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مقهى الشباب الضائع

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  6,772 ratings  ·  802 reviews
يتميز باتريك موديانو عن الروائيين الفرنسيين، بعلاقته الوطيدة مع باريس إذ يتخذ من فضاءاتها مسرحاً لأعماله. وهذه الرواية "مقهى الشباب الضائع" نموذجاً لهذه العلاقة بينه وبين المكان، وهنا يختط للماضي صوراً عبر شخوص متنوعة وحكايات تنضح بالشجن الإنساني. وانطلاقاً من مقهى "كوندي" ينسج الكاتب رؤية تكونها التفاصيل والمشاهد المتقاطعة عبر ذلك المقهى، بسرد الذكريات وتقاطعاتها، في ...more
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Published July 8th 2009 (first published 2007)
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Mutasim Billah
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france

"There were two entrances to the café, but she always opted for the narrower one hidden in the shadows."



Paris, 1950s. We're inside a café called Condé. Bohemian youth and some older men form the crowd of this Condé, where our central character walks in. She's a young lady, mysterious, elegant and awkwardly quiet in her ways. The regulars at the café call her Louki, but no one apparently knows her real name.



Where did Louki come from? What was her past like? What is with this enigma surrounding
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Steven Godin
“She had known right from the outset that things would turn out badly for us.”

Young, disaffected students along with the failed and weary are the patrons of the cafe Condé—collectively known as “the lost Youth,” gathering throughout day and night to pass time.
War is over, there is a new calm throughout Paris, but meaning has been drained from life, and lost souls seem to be in every direction. But then there’s Louki to provide a pick-me-up, young, elegant, mysterious and heavenly quiet. Who is
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Dolors
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those in search of their lost youth
Recommended to Dolors by: Cristina
Shelves: read-in-2016
Set against the backdrop of the sixties in Paris, “In the Café of Lost Youth” explores the idea of a safe haven for those who wander through the “neutral zones” of a city where past, present a future are disquietingly interconnected.

Bohemians, undergraduates, writers and philosophers find common ground in the “Condé”, a café where the four narrators struggle to set straight their half-remembered lives while navigating the turbulent waves of an elusive present. But unlike Proust’s “recherche”,
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Duane
Paris in the 1950's. If I could choose a time travel destination, it might just be there and then. The War was history, the city was beautiful, and a Bohemian lifestyle existed in a cafe culture that I would have loved to experience.

That's the setting for this melancholic story by Modiano. The story of Louki, the enigmatic young woman who is emotionally and spiritually lost. She is constantly on the move through the streets and cafe's of Paris, seeking out others like herself.

This is my second
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Hugh
This is my second experience of Patrick Modiano - I read Dora Bruder a few years ago and to be honest didn't really enjoy it or quite get the point of it. It has been chosen as a group read this month by the 21st Century Literature group.

It is only a short book, and perhaps I made the mistake of reading it in several sessions over four days because other commitments meant my reading time was limited, so I feel I missed some of the resonances. It is quite an elusive story - what plot there is
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

At the halfway point of the journey making up real life, we were surrounded by a gloomy melancholy, one expressed by so very many derisive and sorrowful words in the cafe of lost youth.

With this epigraph by Guy Debord I feel ready to dig into my first mystery novel by Patrick Modiano and discover what is so special about his stories to merit a Nobel Prize in literature...

The central mystery of this slim yet multi-layered novel is the eternal "cherchez la femme" – the quest to unlock the
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Jacob Overmark
This has been a very emotional trip to Paris, touching on so many levels.

I picture myself walking the streets of Paris.
My then girlfriend was studying and working near the Opera, and I had too much spare time.
It is morning, midday, afternoon, evening and night. At all hours I am exploring, new streets and new quarters, going by the Metro to the last station on the line, some times walking back.
I have seen all the characters who might have lost their youth, and those clinging hard to whats left
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Denis
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of things have been written about Modiano's "little music", and once again it is his little music (a certain way of writing, a unique way of creating a special atmosphere, etc) that holds this novel together and makes its undeniable charms. Not by any means Modiano's best book, it is nevertheless as delightful, dreamy, bitter-sweet, vaguely melancholy and extremely nostalgic, as most of his novels are. Nothing much happens, in this story about a mysterious young woman whose portrait emerges ...more
Vicky "phenkos"
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a sense of sadness as I begin to write my review of this book. Sadness because the book is about someone or something lost; the titular youth or the selves each of the four narrators has left behind. But also sadness because nothing is crystal clear, there is no certainty or redemption anywhere.

If you have read anything by Modiano, you’ll know that he is not a conventional writer and doesn’t stick to a single genre. Instead, his books comprise elements from many different genres:
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dans Le Café De la Jeunesse Perdue = In the Café of Lost Youth, Patrick Modiano
In the Café of Lost Youth, is vintage Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters. The novel, inspired in part by the circle of the notorious and charismatic Guy Debord, centers on the enigmatic, waiflike figure of Louki, who catches everyone’s attention even as she eludes possession or comprehension.
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Deea
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
I read this book without knowing anything about its subject, its form or anything. I just liked the title and decided to read it. It's a very interesting exercise of literature and the style is totally enticing: while reading it I had the feeling that I was in a boat on a really quiet sea, being carried by the lullaby of the waves. It was a strange sensation and it continued up to the very end.

I don't want to write anything about the subject of the book itself as I think any prior information
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Neil
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I had sat down at the counter. I had taken a postcard and started to write. "Just wait a little bit longer. I think things will be better." I had lit a cigarette and stuck a stamp on the card. But who to send it to?

This is my first experience of Modiano and I am grateful to the 21st Century Literature group for choosing it for the February 2018 group read because I doubt I would have picked it up otherwise. It is very short, but it probably needs at least 2 readings to get to grips with it.

There
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Khashayar Mohammadi
I'm not sure what I read, and I'm not sure why I read it. Maybe the book had a certain cultural significance at the time that is lost for readers of my generation.
Doug
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Modiano, and although I liked this well enough, doubt I'll be feverishly anxious to read more anytime soon. Not having been to Paris, I found the constant detailing of streets (to no discernible purpose) more than a little tedious - it seemed at times to be nothing more than a written walking map of the city. But the nostalgic feel for lost youth, the noir-ish elements, and the fitting the pieces of the four sections together to get a still incomplete picture of Louki, I liked quite a ...more
David Schaafsma
In The Café of Lost Youth is maybe my fifth book by 2014 Nobel winner and Parisian Patrick Modiano, evoking a time in Paris in the fifties, a time of young people in cafes. Ostensibly, as with some others of his work, it is in part about a search for a mysterious woman, a waiflike Jacqueline Delangue, nicknamed Louki (and everyone in Café Conde at that time were given nicknames, in part to keep the air of mystery and secret identity some of them wanted to preserve). Someone in the Conde tried to ...more
Andy
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by Patrick Modiano, the well-known contemporary French novelist, and I have to say it was disappointing.

I was initially attracted to it by the title, a reference drawn from 60's radical and Situationist theorist Guy Debord's "anti-memoirs."

Loosely, the story revolves around a mysterious young Bohemian woman, Louki, described from several points of view: a young student who frequents the same café; a private-eye hired by her much-older husband to find her;
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George Georgiadis
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mille-feuille
Patrick Modiano meets French New Wave.
Inderjit Sanghera
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the novel is principally about a rather drab and mediocre young woman named 'Jacqueline Delanque', whose story is glimpsed via the prism of three narrators, a lover, a casual acquaintance and a detective, as well as Jacqueline herself, the real character in the story is the city of Paris, or rather it's under-belly, the quiet quiescent back-streets, the dark and dingy cafes where intellectuals and misfits congregate, the neon lights and hotels which happen to house and hide the nebuli ...more
Jill
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translations
I loved the atmosphere, but I didn’t get much more than that out of the book.
Christine
I get why Modiano won the Nobel Prize, but for some reason he really isn't to my taste. There is music in the writing, but I really don't care about what happens to anyone or anything in this book. It's not you Modiano. It's me. We are just not meant to be.


(NYRB Bookclub selection for March 2016)
Sam
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
After enjoying (with some reservations and frustrations) Modiano's Suspended Sentences, I picked this up because I was interested in seeing what he might do with a slightly more sustained narrative--and also because I've been trying my best to read primarily short novels lately. I'm interested in the space between novella/novel, and what makes a piece of fiction feel sustained and satisfying at around a hundred pages. In the end, this book represents an interesting example of this particular ...more
Frank
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, 20th-century
What a perfectly stupid little book. Why are critics so besotted with Modiano? No story, no style, no wit, no depth, no nothing. A guy reminisces about a girl who used to frequent a café frequented by a coterie of young people, none of whom are evoked to you in such a way as to pique your interest. We get some repetitious stuff about how mysterious she was, and into esoteric astronomical theory, and how she was reading a book about a Renaissance mystic, Louise du Néant (ooooh, very significant, ...more
Jim
There was a cafe near the Carrefour de l'Odeon in Paris called the Condé, which was patronized mostly by young men in their twenties. One of the patrons was a young woman whom they called Louki. She was a strange, fugitive kind of girl whom everyone remembered, but who could easily be scared into flight.

Patrick Modiano gives us four windows into Louki, one of which is Louki herself. Curiously, we learn relatively little from her. It is the 1950s, when the Paris cafe scene was at its height. In
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MJ Nicholls
A bland woman is remembered in nostalgic intrigues by the clientele of the Condé, a café of the Parisian demimonde, inspired by the haunts of the situationists. A svelte pang of time lost in lean and unmemorable prose.
Sara
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had wanted something quick but intriguing at the library and I found this book. This is a story about a woman who is a regular at the Cafe Conde as told by four different people, one of whom is Louki herself. I loved the setting, 1950's Paris, and the reminiscing that the past is gone now, the buildings sold to foreigners and turned into high end shops. (Just like the US!)
There is a sad, dreamy quality about this book, an indie movie kind of film. It was a good translation, judging by the mood
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Joe M
I need to live in Paris for a year (or longer!) just so I can walk around and find all the streets/parks/alleys/ that Modiano talks about in his novels. Moody, atmospheric, beautiful, and excellent as always.
Roberto
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ticked all of my bert-boxes. It was nostalgic with lots of naming of streets and descriptions of the seasons, french càfes and bohemian-types, and it did that thing where you piece together a picture of someone through memory. I love that Modiano keeps going over these same themes of the past and absence and that one time in your life that haunts you or is unresolved. I'll take a bushel of that, please.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Yes, it's brilliant and true, but it's full of sadness, too. Ennui on every page.

Louki is the poor daughter of a single mother and she has lost out on the only real opportunity in her life. She drifts through her life in 1950's Paris, meeting people, but never really knowing them, while they never really know her.

It's a story steeped in Paris alienation and loss. Such a good story. Such a sad story.
LindaJ^
Who is Louki who is a regular at the Conde, a bar in Paris where the regulars seem to be disaffected youth and older folks whose lives don't appear to have worked out as they had hoped? Louki's story is told by four different characters -- a student, a private detective, herself, and an author-want-to-be named Roland. Louki is truly a lost child and does not know how to move her life on. If I know Paris better, I think I might have better appreciated this book, as Paris seems to play a major ...more
Michael
160417: beautiful, nostalgic, tragic, elusive. this may be one of my favourite modiano. i really like the way it drifts from narrator to narrator, trying to catch that time, to eternal recurrence, embodied by that elusive girl, that time when we are young, that cafe we have lost, that time when we have all the time in the the world...
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Patrick Modiano is a French-language author and playwright and winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He is a winner of the 1972 Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française, and the 1978 Prix Goncourt for his novel "Rue des boutiques obscures".

Modiano's parents met in occupied Paris during World War II and began a clandestine relationship. Modiano's childhood took place in a unique
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“For me the autumn has never been a sad season. The dead leaves and the increasingly shorter days have never suggested the end of anything, but rather an expectation of the future. In paris, there is an electricity in the air in october evenings at nightfall. Even when it is raining. i do not feel low at that hour of the day, nor do i have the sense of time flying by. i have the impression that everything is possible. the year begins in the month of october.” 17 likes
“Quand on aime vraiment quelqu'un, il faut accepter sa part de mystère... et c'est pour ça qu'on l'aime...” 6 likes
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