The Year of the Star

Dear bookish friends,

Would you fancy a readalong of Clarice Lispector’s Complete Short Stories in 2017? Last year, I reread Hour of The Star for a book club meeting, and since then I’ve been tempted to come back to her work. Her collection of stories could be a good starting point, don’t you think?

The collection comprises 86 stories, which I have distributed throughout 43 weeks. The idea is to read two stories per week, in the same order they appear in the book. We begin in February, so that everyone could have time to get the book. Would you like to join me in? 🙂

Here is our reading schedule:

  • Week 01
    • [February 6, 2017 to February 12, 2017]
      • Stories to read: The Triumph & Obsession
      • UPDATE: my post
  • Week 02
    • [February 13, 2017 to February 19, 2017]
      • The Fever Dream & Jimmy and I
  • Week 03
    • [February 20, 2017 to February 26, 2017]
      • Interrupted story & The Escape
  • Week 04
    • [February 27, 2017 to March 5, 2017]
      • Excerpt & Letters to Hermengardo
  • Week 05
    • [March 6, 2017 to March 12, 2017]
      • Gertrudes Asks for Advice & Another Couple of Drunks
  • Week 06
    • [March 13, 2017 to March 19, 2017]
      • Daydream and Drunkenness of a Young Lady & Love
  • Week 07
    • [March 20, 2017 to March 26, 2017]
      • A Chicken & The Imitation of the Rose
  • Week 08
    • [March 27, 2017 to April 2, 2017]
      • Happy Birthday & The Smallest Woman in the World
  • Week 09
    • [April 3, 2017 to April 9, 2017]
      • The Dinner & Preciousness
  • Week 10
    • [April 10, 2017 to April 16, 2017]
      • Family Ties & Beginnings of a Fortune
  • Week 11
    • [April 17, 2017 to April 23, 2017]
      • Mystery in São Cristóvão & The Crime of the Mathematics Teacher
  • Week 12
    • [April 24, 2017 to April 30, 2017]
      • The Buffalo & The Disasters of Sofia
  • Week 13
    • [May 1, 2017 to May 7, 2017]
      • The Sharing of Loaves & The Message
  • Week 14
    • [May 8, 2017 to May 14, 2017]
      • Monkeys & The Egg and the Chicken
  • Week 15
    • [May 15, 2017 to May 21, 2017]
      • Temptation & Journey to Petrópolis
  • Week 16
    • [May 22, 2017 to May 28, 2017]
      • The Solution & Evolution of a Myopia
  • Week 17
    • [May 29, 2017 to June 4, 2017]
      • The Fifth Story & A Sincere Friendship
  • Week 18
    • [June 5, 2017 to June 11, 2017]
      • The Obedient Ones & The Foreign Legion
  • Week 19
    • [June 12, 2017 to June 18, 2017]
      • Back of the Drawer & The Burned Sinner and the Harmonious Angels
  • Week 20
    • [June 19, 2017 to June 25, 2017]
      • Profile of Chosen Beings & Inaugural Address
  • Week 21
    • [June 26, 2017 to July 2, 2017]
      • Mineirinho & Covert Joy
  • Week 22
    • [July 3, 2017 to July 9, 2017]
      • Remnants of Carnival & Eat Up, My Son
  • Week 23
    • [July 10, 2017 to July 16, 2017]
      • Forgiving God & One Hundred Years of Forgiveness
  • Week 24
    • [July 17, 2017 to July 23, 2017]
      • A Hope & The Servant
  • Week 25
    • [July 24, 2017 to July 30, 2017]
      • Boy in Pen and Ink & A Tale of So Much Love
  • Week 26
    • [July 31, 2017 to August 6, 2017]
      • The waters of the world & Involuntary Incarnation
  • Week 27
    • [August 7, 2017 to August 13, 2017]
      • Two stories my way & The first kiss
  • Week 28
    • [August 14, 2017 to August 20, 2017]
      • In Search of a Dignity &The Departure of the Train
  • Week 29
    • [August 21, 2017 to August 27, 2017]
      • Dry Sketch of Horses & Where were you at night
  • Week 30
    • [August 28, 2017 to September 3, 2017]
      • Report on the Thing & Manifesto of the City
  • Week 31
    • [September 4, 2017 to September 10, 2017]
      • The Conjurings of Dona Frozina & That’s Where I’m Going
  • Week 32
    • [September 11, 2017 to September 17, 2017]
      • The Dead man in the Sea at Urca & Silence
  • Week 33
    • [September 18, 2017 to September 24, 2017]
      • A Full Afternoon & Such Gentleness
  • Week 34
    • [September 25, 2017 to October 1, 2017]
      • Soul Storm & Natural Life
  • Week 35
    • [October 2, 2017 to October 8, 2017]
      • Explanation & Miss Algrave
  • Week 36
    • [October 9, 2017 to October 15, 2017]
      • The Body & Via Crucis
  • Week 37
    • [October 16, 2017 to October 22, 2017]
      • The Man Who Showed Up & He Drank Me Up
  • Week 38
    • [October 23, 2017 to October 29, 2017]
      • For the Time Being & Day After Day
  • Week 39
    • [October 30, 2017 to November 5, 2017]
      • The Sound of Footsteps & Before the Rio-Niterói Bridge
  • Week 40
    • [November 6, 2017 to November 12, 2017]
      • Praça Mauá & Pig Latin
  • Week 41
    • [November 13, 2017 to November 19, 2017]
      • Better than to Burn & But It’s Going to Rain
  • Week 42
    • [November 20, 2017 to November 26, 2017]
      • Brasília & Beauty and the Beast or the Enormous Wound
  • Week 43
    • [November 27, 2017 to December 3, 2017]
      • One Day Less & The Useless Explanation
  • Week 44
    • [December 4, 2017 to December 10, 2017]
      • catching up week
  • Week 45
    • [December 11, 2017 to December 17, 2017]
      • catching up week
  • Week 46
    • [December 18, 2017 to December 24, 2017]
      • wrap-up

What do you think of the schedule? I hope the idea inspires you to read more of Lispector’s stories. And, naturally, you are all invited to participate in the readalong! It will be a delight to discuss the stories with you. 🙂

Yours truly,

J.


De Chirico. I'll be There; The Glass Dog [detail]. 1914.
De Chirico. I’ll be There; The Glass Dog [detail]. 1914.
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11 Comments Add yours

  1. If I can get this from the library I would love to join in. I’ve always wanted to read her!

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    1. juliana says:

      It would be great, Cathy! Welcome in! 🙂

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      1. I’ll keep you posted, I’ll be at library next week.

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  2. I’m trying not to take on too much this year… But I will have a think between now and February!

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    1. juliana says:

      Great! Thank you, Kaggsy! I hope you join us 🙂

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  3. bookbii says:

    This is a lovely idea. I have The Passion According to G.H. which I’ve still not got around to despite it being extremely short (but intense, I think). I’ve heard nothing but good things about Lispector.

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    1. juliana says:

      I love her novels, and really recommend Passion according to GH! Her stories are also fascinating 🙂

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  4. roughghosts says:

    I have this and have read many of the later stories. I may pop in if time allows and if that’s okay, but I don’t think I can commit to the year. If you haven’t seen it I recommend downloading the Lispector issue of The Scofield Magazine http://thescofield.com/ (a free PDF—300 double column pages of Lispector inspired essays, creative work, excerpts and much more). I copyedited about 70 pages just after reading G.H. and ended up picking up three more of her novels along the way!

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    1. juliana says:

      oh, thank you, I will download the issue! And you are welcome to take part in the readalong whenever you can 🙂

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  5. ms. arachne says:

    I got my copy and I’ve read the first four stories. I really like the subversive quality to the stories I’ve read so far. I find Clarice Lispector’s viewpoint on the traditional heterosexual relationships in these stories really interesting.

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    1. juliana says:

      Yes, and those are her first stories. She was so young, and yet her perspective is already so authentic. I am glad you are enjoying her stories! 🙂

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