Vie FrançaiseBook - 2007
Paul Blick: born in France (but not Paris); son of a car dealer; provincial sociology student-cum-theoretical revolutionary; rioter of '68; married soon thereafter; briefly employed (by his father-in-law); soon to discover adultery and other satisfactions of a desperate househusband as consort of a high-flying wife who conquers the world as CEO of a Jacuzzi-manufacturing company. This not-so-extraordinary Frenchman is delivered to the not-so-extraordinary awareness of having arrived in middle age more a product of his times, his country, and blind chance than a creature of his own free will. A fluke--wild commercial success as a photographer of trees--will give him, for a time, the belated illusion of self-fulfillment. But when this exalting respite passes (along with the unaccountable vogue for tree photography), Paul finds himself again a man more acted upon than acting, until the worst imaginable catastrophe forces him to see how feeble his powers to imagine the worst have heretofore been. And ever after there will be no avoiding the harder facts of life at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In this unforgettable French brother of Rabbit Angstrom and Frank Bascombe, Jean-Paul Dubois gives us a man whose life reflects the story--the mind and the heart--of a society coming belatedly, poignantly, and often hilariously to grips with the abiding pain and intermittent beauty of what living has become.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dubois JeanPaul 07/2007
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,25 cm.