Honeymoon

Honeymoon

eBook - 1990
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Jean B., the narrator of Honeymoon, is submerged in the world where night and day, past and present, have no demarcations. Having spent his entire adult life making documentary movies about lost explorers, Jean suddenly decides to abandon his wife and career, and takes what seems to be a journey to nowhere. He spends his solitary days recounting or imagining the lives of Ingrid and Rigaud, a refugee couple he met more than twenty years ago. Little by little, their story takes on more reality than Jean's existence, as his excavation of the past slowly becomes an all-encompassing obsession. In Honeymoon, Patrick Modiano constructs an existential tale of suspense and longing, and of the past's hold over a shifting, ambiguous present. Barbara Wright's translation remains true to Modiano's simple, melodious prose of a born storyteller.
Publisher: [United States] : David R. Godine, Publisher : Made available through hoopla, 1990
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781567925449
1567925448

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Sep 09, 2017

There are some astute aphorisms that he deftly inserts: "It also does happen that one evening, because of someone's attentive gaze, you feel a need to communicate to him not your experience, but quite simply some of the various details connected by an invisible thread, a thread which is in danger of breaking and which is called the course of a life." (p.88) and "Circumstances and settings are of no importance. One day this sense of emptiness and remorse submerges you. Then, like a tide, it ebbs and disappears." (p.120).
A very short, too short, of a book. It jumps from one time to another, but the reader only discovers this leap could be 20 years only one or two sections later, requiring the reader to readjust their comprehension of the story. This happens constantly.

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Oct 16, 2015

What a great writer. His sentences and vocabulary are deceptively simple, and the book is short but powerful.

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