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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Jordy Rosenberg (Autor)

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"Set in the eighteenth century London underworld, this bawdy, genre-bending novel reimagines the life of thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard to tell a profound story about gender, love, and liberation. Recently jilted and increasingly unhinged, Dr. Voth throws himself into his work, obsessively researching the life of Jack Sheppard, a legendary eighteenth century thief. No one knows Jack's true story--his confessions have never been found. That is, until Dr. Voth discovers a mysterious stack of papers titled Confessions of the Fox. Dated 1724, the manuscript tells the story of an orphan named P. Sold into servitude at twelve, P struggles for years with her desire to live as "Jack." When P falls dizzyingly in love with Bess, a sex worker looking for freedom of her own, P begins to imagine a different life. Bess brings P into the London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with London's newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of an oncoming plague abound. At last, P becomes Jack Sheppard, one of the most notorious--and most wanted--thieves in history. An imaginative retelling of Brecht's Threepenny Opera, Confessions of the Fox blends high-spirited adventure, subversive history, and provocative wit to animate forgotten histories and the extraordinary characters hidden within. "Confessions of the Fox is a riotous and transporting novel. It's rich in the sound of another time, while thrillingly germane to our own. Jordy Rosenberg is a total original--part scamp, part genius--who has written a rollicking page-turner of a first novel. Hang on for the ride."--Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts "Hot damn! Jordy Rosenberg is one of the finest new talents I've seen in many years, and Confessions of the Fox is a startlingly good debut novel. The book is rich with fact and well-invented fiction, bubbling with ideas that surprise and satisfy."--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling"--… (més)
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Títol:Confessions of the Fox: A Novel
Autors:Jordy Rosenberg (Autor)
Informació:One World (2018), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
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If you ever wished someone would magically transform all those queer & critical theory books into one juicy sexy funny anti-capitalist/anti-colonialist/anti-racist, gender queer, muff diving novel, your wish has been granted.

Loved it, obv. ( )
  essarbee | Dec 25, 2021 |
This novel is doing A LOT, and it takes guts to attempt something this experimental. I'm happy I found this novel, even happier I read it, and mostly happy that there is an author just crazy and brave enough to write it.

I don't think I'm the author's idea audience - to me, it seems clear he is writing primarily for fellow trans folks, and the rest of us are just lucky to be listening it. It's part history, part social commentary, part collective catharsis, and I enjoyed the heck out of it even when I'm pretty sure I didn't always understand it.

This novel is not like anything else I've read in a long time, and I'm pretty sure I'm better for the reading. ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Jul 21, 2021 |
It's a common experience among transgender people, especially those of us who read a lot, to start to get frustrated with the knowledge that none of the books we read are really For us.
It's hard to explain because of course not every book you read has to be For You, and in fact it's necessary and preferable to read books that are not explicitly For You because that's how you begin to understand the experiences of people who are different than you-- but at the end of the day, it's very lonely to read stacks of books and know that a lot, if not most, of the authors are ignorant of or even morally opposed to your very existence.
It's even more difficult to explain that it's not always as simple as just going down a list and picking books with transgender characters, because most of those books aren't really For us either; they're for cisgender people who want an easily understood, easily digestible trans narrative to swallow so that they can feel like they've successfully absorbed a story that wasn't For them.
Even books by trans authors aren't always For us, despite being generally more respectful, usually because the author assumes that in order to appeal to cisgender readers they must dilute the trans experience into something that cisgender people can relate to (which is, of course, nigh impossible).
This book is possibly the first book I've read that I knew, without a single doubt, was For Me. This was written by a trans man, for trans people, without any dumbing-down, hand-holding, or explanations for cis people. I could go into the hows and whys, try and explain all the things this book made me feel, but I'm not sure I would do it justice. This book is unlike anything else. ( )
1 vota mateoj | Jun 2, 2021 |
I relished the blend of this text's frame and primary narratives, enjoying both with equal engagement. Funny, exciting, romantic, this novel is a work of brilliance, adding a great twist on the traditional ninteenth-century based city text.
  booms | Jan 24, 2021 |
A fascinating, makes-you-think read from the "found manuscript" genre (with all the various pitfalls that this sort of book usually presents). Rosenberg has managed to write it so that the shortcomings of the form are nearly all addressed by the meta-narrative, though I still had a few questions about what the manuscript was supposed to have looked like. Anyway, a weird (in the best way!) debut from an author to keep an eye on for sure. ( )
  JBD1 | Aug 20, 2020 |
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"Set in the eighteenth century London underworld, this bawdy, genre-bending novel reimagines the life of thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard to tell a profound story about gender, love, and liberation. Recently jilted and increasingly unhinged, Dr. Voth throws himself into his work, obsessively researching the life of Jack Sheppard, a legendary eighteenth century thief. No one knows Jack's true story--his confessions have never been found. That is, until Dr. Voth discovers a mysterious stack of papers titled Confessions of the Fox. Dated 1724, the manuscript tells the story of an orphan named P. Sold into servitude at twelve, P struggles for years with her desire to live as "Jack." When P falls dizzyingly in love with Bess, a sex worker looking for freedom of her own, P begins to imagine a different life. Bess brings P into the London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with London's newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of an oncoming plague abound. At last, P becomes Jack Sheppard, one of the most notorious--and most wanted--thieves in history. An imaginative retelling of Brecht's Threepenny Opera, Confessions of the Fox blends high-spirited adventure, subversive history, and provocative wit to animate forgotten histories and the extraordinary characters hidden within. "Confessions of the Fox is a riotous and transporting novel. It's rich in the sound of another time, while thrillingly germane to our own. Jordy Rosenberg is a total original--part scamp, part genius--who has written a rollicking page-turner of a first novel. Hang on for the ride."--Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts "Hot damn! Jordy Rosenberg is one of the finest new talents I've seen in many years, and Confessions of the Fox is a startlingly good debut novel. The book is rich with fact and well-invented fiction, bubbling with ideas that surprise and satisfy."--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling"--

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