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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty von Vendela…
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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (2015. Auflage)

von Vendela Vida (Autor)

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After being robbed of her wallet and passport while on a mysterious trip to Morocco, a woman feels a strange freedom of being stripped of her identity and soon begins pretending to be a well-known film star.
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Titel:The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
Autoren:Vendela Vida (Autor)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2015), Edition: 1st Edition, 224 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
Tags:north-africa, morocco, currently-reading

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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty von Vendela Vida

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I picked this up randomly at the library.....A quick, fairly light, but entertaining read about a woman stranded on her own in Morocco. Her ID and money is stolen and she ends up stuck and not knowing what to do - a series of unbelievable (but mildly entertaining) events happen that keep the story moving along. The odd writing "technique" used was disconcerting at first, but I eventually got used to it. Told entirely in 2nd person, "I" certainly got tired of reading "you". The end was abrupt and unfulfilling - it's like the author ran out of ridiculous scenarios so just .... stopped. Certainly not my favorite book. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
This book is built on the idea that your identity can be 'stolen' from you when cards/passport/etc are stolen. How can you prove who you are when your identity documents are stolen? Vida starts with this issue but then goes through a seemingly endless series of events in which the central character chooses a different identity or role. She pretends to be a mother, a wife, an actress, a press photographer, etc etc. The basic idea here is interesting, but I thought Vida took it much further than necessary, to the point where the exploration started to wear a bit thin. I felt the book was rescued, however, by Vida's clever characterisations and the way she describes interactions between people. Another interesting style factor is the second person perspective of the narration. I'm not sure why Vida uses it, and what it adds, but I suppose it's something to do with the theoretical basis of her identity exploration . . . which was lost on me. I think Vida is an intellectual at heart, and although I'm not intellectual at any level, her writing can be enjoyed at multiple levels, including mine. ( )
  oldblack | Aug 11, 2019 |
A woman goes to Morocco to escape and when her passport is stolen she learns how easily she can slip into other identities. Eventually she confronts a woman she knows and we learn what she is running from. ( )
  mojomomma | Feb 19, 2019 |
The title comes from a line in a Rumi poem. The theme of identity is central to this novel, and the author chooses some rather unorthodox ways of addressing it. First, the point of view is second person present tense. Vida handles it deftly, and it adds to the mystery of the unnamed protagonist. The "you" reveals the young woman's divided self, and the reader is drawn into the story more completely. This nameless heroine is a solitary American woman who has just flown to Casablanca from Miami. She's escaping trauma suffered back home. While checking in at a hotel, her backpack is stolen. Lost are her wallet and her passport. And so begins her tale with its many twists and turns. The author maintains a level of tension that is believable as Nameless continues to adopt different identities when the need arises. And the reader learns why it's so important for her to keep running. Entertaining and thought-provoking. ( )
  ucla70 | Jan 26, 2019 |
The premise of this book is any traveller's nightmare - arriving in a country and having all of your ID, money and credit cards stolen. Add in some Third World bureaucracy complications and you have a "what would you do?" situation. My answer would be: cry, call home, cry some more! Fortunately our heroine is much quicker on her feet and she has a stronger sense of self preservation. What ensues is a crazy adventure, where she can never let down her guard and must always be thinking of her next move. I did not find her particularly likable, nor would I have made many of her choices, but it did make for an interesting - if tense-read. The final outcome of this adventure is not resolved, but it could be a very cool movie! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
We may brayingly announce ourselves to the world and crave its notice, but we desire freedom from the self too, the freedom to be someone else or perhaps to be no one at all.
hinzugefügt von ozzer | bearbeitenNew York Times, PARUL SEHGAL (Jun 17, 2015)
 
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