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« on: October 30, 2009, 09:59:31 AM »

Anyone else read and marveled at this literary gem?
Written in French, the translator did a remarkable job in preserving the tone and richness of the original version.
The story swirls around two main characters: an erudite "concierge" in Paris, hiding her intelligence and culture from the wealthy of her building and a 12 year old leaving some deep thoughts behind before committing suicide.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009, 02:08:15 PM »

I didn't but now there is a one more book to look forward to ...Thanks
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009, 12:33:57 AM »

Suicide? Sounds too close to the summer I was 11.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009, 09:04:30 AM »

Rhiannon,
Nice to see you here  Smiley  Not here to push this book, it's just that I found it rich on so many levels.  Don't be turned off by the suicide girl, she's a complex and endearing character, just as you might have been when you were 11.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2009, 10:33:00 PM »

I'll put it on my list - but it does sound a bit sad!
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009, 09:01:23 AM »

WS,
Sad and deeply uplifting... part of its magic. Let me know what you think.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2009, 08:09:01 AM »

I hadn't heard of this baf, but it does look like an interesting read.  Thanks for the suggestion.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2009, 01:00:09 AM »

I'll have to keep an eye out for it, if you really think that it's that good.

And it's nice to see all of you here! Just so you know, I have a lot of catching up to do over there. For the longest time, I couldn't get past the Log In pages for some strange reason. You have no idea how glad I am to see you!!!
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Your most savory meal is that which you eat at the other person's table;
Your most comfortable bed is in the other person's house.
Now tell me, how can you separate yourself from the other person?

Sand and Foam ~~ Kahlil Gibran
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2009, 09:42:34 AM »

I'll have to keep an eye out for it, if you really think that it's that good.

And it's nice to see all of you here! Just so you know, I have a lot of catching up to do over there. For the longest time, I couldn't get past the Log In pages for some strange reason. You have no idea how glad I am to see you!!!
Glad to see you too Rhiannnonn. And, I'm not just saying that to get my number of posts up because I'm trying to catch up to WS while she is computerless.
No matter if it does appear that way.

I really wouldn't do that.  Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2009, 10:55:55 AM »

I'm looking forward to a talk that will be presented this week, by some professor, on this novel.  Looks like I'm not the only one to have been deeply intrigued and stirred by it. Will let you know what gems are revealed...
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2009, 10:46:09 PM »

Well, that had to be the most boring hour of this past year! A disappointment... sigh. Leave it to a prof to flog a text to death and drag it around.
Such a shame, she talked the magic right out of it!

Actually, an interesting point was made: this novel was a huge hit all over Europe when it came out. It hardly made a ripple on this side of the Atlantic. Obviously some cultural differences at work here. It did get me thinking about the big ideas of the novel, again. It's really an ode to beauty, beauty in the small, the imperceptible, the innocent and the moment.
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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2009, 10:09:29 PM »

Hey! I'm a Prof! I resemble that remark!

Well, that had to be the most boring hour of this past year! A disappointment... sigh. Leave it to a prof to flog a text to death and drag it around.
Such a shame, she talked the magic right out of it!

Actually, an interesting point was made: this novel was a huge hit all over Europe when it came out. It hardly made a ripple on this side of the Atlantic. Obviously some cultural differences at work here. It did get me thinking about the big ideas of the novel, again. It's really an ode to beauty, beauty in the small, the imperceptible, the innocent and the moment.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2009, 10:12:42 PM »

WS,
Well, I'm sure you're not THAT kind of prof!
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2009, 10:14:02 PM »

WS,
Well, I'm sure you're not THAT kind of prof!
Hmmm, well I might be worse!
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2009, 05:16:32 PM »

Anyone who recommends that "something Quest" movie is very fine by me! "Vision Quest"? what was the name...
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