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We Always Treat Women Too Well. Raymond Queneau [Paperback]

Queneau , Raymond Queneau
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October 2010
Published originally as the purported French translation of a novel by fictional Irish writer Sally Mara, "We Always Treat Women too Well" is set in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising and tells the story of the siege of a small post office by a group of rebels, who discover to their embarrassment that a female postal clerk, Gertie Girdle, is still in the lavatory some time after they have shot or expelled the rest of the staff. The events that follow are not for prudish readers, forming a scintillating, linguistically delightful and hilarious narrative.

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Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) was a French novelist and poet, most famous for his novel, Zazie. His work was notable for its pioneering use of colloquial language.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Irish by the French Dec 24 2003
By LEs
Format:Paperback
All of the characters in this work are minor characters in Joyce's Ulysses. Yet, this is another day, another event, and the relation to Joyce is only one of names, or is it?
This is work of frank sex and violence. The heroine? A nymphette. Who wins and are the revolutionaries really bad people? Queneau leaves that question open, prefering to unfurl the problematics of human relations in what can only be described as an unusual circumstance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Irish by the French Dec 24 2003
By LEs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
All of the characters in this work are minor characters in Joyce's Ulysses. Yet, this is another day, another event, and the relation to Joyce is only one of names, or is it?
This is work of frank sex and violence. The heroine? A nymphette. Who wins and are the revolutionaries really bad people? Queneau leaves that question open, prefering to unfurl the problematics of human relations in what can only be described as an unusual circumstance.
Read it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun quick read Sept. 13 2013
By dan carrano - Published on Amazon.com
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The book came in great condition. I love the Ernst drawing on the front. The story was hilarious and exciting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Queneau Rocks April 23 2013
By Pamela Kray - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read We Always Treat Women Too Well in 1993. I had read other novels and compositions of writer, Raymond Queneau, and this one did not disappoint. On second reading, 20 years later, this book is even better. Sophisticated humor running through social and political satire--in the guise of what could be a movie like Dog Day Afternoon. Keep printing this book. It is gold.
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolt(ing) or Reveal(ing)? April 2 2008
By Dick Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Hilarious! There is forcible entry (maybe?); murder (war?); and an analysis of fashion.

The situational morality was the keystone of the book. Should I? Will she? If she doesn't tell did it really happen? Did it really happen?

Stereotypes abound in the characters. I have never been closer to Ireland than wading along the coast of Maine, but I felt I was there. I could see the action as it was being described.

This is a marvelous short read that ended way to soon, but couldn't have been made longer without ruining it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Irish revolution viewed from a bank... Sept. 11 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Irish revolutionnaries in Dublin. They try to invest the city. We follow a group of them in a bank. And a young woman trapped in the "lavatories" (in english in the text) fiancée of an english captain... A story of innocent people who tempted to enter the history. Written in a fresh and joyful language.
For more information this book is a part of another which title is "the private diary of Sally Mara" which is really worthwhile to read.
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