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The Shape of Bones - A Novel

Daniel Galera

"A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page." —David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks A coming of age tale of brutal beauty and disarming tenderness from one of Brazil's most exciting young novelists, an author writing in the footsteps of "Roberto Bolaño, Jim Harrison, the Coen brothers and...Denis Johnson" (The New York Times) A young man wakes up at dawn to drive to the Andes, to climb the Cerro Bonete--a mountain untouched by ice axes and climbers, one of the planet's final mountains to be conquered--as an act of heroic bravado, or foolishness. But instead, he finds himself dragged, by the undertow of memory, to Esplanada, the neighborhood he grew up in, to the brotherhood of his old friends, and to the clearing in the woods where he witnessed an act that has run like a scar through the rest of his life. Back in Esplanada, the young man revisits his initiation into adulthood and recalls his boyhood friends who formed a strange and volatile pack. Together they play video games, get drunk around bonfires, pick fights, and goad each other into bike races where the winner is the boy who has the most spectacular crash. Caught between the threat of not being man enough, the desire to please his friends, and the intoxicating contact-high of danger, the boy finds himself following the rules of the pack even as the risks mount. And in a moment that reverberates and repeats itself in new ways in his adulthood, his fantasies of who he is and what it means to be a man come crashing down, and life asserts itself as an endless rehearsal for a heroic moment that may never arrive. From one of Brazil's most dazzling writers, The Shape of Bones is an exhilarating story of mythic power. Daniel Galera has written a pulse-racing novel with the otherworldly wisdom of a parable.

"A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page." —David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks A coming of age tale of brutal beauty and disarming tenderness from one of Brazil's most exciting young novelists, an author writing in the footsteps of "Roberto Bolaño, Jim Harrison, the Coen brothers and...Denis Johnson" (The New York Times) A young man wakes up at dawn to drive to the Andes, to climb the Cerro Bonete--a mountain untouched by ice axes and climbers, one of the planet's final mountains to be conquered--as an act of heroic bravado, or foolishness. But instead, he finds himself dragged, by the undertow of memory, to Esplanada, the neighborhood he grew up in, to the brotherhood of his old friends, and to the clearing in the woods where he witnessed an act that has run like a scar through the rest of his life. Back in Esplanada, the young man revisits his initiation into adulthood and recalls his boyhood friends who formed a strange and volatile pack. Together they play video games, get drunk around bonfires, pick fights, and goad each other into bike races where the winner is the boy who has the most spectacular crash. Caught between the threat of not being man enough, the desire to please his friends, and the intoxicating contact-high of danger, the boy finds himself following the rules of the pack even as the risks mount. And in a moment that reverberates and repeats itself in new ways in his adulthood, his fantasies of who he is and what it means to be a man come crashing down, and life asserts itself as an endless rehearsal for a heroic moment that may never arrive. From one of Brazil's most dazzling writers, The Shape of Bones is an exhilarating story of mythic power. Daniel Galera has written a pulse-racing novel with the otherworldly wisdom of a parable.
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"A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page." —David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks A coming of age tale of brutal beauty and disarming tenderness from one of Brazil's most exciting young novelists, an author writing in the footsteps of "Roberto Bolaño, Jim Harrison, the Coen brothers and...Denis Johnson" (The New York Times) A young man wakes up at dawn to drive to the Andes, to climb the Cerro Bonete--a mountain untouched by ice axes and climbers, one of the planet's final mountains to be conquered--as an act of heroic bravado, or foolishness. But instead, he finds himself dragged, by the undertow of memory, to Esplanada, the neighborhood he grew up in, to the brotherhood of his old friends, and to the clearing in the woods where he witnessed an act that has run like a scar through the rest of his life. Back in Esplanada, the young man revisits his initiation into adulthood and recalls his boyhood friends who formed a strange and volatile pack. Together they play video games, get drunk around bonfires, pick fights, and goad each other into bike races where the winner is the boy who has the most spectacular crash. Caught between the threat of not being man enough, the desire to please his friends, and the intoxicating contact-high of danger, the boy finds himself following the rules of the pack even as the risks mount. And in a moment that reverberates and repeats itself in new ways in his adulthood, his fantasies of who he is and what it means to be a man come crashing down, and life asserts itself as an endless rehearsal for a heroic moment that may never arrive. From one of Brazil's most dazzling writers, The Shape of Bones is an exhilarating story of mythic power. Daniel Galera has written a pulse-racing novel with the otherworldly wisdom of a parable.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Charlie Anson

Length:

5h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:34