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

  • Greg Zimmerman
    Jun 24, 2018
    Insanely funny, smart, and sometimes frustrating. Not as good as A Naked Singularity, but still very much DFW-esque. More like DFW lite. Can?t wait to see what this guy does next. ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Steve
    Jun 20, 2018
    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...
  • Marcia
    Jun 06, 2018
    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our 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, ...
  • Jonathanrwilson
    Jun 08, 2018
    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...
  • Mark
    Jun 18, 2018
    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...
  • 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...
  • Vuk Trifkovic
    Jun 07, 2018
    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...
  • Liana
    Jun 30, 2018
    Big, insane, brutal, funny in several different ways (I detect some Marx Brothers influence, of all things, right up alongside classic Richard Price?an odd mix, but it works). ...
  • Kobe Bryant
    Jun 21, 2018
    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...
  • Chris Via
    Jul 15, 2018
    Bravo! ...
  • Charlotte
    Jul 09, 2018
    Best annoying book I've read in ages--when characters engage you, and plot lines set up possible trajectories for how things could proceed I prefer a more traditional approach. I won't include spoilers but the end does not satisfy. LOST EMPRESS does provide original characters, wild pl...
  • 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...
  • Tsc
    Jun 04, 2018
    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...
  • 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
    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...
  • Matt Herman
    Jul 11, 2018
    I really like his style, and overall I think I like how the story came together. The thing that caught me up is that a lot of the perspectives are a bit... not arrogant, but just so damn certain they're right. And when the book includes a lot of little derivations into philosophizing a...
  • 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...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 26, 2018
    I haven't read anything quite like this. Philosophical musings, outlandish humor and complex interlocking plot lines. Not a beach read. Give yourself some quiet pacing room and venture in. ...
  • 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...
  • Glenn Evans
    Jul 06, 2018
    Absolutely brilliant. Mind-blowingly so. This guy is the real deal. And to any reviewers on here who complain about him going off on tangents from time to time, that's a bit like complaining about Dickens' propensity for oversentimentality or Dawkins' overt atheism. It's part of the...
  • 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...
  • Madeline Fox
    Jun 30, 2018
    This was something of a slow read for me, because it kind of requires more time ? the writing is exquisite, but a little thorny, and it needs more time to sink in than I get at my usual pace. At first it felt like more characters than a Russian novel, and I was confused about how the...