Sergio Y.

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Sergio Y.

Sergio Y A startling and inspirational work of transgender fiction by a leading figure in Brazil s New Urban fiction movement Armando is one of the most renowned therapists in S o Paulo One of his patients a

  • Title: Sergio Y.
  • Author: Alexandre Vidal Porto
  • ISBN: 9781609453275
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • A startling and inspirational work of transgender fiction by a leading figure in Brazil s New Urban fiction movement.Armando is one of the most renowned therapists in S o Paulo One of his patients, a 17 year old boy by the name of Sergio, abruptly interrupts his course of therapy after a trip to New York Sergio s cursory explanation to Armando is that he has finally foA startling and inspirational work of transgender fiction by a leading figure in Brazil s New Urban fiction movement.Armando is one of the most renowned therapists in S o Paulo One of his patients, a 17 year old boy by the name of Sergio, abruptly interrupts his course of therapy after a trip to New York Sergio s cursory explanation to Armando is that he has finally found his own path to happiness and must pursue it For years, without any further news of Sergio, Armando wonders what happened to his patient He subsequently learns that Sergio is living a happy life in New York and that he is now a woman, Sandra Not long after this startling discovery, however, Armando is shocked to read about Sandra s unexpected death In an attempt to discover the truth about Sergio and Sandra s life, Armando starts investigating on his own Sergio Y is a unique and moving story about gender, identity, and the search for happiness.

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    1. Fabian on said:

      Run-of-the-mill psychiatric patient history that's intriguing solely because of just how taboo the United States seems to a. v. Porto, this contemporary Brazilian writer.

    2. Antonio on said:

      "If happiness isn't where we are, we have to go after it. Sometimes it lives far away. You have to have the courage to be happy." The well-known psychiatrist Armando, a 70 years old man living in São Paulo receives an interesting patient because of a recommendation of a friend."My nature is depressed. It has always been. I can't escape it."Sergio is a mature young man with everything to be happy: he is intelligent, handsome, healthy, wealthy. Despite all this, in reason of something he couldn't [...]

    3. Stacia on said:

      I read this in one sitting.This is a beautiful & inspiring book. Truly a gem. One of the very best I have read this year.If I could press a copy into your hands, I would. And when you started reading, you might wonder why I loved it so. It starts off a little cool. Detached. But as each short chapter unfolds, the understated beauty of this story is revealed. And by the end, you too might have a tear in your eye & a smile on your face.

    4. Cody Sweet on said:

      Read this book. Maybe I'm not being clear enough. READ THIS BOOK. It is beautiful and haunting and important and so good. It's GOOD.

    5. Phoebe on said:

      "Sergio just wanted to be happy. That's why my son went to New York. He was looking for a way to be happy. He went there to make lemonade with the great big lemon God had given him. And he succeeded."3.5 stars. The quote above is my favorite line in this short, complex, and mysterious little novella. Alexandre Vidal Porto has a choppy style that I didn't totally love, thus 3.5 stars instead of 4, but the essence of the story and its many themes of happiness, faith, secrets, and truth still affec [...]

    6. Vivek Tejuja on said:

      It is rare you come across a book that stuns you and leaves you gasping for breath, in the happiest way possible. It is also rare that you wish the book didn’t have to end so soon and you wanted to read more and know more about the characters. However, it is true that a book ends when it does and when the writer feels that there is nothing left to say anymore. “Sergio Y” is the kind of book that says what it has to, leaves a void in your heart when you’re done with it and leaves you with [...]

    7. Gochrisgo on said:

      This short book captures a psychologist near the end of his career and an intriguing patient. The wise book seller who recommended it to me suggested that I don’t read the jacket copy or any reviews and just dive it - so I did. This is a short, fresh and intriguing book. A new interpretations on LGBT themes.

    8. Tiago Germano on said:

      Em um devaneio próximo ao desfecho do livro, o psiquiatra Armando nos fornece o que me parece ser a chave de sua relação profissional/pessoal com Sérgio. No relato meio ególatra do sonho, ele abre aspas para o personagem-título, agora com o nome Sandra: "No começo, eu esperava que o senhor me confrontasse a respeito (da transexualidade). Mas, como isso nunca aconteceu, e, ainda assim, eu aproveitava e aprendia com as nossas sessões, continuava o tratamento. Não tinha nada a perder. Nem [...]

    9. Joseph Schreiber on said:

      An intelligent, sensitive and original approach to the question of gender identity. I'm most impressed. I typically avoid books on this subject - I know it too well and most literary books on the theme leave a lot to be desired. My full review can be found at: roughghosts/2016/05/26/th

    10. Simone on said:

      Às vezes achava o conflito do psicólogo meio forçado, como se ninguém tivesse que se torturar tanto só pq não percebeu o tal dado "essencial" sobre o paciente e se culpando pelo que aconteceu a ele na América. Mas quando se revela a história de Angelus, o livro se amarra bem e fica (quase) perfeito.

    11. Stephanie Crowe on said:

      A provocative and poignant look at life and the search for happiness that all humans long for.

    12. Pedro Maziero on said:

      Esperava um pouco mais, mas gostei o suficiente pra me sentir inspirado e pra Sandra ficar guardadinha no s2

    13. Fantaghiro23 on said:

      Lovely little book about a therapist understanding his transgender patient and the role he played in helping her achieve her happiness.

    14. Christian Westermann on said:

      Armando’s itch to find out why his patient Sergio is now living as a woman named Sandra, taking him from the comforts of his cushy life as a therapist in São Paulo to the endless maze of New York City, is a funny and charming read. Alexandre Vidal Porto’s understanding of his characters and what makes them happy, showed me that people are most definitely peculiar and that that is the wonderful thing about life. -Christian

    15. willowdog on said:

      The search for happiness is examined in this tale told by a psychologist about a former patient who he doesn’t know if he helped or not. Sergio seeks happiness by becoming Sandra in NYC. The family thinks the psychologist made him happy. He cannot figure out why, so he pursues answers to this question. I cried.

    16. Amy on said:

      I have a difficult time reviewing this short book. It is an extremely relevant story to current events and it meets a mainstream need; to empathize with transpersons through sympathy with a cisperson. Most cispersons are still in the situation of not knowing anyone who has struggled with gender identity except perhaps through reality television. The main character of Sergio Y. is a 70-year old Argentinian psychologist who is struggling to understand and develop his own empathy, and that is somet [...]

    17. Fatima on said:

      A little novella set in São Paulo and New York about a psychiatrist trying to figure out how he truly missed figuring out his patient’s source of unhappiness. He goes and talks with several characters in the book just to deeply understand how he missed it.Quotes:"He considered himself unhappy even if it was not readily apparent. He was sober. His grief did not show. If he did not reveal his feelings, no one would have known. No one would have even suspected."“If happiness is not where we ar [...]

    18. Emily Carter on said:

      This is a book beautiful in its simplicity, and important in this era when murders of transgendered individuals world wide have been called an "epidemic." A sad and inspirational novel, these lovable characters go on a journey to learn about happiness, love, tragedy, and acceptance. Sandra, formerly known as Sergio, never makes a live appearance, her only words expressed post-mortem through therapy sessions recorded to give her therapist's arthritic hands a break in note taking. But in the way t [...]

    19. Lidiana on said:

      One of the debates that goes around the Queer and Gender Studies field is if a writer can write about a queer topic without being queer. This is one of the dilemmas of Sergio Y. the story of a boy who transitions from man into woman. Differently from what is expected, the story is not told from the boys perspective, yet from the point of view of the psychoanalyst who worked with Sergio and did not notice his transgender identification. After some turns in the plot (a little extreme, must I say) [...]

    20. World Literature Today on said:

      "How do we make sense of changes in others that upset the ways we understand ourselves? This question hangs over Sergio Y a slim novel from Brazil that received the Paraná Literary Prize. In its opening chapters, Armando, a successful seventy-year-old therapist in São Paulo, reflects in a searching tone about his former patient, Sergio Y. The theme of emigration—and the perilous parallel journey into authentic selfhood and happiness— [becomes] key." - Evan JamesThis book was reviewed in th [...]

    21. Wendy Cosin on said:

      A Brazilian therapist tries to understand what happened to a former patient after the patient moved from São Paulo to NYC. The tone and language are flat; the 'insights' about happiness and transgender issues ordinary. Maybe if this was written 50 years ago it would be ground-breaking, but not in 2016. The best thing I can say is that it is short (177 pages). I,ll be interested to hear what others think when it is published in this country in May.

    22. A on said:

      The most earnest voice I've ever read - more truthful and genuine than a teenage's diary. A heart warming story about the responsibility we feel for others, how much of our happiness is dependent on theirs.It's a strange novel in the sense that everyone is kind, good, considerate. I like that it's a gentle read.

    23. Sígride on said:

      Livro bem escrito, sensível. Os meus questionamentos foram aumentando junto com as do Armandoe me apeguei tanto a Sandra. Acho que mais do que a história principal ele faz você refletir sobre as condições humanas e o que é possível fazer para se sentir um ser humano completo.

    24. Elizete Nicolini on said:

      It is a surprising book, a creative fiction about a sensitive theme. Well-written, also. A deep investigation into who we are. A brave story about sexuality, identity and searching for happiness. I confess that I expected a little more.

    25. Arthur on said:

      Sei lá. Não sei direito o que aconteceu (digo: não fiquei comparando esta edição com a antiga; e, normalmente ao reler algo, ficamos mais atentos a possíveis defeitos etc.), mas gostei ainda mais do livro. Virou favorito.

    26. Thaizi on said:

      Não consegui largar esse livro. Narrativa bem estruturada com personagens bem interessantes.A história de Angelus parece algo a parte de tão impressionante e maravilhoso.Com certeza um dos melhores livros que eu li esse ano.

    27. Kaeman McDonald on said:

      I wrote an initial review stating the lack of depth within this book. But now I think that the lack of depth and how plain the writing seem is all due to terrible translating from Portuguese to English. So I withhold any review until I learn how to read in Portuguese or someone re-translate it.

    28. Jenny on said:

      The fact that I finished Sergio Y in three sittings says it all. Don't read the front jacket or back cover as there are spoilers. Just sit back and let the story of Sergio's life unfold in the order his psychiatrist chooses to tell it.

    29. Jacob Smullyan on said:

      While this little novel is attractively written with an understated lyricism, it is thin on ideas and such that it has are painfully literal.

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