! 2mo
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bookish_wookish
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I blew through this book in two sittings! If you are squimish though this one isnt for you. The best way to explain this story is that it explores religion, insanity and greed and the fine line between them. Theres so much happening at once in this story and its all woven so well! I dont want to give a single thing away!

vivastory I read online there's a part where a character has to smoke out of a pipe that may have formerly been someone's forearm 😬 3mo
bookish_wookish Yes! But its how they got the forearm! 😉@vivastory 3mo
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bookish_wookish
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Ive really been looking foward to this one!

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Soubhiville
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Bailedbailed

Ok, I can‘t finish this one. Too much brutality and depravity for me, thanks. ALL the trigger warnings.

I was seriously disliking most of the characters, but hung on until about halfway. At that point I realized I didn‘t *have to finish.

Don‘t get me wrong- excellent writing. It‘s the subject matter I‘m turning away from.

I‘ll put the thing that finished it for me in the comments as a spoiler, if you‘re interested.

Soubhiville The rape from the man‘s point of view… the way his mind is twisting what he does into his perception of love and nature. There is so much before this that bothered me. But this one was it, enough. Found my limit. 3mo
jimfields3 Thanks for the warnings! I was looking at this just this evening, and now I‘m glad I put it down. 3mo
Megabooks Sorry it didn‘t work for you. ☹️☹️ 3mo
DivineDiana Yes, thank you for the warning! 3mo
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Floresj
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This book is really twisted. It‘s like a medieval Real Housewives season with cannibalism, lords, peasants, debauchery and “religion” that I simply could not stop myself from reading. I don‘t think I liked a single character and I‘m embarrassed that I was so entertained. I‘m game if anyone wants to play, “what was the most twisted part of the book?” Excellent satirical allegory of a novel.

vivastory This is an excellent review 👏 3mo
britt_brooke Very accurate review! 3mo
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Mitch
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Not loving this cover 🤨

julesG It's is rather unsettling/upsetting. Is it on purpose? 3mo
Mitch @julesG im assuming so - her books usually had a very dark and sinister side. I was gifted this recently and think I need to put it aside to a dark winter night. (edited) 3mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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There aren‘t many things that make me happier than a new Ottessa Moshfegh novel. 🤩

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Megabooks
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Wow! Each of her books are so distinct from each other and from what anyone else (I‘ve read) is doing right now. 5⭐️ contender for best of the year!

Welcome to Lapvona, a medieval village with a loser lord that faces drought and famine in the chronicled year. The main MC is Marek, a disabled bastard son of a shepherd that unwittingly gets caught up in palace politics. I 💜 the blind 100 year old healer. These are characters I won‘t soon forget!

squirrelbrain Wow! That‘s some review… stacked! 3mo
Cinfhen Do u think this would work well in audio format?? 3mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I have read all of her other books on audio, and they have worked great, but Moshfegh herself narrates the audiobook, and you know how I feel about authors narrating their own fiction. #RunOnSentence! 🤣 anyway, I couldn‘t preview it, so I preordered the print instead of audio. Her stories generally lend themselves well to audio, though. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ll give it a try on audio, thanks♥️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Medieval? I‘m thinking immediately of this one, that you loved and I didn‘t 3mo
sarahbarnes This just came in for me at the library! Can‘t wait to read it. Great review! 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB you may hate me, but I‘m not sure Matrix was a good book to read in translation because so much of it was about showcasing Groff‘s writing style. Matrix had very little plot. Lapvona definitely has more plot and has that special weirdness that Moshfegh brings to a book. Everyone in her world is slightly askew. Both are excellent but I saw a lot of differences. I‘m not sure if you will, but I know you and I both dig weird so maybe?? 3mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes enjoy!! 👍🏻👍🏻💜 3mo
BarbaraBB You can surely be right about the translation (which I almost never do so, why did I just that time?) and I definitely will read this one! 😘 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m putting the Kawakami short story in the mail to you next time I go to the post office. 💜 I think you‘ll love it! it is small and will fit in a greeting card, but I‘ll have to see about an additional stamp or two. Anyway, expect that at some point in July. 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB That is so kind, thank you so much!! 😘😘 3mo
britt_brooke I have this in print and on audio, but haven‘t started it yet. Maybe this weekend! I love her books, and your review has me even more excited to get to it. 3mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke I almost tagged you because I remember you liking some of her other books. I hope you enjoy this! It is very different than anything else she‘s done to date. 👍🏻 3mo
vivastory I can't wait to read this one! So many wonderful new releases!! 3mo
Megabooks @vivastory I loved this one because it‘s just so different. She has a way with outcasts! 3mo
Centique I‘m so excited for this one! 3mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Splurged on some travel reading while I was out picking up some supplies. Hopefully these will help occupy me during the cross-country flight to which I am not looking forward to a destination I'm feeling grouchy about visiting.

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BookwormM
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#Netgalley #ARC #Lapvona

One word review - Woah

Reading in some ways as historical fiction and in others as an allegory for our modern life (this was written in the dark days of Covid) Moshfegh explores the ideas of religion, morality, government, power, control, the have and have nots and most of all the unquestioning obedience of a suppressed population.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/06/26/lapvona-by-ottessa-moshfegh/

BkClubCare I will add this but I will approach carefully! 3mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Seriously, folks, if you pick up Lapvona just because you enjoyed My Year Of Rest And Relaxation and you recognised Moshfegh‘s name, you‘re in for a rude shock. This is a guttural story about the most grim and grotesque aspects of human nature. Masterful and revolting. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/lapvona-ottessa-moshfegh/

BkClubCare Really?! Wow. 3mo
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Megabooks
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Look what arrived this afternoon!! #NewReleaseTuesday 🤩🐑

LeahBergen Ooo, can‘t wait for your review! 3mo
BarbaraBB You‘ve got it! Please read it immediately 🤣 I want to know what you think! 3mo
Megabooks @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘ve got to get through Tracy Flick and Harlem Shuffle first, but after that I‘m footloose and fancy free to choose another book! 3mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB it called to me this morning! I‘ve read about 100 pages and it is really good so far!!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB That is such good news!! 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB just finished…5⭐️!!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Really??? Wow. I‘m off looking for your review! 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘ll likely write it tomorrow and tag you! 😘😘 3mo
vivastory I'm waiting for my signed edition to arrive 🙌 3mo
Megabooks @vivastory lucky duck! Enjoy! I started the new Sager on audio tonight. I don‘t love Bernadette Dunn at the narrator, but the plot is enjoyable so far! 3mo
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vivastory
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I thought I was tired of livestream events, but I bought tickets for this as soon as I saw this tweet. Here's the link for purchase, if interested. Ticket includes a copy of the tagged book:
https://centerforfiction.org/event/ottessa-moshfegh-on-lapvona-with-special-gues...

Hooked_on_books Well that‘s an interesting combination. Should be a fun event! 3mo
batsy This sounds fabulous! 3mo
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Kerry_Am
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Lapvona interrogates many things; power, classism, corruption, blind faith, bad faith, survival under extreme duress, violence and victimhood, delusion and dishonesty, that we're born alone and will die alone and quite possibly everyone we've ever met is inexcusably and irreparably terrible in ways we'll never begin to comprehend. It's kind of like a comedy of errors, only depressing and unflinchingly grotesque. In short, it is unbelievably good.