After the Circus

After the Circus

A Novel

Book - 2015
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One of the hallmarks of French author Patrick Modiano's writing is a singular ability to revisit particular motifs and episodes, infusing each telling with new detail and emotional nuance. In this evocative novel the internationally acclaimed author takes up one of his most compelling themes: a love affair with a woman who disappears, and a narrator grappling with the mystery of a relationship stopped short. Set in mid-sixties Paris, After the Circus traces the relationship between the narrator, a young man not quite of legal age, and the slightly older, enigmatic woman he first glimpses at a police interrogation. The two lovers make their uncertain way into each other's hearts, but the narrator soon finds himself in the unsettling, ominous presence of others. Who are these people? Are they real, or simply evoked? Part romance, part detective story, this mesmerizing book fully demonstrates Modiano's signature use of atmosphere and suggestion as he investigates the perils and the exhilaration of young love.
Publisher: New Haven, Yale University Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780300215892
Characteristics: 197 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Polizzotti, Mark - Translator


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Apr 16, 2016

Easy to read. Large 12 point type. Great mood, although I didn't like the ending.

Mar 12, 2016

I was surprised How much I enjoyed this book. A mystery bordering on Kafkaesque with in a love story.
Its not long and I wanted to read more at the end.

The only Issue I had was that it was a translation and it was noticeable in a few of the paragraph structures. I had to re-read a few parts to figure out what the author was tring to do.

Jan 27, 2016

Despite the many references (perhaps a few too many) to the Parisian cityscape, the story just never got going. Enigma is good for a while.....but too much is too much!

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