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Paris 75016: Diary of an Uptown Tramp Paperback – Dec 2003

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Teenager Pille (who grew up in Paris' wealthy sixteenth arrondissement, referenced in the title) chronicles the lives of trust-fund kids who go clubbing all night, sleep all day, and wake up in time to do it all over again. Hell (nee Ella) narrates this bleak little tale, which begins with her declaration "I'm a bitch" and continues with her exploits snorting endless lines of cocaine. Hell gets a reprieve when she falls in love with the mysterious Andrea, with whom she spends a blissful six months--until it ends for reasons hard to fathom. There's a lot of blather about how meaningless life is and how all these kids want is true connection and love from their parents, and on and on. The novel was well received in France and may create something of a stir here, too, based on shock value alone. Pille is not without talent as a writer, but she never convincingly answers the question that hovers over her precocious debut: Why should we care about the suffering of such insufferable people? Beth Leistensnider
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
inconsequential Nov. 12 2005
By S. Vorstoffel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book didn't manage to make me feel anything. I simply couldn't get myself to sympathise with the heroine. Sure, she is just a kid, lost in life, looking for honest human relationships and struggeling with the superficiality and indifference of the world around her, but at the same time a lot of her misery seems rather self-inflicted. Even if this might make me sound ultra-conservative, it's not like she lacks the means to make other choices and no circumstances force her to spend her life between clubs, drugs and designer clothes.

As for the shock value (a cynical teenager taking drugs, drinking and having random sex with everybody in sight) it is all a little too constructed to be truely shocking and there are other books about similar issues (American Psycho) that do a much better job in getting to you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
amazing novel that everybody must read.. Dec 19 2007
By Nino Kometiani - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have just purchased the book but I have seen the movie "Hell" based on this novel of Lolita Pille. Trust me, the story of Hell will shock you and will definitely encourage you to look at many things in life from different angle. If you're not sure about the book, watch the movie first and I bet next thing you will do will be buying this book.
This book was a waste of my time Jan. 6 2006
By Ms. K - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this novel, and I did not like it. It's a story about a rather tiresome Parisian teenager, the daughter of wealthy parents, who spends her time partying it up and spending money. But, despite the fact this young woman has money to burn, all she does is moan and complain and whine about her personal problems. Sorry, I can't feel much sympathy. It gets boring real fast. Hell, the main character is just not very likeable and I found myself thinking, who cares about her problems when the French-born children of African immigrants have it so much worse? Plus, the writing is rather awkward and stilted -- which most probably is the fault of the translator, I'll give Ms. Pille the benefit of the doubt on that score. All in all, this book is a mess, I felt it was a waste of my time, it isn't much of a read. As someone else said about this book, it's a morality tale without a point.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Dec 24 2005
By Hope - Published on
Format: Paperback
Though many people say they could not get into the character of Hell and all her escapades, I found her facinating. When she eventually goes straight it was almost a let down from her former self and I found myself wanting her to be the old Hell. She is a spoiled rich bitch but she tells you that from the beginning.
Good price, good condition May 11 2010
By Bruna Tereza Matos - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Didn't take long to get to the house and I loved the book!! Great seller.

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