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The image is instant It whirs out of the camera and they all watch it develop in silence Here He gives the photograph to the perfect flawless woman without looking at it by way of apology When everyone gathers around Luciana to admire it Gustav clicks again The unloved look brave The unloved look heavier than the loved Their eyes are sadder but their thoughts are clearer They are not concerned with pleasing or affirming their loved one's point of view The unloved look preoccupied The unloved look impatient A group of hedonistic tourists from Algeria England Poland Germany Italy France and America gathers to celebrate the holidays in a remote French chateau Then a woman is brutally murdered and the sad eerie child Tatiana declares she knows who did it The subseuent inuiry into the death however proves to be of an investigation into the nature of identity love insatiable rage and sadistic desire The Unloved offers a bold and revealing look at some of the events that shaped European and African history and the perils of a future founded on concealed truth


10 thoughts on “The Unloved

  1. says:

    An early Levy novel that offers a fascinating insight into the development that reached fruition with Swimming Home and Hot Milk Like Swimming Home much of this book takes place in a holiday house with a rather odd collection of guests this time a chateau in Normandy Each of the characters represents a nation and Levy deliberately confuses things by switching between their names and nationalities The middle part is set in Algeria in the late 50s The atmosphere is creepy and dreamlike full of symbolism and striking imagery but at times difficult to follow I won't pretend I didn't find this a little frustrating but it was definitely worth reading


  2. says:

    OK I'm clearly in the minority as most people HATED this But take eual parts Lawrence Durrell Alain Robbe Grillet and Agatha Christie puree on high and the resulting cocktail is 'The Unloved' while at the same time remaining 100% Levy It IS a difficult book to follow but the key for me was keeping a character list I could refer back to and add on as the book progressed It doesn't help that Levy almost arbitrarily and alternately refers to her characters by either their names or country of origin hence Nancy is sometimes called by name sometimes by 'the American woman' so that one has to keep both straight which can be exhausting And it doesn't help that in the second part a flashback to Tangiers in 1957 that one character Yasmina uses the pseudonym of another character Jane so that I was confused for many pages as to who the narrator actually was NB this MAY be intentional Regardless the point is NOT the solution of the murder which turns out something of a red herring and not a true murder after all I would be hard pressed to explicate exactly WHAT the book was trying to say but enjoyed every moment of the journey


  3. says:

    The two previous DL books I sampled were triumphs most notably the dark comedy Billy Girl This one was closer to Ophelia the Great Idea in style but given scope to roam outside the short form this style becomes an overblown flan of staggering pretentionThe book opens in a French chateau with a vague drawing room murder setup We’re then introduced to a range of characters worse than Big Brother contestants for sheer violent weirdo backward madness These are the Unloved of the title representatives from America and Europe brought together to pervert each other in this wherever the fuck locationWoven through this non story are long diaries of a violent marriage in Deep South USA and some sort of East European conflict narrative The novel is pathologically hard to follow so feels like a series of dreamlike violent set pieces The characters speak in a form of poetic lit speak even those with heavily accented dialogue making them little than ideas strung together with arch arrogant language Dark sexual abuse and graphic violence punctuates the narrative which is uncompromising and incomprehensible


  4. says:

    There are fictions technologies geographies and there is poetry There is coherence incoherence and exhilaration There is attraction and playing it cool and there is attraction and abandon There is love and there is ambivalence but there is mostly ambivalence And there is freedom What do you do with freedom?There are certainly fictions technologies geographies and poetry in this amazing book It can be difficult to keep track of the story and the characters I made a list of the characters and the relationships between them and I think this is a good idea because all of them are sometimes called by their name and sometimes by their nationality so for example Philippe is sometimes Philippe and sometimes the Frenchman When there are uite a few characters with this dual identity having a list to refer to really helpsThe story isn't straightforward either mainly because the middle long section skips back in time to tell the story of the parents of one of the people in the group we are introduced to in the early part of the book and return to in the final stagesA lot of people have hated this book but I loved it For me Levy is better the longer her books are I've read some of her shorter works and they are beautiful and strange but I think her longer works are engrossing I really enjoyed reading this even if I am not 100% sure at the end that I know what was actually going on


  5. says:

    I actually feel drainedand it all lead to nowhereville how sad and the pages blurred and they killed a white rat that was really a princesses unicorn but the clock didn't strike midnight and the ueen wore her glitter hairnet to the fish market whilst the mexican boy traveled the world only to wake and find out he hadn't really traveled anywhere but he was sleeping with the princess wearing her black ballet shoes Makes sense? good


  6. says:

    An unpleasant story about unpleasant people in an unpleasant place Now I'm okay with that reading only books about pleasant people is silly and stupidly limiting but I need a payoff something that makes spending so much time with unpleasant people in their unpleasant story seem worth it There's some lovely writing here and a few good moments but not enough to make reading the book seem worthwhile I was glad to be done with it and that's never a good sign


  7. says:

    The Unloved is an unsettling novel primarily because at its core it concerns Western violence inflicted upon Algeria in its struggle for independence which began almost as soon as WWII ended But it is also unsettling because it begins as a comedy of manners amongst rich tourists who come to a chateau in Normandy to spend the Christmas holidays That something is going on is apparent from the beginning because there is a dead body and an 11 year old girl says she knows who did it But nothing is told straight here even the characters are sometimes referred to by nationality the American the Algerian and two girls of different parents may be called princesses based on whether they are wearing a paper crown There is a further layer of puzzling since the time is the 90s with the integration of Eastern Europe into the West which to a European reader may be memorable but to an American has become obscure This layer is not intended by Levy since she published this poetic but gothic a chateau is a Castle of course and death surrounds tourists suicide overdose bombs torture novel in 1994 By its end it feels like a deconstructed Agatha Christie novel or rather one of revenge of the colonized who often played incidental and mechanical roles in British mysteries during its age of Empire For the most insistent conflict is that of Nancy the American to learn about her mother who lived the 60s expat life in Tangiers but killed herself in a situation that recalls that of Jane Bowles another American woman abroad in North Africa playing helpmeet to her genius husband a physicist whose research is on time and stifling her own talent Yasmina the Algerian crossed paths awkwardly in Algeria as a teenager with Jane Nancy's mother named one should think to evoke Bowles and remembers telling details about her The remainder of this crossing is a diary that fascinates illicitly the two daughters and Yasmina's memories which will evoke moments of the revolution in Algeria and helpfully provide connected narration but only just Covering allusively so much material in short space necessitates Levy's dry but evocative sentences that linger because of their precision but deceive in how direct they are One persists in reading because of the sentences but perhaps at one's peril since the comforts of a Christie are not anywhere to be seen The novel also divides its characters from the unloved and loved but by the end the distinction seems minimal Even the cat who figures in the plot is not universally loved and is found purring on the belly of the dead Mary herself not discerned as gone until long after the night she died Perhaps by the end The Unloved should be called a bleak comedy as it offers none of the comforts of superiority usually delivered by a black comedy There are recent books by Levy including the Swimming Party which seem to promise the same conjunction of readerly pleasure and mordant social and psychological analysis In the end it destroys the fashionable construct of newspaper reviewer that ironic and athwart ways of telling render a story schematic No what they do in this case is deliver a powerful blow as one never knows what is coming next


  8. says:

    “The unloved look brave The unloved look heavier than the loved Their eyes are sadder but their thoughts are clearer They are not concerned with pleasing or affirming their loved one’s point of view The unloved look preoccupied The unloved look impatient”Deborah Levy’s imagination is so uniue with her lyrical prose it was hard to put this book down the story is fast confusing at times a lot of characters Levy switching between using their names which nation they represent living together while a game of ‘Murder in the Dark’ is played solved this being one of her earlier novels i can see parts of Swimming Home in this story a must read if you’re a fan of Deborah Levy


  9. says:

    Deborah Levy‘s early novel “The Unloved” was odd and felt disconnected I didn’t really understand what was going on and therefore didn’t enjoy reading it very much – 1 starMy full review is available on my blog


  10. says:

    Due to the success of Swimming Home getting a Man Booker shortlisting in 2012 Deborah Levy’s 1995 novel The Unloved was edited and republished earlier this year I have been a fan of Levy since discovering Swimming Home thanks to the Man Booker and I admit I was a little slack getting to her backlist I read her collection of short stories last year and finally returned to another novel with The UnlovedThe Unloved tells the story of a group of self indulgent European tourists who decide to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau However during their stay one of them is brutally murdered and the unloved child Tatiana knows who did it The subseuent investigation into this death turns into an examination of love desire and rage This is a shocking and exciting novel full of characters you can’t help but suspect of murderThere is something strangely familiar with this novel; while it had a different plot to Swimming Home the themes felt very much alike Both tell a psychological story of love and desire that is full of Freudian ideas There is a philosophical feel about these novels as Levy forces the reader to think about life and death in an interesting way In The Unloved it becomes less about the murder and focuses about a psychoanalytical look at the rest of the people in the French chateauThe writing within The Unloved may not be as beautiful as Swimming Home but it was still wonderful There is a strong sense of symbolism flowing through out the narrative and from time to time wonderfully elegant writing I am not trying to dismiss this novel at all; it has its moments and I admire Levy’s wry styleI feel the book explored the same themes as Swimming Home just not as refined It is weird to judge a book by its themes Deborah Levy has a keen interest on the topic and passionate about exploring it The Unloved is worth checking out; the plot and characters are all magnificent I just would have preferred if the book explored these themes from a different perspectiveThis review originally appeared on my blog;