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Tigus rated it 2 years ago
I don't really know what to rate this--all I know is that I read it in a rush, all in one morning (felt like one breath!)--and suddenly I was done...and I knew that I had enjoyed it. It rockets. It's sleek. it's not very long, perhaps to the detriment of what could be more emotional impact. But i...
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PSR's Book Blog rated it 2 years ago
It's Georges Perec - author of my very favourite book of all time - so it has to be good, doesn't it? And indeed it is. I'd read about this novel - Perec's second, but never published in his lifetime - in David Bellos' monumental biography of Perec, so when it finally turned up in print I had to hav...
BookPieces rated it 3 years ago
We begin. We turn to the first page, and we find ourselves already placed, not only on location but in the location. We are in one of the public areas. It is not, however, the entrance hall, the first of these areas which would be encountered were we to follow the logic of entering buildings. Then a...
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Cynically Speaking rated it 4 years ago
Mr. Perec's "Life: A User's Manual" has no protagonist. Except for, maybe, the building. The 10 story apartment building at 11 Rue Simon-Crubellier, Paris, France. The building and its stairs, elevator, floors, basements, attic, apartments, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and every fu...
KOMET rated it 5 years ago
"Pietr the Latvian" introduces the world to Jules Maigret, Detective Chief Inspector of the Police Judiciaire in Paris for the very first time. The setting is a cool, rainy autumn afternoon in interwar Europe a little more than a decade after the end of the First World War. Simenon provides the read...
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