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L'Ecume Des Jours [Paperback]

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L'Ecume Des Jours by Boris Vian

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Pages   315
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Librairie Generale Francaise
ISBN  2253140872  
ISBN13  9782253140870  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Boris Vian, who passed away in 1959, lives on in the TamTam Books' ideal world where personality, wit, great writing, and a man who embraced the 'pop' culture of his time and place (Saint Germain des Pres, Paris) is the supreme ruler. Sadly in a world where one has to compromise to eat and enjoy just the basic comforts, in this context, Vian's work is so much more powerful and meaningful. The concept and enjoyment of youth, jazz, dark nightclubs, bent-up paperbacks that fit in your back pocket, alcohol, the pleasure of sexual encounters, the first sting of love, the beauty of destruction, the sensual pleasure of reading a text and holding a book. These are the things that made me love Boris Vian. The playfulness of his language and the wit of his narratives are something that got me started in publishing. So it is with great pleasure that TamTam Books are focusing a lot of their attention on the works of this 20th Century genius. More titles will follow!

Boris Vian was born in 1920 and died in 1959.

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1Books > Foreign Language Books > French > All French Books
2Books > Special Features > Substores > jp-unknown3
3Books > Subjects > Children > Reference & Nonfiction > Language Arts > General
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Classics
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Classics
6Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary

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Une histoire triste  Apr 11, 2005
This brilliant work of fiction, akin to a fairy-tale, combines science-fiction, surrealism, absurdism, lyricism...
One of the highlights of post-war French litterature, it has become somewhat of a cult favourite for teenagers, as it relates the lives of yound adults who refuse to accept the responsabilities of adulthood, preferring to live according to principles eerily similar to those held by hippies, refusing to temper idealism with the demands of reality.
A fresh and poignant tale  Sep 1, 2003
It is a pity that Boris Vian has no name recognition in the anglo-saxon world. Much to blame is probably the uniqueness of his language and unconventional writing approach. This refreshing tale encompasses youth, love and the fleeting aspect of all that is precious in life.
Exquis, magnifique, superbe verbe et texture  Jul 18, 2002
Ce livre est un chef-d'oeuvre que l'on déguste du début à la fin et que l'on apprécie de plus en plus à chaque relecture. J'adore Boris Vian et l'aurait marié sans même y penser après avoir lu ce qui coule de sa plume. Les mondes qu'il crée sont fascinants, et celui-ci est le plus beau de tous.
Exquis, magnifique, superbe verbe et texture  Jul 18, 2002
Ce livre est un chef-d'oeuvre que l'on déguste du début à la fin et que l'on apprécie de plus en plus à chaque relecture. J'adore Boris Vian et l'aurait marié sans même y penser après avoir lu ce qui coule de sa plume. Les mondes qu'il crée sont fascinants, et celui-ci est le plus beau de tous.
searing, unmissable love story  Feb 19, 2002
L'Ecume des Jours (or, John Sturrock's translation, Foam of the days) tells us a story of Colin and Chloé and their love.
Of love that - however pure, serene and (perhaps) unbelievable it may appear to our everyday eye - is very much innocent. Like the one that, at least some of us, have always wished to experience.
The whole story has, unfortunatelly, a tragical end. But then, it wouldn't be one of the nicest books I have ever read. Only to express myself better through similarity, it is Jamiroquai's "Falling" that makes me think of Collin's falling in love with Chloé - except that Collin's love is 'returned' - they both love each other dearly and very much.
The whole story is divided in two parts - two worlds where love stays the same (even grows!) only the encompassing world undergo (terrible) changes. It's the careless world of Colin's and Chloe's love before they get married, full of warmness that only two suns may produce, and of the world after their wedding. The moment they say final yes at their wedding, Chloe gets ill and the whole preceding atmosphere suddenly changes from "happy" to "gloomy." As I said, the love stays, even gets greater, but the whole story then leads to an inevitable tragical end...
In Vian's own words it's a history that is "...entirely true as I made it up from the beginning to the very end." ["...entierement vraie, puisque je l'ai imaginée d'un bout a l'autre"] I would not quite say it is wholly made up although it's only my opinion. Yes, the story is a bit unreal, perhaps exaggerated, but I think it needs to be in order to let us feel and (hopefully) realize, that as 'panta rei' (as Time flows by) we should pauper our friendships and, when being loved and loving ourselves, then we should love sincerely and happily.

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