This Is Life

This Is Life

Large Print - 2012
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In Paris, art student Aurélie Renard throws a stone and sets in motion a chain of events that will turn her life upside down. Suddenly finding herself in sole charge of a stranger's baby, and with no idea how babies work, it's only with the help of her adoring professor and her gun-toting heartbreaker of a best friend that she is able to navigate her way through the most extraordinary and calamitous seven days of her life. Meanwhile, in a Pigalle cinema, a naked man is doing his best to show the people of Paris, Aurelie among them, what it means to be alive.
Publisher: [Bath] : Windsor/Paragon, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781445896717
9781445896700
Characteristics: 410 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.

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mythoughts
Jan 02, 2016

So many great reviews of this book. I was enjoying it until the ridiculous baby thing in the first chapter and didn't get past it. "Magical realism" can be fantastic (Charles de Lint) but when it doesn't ease you into it, you're just thinking, "Yeah like that would happen". That's how I felt with this. Others seem to have really enjoyed it though.

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uncommonreader
Feb 23, 2015

This novel is a little too self-consciously offbeat and in the end, just too silly.

bergieskid Jul 19, 2013

Has all the elements of the sort of book I enjoy reading -- but for some reason I didn't truly enjoy it.

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BOOKS55
Jul 08, 2013

Bizarre story line but is a great fun read. Very funny and an enjoyable read.

Donna_R Apr 11, 2013

Dan, Dan, Dan - how do I love thee? Lots and lots. This is writing that you lose yourself in and don't want to get out. Funny, clever, touching and unexpected - he knows how to weave a story. Takes the mickey out of art and hipster artists etc, but never with malice. Brilliant.

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SusieMac
Mar 02, 2013

This quirky comedy of the absurd was a refreshing change to read. Delightful characters and good humour (slightly on the dark side).

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bluehydrangea
May 29, 2012

enjoyably silly, with some very stylish writing + black humour alert.

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