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Book Title: Meneer|
Date of issue: 1987
ISBN 13: 9789060127216
The author of the book: Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.92 MB
Edition: Van Gennep
Read full description of the books Meneer:The eponymous Monsieur wends his way down the Lazy River of life: unencumbered by Qualities, unconsummated by ambition, but concocted of Common and convivial of trite.
Toussaint glorifies a life most banal, a man so unassuming he isn’t assigned a name, a man who perambulates the torrents of the quotidian by bending ‘with the remover to remove’. Have I come across this trope before? A Nonesuch as Monsieur? An ode to the Sublime of Ordinary? No, no, and no: and thus, 5 stars for the novelty value.
I actually hate Monsieur. He works around the corner from me. Uninspired, uninterested, uninteresting, yet affable somehow in a space filler kind of way, He casually promenades upwards whilst the rest of us huff and puff upstream, against the tide, like so much salmon put to race.
Matters proceed at a stately, leisurely pace as Monsieur perambulates about, and Tossaint enchants with the driest, subtlest of humour:
‘There reigned, in Monsieur’s room, an odor of wax mixed with dry semen. Its my mothers room, said Monsieur Leguen in a hushed voice.Yes, I see, whispered Monsieur.’
Mother being an 80 year old scarf wearing pious Catholic. Obviously I honed in on the one semen-tical reference in the whole book: (well, I would), all other amuse bouche punnery is strictly PG.
A pleasure and a gem of abook(let).
Read information about the authorJean-Philippe Toussaint (born 29 November, 1957, Brussels) is a Belgian prose writer and filmmaker. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and he has had his photographs displayed in Brussels and Japan. Toussaint won the Prix Médicis in 2005 for his novel Fuir. The 2006 book La mélancolie de Zidane (Paris: Minuit, 2006) is a lyrical essay on the headbutt administered by the French football player Zinedine Zidane to the Italian player Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin. An English translation was published in 2007 in the British journal New Formations. His 2009 novel La Vérité sur Marie won the prestigious Prix Décembre.
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