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L’écume des jours


Dship and youth The adult world is little than a distant blur so indistinct and remote that it just disappears beyond the horizon of their leightheartedness Their passion or American jazz and in Chick s case the existentialist writer Jean Sol Partre a hilarious caricature of Jean Paul Sartre is a reflection of the author s own interests an all consuming love or Duke Ellington s own interests an all consuming love Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda for Duke Ellington s and a great knowledge of contemporary literatureOne day Colin meets Chlo a name he can t help but adore since it is also the title of hisavourite Ellington tune the delicate romance soon leads to marriage and adult life can inally begin Delicate playful a charming antasy in pink and blue thus the writer lures the reader deeper and deeper inside before springing his trap And we realise that the succulent juicy ruit we ve been eating so ar is poisonous Death grows as a water lily in Chlo s chest POSSIBLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL METAPHOR FOR CANCER IN THE the most beautiful metaphor If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song for cancer in the of literatureHer illness affects the whole world around the young couple taking the visible shape of their shrinking decayinglat reminding of the Expressionist Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford film techniue intimateeelings are reflected by the mutability of the outside world I m thinking of Murnau or LangAdult life takes the protagonists youth away like a deadly undertow leaving layer upon layer of disenchantment Chick s obsession Ready for Summer for Partre another subtle metaphor Is Vian or less unconsciously describing drug addiction Colin s desperate attempt to work Vian s tragicomic vignettes are unforgettable Alise devastating sense of impotence Chlo s illness seem to drag everybody down with her In aew pages Vian has turned his starry eyed teenagers into tragical heroes This book s painful beauty strikes like a revelation The reader caught in its coils is lost in a labyrinth of musical literary artistic references revolving around the simple core of the tale Then tragedy starts to leak through the Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech flowery surface of this dreamscape and a sense of claustrophobia works its way through our heart Vian was only 26 when he wrote this short wonderful book and yet he already possessed the techniue and sensitivity of an old Master This bouuin is the ultimate accomplishment of the1920s literary Surrealism a bewildering preview of the 1960s Nouvelle Vague a perfect specimen of French Po mo not to mention Vian s incomparable writing style His language is made of neologisms puns anagrams semantic m langes A gun is an eualizer a lynxur becomes a larynx A coerência textual fur but I could go onor hours listing the literary wonders of this novel Even Jacues Pr vert in my humble opinion the greatest poet of last century the Modern Poet par excellence was a devoted admirer and riend of this young talented pioneer It s poetic prose and visual literature if such a thing has ever existed It s a melancholic allegory that breaks your heart and makes you smile A tear rolls down you cheek as you close your eyes and start humming a jazz tune Duke Ellington s Chloe a va sans dire A novel challenging classification in which verbal ireworks are in the driver s seatNevermind Boris Vian looking like Emmanuel Macron they are not made rom the same dough Musicscape Brutal Swing Igorrr Roman plut t inclassable dans leuel la antaisie verbale tient le haut du pav Lu sur l invite de mon p reFonds Musical Brutal Swing Igorrr L cume Des Jours Foam of the Daze Mood Indigo If what I like to call the romantic side of me was to write a book it wouldn t be that exactly but something very close to it Boris Vian builds an enchanting world of pink clouds and cotton candy made of rays of sunshine just to tear it apart with a dashing blow He plants little blue First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There flowers in your mind just to unleash a herd of omnivorous sheep that will voraciouslyeed on them along with all that s beautiful and sweet He knew that the prettier the atmosphere the devastating the destruction would be It s like painting the most beautiful picture using the brightest colors just to set it on ire before you can even admire it Apart rom all that this is a novel that s ull of witty allegories about pretty much everything and which I m sure that I didn t uite get even half of Not that it matters anyway You can just open this book and let it. Empieza a crecer en el interior de Chloé y tras los primeros instantes de sorpresa un manto de melancolía parece cubrir la viveza de todos. .
T acrobatic sex and the most delicious meals of your life while You Re Still Young This re still young this says because before you know it you re going to have to go out there and earn a living and then your whole life will stop being about creativity and start being about where the money is coming rom It s horrible Colin says at one point about work It reduces man to the ranks of machinery An old man in a white shirt with bushy hair was reading a manual behind a desk Good morning sir said Colin Good morning sir said the manHis voice was cracked and thickened with age I ve come about the job said Colin Oh said the man We ve been looking or someone or a month without any luck It s uite hard work you know Yes said Colin But it s well paid Good Lord said the man it wears you out you know and it might not be worth the money but it s not Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for me to denigrate the administration At any rate you can see I m still alive Have you been working here long said Colin A year said the man I m 29 He ran a trembling wrinkled hand across theolds of his aceIt s the novel of someone in their twenties acing the looming prospect of adult life In keeping with the hyperbole of the book in general respectable adulthood isn t just a chore it s the apocalypse Forget about wistful wishy washy endings in this one all your avourite characters end up wasting away burning to death getting shot having their hearts cut out or committing suicide Welcome to France population miserableThe violence is actually there rom the very beginning in a cartoony kind of way and Vian has a very artful way of allowing you to realise that those cartoon injuries are in Space Kid fact bleeding real blood I d be lying if I said part of me wasn t hopingor a life affirming ending but it s hard to object when you re being played so expertly This book is like nothing you ve read a blend of Wodehouse Huysmans Faulkner and Lewis Carrol all set to a pounding soundtrack of Vian s beloved boogie woogie and blues music It is the dream of being young and the nightmare of getting old I Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town fell in love with it And I will never trust the Andrex puppy againAug 2013 After watching the new movie last week I had to reread the book Well the text version is better but the movie is reasonablyaithful to it and does sometimes manage to supply a charming or witty illustration For exampleLe pianocktail chaue note dit Colin je ais correspondre un alcool une liueur ou un aromate La p dale orte correspond l uf battu et la p dale Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water faible la glace Pour l eau de Seltz ilaut un trille dans le registre aigu Les uantit s sont en raison directe de la dur e la uadruple croche uivaut le seizi me d unit la noire l unit la ronde la uadruple unit Lorsue l on joue un air lent un syst me de registre est mis en action de Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus fa on ue la dose ne soit pas augment e ce ui donnerait un cocktail trop abondant mais la teneur en alcool Et suivant la dur e de l air on peut si l on veutaire varier la valeur de l unit la r du Oh absolute Joy Oh absolute annihilating cathartic Beauty of the WordIt s the third time surrender #To Its Magic And #its magic and the ineffable all pervading delight hasn t vanished so d better write something coherent before letting the secret pleasures of the Stendhal syndrome overwhelm me It starts like La Boum and ends like Love StoryIt s a poem by Pr vert illustrated by Salvador Dal It s a white Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse feather caressing your skin and leaving a bleeding sore that will never heal Onlyree association gives me the means to describe this amazing kaleidoscope of genres Vian s writing style is an explosion of colours sounds tactile Troubled Waters feelings sort of Neo baroue literature displaying all his eclectic talent and playful genius L cume des Jours literally Foam of the Days translated as Foam of the Daze in the English edition is pure Baroue indeed a work in which the simplicity of the tale is shrouded by the extreme complexity and ornamentation like a tinylower hidden in a Faberg egg encrusted with diamonds In a semi dystopian vaguely disuieting Paris Dal s imagery Roussel s surreal machines Huxley s social engineering a latent violence reminding of Orwell Colin Isis Chick and his girlfriend Alise spend their time listening to jazz records skating and enjoying their rien. Locuras y extravagancias creencias y proyectos diversiones y pesares alegrías y rustraciones Un día sin embargo todo cambia un nenúfar. Wow this book destroyed me Beautiful oneiric sexy deadpan linguistically inventive and Then In The End in the end tragicYou know what reading this book is like It s like you re sitting there having un the sun s shining and who do you see bouncing towards you but the fun the sun s shining and who do you see bouncing towards you but the adorable cute little character you #Can Imagine The Andrex Puppy Say Aw Look It S #imagine The Andrex puppy say Aw look It s Andrex puppy C mere little ella And he bounds over to you his little tail wagging away birds tweeting in the background ah the warm sun on your aceAnd then just as you open your arms to give him a big hug suddenly you realise that there s a slightly rabid look in his eye And just as you start to press his cuddly little body into yours OH SHIT WHAT THE FUCK his sharp little teeth are ripping into the soft lesh of your throat WHAT ARE YOU DOING ANDREX PUPPY and he s growling away claws slashing AAAUGH arterial blood is spurting all over the grass and the daisies and OH MY GOD YOU RE DEADYOU WERE KILLED BY THE ANDREX PUPPY THE CUTEST CREATURE ALIVEI am a Photoshop masterWell uck you Boris Vian And uck everyone else that wrote reviews making this sound like a cuddly love Owls: Birds of the Night fest Did you all stop reading after 150 pages or whatWhat makes this book so deeply affecting is that the world it offers you is the most charming and wonderfulictional environment I ve encountered Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, for years Afterifty pages I wanted to curl up and live in it The laws of physics are different here everything is soft and yielding and in tune with your moods It is like a sort of magic realism avant la lettre only less irritating and laboured what it really reminds me of most of all is the Bon Bon Voyage fluid anything can happen creativity of Through the Looking Glass This is a world where you go on a date and things like this happenThey walkedollowing the irst pavement they came to A little pink cloud came down rom the sky and approached them May I it suggested Go ahead said Colin and the cloud surrounded themInside it was warm and it smelled of cinnamon sugar No one can see us any said Colin But we can see them Be careful said Chlo it s a little transparent Ils marchaient suivant le premier trottoir venu Un petit nuage rose descendait de l air et s approcha d eux J y vais proposa t il Vas y dit Colin et le nuage les enveloppa l int rieur il aisait chaud at s sentait le sucre cannelle On ne nous voit plus dit Colin Mais nous on les voit C est un peu transparent dit Chlo m iez vous And they walk along in their own little cloud watching the other passers by and looking in the shop windowsOn another occasion guests at a dinner party eat eel that was caught by the butler in his bathroom tap One of the diners later complains to Colin about how unlikely this seems I was up all night ishing in my own taps to see if I could catch one too he says the next day But round our place you only get trout In the middle of the table Colin has a centrepiece consisting of a jar of ormaldehyde in which two chicken embryos appeared to be miming the Spectre de la Rose in the choreography of Nijinsky It is incredibly hard to pull this sort of thing off without seeming twee or annoying and Vian just doesn t seem twee or annoying I ve stared at some of these passages till I was cross eyed and I still don t understand how he manages it but it works I believe everything he saysThis is a very A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency funny book it owes a debt to PG Wodehouse not least in the character of Nicolas the butler who in my head was played by 90s Stephen Fry It s also sexy as hell Vian managing to succeed in that very continental tradition of respectful objectivisation a neat oxymoron to pull off the girls are adorable and everybody at least atirst seems young and beautiful and comfortably off The latent sexiness creeps into the narrative voice in all kinds of ways at one point a door clicks shut with the sound of a bare hand on a bare bottom avec le bruit d une main nue sur une esse nueBut what is actually going on here Is it really just an extended adult airy tale As the book goes on you gradually realise in my case with a terrible sense of regret that what Vian is really doing is setting up an Edenic picture of young love only to stress the awfulness of what comes after You d better have the mos. Inmersos en su universo peculiar donde cualuier cosa es posible Colin y Chloé Chick y Alise son dos jóvenes parejas de amigos ue comparten. .

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