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Eine Jugend by Patrick Modiano
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Eine Jugend (original 1981; edition 1985)

by Patrick Modiano, Peter Handke, Patrick Modiano, Peter Handke

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Member:GymnasiumWarstein
Title:Eine Jugend
Authors:Patrick Modiano
Other authors:Peter Handke, Patrick Modiano, Peter Handke
Info:Frankfurt, Suhrkamp (1985)
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The noirish, atmospheric story of a couple, Odile and Louis, and how they navigate post-war Paris. He works with a mysterious businessman and she tries to be a singer. They both do what they must to survive. The story begins when they’re 34 and 35 with two kids, so there’s no mystery in the ending. The story is in their early adult years. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jan 27, 2019 |
Patrick Modiano has been discovered by American publishers since he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the first of his books that I have read and considered by some to be his best. Many of his books are now available in English and more are becoming available every day. I found the book boring but it would not impede me from reading others of his. This book is set in Paris perhaps in the 1960s though many of his books are set in Paris during and after the Second World War. His prose is clean and simple which is appealing. I recommend you give him a try and decide for yourself.

Odile and Louis are leading a happy, bucolic life with their two children in the French countryside near the Swiss mountains. It is Odile’s thirty-fifth birthday, and Louis’s thirty-fifth birthday is a few weeks away. Then the story shifts back to their early years: Louis, just freed from his military service and at loose ends, is taken up by a shady character who brings him to Paris to do some work for a friend who manages a garage; Odile, an aspiring singer, is at the mercy of the kindness and unkindness of strangers. In a Paris that is steeped in crime and full of secrets, they find each other and struggle together to create what, looking back, will have been their youth. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Mar 26, 2016 |
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POUR RUDY
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Les enfants jouent dans le jardin et ce sera bientôt l'heure de la partie d'échecs quotidienne.
– On lui retire son plâtre demain matin, dit Odile.
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"Odile and Louis are leading a happy, bucolic life with their two children in the French countryside near the Swiss mountains. It is Odile's thirty-fifth birthday, and Louis's thirty-fifth birthday is a few weeks away. Then the story shifts back to their early years: Louis, just freed from his military service and at loose ends, taken up by a shady character who brings him to Paris to do some work for a friend who manages a garage; Odile, an aspiring singer, at the mercy of the kindness and unkindness of strangers. They move through a Paris saturated with the crimes and secrets of the past but breathing hopes for the future; they find each other and struggle together to create what, looking back, will have been their youth"--… (more)

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