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Having collected, among other things, cocktail sticks, electoral campaign badges, paintings of moored ships, rabbits' feet, noises at five in the morning, Croatian maxims, staircase ornaments, the first pages of novels, the labels on melons, birds' eggs, moments with you, hangmen's nooses, Hector falls in love.

It's the way she washes windows that does it for him. And so be
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Paperback, English Translation, 157 pages
Published 2008 by Telegram (first published 2004)
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Warwick

There's a certain species of English twat who likes to go on about the fact that the French (or the Americans) ‘don't get irony’. This is nonsense of course – although perhaps no one else has made irony quite so central to the national consciousness as the English have. In France, the steady, systematic application of irony that the English love so much is referred to as talking au second degré. Indeed if you're being especially meta or sarcastic you might be said to be talking in the third, or
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Amr
رغم المحاولات المستميتة لتضليل القاريء من قبل مترجم الرواية إلى العربية، لا يمكن أن تخفى الروح الساخرة الذكية النافذة لفوينكينوس.
التدفق غير المتوقع للتفاصيل المدهشة يدفع الحكاية بشكل مستمر بعيدا عن التوقعات النمطية بدون أن يترك فرصة السخرية منها ومن القاريء الذي يتوقعها.

لا يمكن لمن يعرف وودي آلان إلا وأن يتخيل الرواية تتحول فيلما من إخراجه.
أحمد ناجي
الترجمة العربية لها صدرت أخيرا عن المركز الثقافي العربي ، وقام بها حسين عمر. الرواية بديعة جداً جداً من أفضل الروايات التى قرأتها، تحمسها لها تحس بلا حدود
وهى على عكس المتوقع ليست رواية عن الجنس او الايروسيا او المؤخرات المستديرة والبزاز الكبيرة، بل هى أكثر من ذلك عن متعة اختيار التفاهه في حياة تافهه كتلك التي نعيشه، عن البحث عن المتعة والاثارة تحت حجر ملقي على قارعة الطريق، أوعيدان كبريت، او تنظيف الزجاج مع المحافظة على ارتفاع محسوب للردف اليمين بجوار الردف الأيسر
Fahad
الطاقة الإيروسية لزوجتي

عنوان جذاب، وأنا ممن تفتنهم العناوين – فكم مرة منعت نفسي من الحصول على ديوان تشارلز بوكوفسكي (الحب كلب من الجحيم) رغم أني لا أهتم بالشعر -، وأنا ممن تفتنهم الأغلفة – فكم مرة منعت نفسي من الحصول على (نقطة النور) لبهاء طاهر رغم أنه كاتب لا يستهويني -.

ولكن في هذه الرواية ما هو أكثر من العنوان، صحيح أن الترجمة تجني عليها، والنهاية التي لم يوفق فيها الكاتب كثيراً تفسدها، إلا أن الرواية طريفة، لأنها تحمل في داخلها شخصية مثيرة، وأظن أن الرواية الناجحة، أي رواية ناجحة لابد أن تح
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Penny Raspenny
I must admit I expected more of this book.

My sister loved it and insisted I read it too, so since it had an interesting title and all, I gave it a try.

Well... I could have lived without the experience.

First of all, I refuse to give credit to a 156-pages book that needs 72 pages to get to the point.
Secondly, the writing was kind of chaotic and I found myself wondering what exactly I missed at some points.
And last, but not least, there was no actual plot.

Two stars because there were some funny mo
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Jacqueline
Très, très bon! J'aimerais en dire plus mais là, il faut que j'aille laver mes vitres.
Creative
ياالهي!!! الترجمه سييييييئه جداً سببتلي صداع. ترجمه حرفيه بشكل احرق روايه مميزه بلا شك.
Niina
This is the first time I've run into a book that feels so French, so, for me this seemed to be extraordinarily written about an extraordinary subject, not too well known to general public and therefore fresh and interesting enough.

The text was very minimalistic, a style I've not ran into too often and am not too familiar with, which probably played a part at me not getting to enjoy it too much. The writer, or protagonist, I'm not really sure anymore, keeps on talking to their reader through the
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Eric
Light, absurdist reading, very French in its tone and prose. The protagonist is an out-of-control collector, who finally overcomes his obsession, marries, and then relapses when he discovers that he is aroused by his wife's window-washing, and he begins to "collect," that is create situations in which she needs to wash the windows so he can watch. Sounds weird, but he's actually sort of a sweet character.
Passeint Ahmed
زى اغلب التعليقات الرواية فعلا قريبة جدا من ستايل وودى الان ولأن الطريقة ديه جديدة بالنسبة لى فانا مكنتش مرتاحة قوى وانا بقرا بالاضافة انى مش بفهم قوى حس الكوميديا الفرنساوى بس فى الاخر هى رواية لطيفة ولو حد قدر يفهم كل الايفيهات الى فيها كان حيعتبرها رواية مثالية انما انا للاسف مفهمتش كله كله :)
Manuela Artigas
Ok, not sure how many languages you can find this book - but try in yours - it is a gem. Unique writing style, imaginative, disimilar from things I have been finding. The author is quite young so probably some more goods stuff to come from him (I expect)
Emjy
Drôle, grinçant et un peu farfelu. Le Potentiel érotique de ma femme est résolumment plus étrange que La Délicatesse mais tout aussi délicieusement écrit :)
Islam
مثل قطعة شوكولاطة لذيذة :)
Michel
Not a book I'd recommend to people who see wasting time as a waste of time. You know the kind, who can't leave their iPhone behind when they go on vacation?
This woodyallensian little book embarks you on a mockumentary analysis of Hector, a collector of collections, a donjuan of things, moments, memories, visual impressions, emotional vignettes; a nonsense panoply of collectibles and non-collectibles.
How, why, what, when, where, who, an amazing, ultimately inept, dissection of his soul, interrupt
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Glimmerfee
Hector ist ein notorischer Sammler und versucht sich von dieser Sucht zu befreien. Nachdem er versucht hat sich mit Tabletten das Leben zu nehmen verbringt er ein halbes Jahr in einer psychiatrischen Klinik, geschickt tarnt er die Zeit als einen Aufenthalt in den USA. Bei seiner Recherche über Amerika, lernt er Brigitte kennen und lieben.

Obwohl ich französische Romane sehr mag, hat mich dieses Buch anfangs völlig verwirrt und ich spielte mehr als einmal mit dem Gedanken, das Buch abzubrechen, do
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Veronique Zancarini
Pas son meilleur livre. Quelques passages vraiment tops... mais dilués dans d'autres où on est un petit peu perdu... Si on ne connait pas cet auteur, commencer avec un autre de ses livres …
Max D.
Страшно забавна книга. Тръгна като нищо особено, но малко след това не спираш да се забавляваш. Доста неочаквани неща. Чете се лесно и увлекателно, силно я препоръчвам!
Gabriela
Absurd and very French, at times hilarious in an abated style. I really should wash my windows too, this book gives a certain motivation.
Hanki Nguyen
Absolutely humor France novel, very David Foenkinos. I love his writing such as the 1st book Delicacy
Weaam
رواية غير متوقّعة على الإطلاق!أعجبتني للغايَة وإن كُنت أعيب على الترجمة المُتعثّرة في مواضع قليلة ..أنّها جعلتني أقرأ السّطر أكثر من مرّة..أو أبحث عن معنى كلمة لأن المترجم لم يترجمها وكتبها كما هي في لُغتها الأصليّة.
Oksana73
Опять "повелась" на аннотацию(, а оказалось довольно скучно. Один бал прибавила за трогательный финал.
anne
Page 48, and the style is something else.

That's where I was then, and now that I've finished it, i'll just confirm. The style is incredible, the guy's imagination is out there, it's a gem of a little book. Very funny, light, poetic - in a Napoleon Dynamite sort of way. I hope it gets/got translated into other languages, so you English-speakers can enjoy it too.
(update! It has, into German, so Annett, this is for you:
"Das erotische Potential meiner Frau", read it, you'll like it, I hope!
Dina
I enjoyed reading it definitely. Full of sickness and obsessions that we never share with anyone. first with Hector's collecting compulsive obsession because things make him feel safe, till his fascination with the way his wife - Briggite - washes the window.
I can see myself as a briggite. Someone who would embrace her husbands's sick obsession. I loved how Foenkinos showed that all of us have dirty secrets and fantasies and simply IT IS OKAY.
Katia
Cette lecture fut un coup de cœur ; je le recommande car il est génial.
J'ai adoré la relation particulière entre Hector et Brigitte.
Hector change avec l'arrivée dans sa vie de Brigitte, et ils ont une complicité géniale.
C'est un vrai plaisir à lire, car c'est drôle, léger, et ce couple est vraiment attachant.
Je ne laverai plus jamais une vitre de la même manière ! Mais pour comprendre ça il faut l'avoir lu !
N'hésitez pas à le découvrir.
Franck Emsallem
Voici une bonne idée de départ (collectionner les moments de grâce de l'être aimé) qui est malheureusement traitée un peu maladroitement. Pour autant, on pardonnera ces erreurs de jeunesse de Foenkinos : on devine déjà au travers de ses facéties toute la fantaisie qui fera le charme de la Délicatesse.
Donc ce livre reste réservé aux fans inconditionnels de l'auteur. On passe un bon moment en sa compagnie, sans plus.
Linnea
Foenkinos kirjoittaa pääosin hauskasti ja todella ranskalaisesti, mutta tarina jäi minulle hieman etäiseksi. Mukana olin oikeastaan vain kirjan keskiosan, alussa en heti saanut otetta ja lopussa menetin sen totaalisesti. Ihan näppärä kirja kuitenkin ja jos piti Nainen, jonka nimi on Natalie -kirjasta uppoaa tämäkin melko varmasti.
Steven
Lovely. At first I had to get used to the rather baroque style of English, until I realised that the books original language was French. Nevertheless the translation is sublime and the story - typical French "Noir" Humour (dark, deeply cynical) - albeit short, is original and full of mind-, plot- and character twists.

Nathalie
Je crains ne pas être objective sur les romans de David Foenkinos, j'apprécie beaucoup sa prose, certes je reconnais que l'on retrouve les mêmes ingrédients que dans la délicatesse car il est question du couple et de l'amour, traitée différemment dans celui-ci, enfin c'est agréable a lire et j'ai beaucoup souri!
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David Foenkinos (born 28 October 1974) is a French author and screenwriter. He studied literature and music in Paris. His novel La délicatesse is a bestseller in France.A film based on the book was released in December 2011, with Audrey Tautou as the main character.
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