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Love. Solitude. Alcohol. Family. Unemployment. Mammals tells the story of "the uncle," a sarcastic, middle-aged Parisian bachelor and drunk. He fails desultorily in several professions - a new media company during the boom, a defense ministry museum run by a lecherous ex-quartermaster - and winds up a teacher in a secondary school, surrounded by neurotic women. He tries ou...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published 2004 by Hanser (first published August 27th 2003)
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If I was sad and lonely, in my forties and mortified of life, impotent and angry, with sexual problems and unhappy, but most of all depressed because world and life are just dark and unfair (allow me my inspiration break so I can order new glass of wine and cognac while I write this in some basement pub) – then there would be a chance for which I would say that I found myself in Uncle’s words.

Current French existentialism is one sad sad place.

I don’t like books with no existent dialogue … word...more
Funny opening line:

"Every model family should have a fuck-up: a family without a fuck-up is not truly a family, because it lacks an element that challenges it, thereby reinforcing its legitimacy."

I picked at this book and took it down in small bites(and still do when I need a laugh).

As this novel is sardonic. That is, the word is derived from the Sardinian plant. You eat it, laugh in a spasm like fashion, and then die.
So: small bites. Hilarious riffs on teaching, people, publishing, etc.


A fantastic read, a story well told of a life quite frustrated. I feel like I should turn back to page one and dive once again into that bacchanalia of sex and liquor at dawn and indulge into the human drama and frustrations, get dizzy on those delicious sentences and descriptions and drink drink drink once again the ambrosia of this genius. But right now somebody's knocking at the door, and I have to put down my beer...
This makes you rethink what a novel is. There is no character development, no plot to speak of. It is more of a witty bunch of observations about alcoholism and the general failings of a ne'er do well uncle, which, supposedly everyone has, or maybe not everyone. Quick read.

Oh, how could I forget? Mammals are mothers and he doesn't much like them at all.
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
Първата част на книгата "Ерозивен гастрит" е истинска антология на живота на алкохолика. И в по-малко от 70 страници събира в себе си цял живот, изкаран на алкохол, жили и упорство. За сравнение - Калин-Терзиевата "Алкохол" не успява да го свърши в 350 страници.

On page 33 and this is awesome. DL would love.

The rest of the book doesn't really live up to pp 1-33, but still worth my time. (Five stars for the first bit; three for the rest.) Cranky and hilarious in that way only the French know how to do.
Sorry, I disagree with all the hype from le Figaro etc. This book didn't live up to the promise of its (acknowledgedly wonderful) first line.

I don't even think a better translator would have helped that much.
A few very well written and poignant passages - most regarding alcohol - that made it worth a read, but otherwise nothing special.
ack! i am clearly not literate enough to enjoy a french translation.
Bitterly existential. And French!
Sep 18, 2008 Stephen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephen by: The cute girl at the bookstore
Shelves: purged
Cute, but forgettable.
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Pierre Mérot, né à Paris le 16 décembre 1959, est un écrivain français.
Il est diplômé de l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris.
Après avoir exercé divers métiers dans le journalisme et l'édition, il devient enseignant en 1997.
Il est l'auteur de plusieurs fictions assez dissemblables. Ainsi, Mammifères, qui l'a révélé au grand public et a reçu le prix de Flore 2003, raconte les tribulations alcool...more
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“Зле са със синтаксиса изгнаниците. След двайсет години в Шестоъгълника - петстотин думи, диво съшити с инфинитиви.” 1 likes
“Nas semanas que precederam sua instalação você viveu principalmente à noite. Você mantém seu ritmo e seus costumes por algum tempo. Já na terceira noite, você leva para lá uma mulher que conheceu vagamente, uma habitué do Moloko. Jamila tem vinte anos. Arrasta-se todas as noites pelas boates. Mora com uma tia, no subúrbio. Está com a gargante inflamada. Às cinco da manhã você lhe oferece sua hospitalidade. Ela preferiria que você a levasse para casa, mas você não tem mais carro. Durante a noite, você acaricia vagamente os seios dela. Ouve um grunhido sonolento. Não acontecerá mais nada. Transar com ela ou zelar por seu sono, tanto faz. Em ambos os casos você vai ter a ilusão de tê-la conhecido. Em todo caso, o álcool já lhe deu todas as satisfações do mundo. Você está com trinta e cinco anos, tem diplomas, um passado sólido, uma família burguesa que ela não tem. Mas ela é uma náufraga como você. Para ela, o fracasso é um dado social insuperável que ela sem dúvida arrastará consigo a vida inteira. Para você, é um abismo luxuoso e provisório.” 1 likes
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