Lost Empress

Lost Empress

From the author of the acclaimed, PEN/Bingham Prize-winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles, with equal aplomb, both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice system. From Paterson, New Jersey to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City, Sergio De La Pava's Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any oth From the author of the acclaimed, PEN/Bingham Prize-winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that ta...

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Title:Lost Empress
Author:Sergio de la Pava
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:152474722X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:629 pages pages

Lost Empress Reviews

  • Siria
    Sep 01, 2018
    The empress has no clothes on. This was like reading a 600-page novel by a first year undergrad. You know the kind: he thinks he's a genius and has recently read Lacan's Wikipedia page, is deeply into artisinal something-or-other, but is bright enough that there's the chance that i...
  • Shelley Ettinger
    Jul 04, 2018
    As I rounded the three-quarters mark and forced myself forward to the finish I thought of many things to say about this novel, pro and con, but honestly now, having finished, I'm too wearied to give it the many-paragraphed thoughtful consideration it deserves, and when I say deserves I...
  • Pete
    Aug 25, 2018
    (repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five-star rating ) (specifically, i would break this out into sub-ratings, and i would give this book a five for ambition, a four for creativity, a two for execution, and .5 stars for authorial restraint) i have long been out of the cu...
  • Mike
    Jun 15, 2018
    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...
  • Tim
    May 25, 2018
    DFW, Jr. right here ...
  • Melissa
    Oct 23, 2018
    DNF...I tried. I really did. But 200 pages in and I?m so over whatever the crap this is... ...
  • Marcia
    Jun 06, 2018
    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL and Joni Mitchell. Such interesting thoughts and language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...
  • Mark
    Jun 27, 2018
    Frustrating book. The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good, but too many sitcom dialogues, lectures, and eye-rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character. Audible book performances were pretty good but I?m too lazy to enter that edition in here...
  • Steve
    Jun 15, 2018
    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...
  • Victoria
    Nov 05, 2018
    Does anyone these days have the time to read a 640-page novel? I made the time and was glad of it! This remarkable book came to me as a reviewer for crimefictionlover.com, and it bucks convention in more ways than its length. In all those pages, a lot happens?interesting, challengi...
  • Shari Wampler
    Jul 05, 2018
    Lost Empress by Sergio De La Pava 623 pages What?s it about? This novel takes in the world of professional football, Rikers Island, the medical world, and everything in-between. Nina Gill is the main protagonist. She is the daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys- and...
  • Elliott Turner
    Oct 17, 2018
    Okay so well I loved the digressions including the Gospel, Time/Space, eating slices of banana with cereal, etc buuuuut the Rikers storyline had nice twists but felt a bit too cable TV prison drama at times. The sports narratives were best when outlandish and goofy - the mascots fighti...
  • Barry
    Jul 28, 2018
    It's not obvious that I would enjoy a book based on football, American or otherwise, but this is truly something special. The true scope of the narrative is breath-taking, but what really shone was some of the dialogue, showing deep humour despite the grandiosity. ...
  • Chris Via
    Jul 15, 2018
    Review forthcoming in Rain Taxi Review of Books. ...
  • Jonathan Hiskes
    Jul 27, 2018
    A brilliant, funny, crude, violent, wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner, a Rikers inmate, a 911 dispatcher, an EMT, art thieves, a genius parking-garage attendant, and--my favorite character--a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy com...
  • Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
    Dec 10, 2017
    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...
  • Michael Smith
    Jun 08, 2018
    This is just a ridiculously ambitious book that tackles just about every topic, from the horror of the NFL to the cruelties of our justice system. Though still desperately in need of an editor, De La Pava is a hell of a writer. ...
  • MisterHobgoblin
    Nov 10, 2018
    Lost Empress is a long, sprawling novel that defies any conventional sense of structure. It's a novel of ideas, some of which intersect and some of which overlap, but for the most part it reads like several separate narrative strands and holding the many characters in your head can be ...
  • Larry Ggggggggggggggggggggggggg
    Jun 17, 2018
    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...
  • Michael Sedor
    Aug 01, 2018
    Too. Too many words, characters, ambitions, subplots, ideas, digressions, infinitejestisms. ...
  • SueKich
    Aug 18, 2018
    Sergio de la Pava overplays his hand. It seems to me that Sergio de la Pava?s extraordinary novel, A Naked Singularity, was just that ? a singularity. Here, with Lost Empress, I?m sure he set out with the best intentions to create something even more spectacular. But instead h...
  • Gianna
    Aug 16, 2018
    Nina Gill, daughter of the owner of the Dallas Cowboys has benn put aside. Her brother has inherited the team, even though she is the real great mind that has moved the team forward. But Nina hasn't told her last word yet. Having inherited an IFL team instead, she is determined to put ...
  • Michael
    May 28, 2018
    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...
  • sean w
    May 23, 2018
    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...
  • Steve Hench
    May 28, 2018
    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...
  • Chuck Bunting
    Jul 29, 2018
    It's a tough read but in a good way. ...
  • Danny Caine
    May 15, 2018
    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...
  • Richard Noggle
    Jul 06, 2018
    (Maybe minor spoilers) I'd say that slightly more than half of de la Pava's wildly uneven postmodern romp works pretty well, and that it gets stronger in its second half, with at least some resolution to its many spiraling plotlines. Negatives: The screwball comic elements are a mix...
  • MGF
    Jul 12, 2018
    Loved this book. An awesome amalgamation of social commentary, humor, law, mystery, relationships, and football. Yes, it is a bit strange at times, but it?s just so well-written and compelling. Hope there is a sequel! ...
  • Dax
    Jun 27, 2018
    Pava likes to deal in the absurd, and it works well for "Lost Empress." This is a novel that focuses on the underclass with a close examination of the justice system. The actual story line is entertaining and there is an abundance of memorable characters, but what makes this novel stan...