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MÉTAPHYSIQUE DES TUBES [Mass Market Paperback]

Amélie Nothomb
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"Il existe des êtres qui ne subissent pas la loi de l'évolution. Ce sont les légumes cliniques", ou des tubes par où circule seule la nourriture. Ces tubes ne sont pas pour autant sans cervelle puisqu'il arrive que celle-ci, suite à un "accident fatal", se réveille soudain, et déclenche la vie. C'est exactement ce qu'a vécu la (très) jeune narratrice de Métaphysique des tubes durant les deux premières années de sa vie qui furent muettes, immobiles, végétatives, bref divines. Au sens propre, car ce singulier bébé n'ignore pas qu'il est Dieu lui-même, méditant sur ce monde qu'il hésite à rejoindre. Sous forme de monologues intérieurs, considérations philosophico-drolatiques, on déguste le récit de ces trois premières années d'une vie française au Japon, pays merveilleux où de la naissance à la maternelle, l'enfant est un dieu.

Depuis son entrée fracassante en littérature en 1992 avec Hygiène de l'assassin , Amélie Nothomb ne cesse de confirmer son talent singulier, au rythme d'un roman annuel. Elle est notamment l'auteur des Catilinaires , de Peplum et de Stupeur et Tremblements, lauréat du Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française en 1999 et phénoménal succès public. --Laure Anciel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Une petite enfance capricieuse au pays du Soleil levant. Les trois premières années d'Amélie Nothomb résolument muette (mais qui pense beaucoup) jusqu'à un début de noyade en mer. Un autre roman drôle, au "goût de citron vert" (G. Massoutre) par la très intelligente et excentrique auteure de Stupeur et tremblements. Sélection Goncourt. -- Services Documentaires Multimédia -- SDM

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4.0 out of 5 stars Memories Sept. 12 2009
By Saro
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Despite not having read French literature for quite some time, I took up Nothomb's sardonic and bittersweet quasi-autobiography in the fall and quickly delved into Nothomb's self-deprecating and delightfully raw stroll down memory lane. In fact, the quasi-fictional heroine's experiences were reminiscent of my own childhood. Indeed, I was a late bloomer and did not speak well after my third birthday. . . one might say that I was plagued by similar crises of conscience and precocious worry and the mischievous protagonist has reminded me of my introvert younger self. Indeed, such vacuous memories have not visited in so long that it felt so wickedly comforting and full of yearning to share in the tube's trials and tribulations
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made in japan Dec 2 2002
By Phil On
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very unusual auto-biography telling the story of a little girl from her birth untill she reaches four.
The beginning of the book is amazing, you really don't know where the writter is leading you-could this be reality, I mean is this every Human's reality or just a metaphoric approach of the beginning of our lifes...Are we just tubes that need a revelation to exist?
This would be the metaphysical part of the book-very exciting not all boring like it may seem- leading to a more "normal" yet very intriging story.
A fabulous tale written with an insatiable rythm inviting us into the world of a little Belgian girl born in Japan deeply touched by the grace and the culture of that country and surrounded by European and Japanese cultures in the same house.
I never thought a four year-old could have led such an interresting and sometimes so scary life.No violence, no blood only inner-fears we might all have felt one day.This reefers to the French version of the book.Phil-Nicole's husband.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made in japan Dec 2 2002
By Phil On - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very unusual auto-biography telling the story of a little girl from her birth untill she reaches four.
The beginning of the book is amazing, you really don't know where the writter is leading you-could this be reality, I mean is this every Human's reality or just a metaphoric approach of the beginning of our lifes...Are we just tubes that need a revelation to exist?
This would be the metaphysical part of the book-very exciting not all boring like it may seem- leading to a more "normal" yet very intriging story.
A fabulous tale written with an insatiable rythm inviting us into the world of a little Belgian girl born in Japan deeply touched by the grace and the culture of that country and surrounded by European and Japanese cultures in the same house.
I never thought a four year-old could have led such an interresting and sometimes so scary life.No violence, no blood only inner-fears we might all have felt one day.This reefers to the French version of the book.Phil-Nicole's husband.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tube God March 16 2009
By Asher Gabbay - Published on Amazon.com
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Amelie Nothombe does it for me once again; I loved this book. It's my third Nothombe book, after Fear and Trembling and Le Sabotage Amoureux. Again this is an "autobiographical fiction" novel, as one can hardly trust Nothombe that she truly recounting her experiences and memories from infancy...

Nothombe was born in Kobe, Japan, while her father was serving as the Belgian consul there. The family lived in a small village, Shukugawa, and the story begins with the birth of Amelie. Only she wasn't Amelie yet; she was only a tube. A tube that thought of itself as God. This God did nothing but eat, digest and excrete its food (hence the "tube") but as far as it was concerned, the tube was happy with its existence. Its parents and doctors, on the other hand, were at a loss. This tube did not develop as a normal child and up until the age of two, it is basically a vegetable and indeed it does not have a name. It is named "the plant" by its parents.

But then everything changes. Suddenly "the plant" starts to cry and protest and from a baby that needed nothing but cleaning and feeding, it becomes an insufferable nightmare. Day and night it cries and cries, and its parents no longer know what to do. They miss the days of "the plant".

The turning point in the life of the tube comes with the visit of her grandmother from Belgium (the visit is somewhat delayed due to the visitor's sartorial needs in preparation for the trip to the east). The grandmother enters the room where the tube is protesting, produces a piece of white chocolate (which the tube accepts after some hesitation), and the transformation occurs. The sweet taste releases the identity of the baby, and Nothombe switches to writing in the first person. Amelie is finally "born".

I will stop here. But the story just begins, with many wonderful and dramatic events in the infant's life unfolding at a fast and spellbinding pace. It's a small book, but it succeeds where many a mightier book fail: a captivating story that is both amusing and dramatic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metaphysique des Tubes Oct. 18 2010
By Agathe - Published on Amazon.com
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So far for me the best, more enchanting Nothomb, funny, profound, poetic, wonderfully written. If you can, read it in French.
I wonder how some episodes can be translated in English and not loose their splendor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dec 12 2002
By Canadian enthusiast - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How do I review this book without sounding shallow?
This book combines depth, humor and a lot of sarcasm and that's,I think, what makes Amelie Nothomb's writings the best read i've had in years ( guess i'm a bit biased since I'm a huge fan of hers).
Although this is a sort of a biography of the author's early ages, the way it is narrated makes it highly intriguing in a twisted kind of way.
Note that this review is based on the FRENCH version of the book.
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