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VIE MODE D'EMPLOI (LA) [Mass Market Paperback]

GEORGES PEREC
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La Vie mode d'emploi est un livre extraordinaire, d'une importance capitale non seulement dans la création de l'auteur, mais dans notre littérature, par son ampleur, son organisation, la richesse de ses informations, la cocasserie de ses inventions, par l'ironie qui le travaille de bout en bout sans en chasser la tendresse, par sa forme d'art enfin : un réalisme baroque qui confine au burlesque. (Jacqueline Piatier, Le Monde) L'ironie, très douce, imperceptible, fantomatique, moirée, faite d'un détachement extrême, d'une méticulosité et d'une patience qui deviennent de l'amour... En résumé, c'est un prodigieux livre-brocante, qu'on visite sans se presser, à la fois livre fourre-tout, livre promenade. (Jacques©Pierre Amette, Le Point) Et cela donne des romans exotiques, extravagants, des crimes parfaits, des fables érudites, des catalogues, des affaires de moeurs, de sombres histoires de magie noire, des confidences de coureurs cyclistes... Jeux de miroirs et tables gigognes, entrez dans cet immeuble et vous ferez le tour du monde. Un vertige majuscule. Quand on en sort, on est léger comme une montgolfière. (Catherine David, Le Nouvel Observateur) En quelques centaines de pages, fruits de neuf années de travail, Perec opère le ratissage délibéré, systématique, hallucinant du champ romanesque contemporain. Son livre est, sans doute, à la littérature ce que le Robert est à la lexicographie. (Oatrick Thévenon, L'express)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever Oct. 24 2004
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All of the biographies/histories/recipes/descriptions that make up chapters of the book are like puzzle pieces: they each stand alone while at the same time are part of a bigger Life picture. One character that recurs throughout the book lives a life that is in fact jigsaw puzzle-oriented; what happens with the puzzle idea in the end is simple and profound. After all the other seemingly meandering chapters, the logic of this story with the puzzle that threads in and out from beginning to end brings the whole book to a sharp focus and thereby gives the other stories a function in retrospect. It is like life itself which can be either rich with meaning or void of coherence, depending on whether or not you acknowledge it in all its detail that Perec so breathtakingly illustrates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The virtuoso plays with the micro roman May 22 2000
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This is a tour de force of interwoven life fragments. George Perec was apparently always far a head in all Oulipo style games (Oulipo was some sort of bizzare literary group imposing on themselves impossible challenges) and this is the result of such a self imposing dare.
Well, what do you expect from a guy who wrote a long roman in French without a single instance of the letter e!
Anyway, the book at hand is mainly impressive. It tells about a zillion little stories, some parallel, some crossing. All along, you feel the craftmanship of the author, in designing the characters and giving them depth and interest.
Still, to me it was too post-modern to be considered a real sweeping read. If you're into a bit of experimental literature but won't give up concepts like narrative and characters, Perec is the author for you and this book (preferably in the original French) a good selection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The virtuoso plays with the micro roman May 22 2000
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This is a tour de force of interwoven life fragments. George Perec was apparently always far a head in all Oulipo style games (Oulipo was some sort of bizzare literary group imposing on themselves impossible challenges) and this is the result of such a self imposing dare.
Well, what do you expect from a guy who wrote a long roman in French without a single instance of the letter e!
Anyway, the book at hand is mainly impressive. It tells about a zillion little stories, some parallel, some crossing. All along, you feel the craftmanship of the author, in designing the characters and giving them depth and interest.
Still, to me it was too post-modern to be considered a real sweeping read. If you're into a bit of experimental literature but won't give up concepts like narrative and characters, Perec is the author for you and this book (preferably in the original French) a good selection.
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