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Les grandes blondes

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A French television producer putting together an affectionate documentary series about famous show business blondes hires a detective agency to track down one of his personal favorites--a singer named Gloria Stella, whose brief burst of fame was cut short when she was jailed for pushing her lover off a roof. Now Gloria has changed her name and her appearance, she hides out ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1995 by Editions de minuit
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Lacy Sawyer
I read this a while back with great expectations, but don't remember liking it much. In fact I remember being distinctly disappointed. I am interested to see other opinions on it.
Micah
Oh, ça va. J'ai beaucoup aimé en fait d'autres ouvrages de Jean Echenoz - son roman du prix Goncourt - Je m'en vais (que j'adore) et celui du prix Médicis - Cherokee que j'ai beaucoup aimé. Le style de l'intrigue mystère m'a beaucoup plu. De plus, les ouvrages biographiques comme Au piano et Ravel étaient aussi bien intéressants et provocateurs dans leur style d'écriture et leur sujet. Je n'attendais pas trop de Les Grandes Blondes et malheureusement c'est ce que j'ai reçu. Un langage bien effle ...more
Eugene
refashioning the detective narrative into something more art-y evidently is such a tempting strategy perhaps it's a trap. note the murder puzzles of echenoz's house-mate at les editions de minuit, robbe-grillet. or robert coover's recent deconstruction of noir or pynchon's neon vices or lethem's genre mashups or haruki murakami's career-long channeling of chandler... even bolaño wants to be a homicide cop in his next life... that ongoing and probably easily extended list suggests there's not onl ...more
Mark Van Aken Williams
This satiric upper cut to the solar plexus of popular culture is both dead-on, as well as entertaining. The producers of a television program are putting together a documentary on Blondes, and Echenoz skewers them with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. “So along side warm blondes, there also exist cool tall blondes with measured words, radiographic eyes, and strict tailored suits. They are perhaps more distinguished, more civilized than the warm tall blondes, but the world, for opposite reas ...more
CVV
« Les soirs, Gloire dînait seule au restaurant, un livre sur sa table et ne mangeant que d’un œil, puis elle se couchait devant la télévision, suivait un film tamoul pas trop dur à comprendre ou, coupant le son, saisissait un des livres empruntés à la bibliothèque, généralement des ouvrages encyclopédiques, récits de voyage, manuels d’histoire naturelle, études de mœurs ou traités plus spéciaux publiés chez Thacker, Spink & Co (Calcutta) tels qu’Animaux sans importance ou Chiens pour climats ...more
Beth
Ce n'est pas mal, ce roman. C'est l'historie de Gloire Abgrall, une chanteuse qui est presque folle. Elle est disparue depuis 4 ans et une agence d'inspecteurs la cherche pour un programme de la TV. Le rythme est un peu lent mais c'est bien.
Edouard
"Pas forcément besoin d'être grande pour intégrer la catégorie des grandes blondes, pas nécessairement. (...) Peut-être même, au fond, pas absolument besoin non plus d'être blonde, d'ailleurs."
Barbaraehanna
Well, I read it a few hours, such was the pleasure of the text. But no "Ravel".
Raphael
TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLEMENT DROLE !!!
Mon préféré d'Echnoz après "Je m'en vais".
Jean-denis Crouhy
Le style et l'humour...un des plus grands auteurs français vivant.
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Born December 26 (some sources say 23), 1947, in Orange, France; son of Marc (a psychiatrist) and Annie (an engraver) Echenoz; children: Jerome Arthur. Education: Attended Université d'Aix en Provence and Université de Paris (Sorbonne).
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