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Vie Francaise

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  235 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Meet Paul Blick: born in France (but not Paris); son of a car dealer; provincial sociology student-cum-theoretical revolutionary; briefly employed (by his father-in-law); married and soon to discover adultery and other satisfactions of a desperate househusband as consort of a high-flying wife who conquers the world as CEO of a Jacuzzi-manufacturing company.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Vintage (first published September 13th 2004)
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Iceman
Jean-Paul Dubois é um conhecido jornalista e autor de diversos romances de sucesso em França que tem nesta obra “Uma Vida Francesa” o seu maior sucesso e aquele que lhe deu em 2004 o prémio Femina, um dos maiores galardões literários franceses.

A história é simples, tratando-se, simplesmente, da história de uma típica família francesa com todas as vicissitudes e idiossincrasias dos seus membros e do que os rodeiam. No entanto, debaixo dessa aparente singeleza, o autor traça-nos a História de Fra
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Paula
I heard about this book at the time of the 40th anniversary of the 1968 student uprising in Paris. I don't know that I learned much, but the chronology of French presidents was nice. The hero would be called a slacker here in the U.S. Nowhere else but France would he become a sensation photographing trees. Is he typical of his age group? Do disaffected French lefties do nothing with their lives in order to stay true to their ideology? The blurbs call the author a French Philip Roth, but his hero ...more
Mary  Goodnight
Jean-Paul Dubois greffe son récit totalement artificiel et vain sur le canevas du vingtième siècle français, replaçant très maladroitement les déboires de son anti-héros Paul Blick dans le contexte de la France des années 50 à 2000 (c'est le festival du name-dropping ; certains passages ressemblent par ailleurs à un cours d'histoire du vingtième siècle ânonné par un prof peu inspiré). C'est, au choix, lourd, ou totalement inintéressant. Cette vie-là, remplie des pires clichés (des grands parents ...more
Patrice-loup Rifaux
En lisant, je me suis rendu compte que j'avais déjà lu ce livre : c'est dire qu'il ne m'avait pas laissé une grande impression...
L'idée de départ était bonne, et par moment l'évocation de la France au long des mandats des différents présidents de la République réveille de vieux souvenirs. Mais cette évocation reste superficielle et manichéenne.
S'agissant des personnages, on les suit sans ennui - sans grand intérêt aussi
Luis Galveias
Adoro este tipo de relatos biográficos. Quando nos apercebemos que cada vida, por mais comum que seja, é afinal uma história empolgante. No entanto, o livro é muito mais do que isto. Permitiu-me sobretudo descobrir um autor sobre quem vou agora procurar novos títulos.
Mark
Each chapter is titled after the French Prime Minister who served during the years described by Paul Blick, the protagonist. Vie Francaise is a fictional memoir that recalls a life dominated by sex and politics.
As you may speculate from his decidedly external interests, Blick is lacking in interpersonal relationships. Even his hobby, which becomes his livelihood, betrays this fact: he photographs trees, but never human subjects. Dramatic irony ensues as Paul reaches middle age and is utterly con
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Alain
Au d?but du livre nous faisons la connaissance du personnage principal Paul Blick, huit ans, le jour du d?c?s de son fr?re a?n?. Le r?cit raconte ensuite toute la vie de Paul Blick en parall?le avec l'?volution sociale et politique de la France. C'est un livre vraiment agr?able ? lire, int?ressant, ?crit avec beaucoup d'humour, o? les ?v?nements tragiques c?toient des moments plus dr?les ou d?risoires. La consistance du livre s'am?liore au fil des pages en m?me temps que le personnage principal ...more
Natalia Pì
questo romanzo mi e' capitato in mano per caso, da fnac, qualche mese fa. e' stato sul mio scaffale per un po', e poi l'ho scelto per farmi compagnia in una tratta aerea impegnativa come milano-istanbul-delhi-kathmandu: non mi ha affatto deluso.

ho trovato per caso a kathmandu un altro suo romanzo, che sto leggendo ora... questo scrittore tocca temi che mi interessano, come minimo. e' piuttosto raro che le pagine di un libro riescano a farmi perdere qualche lacrima, ma dubois ci e' riuscito, e p
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Jan LeSuer
Mar 24, 2008 Jan LeSuer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: human beings.
Paul, an intelligent and keenly aware stay at home father, whose CEO wife is a mystery to him, surveys the late decades of the French 20th Century. Almost in spite of himself, he achieves success, photographing trees. This is a very good book... it evinces a kind of French coolness, or sang froid, within both the personal life of the narator and as regards the public world of late 20th Century France, but catastrophe humbles even the most aloof of Frenchmen in the end. Trenchant, moving, believa ...more
Irwin
This book has been described by some critics as the French version of John Updike's Rabbit series. While it is true the book follows its narrator's life in parallel with French history from the Charles de Gaulle presidency through the Jacques Chirac years, it is far less ambitious -- and far less successful -- than Updike in chronicling and interpreting France's social and political history throughout this period. Our narrator is simply not that fascinating a guy, and neither is his story.
Jeremy Hawthorn
First book I've read in French for about 35 years. My French is very rusty, but the book was easy to read and engaging. The character-narrator is not totally sympathetic and his account is often irritating. But this may be what the author intended. The narrator seems to like other people only in principle: the reader rarely gets a sense of any intense attachment to other people, except at the end of the book in the account of his daughter's sickness.
Ann
A remarkable feat in which the author manages to devote 276 pages to talking solely about himself and the detritus of his life without actually achieving introspection. This is one of those novels that makes me wish I had that gene that would let me put down a less-than-satisfying book instead of wasting the time and mental space just to find out what happens. Take my word for it: nothing does.
Gini
While I enjoyed reading this book, the story line is rather ordinary, about the highs and lows life serves up for the narrator. I kept thinking, "is this all there is?" Then I got to the last sentence. Although it doesn't say anything that hasn't been said before, it resonated with me. Left me with a feeling of resigned melancholy, which as bad as that sounds, isn't that bad...
Sandrine
C'est le dernier tiers du livre qui m'a fait choisir deux étoiles au lieu d'une...une vie banale, racontée avec banalité et une écriture pas franchement fantastique...ce roman aurait pu être une pépite si au moins il y a avait du style...ce qui est loin d'être le cas. pour moi il s'agit d'anti-écriture, ni pus ni moins.
Julie Fishkin
Feb 27, 2007 Julie Fishkin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who speaks french
Shelves: read-already
C’est en français donc pas pour tout le monde, évidement. Un livre magnifique, touchant sans être sentimental et vraiment beau. Il s’agit de l’histoire culturelle française des 60s jusqu'à maintenant à travers un homme paumé en permanence qui fait de la photo. De l’amour, de l’art, de la mort, bref, tout ce qu’il faut.
Jenny
I read the English version of this book. A fictional tale that break's down the protagonist's life into the presidencies of post-war France.
Antonio Brito
Edição portuguesa das Edições ASA - Uma Vida Francesa
Leio pela segunda vez este cativante livro. Daqui a uns dois anos revisto-o...
Mazhar Salam
Honest, gross, funny and warm. Love the way Dubois has wrapped up an entire life that seems almost real, and French. A must read.
Alicia
May 29, 2007 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I thought this was both a funny and sweet book. I plan on reading it again to keep up on my French. This book is entirely in French.
Elizabeth
Jul 11, 2014 Elizabeth marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I didn't feel too bad abandoning it so far along since the characters didn't seem to care what happened to them either.
Sls Schnur
Well written, one life against the background of French history over the past 50-odd years. I enjoyed immensely.
Stephane
Lu en parallèle des documentaires chroniques de l'INA "Nos années" 60 à 90 pour une belle leçon d'histoire.
Emily
Kind of annoying Frenchy book but some fun gross bits and I can never resist the French even when annoying.
Francois
Une vie française est automatiquement devenu mon Dubois préféré... tout un univers.
Michèle Dextras
très bonne description d'une vie d'un jeune homme en France et les stages de vie.
David Giles
Tres drole, tres impressionant...il rappelle par endroits Philip Roth
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Jean-Paul Dubois (born in 1950 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne) is a French writer.

He is the author of several novels and travel pieces, and reports for Le Nouvel Observateur. His novel, Une vie française, published in French in 2004 and in English in 2007, is a saga of the French baby boom generation, from the idealism of the 1960s to the consumerism of the 1990s. The French version of the novel won t
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