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Guys Like Me: Dominique Fabre

“There are no second acts.” The narrator of Dominique Fabre’s novel Guys Like Me is a 54 year-old-year-old office worker. Due to a lack of personal details, the narrator remains throughout the story, an Everyman, gray, balding, a little out-of-shape, a little overweight, one of the many anonymous divorced, solitary men we see at work, at the supermarket, or on the streets every day.   1,358 more words


The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (translated from the French by Alison Anderson)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

A prickly little creature is the hedgehog. It looks like a pincushion with eyes. Natural selection has endowed the hedgehog with an ingenious suit of spiked armor that protects its vulnerable insides. 1,026 more words

Literary Fiction

A Void by Georges Perec

I usually know that I won’t finish a book within the first few pages. Unbearable prose or unendurable monotony. Self gratulatory faux-cleverness or narrators throttling me with reprehensible social views. 370 more words


The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain

I recently reviewed The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, and I just finished his earlier book, The President’s Hat. Set towards the end of Francois Mitterrand’s presidency, the book opens with Daniel Mercier treating himself to a meal at a brasserie while his wife and son are away. 298 more words

The Islanders: Pascal Garnier

“This was not real life in the everyday world where you could come and go as you pleased; Olivier knew what a massive step he was taking. 1,150 more words