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Class Trip & the Mustache [Paperback]

Emmanuel Carrere , Emmanuel Carr Re

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Book Description

May 1 2003
 
La Moustache--now a film directed by Emmanuel Carrère
 
"What would you say if I shaved off my mustache?" asks The Mustache's hero of his wife. Once removed, his wife and friends not only fail to recognize him, but deny the existence of the former mustache altogether. A metaphysical nightmare of the grandest kind, The Mustache is a stunning blend of absurdist comedy and philosophical speculation.
 
In Class Trip, young Nicholas's vivid imagination gets the best of him when a boy disappears from a school excursion. What the youthful detective finds is even more terrifying than his wildest fantasties.

Brought together in one volume, the piercing early novels of Emmanuel Carrère constitute some of the most devastating psychological portraits in contemporary fiction.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl (May 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312422334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312422332
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #460,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Fine and glossy and inexorable . . . Stunning."--John Updike, The New Yorker
 
"Carrère has written a book that is likely to ensnare anyone who starts reading it--ingenious and authentically eerie." --The New York Times Book Review
 
"His command is total, his ear is perfect"--The Star-Ledger (Newark)
 
"[A] singular method of storytelling . . . [a] masterstroke."--Detroit Free Press
 
"Carrère is a master of high-standard deviation."--Spin

About the Author

Emmanuel CarrŠre is the author of The Adversary and the novel Gothic Romance. He lives with his family in Paris, France.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book and perfect horror Jan. 5 2008
By Kendra - Published on Amazon.com
This review is for Class Trip:
I found this book quite accidentally. I am thrilled that I did because it is an excellent book and so completely beautifully written (and translated).

Carrere is a wonderful writer. His character, Nicolas, is so amazingly realistic. His thoughts, the way his mind wanders from thought to idea, his lack of confidence, his lying without explanation. All this makes Nicolas compelling and empathetic.

Although a bit of a thriller, this story is also a coming-of-age story. Nicolas is forced to grow up while attending a two-week ski-camp with his class. He yearns for acceptance and love and to be "one of the boys".

He IS accepted and he IS loved, and right before the end of the book, he IS indeed "one of the boys". Unfortunately, there is one more chapter or two . . . and, that changes everything and changes Nicolas forever.

The Mustache:
The mustache is also a shocker, although quite different from Class Trip. It is also perfect in its horror. The main character shaves off his mustache, but his wife doesn't seem to notice. When he mentions it, she insists that he never had a mustache. Ever. He proves that he did with the tufts of hairs he shaved and with pictures he finds. However, that "evidence" soon disappears and, once again, his wife (and his friends, too) insist he never had a mustache.

Well, if he had a mustache and they are lying, they are taking the joke awfully far. If they are not lying, he is going insane.

Carrere's writing is extraordinary. He is able to grasp fleeting thoughts and ideas that most people have but do not articulate. The story itself is nerve wracking yet the reader is compelled to continue. It's a shocking story with a major shock at the end that will leave you stunned for a few moments. I actually had to re-read the last few pages because it was such a stunner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book Jan. 5 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This review is for Class Trip:
I found this book quite accidentally. I am thrilled that I did because it is an excellent book and so completely beautifully written (and translated).

Carrere is a wonderful writer. His character, Nicolas, is so amazingly realistic. His thoughts, the way his mind wanders from thought to idea, his lack of confidence, his lying without explanation. All this makes Nicolas compelling and empathetic.

Although a bit of a thriller, this story is also a coming-of-age story. Nicolas is forced to grow up while attending a two-week ski-camp with his class. He yearns for acceptance and love and to be "one of the boys".

He IS accepted and he IS loved, and right before the end of the book, he IS indeed "one of the boys". Unfortunately, there is one more chapter or two . . . and, that changes everything and changes Nicolas forever.

The Mustache:
The mustache is also a shocker, although quite different from Class Trip. It is also perfect in its horror. The main character shaves off his mustache, but his wife doesn't seem to notice. When he mentions it, she insists that he never had a mustache. Ever. He proves that he did with the tufts of hairs he shaved and with pictures he finds. However, that "evidence" soon disappears and, once again, his wife (and his friends, too) insist he never had a mustache.

Well, if he had a mustache and they are lying, they are taking the joke awfully far. If they are not lying, he is going insane.

Carrere's writing is extraordinary. He is able to grasp fleeting thoughts and ideas that most people have but do not articulate. The story itself is nerve wracking yet the reader is compelled to continue. It's a shocking story with a major shock at the end that will leave you stunned for a few moments. I actually had to re-read the last few pages because it was such a stunner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Trip & The Mustache Dec 1 2013
By MimiDiane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After seeing the movie, La Mustache, I knew I had to read the book. Little did I know that "Class Trip" would be equally outstanding. Would dearly love to see the movie!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mustache is a quirky, delightful flight of fantasy. Aug. 8 2014
By Steven A. Loewy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I only read The Mustache, which I absolutely loved. It is a quirky story, masterfully told. Basically, Carrere takes a joke and extends it for an entire novelette. In lesser hands this might have been a tedious read. But in the author's hands it is almost a page turner - never boring, and fun to follow.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down. Enough already. Nov. 28 2013
By Dorit Pilar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after having read The Adversary, hoping it would be as good as The Adversary. It wasn't.

Class Trip, as other reviewers have noted, is a coming-of-age story, sort of. The kid lapses into one self-obsessed reverie after another. Maybe the sort of thing a lonely adolescent is likely to do, but over and over and over . . . That's all there is in this book. The boy is the suffering center of the universe, either saving mankind or being consumed by your typical repugnant, organ trafficking, pretend villains, being ripped apart, mangled, and then gathered up by the nearby stud, in whose arms he will linger forever, near death, but repeatedly revived by the manly one. After a while you might find yourself skipping sentences, then paragraphs, then flipping pages, hoping for something, anything else. If the author were in 11th grade, this would be a composition for English class, and not AP English. Take my advice: skip the book.

It may be that Carrere's nonfiction, The Adversary, based on an actual, repugnant sociopath who murdered his wife, children, parents and father-in-law, succeeded because it wasn't about Carrere.

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