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~FREE DOWNLOAD ⚖ L’écume des jours ♸ Inmersos En Su Universo Peculiar Donde Cualquier Cosa Es Posible, Colin Y Chlo , Chick Y Alise, Son Dos J Venes Parejas De Amigos Que Comparten Locuras Y Extravagancias, Creencias Y Proyectos, Diversiones Y Pesares, Alegr As Y Frustraciones Un D A, Sin Embargo, Todo Cambia Un Nen Far Empieza A Crecer En El Interior De Chlo Y, Tras Los Primeros Instantes De Sorpresa, Un Manto De Melancol A Parece Cubrir La Viveza De Todos El Tono Desenfadado De La Espuma De Los D As , Su Especial Humor Y Sus Gui Os No Impiden Que Fuera Calificada En Su Momento Como La M S Desgarradora Novela De Amor De Nuestros D As La storia interamente vera, perch io me la sono inventata da capo a piedi Leggere La schiuma dei giorni come entrare in punta di piedi in un quadro di Folon e restare abbagliati dai colori, cos nitidi e surreali camminare per le strade di una Parigi piena di luce a ritmo di jazz insieme a Colin in cerca dell a lentamente lasciarsi contagiare da Colin, chealle ragazze parlava con dolcezza e ai ragazzi con allegria Era quasi sempre di buon u, e nelle ore che restavano dormiva , che ha ventidue anni, un nuovo cuoco di nome Nicolas che gli cucina ogni giorno le speciali ricette prese da Le livre de cuisine di Jules Gouff , un amico di nome Chick che colleziona tutto ci che riguarda l artista, lo scrittore, Jean Sol Partre o Jean Paul Sartre, amico di Boris Vian al punto da arrivare a spendere una fortuna per possedere ogni oggetto che lo riguardi, un bel gruzzolo di dobloncioni che gli consentono di vivere senza pensieri e un pianococktail con il quale preparare favolosi drink a ritmo di jazz per gli amici fare la conoscenza di Alise dagli occhi azzurro spalancato e Isis dalla bella testa bruna e poi, finalmente, di Chlo , sentire battere forte il cuore e dirleBuongPer caso lei stata arrangiata da Duke Elligtone poi, passeggiare insieme a lei mentredal cielo si stava abbassando una nuvoletta rosa, e si avvicinava sempre pi Io vado, eh propose la nuvola Vai disse Colin La nuvola li avvolse L dentro faceva caldo e c era un odore di zucchero alla cannella Solo due cose contanoscriveva Boris Vian nella premessa a questa favola, che per una favola triste, una straziante favola d a,l a, in tutte le sue forme, con ragazze carine, e la musica di New Orleans o di Duke Ellington Il resto sarebbe meglio che sparisse, perch il resto bruttoe Colin lo scoprir , un poco alla volta, ma anche troppo rapidamente, perch ama il jazz, Duke Ellington e ama Chlo fino a quel momento tutto luminoso, come la sua casa con le pareti fatte di vetro dietro alle quali splendono due soli, dove i rubinetti d ottone sono sempre ben lucidati e sui quali i giochi di luce dei soli producono effetti fiabeschi con i qualii topi della cucina, cui piaceva molto ballare al ritmo dei colpi che i raggi di sole battevano sui rubinetti, correvano dietro alle bollicine formate dai raggi che si andavano a spegnere per terra, come spruzzi di mercurio giallo , come la sua vita in cui tutto splendente e vitale, come il suo matrimonio con Chlo.Fin quando Chlo , all improvviso, di ritorno dal viaggio di nozze, si ammala, perch una ninfea comincia a crescerle nel petto e a rubarle linfa vitale, toglierle il respiro, a sottrarle i colori.Allora tutto diventa buio, la casa sempre pi fredda e umida, i muri e le finestre iniziano ad avvicinarsi, le stanze a rimpicciolire, i pavimenti e i soffitti quasi a toccarsi la luce diminuisce fino a sparire, mentre Colin costretto ad andare a lavorare, a lasciarsi risucchiare da ingranaggi e meccanismi alienanti, pericolosi, privi di vitalit , perch Chlo ha bisogno di fiori per vivere, tanti fiori, del loro profumo, ma i dobloncioni sono sempre di meno, ci sono i medici da pagare, Chick da aiutareE anche la storia allora diventa cos terribilmente cupa, angosciante, soffocanteDice Daniel Pennac, nella bella intervista in appendice al romanzo, che La schiuma dei giorni una storia che pu essere letta pi volte, nel corso degli anni, traendone impressioni diverse A diciotto anni prevale la griglia della passione amorosa, a quaranta quella della critica sociale, a sessanta quella del pessimismo e della tragedia.Una parte di me sicuramente continua ad avere diciott anni, perch la storia d a quella che mi fatto sorridere, sognare, straziata, strappato il cuore, anche se poi lentamente la quarantenne un po pi che quarantenne a dire il vero ha preso in mano tutte le parole e tutti i surreali giochi di parole di Boris Vian e dietro la sua passione per la musica e i colori, per la cucina e per la vita, scovato una dopo l altra molte delle sue critiche alla societ , al mondo del lavoro, alla medicina che non cura, alla cultura che non insegna, alla religione che non consola a tutto quello che non a Un accusa violenta alla mancanza di vitalit , all arroccarsi e al nascondersi dietro posizioni ingessate, all assenza di umanit e comprensione per la voglia di vivere e di amare.Mentre l a, per essere vivo, come una colomba, ha bisogno di essere libero e di volare fuori da ogni gabbia, forse come ha fatto il cuore matto di Boris Vian portandolo via a soli quarant anni.Allora l a ci salver Forse no, l unica salvezza, ci raccomanda Boris Vian, viverlo.E per finire, musica gennaio 2018Terribile il film, invece ora che l ho visto , un vero peccato perch Gondry mi aveva abituato a ben altre magie, mentre il risultato stato terribilmente noioso e cupo. What would Boris Vian learned that The scum of the days is now one of the classics of French literature that is studied in class What irony of fate for the one who wanted so much to stand out Let us put ourselves in the context of the time In 1947, The scum of days falls like a ONIR in the literary landscape a crazy story featuring surprisingly modern love duets for postwar neologisms galore and an exaggerated caricature of social structures and currents of thought of the time The characters evolve in a bright or glaucous environment, but always strange, according to a choreography as unpredictable as a jazz solo.Colin s friend Chick is so obsessed with his compulsive adoration of Jean Sol Partre the romantic avatar of Sartre , he forgets all the rest, to the great despair of his fianc e Alise who will not hesitate not to retaliate in a big way.Now, with time, the strangeness of the situations has assumed a dreamlike dimension and the varnish of rebellion has peeled off in favor of a poignant story of love and friendship This universal theme created the legend of the novel, prompting the growing enthusiasm of readers For what we always remember, even years after reading, is that Colin loves Chloe, and vice versa One can only be touched by this first love, pure, overflowing and unhappy, for ravaged by sickness and the oppressive presence of death The water lily that devours the lungs of Chlo suffocates at the same time their happiness Colin ruins to buy the flowers supposed to look after her, while the grief narrows and inexorably darkens their lodging Adolescents will recognize themselves in this initiatory journey that leads to adulthood, to its responsibilities and to its dramas in the face of the cruelty of existence.Like a wild beast that lets itself be tamed, this fantasy novel has thus become a classic despite itself Nicely reissued in pocket for some doublezons , this extravangardist Love Story has not finished stirring its readers Romanesque Object Not Identified Extravagant and avant garde After watching the new movie last week, I had to reread the book Well, the text version is better, but the movie is reasonably faithful to it and does sometimes manage to supply a charming or witty illustration For example Le pianocktail chaque note, dit Colin, je fais correspondre un alcool, une liqueur ou un aromate La p dale forte correspond l uf battu et la p dale faible la glace Pour l eau de Seltz, il faut un trille dans le registre aigu Les quantit s sont en raison directe de la dur e la quadruple croche quivaut le seizi me d unit , la noire l unit , la ronde la quadruple unit Lorsque l on joue un air lent, un syst me de registre est mis en action, de fa on que la dose ne soit pas augment e ce qui donnerait un cocktail trop abondant mais la teneur en alcool Et, suivant la dur e de l air, on peut, si l on veut, faire varier la valeur de l unit , la r duisant, par exemple, au centi me, pour pouvoir obtenir une boisson tenant compte de toutes les harmonies au moyen d un r glage lat ral.Le biglemoi Le principe du biglemoi, dit Nicolas, que Monsieur conna t sans doute, repose sur la production d interf rences par deux sources anim es d un mouvement oscillatoire rigoureusement synchrone J ignorais, dit Colin, que cela m t en uvre des l ments de physique aussi avanc s.Le nuageIls marchaient, suivant le premier trottoir venu Un petit nuage rose descendait de l air et s approchait d eux J y vais proposa t il Vas y , dit Colin.Et le nuage les enveloppa l int rieur, il faisait chaud et a sentait le sucre la cannelle.Jean Sol PartreLe fond de l estrade tait garni d une tenture de velours enkyst , dans laquelle Chick avait perc des trous pour voir Ils s assirent sur des coussins et attendirent un m tre d eux, peine, Partre se pr parait lire sa conf rence Il manait de son corps souple et asc tique une radiance extraordinaire, et le public, captiv par le charme redoutable qui parait ses moindres gestes, attendait, anxieux, le signal du d part.Le sourisLa souris grise moustaches noires grimpa le long de l chelle et vint les avertir que Nicolas attendait Ils se rappel rent le voyage et bondirent hors du lit La souris profitait de leur inattention pour puiser largement dans une grosse bo te de chocolats la sapote qui se trouvait au chevet du lit.All quite good except for the mouse, who was terrible There has been three translations of L ecme des jours Brian Harper s translation Foam of the Daze my press TamTam Books , Mood Indigo American trans and this British edition translated by Stanley Chapman Froth on the Daydream Translations are a fascinating subject matter, because basically it is how one looks at a book and how they tell the tale in a lanugage that is suibtable for that book or culture Since I am the publisher, I of course nod towards Brian s translation one because he s American who lives in Paris and has an understanding of Vian s world and times As well as giving the language an American tone I think Vian s work translated into English works better with an American English voice due to the nature of the work And this is not saying Vian doesn t like British literature because he does there is outright love for PG Wodehouse in this particular novel but overall the love of Jazz is extremely important in Vian s work and American English to my ears fit the material Also Brian is a superb writer But Chapman s translation is very interesting for instance he drops reference to Jean Luc Godard in the first few pages which is not in the original by any means since the book was written in 1946 but the playful of the images and names is one of the charms of this novel and for sure it is probably a monster of a book to translate in any language than French Oh well, some random thoughts. 9 10 Only two things really matter there s love, every kind of love, with every kind of pretty girl and there s the music of Duke Ellington, or traditional jazz Everything else can go, because all the rest is ugly and the few pages which follow as an illustration of this draw their entire strength from the fact that the story is completely true since I made it up from beginning to end Here s the promise and the warning that Boris Vian gives us in the introduction to his 1947 novel The promise of beauty and the warning of ugliness, both of them to be found within the pages of his modern fairytale Call it if you want an existentialist love story, or a horrible surreal comedy, a continuation of the principle that started in antiquity carpe diem , passed through the pen of Robert Herrick gather ye rosebuds while ye may and landed in France, there to be reconciled with the negation of God, the leftist sympathies and the passion for jazz among the intellectuals frequenting the cafes down Boulevard Saint Germain des Pres.For me the experience of my first novel by Boris Vian is best described in terms of jazz It is experimental, it has a definite theme romantic love meets cruel reality , and within this frame it leaves room for improvization and for instrumental solos The text experiments with reality we live in a magical, futuristic world, a skewed frame of reference with which the author confounds and distorts the expectations of the reader The game is expanded to all senses scenes are described in terms of either pastel or primary, clashing colours, tastes are tied up to sounds in the preparation of cocktails, cooking is done by mixing exotic and sometimes incompatible ingredients Dialogues are either whimsical or absurdist, sending me back to memories of Lewis Carroll or Eugene Ionesco Words are broken into pieces and then re assembled into new shapes and roles Hyperbole is ever present in declared sentiments, in atitudes or in set pieces an ice rink, a dance hall, a wedding, an auditorium at the Sorbonne, a factory floor, etc Vian does not go as far out field as the later generation that embraced be bop, but what he does here can be considered revolutionary and unique for the times the novel was published His love for Duke Ellington is I believe reflected in the compact, emotional and, in the end, carefully orchestrated final product.Let s meet the members of the band on clavicocktail we have Colin, a young and well heeled socialite living in a posh apartment in the metropolis we don t have a name, it s a fable, remember on clarinet we have Chick, his less rich friend who has to work as an engineer in order to buy the books he loves so much on drums, cymbals and assorted cooking pans we have Nicholas, a talented servant, cook, driver and confident for Colin on piccolo we have the blonde Allysum, a niece of Nicholas and the love interest of Chick on violin he have the dreamy, fragile Chloe, a dark haired beauty and the love interest of Colin on backing vocals he have Iris, another young and rich socialite that ties up the different themes together the brass section is fronted by Jean Pulse Heartre Jean Sol Partre in other translations and the Marchiness de Mauvoir, the existentialist idols who are lionized by an admiring population, first among them our friend Chick on pipsqueak we have a small grey mouse with soft black whiskers you never know when you might need one finally, on upright bass, blind FATE plays on to a different tune than everybody else, dropping hint after hint that the end is nigh.since I gave you the names of the band members main characters , I should also include here the program for the evening, mainly Duke Ellington s arrangements, all mentioned in the text and all dating from what Boris Vian considers his best period, the early 1940 sBlack and Tan Fantasy Loveless Love Chloe In the Mood to be Wooed Blues of the Vagabond Misty Morning Prelude to a Kiss Mood Indigo Blue Bubbles To continue with my analogy, I will present my favorite passages from the novel as musical numbers from the concert to the tune of Prelude to a KissYou wouldn t like to give me some clues about the way in which you entered into a relationship with her Colin went on Well said Chick, I asked her if she liked Jean Pulse Heartre and she told me that she collected all his works Then I said to her So do I And every time I said something to her, she answered So do I , and vice versa Then, finally, just as an existentialist experiment, I said to her I love you very much But that time she just said Oh So the experiment was a flop, said Colin I suppose so, said Chick But all the same she didn t go So then I said I m going that way , and she said I m not But she went on I m going this way Extraordinary, nodded Colin So I said So am I said Chick And after that I went everywhere that she did It sounds much better in French to me Et moi aussi I wish my French was good enough to read this book in its original, not anglicized form, but I am afraid I will miss too many of Vian s puns and invented words Even the title is a bit better in French L ecume des jours , a frothy daydream, although I also like the jazzy connotations of Mood Indigo to the tune of Let s Squint Twist Again , Colin takes instructions about the new dance craze that is sweeping the metropolisThe principle of the Squint, sir, relies on the simultaneous setting up of interferences obtained via the rigorously synchronized oscillatory movements of two loosely connected centres of animation I didn t realize, said Colin, that it was concerned with such advanced developments in physics In this case, said Nicholas, the dancer and his partner should attempt to maintain minimum perceptible distance between themselves Then their entire bodies begin to vibrate following the rhythm of the music You don t say, said Colin, looking slightly worried A series of static undulations is then set up, said Nicholas, presenting, as in the laws of acoustics, various diaphragmatic vibrations and frictions which make a large contribution to the creation of the right atmosphere on a dance flooror, like on of my mechanical trainers used to say Dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire to the tune of Let s Do It, Let s Fall in Love , Colin complains that everybody is amoureuse except himI wish I were in love, said Colin The butcher boy wishes he were in love And the baker boy wishes exactly ditto i.e that he were in love The candle stick maker s boy and everybody in the street wishes and wishes that I were in love and they were and you were and we were and that the whole wide world were too And even those that are left wish that they could fall in love as well alternative suggestion Tous les garcons et les filles with Francoise Hardy to the tune of Georgia on my Mind , let s listen to Colin daydreaming about the girl he just metI wish, he went on, I were lying deep in lightly toasted grass, with sunshine and warm earth all around the grass crisp and yellow as straw, you know what I mean, with hundreds of little buzzing insects, and clumps of soft dry moss too One lies flat on one s tummy and stares A hedge, some pebbles, a few gnarled trees and half a dozen leaves complete the scene They re a great help And Chloe said Chick And Chloe, of course, said Colin Chloe on my mind I guess you can tell from my quotes so far that this is a boy meets girl kind of story, whimsical and sweet and mostly pink and light blue in tone, with fluffy white clouds scateerred artistically in the sky A perfect April in Paris kind of mood Which is true, if the reader is willing to ignore the occasional jarring notes that leave a trail of bloody, dismembered, tranmpled by elephants, crushed by falling roofs, etc bodies scattered around the edges of the main plot Colin is happy, he has found the girl of his dreams, there is music in his life and he feels generous towards his friends Existentialism can be fun, right He was running and he was scared Why can t we always be together Things were always happening to alarm us Wrong This is still the real world that we see distorted under the artistic lens of Boris Vian This is stil written under the influence of Sartre and Beauvoir and Camus on a side note is it possible that the grotesque portrait of Jean Pulse Heartre in the novel has anything to do with Vian s wife having an affair with the philosopher People get sick and need to see a doctor People need to work for money before they can relax with a drink, listening to a hot jazz number Governments still spend the better part of their budget on military adventures And some people are concerned about books than about the real person waiting right by their sideBut he loves his books than mewails one of the band players I don t have a fast tempo, dark and wild number to suggest right now, but I m sure there are a few to be found listening to from Duke Ellington Or you can picture the famous scene from Charlie Chaplin s Hard TimesDown below, in front of each mammoth machine, a man was struggling, struggling as not to be slashed and torn apart by the voracious cogs facing him Every man s right foot was held down by a heavy iron ring They were only let off twice a day at night and at noon I was both enchanted and disturbed by the story of Colin and Chloe, Chick and Allysum, thrilled by the experimental nature of Boris Vian s prose and by his imagery I would use some Salvador Dali images to illustrate my review if I were not sort of lazy right now and rushing to go back to another novel I would like to watch the Michel Gondry film version, since I believe Audrey Tatou is perfect for the role of Chloe Finally, after a first succesful foray, I will probably continue to read Vian s books, starting with his commercial pulp stories next. La storia interamente vera, perch io me la sono inventata da capo a piedi La storia, che si colloca in un mondo surreale, abbastanza semplice da raccontare Colin, giovane ricco e nullafacente, passa il suo tempo in modo assolutamente normale, inventando ogni tanto qualcosa, come il pianococktail Chick, il suo amico, spende tutti i risparmi in libri di Jean Sol Partre che pare essere l anagramma di Jean Paul Sartre, che Vian ha conosciuto Colin s innamora di Chlo e la sposa, ma nel viaggio di nozze lei comincia a tossire e s ammala nei suoi polmoni si annida un male terribile che descritto come una ninfea che, gli dice il medico, pu essere combattuta solo dal profumo di altri fiori Colin non si risparmia certo per curare Chlo e quando i soldi finiscono si mette a lavorare per trovarne altri per continuare la cura Alla fine, il funerale di Chlo sar poverissimo, in completa contrapposizione con il loro matrimonio, che era stato ricchissimo.Vian scrive praticamente una favola per adulti, con topi che parlano e vivono in casa con i personaggi, anguille che escono dal rubinetto, soli che illuminano la casa quando c gioia e che poi si spengono quando la tragedia avanza, muri che si stringono sempre pi al progredire della malattia di Chlo.Le ultime pagine sono dedicate al topo di famiglia che, non sopportando di vedere il dolore di Colin per la scomparsa di Chlo , decide di suicidarsi e per farlo chiede aiuto ad un gatto Mettimi la testa tra le fauci disse il gatto e aspetta.Inizialmente il topo ritrae il capino dicendo al gatto ma che cosa ti sei mangiato stamattina, pescecane Pu essere una cosa lunga domand il topo Solo il tempo necessario perch qualcuno mi pesti la coda disse il gatto Ho bisogno di avere un riflesso istantaneo.Saranno quindi undici bambine cieche dell orfanotrofio a passare sulla coda del gatto curioso vedere come il valore della morte sia differente da caso a caso In alcuni come una cosa che si rompe chi cade sulla pista di pattinaggio viene spazzato via, chi muore in fabbrica finisce nel Collettore Generale , in altri, come la morte di Chlo , assume un sapore tutto diverso.In questo mondo surreale ci sono molte metafore I due amanti Colin e Chlo sono avvolti durante una passeggiata da una nuvola, come a dire che l a fra i due crea un mondo a s e che i due si bastano l uno all altra Il loro appartamento si rimpicciolisce di giorno in giorno e la luce entra sempre meno perch le finestre piano piano si chiudono, l umidit e la sporcizia si ammassano sempre pi , le cose smettono di funzionare bene Forse metafora del fatto che il mondo che ci circonda che ci limita e ci inquadra in convenzioni e usanze Il surreale sembra una critica al mondo reale Le cerimonie religiose sono pi o meno belle in funzione dei soldi spesi per esse Bello il parallelo tra il Religioso , surreale, che celebra riti pi belli se viene pagato di pi e la figura reale del sacerdote Sicuramente, come consiglia Pennac, il libro andrebbe riletto a distanza di tempo per cogliere altri messaggi che probabilmente sono sfuggiti alla prima lettura All inizio gli elementi surreali mi avevano un po spiazzato, forse perch cercavo nel libro una logica che non riuscivo bene a trovare Poi durante la lettura, rinunciando un po alla razionalit e immergendomi nella storia un po fantastica, tali elementi sono diventati parte integrante del romanzo.Ho letto il libro in italiano, ma forse per apprezzare appieno le invenzioni linguistiche sarebbe necessario leggerlo in lingua originale, perch credo che alcuni giochi linguistici siano pressoch intraducibili.Bellissimo lo stile della narrazione e le invenzioni, frutto di una sconfinata fantasia Da leggere e rileggere, senza indugi. Le mani giusteLeggere questo romanzo per qualcuno stato come entrare in un quadro di Folon, di Magritte, di Mir quanta bellezza ha evocato Io sono entrata in un quadro di Chagall Marc Chagall, Parigi dalla finestra, 1913 Marc Chagall, Il compleanno, 1915 Marc Chagall, Il grande circo, 1968 E sono contenta di aver scoperto che le mie mani sono ancora quelle giuste per un libro simile.https youtu.be 6YKWKIfEN8Y I only discovered this recipe a couple of years ago, but it has already become one of my favorites It s hard to believe that the different ingredients go together In fact, they complement each other perfectly.French manga with fatal love stories and roasted Sartre 1 medium manga2 fatal love storieswhole early Sartre, including authorLewis Carroll style wordplaysome P.G WodehouseridiculepanachebrioThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Oh, absolute Joy Oh absolute, annihilating, cathartic Beauty of the Word.It s the third time I surrender to its magic and yet the ineffable, all pervading delight hasn t vanished so I d better write something coherent before letting the secret pleasures of the Stendhal syndrome overwhelm me It starts like La Boum and ends like Love Story.It s a poem by Pr vert illustrated by Salvador Dal It s a white feather caressing your skin and leaving a bleeding sore that will never heal Only free association gives me the means to describe this amazing kaleidoscope of genres Vian s writing style is an explosion of colours, sounds, tactile feelings sort of Neo baroque literature displaying all his eclectic talent and playful genius L cume des Jours literally Foam of the Days , translated as Foam of the Daze in the English edition is pure Baroque indeed, a work in which the simplicity of the tale is shrouded by the extreme complexity and ornamentation, like a tiny flower hidden in a Faberg egg encrusted with diamonds In a semi dystopian, vaguely disquieting Paris Dal s imagery, Roussel s surreal machines, Huxley s social engineering, a latent violence reminding of Orwell Colin, Isis, Chick and his girlfriend Alise spend their time listening to jazz records, skating and enjoying their friendship and youth The adult world is little than a distant blur, so indistinct and remote that it just disappears beyond the horizon of their leightheartedness Their passion for American jazz and in Chick s case the existentialist writer Jean Sol Partre a hilarious caricature of Jean Paul Sartre is a reflection of the author s own interests an all consuming love for Duke Ellington s music and a great knowledge of contemporary literature.One day Colin meets Chlo , a name he can t help but adore since it is also the title of his favourite Ellington tune the delicate romance soon leads to marriage and adult life can finally begin Delicate, playful, a charming fantasy in pink and blue thus the writer lures the reader deeper and deeper inside before springing his trap And we realise that the succulent, juicy fruit we ve been eating so far is poisonous Death grows as a water lily in Chlo s chest possibly the most beautiful metaphor for cancer in the history of literature.Her illness affects the whole world around the young couple, taking the visible shape of their shrinking, decaying flat reminding of the Expressionist film technique intimate feelings are reflected by the mutability of the outside world I m thinking of Murnau or Lang.Adult life takes the protagonists youth away like a deadly undertow, leaving layer upon layer of disenchantment Chick s obsession for Partre another subtle metaphor Is Vian or less unconsciously describing drug addiction , Colin s desperate attempt to work Vian s tragicomic vignettes are unforgettable , Alise devastating sense of impotence Chlo s illness seem to drag everybody down with her In a few pages, Vian has turned his starry eyed teenagers into tragical heroes This book s painful beauty strikes like a revelation The reader caught in its coils is lost in a labyrinth of musical, literary, artistic references revolving around the simple core of the tale Then tragedy starts to leak through the flowery surface of this dreamscape, and a sense of claustrophobia works its way through our heart Vian was only 26 when he wrote this short, wonderful book and yet he already possessed the technique and sensitivity of an old Master This bouquin is the ultimate accomplishment of the1920s literary Surrealism, a bewildering preview of the 1960s Nouvelle Vague, a perfect specimen of French Po mo not to mention Vian s incomparable writing style His language is made of neologisms, puns, anagrams, semantic m langes A gun is an equalizer , a lynx fur becomes a larynx fur but I could go on for hours listing the literary wonders of this novel Even Jacques Pr vert in my humble opinion the greatest poet of last century, the Modern Poet par excellence was a devoted admirer and friend of this young talented pioneer It s poetic prose and visual literature, if such a thing has ever existed It s a melancholic allegory that breaks your heart and makes you smile A tear rolls down you cheek as you close your eyes and start humming a jazz tune Duke Ellington s Chloe , a va sans dire.