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Comment faire l'amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer

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Un été chaud au Carré Saint-Louis, en plein coeur de Montréal. Deux jeunes noirs y habitent un deux-pièces surchauffé. L'un écoute du jazz à longueur de journée en lisant l'oeuvre complète de Freud. L'autre écrit un livre, une sorte de journal où il raconte en détail ses rencontres, ses désirs, sa faim. Ce sont aussi des musulmans, fous d'Allah et de pureté, qui n'arrêtent ...more
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Published 1985 by vlb éditeur
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Roxane
Biting, still relevant satire about race and sex. Some really fascinating erotic moments. This is a whip smart book.
Lesliemae
Sep 27, 2011 Lesliemae rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lesliemae by: G.E.Clarke
One stunning moment that this book produced was when I looked into the author Chester Himes. Laferriere's protagonist pounds out his work on a Remington22 that purportedly belonged to Chester Himes.

When I looked him up, I read this little story that choked me up,
"A tragedy took place that would profoundly shape Himes's view of race relations. He had misbehaved and his mother made him sit out a gunpowder demonstration that he and his brother, Joseph Jr., were supposed to conduct during a school a
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Cheryl
I was asked to review this book, and I was really thinking it was going to be kind of like instruction or a manual or something like that. That is so not the case. I agree that it is brilliant!!

These two black men are living in a run down apartment. They are visited by various white women. They all have names like “miz beauty” or “miz literature”. I loved the different names they came up with. It’s better than just saying a normal name. The names they give show a better picture of the women they
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Melissa  Jeanette
I liked this book but I feel like I would like it more if I had already read the authors he mentions and I knew how he was playing off of them. I do like how he uses the taboo of sex to analyze the stereotypes and racism that societies pretend don't exist. These two provocative areas play off each other well. It's especially interesting since Canada prides itself on it's multiculturalism, but like every nation, still has a subtext of racism beneath the 'were all enlightened now' surface. I liked ...more
Elisa
4.5

I really liked pretty much everything about this book. The voice was distinct and unique paired with a fresh and seemingly simple, journalistic style that made the pages turn. Despite the short number of pages there was incredible character development. For me, the characters were the best part of the story; Bouba was almost too fantastic to believe but partnered with the narrator he worked. The world of Montreal was also vibrant although a little hazy for someone whose never been.

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Darryl
The narrator of this novella is a young Haitian man who is living in a dodgy apartment on the rue Saint-Denis in Montreal along with his African roommate Bouba, the "Black Buddha" of the city. He spends his days in his filthy and pest-ridden flat working on his first novel, Black Cruiser's Paradise, and his nights are generally spent in the company of his girlfriend Miz Literature, a privileged and attractive white literature student at McGill University, or in a variety of bars and cafés with o ...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 17, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personne
Recommended to Czarny by: Je suis un de ses fans. Ses interventions a Radio Canada sont superbes.
Faute de pouvoir donner cinq etrons,jelui donne une etoile.

La legende veut que le premier emploi qu'a eu Dany Laferrière quand il est arrive au Canada de son Haiti natal a été comme météo. A sa toute première emission il a procédé comme suit commencant par le cote Atlantique du Canada et se dirigeant vers l'ouest. "Aujourd'hui, c'est plus dix à Halifax. Plus cinq à Rimouski. Zero à Montréal. Moins cinq à Ottawa. Moins vingt à Winnipeg. Moins ving-cinq à Calgary. Et je REFUSE CATEGORIQUMENT à vou
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Elisabeth
Version française: Comment faire l'amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer

Premier roman de Dany Laferrière (membre de l'Académie Française), paru en 1985. Succès immédiat. La critique parlera de littérature nègre d'Amérique et d'un classique de la littérature québécoise (déjà!).Le livre aura une carrière internationale fracassante notamment dans le monde anglophone. Le bagou de l'auteur aidant, un grand écrivain était né.

Résumé: C'est l'histoire de deux jeunes Noirs qui passent un été chaud à dragu
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May Bletz
The English translation omitted part of the French title -"without getting tired" In a dptl meeting I proposed it for a lit course and felt myself blushing. Maybe we can see this as a Haitian's answer to Philip Roth. Very shallow readers have accused him of misogeny, but this is of course a hilarious parody on the classic Bildungsroman. Laferriere relentlessly pokes fun at his readers -presumably all white, middle class educated, trying so hard NOT to be racists- and does not suffer fools lightl ...more
Fritz Graham
I laughed from beginning to end. Many may find the pages crass, boring or something else. For me, it was just an opportunity to get another black man's perspective on interracial dating. Given that this has been such a major part of my identity, I felt a near instant connection to the principle characters. Obviously, it's dated and it's (depending on who you talk to) misogynistic interactions with women may strike many as (to say the least) problematic. While some may find something like this fo ...more
Vanessa
I'm not even sure how to review this book. It was short and sweet, cleverly-written, amusing, honest, with a great sense of place. Months after reading the book, I can still conjure up that cramped, sweaty, apartment on rue St-Denis. I don't know what the English translation is like, but I highly recommend the French original to those fluent enough to pick up on its nuance and sly humour.
Doris
Feb 14, 2008 Doris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who did not think they had a stereotypical view
Recommended to Doris by: Mister Klaus
A very hilarious book with a fairly bitter core... It makes you laugh and think at the same time: Where do all these stereotypes about black men and white women come from? Is an encounter of those two specimen really impossible without historical traumata? Short, precise, funny, bitter, exagerated - I loved it.
Pamela
-I had to read this book for my french class-

With this provocative title, I thought this read would be interesting and passionating, if anything. I was sadly dissapointed.

The story is about Vieux's life in Montréal. He lives with his friend Bouba who spends his life on a couch, most of the time sleeping, or reading the Coran. Vieux on the other hand is a writer-to-be who has a very harsh vision of what relationship between white girls and black males is. He describes how it's more of a challeng
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Leah Gordon
not the how to manual you may have been searching for... but a sharp and damned shocking post-modern answer to 'another country' by baldwin
THE TORONTO QUARTERLY
Bukowski, Miller, Kerouac, and Baldwin all rolled into one dynamite book!
Kaitlyn Barrett
Such a beautiful tiny slice of a novella. Gorgeous spare writing with a story that folds in on itself like origami. I wish I had the balls to read this book in public but I suspect the hotel maids were horrified enough by the title. It concerns one of my favorite subjects, black men and white women, with just enough ironic humor and scatological historical context to keep it from being a political treatise. I will hold on to this book and certain moments will stay with me forever, like falling i ...more
queen esther
“Making love to a Negro isn't frightening; sleeping with him is. Sleep is complete surrender. It's more than nude; it's naked. Anything can happen during the night, when reason sleeps.” - Dany Laferriere, How To Make Love To A Negro

the complete title of this book is how to make love to a negro without getting tired. apparently the combination of black men and white women bonking is fairly combustible subject matter the world over -- even canada's montreal, a place that constantly reassures us is
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Hilary Bush
I enjoyed this book a lot actually but not because I thought it was funny or entertaining. He makes a lot of very on point examples of the racism in society. I however couldn't exactly justify his treatment of women--I get that he made a point, which was very valid, about the racial and gender structure, but he also comes accross as a mild-misogynist and at the end there was a scene with the potential for rape, which made me uncomfortable. I don't care about the consentual sex in the rest of the ...more
Louis Roussel
Sans doute la plus connue des oeuvres de Laferrière, Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre n'est pas son meilleur livre. Trop intellectuel, il y manque l'humour et le ton personnel qui deviendront plus tard la signature unique de Dany Laferrière.
Alex Marshall
Raunchy, funny, touching, penetrating (sic) discussion of noir et blanc/he. Written in 1985 in what sounds like a filthy squat in Montreal, the book's author is now the first Haitian/Canadian member of the Académie Francaise. Who knew?
Jaime
University required reading: not my cup of tea, I prefer the women to have real names.
Yelyam
Lu en français - "Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer"
Zaki
I really like Laferrière's flippant tone in this. He must've been a frolicking fan of the literary provocateurs James Baldwin, Charles Bukowksi and Henry Miller. The honest and ribald narrator of this 150 page novella lives in Montreal and roams the city looking for food, drink, and sex and every now and again ruminates on his endeavors with his room-mate, who doesn't seem to do much but read the Koran and Freud and listen to jazz records.
Nina
A novel about a man writing a novel.
He is black, an expat in Canada. Through his sex life he is making commentary on race relations in Canada (mostly about white folks perceptions of black men). It was cool. Not as shocking as I thought it would be. I wonder what black women (living in Canada) had to say about this book when it came out.
Cristina Hutchinson
I really enjoyed this book, until the very end. The premise of the main character writing a book that resembles that book that we just read - I have trouble reading about writers writing about writers who are writing about writers.

Cambria
Maybe the book loses something in the translation, but I didn't see the hilarity that many reviewers saw. It seemed more sad and bitter than funny. The underlying misogyny was a little off putting as well. That said, I liked it. The familiarity of the places (set in Montreal), the smart writing were definite pluses.
Rachel Baker
J'adore le style de Laferriere: simple et direct, mais qu'on peut lire a plusieurs niveaux. Il est difficile de ne pas prendre le texte comme misogene avec toutes les femmes releguee a des types, des objets. Par contre, comme Laferriere le dit, il n'y a pas de femmes dans le livres, y'a que des Blanches et des Negres.
Adam
153 pages of beautiful, muscular, concise, to-the-point prose that is both easy to read and remarkably substantial. It's incredibly funny, too, and in various modes ranging from the absurd and situational to the viciously political and satirical. Really clever and incisive stuff.
Doyle
Un style assez efficace, léger et grinçant à la fois, parfois un peu pompeux dans ces multiples intertextualités, mais dans l'ensemble radical sur l'exotisme sexuel projeté sur les hommes noirs et sur le travail d'écrivain noir du ghetto après James Baldwin...
Robb Todd
This book is as hilarious as the title would lead you to believe. (And, yes, it's okay to laugh at the title. It does not mean you are a racist.) A fast read that was a little thin beyond the jokes - but the jokes were great.
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Né à Port-au-Prince en avril 1953, Dany Laferrière a grandi à Petit-Goâve. Il écrit pour le journal Le Petit Samedi soir et fait partie de l’équipe de Radio Haïti. Il quitte son pays natal à la suite de l’assassinat de son collègue et ami, le journaliste Gasner Raymond. Il s’installe au Québec où il occupe plusieurs emplois avant de commencer à écrire.

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“Fucking black was fucking exotic. And America loves to fuck exotic. Put black vengeance and white guilt together in the same bed and you had a night to remember!” 3 likes
“Making love to a Negro isn't frightening; sleeping with him is. Sleep is complete surrender. It's more than nude; it's naked. Anything can happen during the night, when reason sleeps.” 1 likes
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