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No & ich by Delphine de Vigan
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No & ich (edition 2010)

by Delphine de Vigan, Delphine de Vigan (Author), Doris Heinemann (Übersetzer)

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Precocious thirteen-year-old Lou meets a homeless eighteen-year-old girl on the streets of Paris and Lou's life is forever changed.
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Title:No & ich
Authors:Delphine de Vigan
Other authors:Delphine de Vigan (Author), Doris Heinemann (Übersetzer)
Info:Droemer/Knaur (2010), Broschiert, 250 Seiten
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No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

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A slightly strange book, in the way that French films are often odd to English sensibilities. The narrator is a highly intelligent, rather isolated high school student in Paris. Her mother is very deeply depressed following the death in infancy several years ago of her younger daughter. Her father desperately tries to hold things together. Lou, the narrator, befriends a young homeless teeneger, No, partly so she can complete a school assignment on homelessness. As their friendship deepens, the family beome implicated too. Is this then a feel-good novel in which everyone lives happily ever after? You'll have to read it to find out. It's touching, enlightening, bittersweet. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
In this very generous and compassionate novel, Vigan explores homelessness through the unlikely friendship of two teenage girls, No, broken living on the streets and Lou, living at home, both abandoned by their mothers, either physically or emotionally.
Lou, precocious and belonging to no social sphere, is able to reach out to No and bridge those unspoken barriers that exist in our many complicated social layers. With Lucas, also abandoned by this mother and living alone, they try to build their unique, safe haven despite grown-ups and rules. It is an experiment of sorts but one that has too many challenges - from the material, to the emotional and psychological, nothing is as linear as we would wish and little Lou has to come to this conclusion through experience rather than through books.
Touching and hopeful, this is a heart-warming coming of age story with difficult lessons.

I didn't love the translation - very British, I could easily read the French through the words. Maybe a good adaptation for a European audience, less so for an American one. ( )
  Cecilturtle | May 18, 2023 |
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  CristinaBolelli | Jan 7, 2022 |
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  CristinaBolelli | Dec 13, 2021 |
I'm discovering so many Y.A. novels that are the equal of "grown up" books. I've read some without realising the intended readership was teenagers (e.g.The Book Thief). Never found them to be 'dumbed-down' so the only difference that I have noticed is the age of the protagonists. The story of a slowly developing friendship between the narrator and a very special homeless girl No (shockingly not her real name), this YA novel pulls no emotional punches. Like Nick Hornby's How to be Good, No and Me asks what can I do on an individual and personal level, to help the homeless. ( )
  Teresa1966 | Dec 22, 2020 |
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The book starts slowly, the observations veering from the banal to the insightful. Ever since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a similar crossover novel from the young adult market, the naive observation of the grown-up world can seem contrived.

Yet the second half of this novel is a thing of poetic beauty. As No descends into alcoholic despair, all parties break trust with each other to do the right thing. You could meditate on some of Lou’s hard-won wisdom as she is forced to change. She starts out absolute and ends in nuance. It is, as any parent has said to a child on forcing him or her to tip the crab out of the bucket, more complicated than it looks at first.
 
The book creaks a little at the start. But once the plot gets going, de Vigan’s account skirts the clichés of foundling literature with economy and grace.....

....Lou’s voice is both distinctive and direct, and the novel’s unshowy negotiation of a complex issue should give readers of all ages something to consider.
 
Well-structured, with moments of tenderness and truth about family and home, inadequate parents and neglected children, No and Me is honest (as revealing and insightful about Lou and home life as it is about No and homelessness) but also at least partially reassuring. Lou's "large-scale experiment against fate" might not go quite according to plan, but De Vigan shows that things really can change, albeit not always in the ways we've anticipated, and not always in ways we can control.
 

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« - Je vous ai dit, je regardais la mer, j'étais cachée dans les rochers et je regardais la mer. »

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- I told you, I was looking at the sea, I was hidden in the rocks and I was looking at the sea. J.M.G. Le Clezio, Lullaby
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