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A French Novel

by Frédéric Beigbeder

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Diary (or docu-fiction) of a 40 year-old adolescent who imagines he can imitate Proust without effort or style. Poor little rich boy. Turns out that he loves his mother and daughter, admires his father (and his coterie of influential friends and young lovers) and is in awe of his older brother, his parents divorce was hard for him and he took to hedonism. The final pseudo-literary conceit goes plop into an empty pan. Or to put it another way this is a humourless bourgeois Brigitte Jones in drag doing Paris. Despite attaining degree zero of writing its saving grace is that it's a quick and not unpleasant read ( )
  mynote | Oct 11, 2010 |
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Comme un printemps les jeunes enfants croissent
Puis viennent en été
L'hiver les prend et plus ils n'apparaissent
Cela qu'ils ont été.

Pierre de Ronsard, ode à Anthoine de Chasteigner, 1550
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à ma famille et à Priscilla de Laforcade qui en fait partie
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Je suis plus vieux que mon arrière-grand-père.
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dans un roman, l'histoire est un prétexte, un canevas; l'important c'est l'homme qu'on sent derrière, la personne qui nous parle.
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In his most autobiographical text to date, Beigbeder recounts his stay in a French police cell in January 2008, after he was arrested for snorting cocaine off a car bonnet outside a nightclub in the super-chic 8th arrondissement of Paris. As he lies in the cell, he revisits his childhood, from the carefree days when his grandfather taught him to skim pebbles at the beach in Cenitz, to his parents' divorce, the conflicting influences of his hedonistic father and studious, seemingly conventional brother who has it all , and his own first, unrequited loves. This patchwork of memories is as much a portrait of the era as it is the story of a fragile, self-critical man who has finally dropped the mask.… (more)

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