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Vie Francaise

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  317 Ratings  ·  38 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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Clara
Jan 04, 2016 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai beaucoup aimé la forme de ce roman: la petit histoire, celle de Paul Blick, dans la grande histoire, celle de la Vème République. Livre très spécial mais très simple en même temps, très humain, très sensible. Passé le premier tiers pas très captivant avec un Paul Blick presque énervant, le récit devient plus léger, moins forcé, on commence à s'attacher à Paul et se rendre compte qu'on se retrouve un peu en lui. Quelques passages sympas, drôles, mais dans l'ensemble c'est un livre bien trist ...more
Hugo
Jun 08, 2016 Hugo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Achei os capítulos que decorrem antes da tomada de posse de Miterrand, em 1981, algo monocórdicos. A partir desse ponto a história despertou-me mais interesse, a maneira como Paul Blick reage à vida de casado, cuidar dos filhos, as mudanças na vida profissional, o desgaste das relações... No fim, valeu bem a pena.
Iceman
Dec 30, 2012 Iceman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2008 Paula rated it liked it
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
Mazhar Salam
Mar 24, 2013 Mazhar Salam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest, gross, funny and warm. Love the way Dubois has wrapped up an entire life that seems almost real, and French. A must read.
Anne Claire
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Petit-fils de berger pyrnen, fils d'une correctrice de presse et d'un concessionnaire Simca Toulouse, Paul Blick est d'abord un enfant de la Ve Rpublique. L'histoire de sa vie se confond avec celle d'une France qui crut de Gaulle aprs 58 et Pompidou aprs 68, s'offrit Giscard avant de porter Mitterrand au pouvoir, pour se jeter finalement dans les bras de Chirac. Et Paul, d
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Mary  Goodnight
Oct 26, 2011 Mary Goodnight rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Corina
May 25, 2016 Corina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book it's not about your usual French life; it's about the particularly unusual existence of a French man who gets to live a life so full it's almost impossible to bear: from success to ruin, from delight to melancholia, he passes through multiple stages of what it means to be alive - to be a human being among others, while uniquely hit by life's randomness.

If you choose to follow him along as a reader, expect to feel the raw emotions of someone who seems to be a regular member of society b
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Myriam
Jan 20, 2016 Myriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
si l on parvient a lire le premier tiers du roman on se laisqe captiver par cette histoire qui coutr sur fond de mandats presidentiels. giscard pompidou mitterand... peinture d une époque aujourd'hui revolue. l ecriture est alerte et drole. un livre a recommander malgré une fin plutôt triste.!
Luis Galveias
Oct 06, 2014 Luis Galveias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2007 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana Albutiu
Dec 30, 2015 Ana Albutiu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une perspective intéressante sur une période de temps couvrant près d'un siècle. Par ailleurs, j’apprécie la petite leçon d'histoire française, d'autant plus qu'elle est rendu plus mémorable par cette forme personnelle. J'étais complètement plongée dans le fil du récit et ça sans qu'il y ait des éléments trop spectaculaires ou hors du commun - mis à part la possibilité assez improbable de gagner sa vie en étant photographe d'arbres. Peut-être que la banalité même du quotidien, avec les petits év ...more
Sylvie
Feb 11, 2016 Sylvie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book takes us on a trip to the past decades in France
Natalia Pì
Jan 01, 2011 Natalia Pì rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Maarten
Mar 01, 2016 Maarten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigerend maar vrolijk wordt je er niet van...
María Andreína
Nov 05, 2015 María Andreína rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Zzzzz
Jan LeSuer
Mar 24, 2008 Jan LeSuer rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 30, 2013 Irwin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Ramiro
Feb 27, 2015 David Ramiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy recomendable. El libro narra la historia de un personaje con una vida de lo más rocambolesca e inestable, siendo en realidad una vida equiparable a la de cualquier lector. Se describen situaciones que todos hemos vivido y en las que nos podemos sentir identificados. Se hace especial énfasis en los cambios políticos del país y existe una clara fijación por la temática sexual.
Jeremy Hawthorn
Nov 16, 2010 Jeremy Hawthorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2008 Ann rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2009 Gini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2012 Sandrine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 08, 2007 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2013 Antonio Brito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edição portuguesa das Edições ASA - Uma Vida Francesa
Leio pela segunda vez este cativante livro. Daqui a uns dois anos revisto-o...
Alicia
May 29, 2007 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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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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