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The Madame Paul Affair

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  195 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Julie Doucet and her boyfriend find a new apartment with cheap rent and a string of nutty neighbors. One ex-con "breaks out" of his apartment by smashing his own window. Another man attempts to kill himself by stuffing his head in a gas oven. But perhaps the oddest person of all is the landlady herself, Madame Paul, who one day mysteriously disappears...
Paperback, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Drawn & Quarterly (first published January 1st 2000)
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Sam Quixote
Nov 08, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Julie and her deadbeat boyfriend move into a flat whose landlord is the cheerful Madame Paul. Besides her trying to set up Julie with her nephew, not much happens and then Madame Paul abruptly disappears. Julie sets out to find her.

This was included in the recent Humble Bundle for Banned Books Week and apparently The Madame Paul Affair was a “challenged” book. No idea what anyone would find offensive about it besides it being unfortunately very boring! A neighbour attempts suicide but it happen
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Jessie
Jan 18, 2017 Jessie rated it liked it
A bit of a basic story, I'm sad I have to use that word to describe a Julie Doucet book. But I'm not sure it will hold much interest unless you're a big fan of her work already. Don't read this book as your introduction to her books. Start with My New York Diary instead.
Dominick
Dec 10, 2016 Dominick rated it liked it
Mildly entertaining pseudo-autobiographical comic that riffs somewhat on gothic tropes: mysterious disappearance, creepy basement, mysterious stalkers, etc.--while ultimately all coming down to pretty banal stuff. The secret in the basement is just a still, being used to make illicit booze. Nobody really got kidnapped, there's no lost inheritance, no real mystery. Doucet's style is (or seems) deliberately ugly, even anti-craft (especially evident in the messy word balloons, which hyphenate words ...more
April
Jan 19, 2008 April rated it did not like it
I didn't like this one at all. "My New York Diary" was much better.
Dione Basseri
Wow. I really, really did not like this. And not because I got it in a Humble Bundle of banned books. It is just...so...boring! And nothing really happens! A couple moves into a group house, and the woman is constantly taken aside by the janitor-in-residence, Madame Paul. M. Paul is constaantly trying to hook the girl up with a nephew, despite neither of them being interested. Then the house is sold and M. Paul disappears! Gasp! What happened? Did she die? Was she abducted? Is this some weird mo ...more
Miguel Jiménez
Feb 08, 2014 Miguel Jiménez rated it liked it
Shelves: novela-gráfica
Sí, es una comedia de situación, o sitcomic, como creo queda mejor. Tiene todo los elementos del género: ambientes "base", personajes fijos, muy bien definidos, recurrencia de "gags" o situaciones graciosas, etc. Aunque se parece más a las comedias animadas para adultos: Futurama, Archer, El show de Cleveland, etc, que a las comedias con personas —por ahí, comparten el hecho de "los personajes platicando en casa o en una cafetería", solo eso—. Es una comedia muy completa, lo digo por la irrevere ...more
Nan
Sep 11, 2008 Nan rated it liked it
Most people read comics when they're young. So why am I doing it now? Doucet's work has an angry, punky edge to it. Madame Paul reminds me of me. Okay, I don't smoke. I own the house I live in. My husband and I have brewed beer, but it was all perfectly legal. (We drank it before we could think of selling it.) I am, however, a landlord and an admirer of the young couple who live upstairs.

I do wish I had discovered Doucet earlier in my life...but she probably hadn't been born yet.
Jason
Apr 29, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I like Julie Doucet a whole bunch, but this wasn't that great. The whole Nancy Drew aspect kind of dragged on me and i wasn't engaged by it like i should have been. I was hoping Madame Paul was going to be an annoying dragon like one of her terrible boyfriends, rather this was an episode of Sister Sister easily resolved in a few 30-minute installments. Oh well. Hope 365 days is good!
Yaya
Mar 27, 2010 Yaya rated it really liked it
J'aime beaucoup les dessins de Julie Doucet même si ils sont un peu chargés. Ca permet de rentrer dans son univers. L'histoire de ce bouquin tient vraiment en haleine. J'ai bien aimé le français québécois c'est drôle
Marie
Dec 29, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
Ma première BD de Julie Doucet et j'ai bien aimé le dessin, la langue et l'histoire divertissante. Je me promet de lire autre chose de cette bédéiste.
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Nov 15, 2016 Roman Colombo rated it liked it
Shelves: humble-bundle
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Okay. This exists It's weird and cute and I don't quite get it, but it was fun.
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Underground cartoonist and artist, best known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My New York Diary.

She began cartooning in 1987. Her efforts quickly began to attract critical attention, and she won the 1991 Harvey Award for "Best New Talent".

Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York. Although she moved to Seattle the following year, her experiences in New York formed the basis
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