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Lucinella

by Lore Segal

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Aims for lightheartedness but is simply too precious. ( )
  giovannigf | Apr 20, 2014 |
1976. I loved this book. It is about a group of writers, mostly poets, who move between Yaddo and New York and circle each other desperate for praise and recognition from each other. They are insecure and arrogant and snarky and empathetic in turns, and they puff themselves up for continual rounds of dinners and cocktail parties and symposiums on writing. The writing is detailed and precise, poetic, realist, but sometimes mythic or magical too. Lucinella has an affair with the God, Zeus after chatting with his wife Hera about all his affairs previous and what she did to the parties involved. So far I have read two of Segal's books and I am enchanted with her wit, her idiosyncratic details, her empathy, humanity and foibles. ( )
  kylekatz | Jan 9, 2014 |
I picked up this novella because I loved two of Lore Segal's books that I read years ago, "Other People's Houses" and "Her First American," although I was less impressed by her recent collection of stories, "Shakespeare's Kitchen." " Lucinella" is completely unlike all of these. Loosely about a group of poets in the 1970s, it has very poetic language and is very funny in places and moving in others, but although it seems to be "realistic," it actually includes people and events that are magical. If I had to say what it was "about," I would say creativity, professional and personal jealousy and competitiveness, and love. I enjoyed it, I guess, and it is said to be a "cult classic," but I was really left scratching my head.
  rebeccanyc | Apr 20, 2010 |
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