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by Sergio De La Pava


A NAKED SINGULARITY - A book of 864 pages I wish had been even longer. I kept wondering if de la Pava could pull it off, and he does, barely.

A NAKED SINGULARITY - A book of 864 pages I wish had been even longer. One of those rare novels you don't want to end. A classic post-modern novel dabbling in everything but the kitchen sink: astrophysics, boxing, chess, philosophy, law, New York blackout, the criminal justice system, a daring heist, the Honeymooners and Ralph Kramden. People have complained that the book is too digressive, which misses the point completely; this is like moaning about "Tristram Shandy" not getting to the point.

The university of chicago press. praise for de la pava and a naked singularity. One of the best and most original novels of the decade. hits the Moby-Dick Trifecta-a novel of ideas grounded in extensive shopfloor knowingness and given form by a smart use of the Lego pieces of genre-and that’s no small accomplishment. It’s weird, it puts the emphasis in the wrong place, there aren’t enough commas; it knows its own mind, so to speak, and that’s valuable in and of itself. It’s a formidable book.

Sergio de la Pava Chronicles Our ‘Criminal Justice Disaster’ in his Novel ‘A Naked Singularity’ Player . The shortlist for the inaugural Folio Prize has been announced, and A Naked Singularity is one of eight books on the list.

orgDecember 04, 2014. A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava.

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Sergio de la Pava (born 1970/71) is an American novelist and lawyer. He is best known for his novel A Naked Singularity. Sergio de la Pava was born and raised in New Jersey, to parents who immigrated from Colombia

Sergio de la Pava (born 1970/71) is an American novelist and lawyer. Sergio de la Pava was born and raised in New Jersey, to parents who immigrated from Colombia. He attended Brooklyn Law School, where he met his wife. They live in New Jersey with their two children. He works as a public defender in Manhattan, where he handles 70 to 80 cases at a time.

A Naked Singularity book. Sergio De La Pava brings linguistic energy and grim hilarity to this furious novel about the dysfunctional criminal-justice system

A Naked Singularity book. Sergio De La Pava brings linguistic energy and grim hilarity to this furious novel about the dysfunctional criminal-justice system. His novel evokes such maximalist masterpieces of the 1970s as Robert Coover's Public Burning and William Gaddis's J R-he has Coover's rage and Gaddis's ear-yet also grapples with current issues hot off the AP wire.

I would also say that now Sergio De La Pava is part of the Corporate Behemoth of Old-Fashioned Publishing, his next book will be far, far better. A Naked Singularity might be considered part of the "maximalist" tradition, or even what James Wood described as "hysterical realism".

A Naked Singularity tells the story of Casi, a child of Colombian immigrants who lives in Brooklyn and works in. .

His novel evokes such maximalist masterpieces of the 1970s as Robert Coover's Public Burning and William Gaddis's J R-he has Coover's rage and Gaddis's ear-yet also grapples with current issues hot off the AP wire. Socially engaged, formally inventive, and intellectually challenging, A Naked Singularity is a remarkable performance.

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A Naked Singularity tells the story of Casi, a child of Colombian immigrants who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan as a public defender--one who, tellingly has never lost a trial. Never. In the book, we watch what happens when his sense of justice and even his sense of self begin to crack--and how his world then slowly devolves. It’s a huge, ambitious novel clearly in the vein of DeLillo, Foster Wallace, Pynchon, and even Melville, and it's told in a distinct, frequently hilarious voice, with a striking human empathy at its center. Its panoramic reach takes readers through crime and courts, immigrant families and urban blight, media savagery and media satire, scatology and boxing, and even a breathless heist worthy of any crime novel. If InfiniteJest stuck a pin in the map of mid-90s culture and drew our trajectory from there, A Naked Singularity does the same for the feeling of surfeit, brokenness, and exhaustion that permeates our civic and cultural life today. In the opening sentence of William Gaddis’s A Frolic of His Own, a character sneers, "Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world, you get the law." A Naked Singularity reveals the extent of that gap, and lands firmly on the side of those who are forever getting the law.
Tejora
Naked Singularity (def.) In general relativity, a naked singularity is a gravitational singularity without an event horizon.

A NAKED SINGULARITY -- A book of 864 pages I wish had been even longer. One of those rare novels you don't want to end. A classic post-modern novel dabbling in everything but the kitchen sink: astrophysics, boxing, chess, philosophy, law, New York blackout, the criminal justice system, a daring heist, the Honeymooners and Ralph Kramden. Unlike a lot of post-modern novels, though, which have no discernible plot, there is something of a plot that propels this novel, a bold heist, the elusive “perfect” crime.

First-time author De La Pava could not find a publisher for A NAKED SINGULARITY, so he self-published it in 2008. Through word-of-mouth buzz, the novel was finally picked up by University of Chicago Press, and now retains cult status.

For an 864-page novel, it moves swiftly, primarily on a dialogue based form. The writing is at times witty, madcap, inventive. The protagonist, the narrator, is a young New York City attorney known to us only as Casi. As the novel opens, he’d never lost a case, which is saying something since he defends the down-and-out, the feeble-minded, those least able to navigate the justice system. Through Casi we learn the ins-and-out of the New York criminal system, with all its flaws, loopholes and injustices. When one of his clients, a petty druggie named DeLeon, tells him inside information about a huge drug deal about to go down, Dane, one of Casi’s colleagues obsessed with “perfection,” tries to convince Casi that they should rip off the drug dealers. At the same time, Casi is trying to save a mentally challenged client from the electric chair. What transpires I’ll leave to you to find out. But it’s great.

I loved this book.
Fenrinos
This is the best new novel I have read in years. It is like a brilliant comet streaking through your head. It is also pretty much unlike anything else I have read. Critics have dragged out all the postmodern suspects for comparison, Robert Coover, William Gaddis, Thomas Pynchon, the dreadful David Foster Wallace... Time to stop beating these dead horses; de la Pava is unlike all of these models, and "A Naked Singularity" is the better for it.

My list of authors that came to mind is crazier: Thomas Love Peacock, Junot Diaz, James McCourt, John Kennedy Toole. James Ellroy. But this list still does inadequate justice to de la Pava's remarkable book.

Where to begin? Well, this is a novel narrated by Casi (Spanish for "almost," what his mother kept telling nurses when they asked for the new-born's name), Casi, a very young and very smart Manhattan public defender, of Colombian immigrant origin. There is a crime novel somewhere in here. I think. But this isn't a book read for the common thrills of genre literature. We learn enormous amounts of information about a broken legal system, but again, this isn't the point.

What we have is Casi's brain, running at a million miles an hour, pretty much spilling out thoughts a little faster than he can think them. The only word I can come up with to describe the style is "headlong." We rush breathless through his funny, sad, scary pages, trying to keep up. I kept wondering if de la Pava could pull it off, and he does, barely. People have complained that the book is too digressive, which misses the point completely; this is like moaning about "Tristram Shandy" not getting to the point. "A Naked Singularity," the entire book, is one long digression, or hundreds of digressions, including some of the weirdest and most wonderful conversations ever written down. This is a novel of logical intellectual exaggeration.

He drops the ball, once, horribly, in Chapter 25, and tosses in an insult at the reader for good measure. I forgave him half-way through the first page of Chapter 26.

One particularly pleasing thing: I don't know how long de la Pava worked on this book; it seems to be set in about 2000. No smart phones, no i-anythings, hardly any computers. Oh, he tosses in a few anachronistic items to act like he is au courant, like the high-speed wireless connection in the supremely odd Orchard hotel scene. But he doesn't mean it. The astounding conversations take place in the flesh, face to face. No computers. There is even a fax machine. Bliss; I fear every novel will soon be like every teevee drama, where nine-tenths of the "action" is people texting, people yakking on their phones, people wasting their lives on social media, while life around them becomes more and more like a stupid video game. Not so this book; it is a supremely human endeavor.

All I can suggest, urge, you to do is to read the first few pages previewed. If you get it, get it. And there is also a very tempting empanada recipe.
Llathidan
I loved this book. It's broad, deep, smart but not smarmy, intelligent and witty without the cyncism that often follows. Some have said it's a typical college try at the great American novel. I thought about that as there's no doubt that Sergio de la Pava has thrown everything that a pop culture raised, self aware young twenties male might come across in the late 1990's; Honeymooners reruns, the existence of god, the great boxers of the 1980, drug dealers, the criminal justice system, the big bang theory, the only hysterical scatalogical vignette that I've ever read and on and on. And that's not even the plot!

But what if one wrote so well that it all works?

That is the case here. Sergio de la Pava writing, pace, creativity and storytelling in combination delivers one of my favorite books for 2012.

Casi is a Public Defender in New York City. The setting appears to be late 1990's but with a few IT references that hint of editing right up to his self publishing date of 2008.

Chapter one is a priceless education in what (may) really happen to the charged and incarcerated in our Criminal Justice System. We meet his half dozen "clients" on a typical day, the crimes, the negotiations, what prosecutors, police, judges and defense attorneys are thinking. All while the largely clueless and lost defendants try to figure out what's just happened. It's a whirlwind, eye opening satire on a system that doesn't seem to work well for anyone.

Casi's life is a mix of his worklife, couch potato friends in Brooklyn Heights and his colorful immigrant family from Colombia now settled in Jersey City. He's 24 and already working for 2 years as a lawyer suggesting he was a brilliant student that burned through college and law school.

The story goes in so many interesting directions and digressions which all worked for me. I loved even his recounting of 1980's welterweight boxing history. He wrote it better than any hack sportswriter.

For a long story it's well paced, often very funny, always witty and a wonderful expose of one man's 1990's New York life.
A Naked Singularity: A Novel ebook
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Sergio De La Pava
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