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Dostum Pierrot

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  428 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Queneau'nun en başarılı yapıtlarından sayılan Dostum Pierrot, yalan, dolan ve dalavere dolu bir dünyaya giren genç bir adamın sıra dışı romanıdır. Paris'te bir sirkte kısa süreli işinde, kural tanımayan seyircileri eğlendirmenin bir parçası olmaktan, Yvonne'a duyduğu karşılıksız aşka ve esrarengiz Poldevia Prensi Luigi'nin mezarının bakımında gösterdiği başarısızlık gibi b ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 2005 by Sel Yayıncılık (first published 1942)
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queneau
Pierrot, the classical Pierrot, from the Commedia dell'arte, always loses the girl in the end to the more physically beguiling and wily Harlequin. Pierrot is a little more naive and bumbling than Harlequin anyway, what with H’s acrobatics, lithe body, and fancy diamond-emblazoned costume. Pierrot is always clownishly decked in his white body-suit with frilly collar, not too manly to say the least, and while Watteau did him justice, he never really received the grand oil and canvas fame that Harl ...more
Jeff Jackson
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2
A precursor to the madcap ZAZIE, a Thomas Pynchon novel 20 years avant la lettre, a melancholy circus story of shifting identities, a sideways stylist's delight, and a side-splitting refutation of fate. Among other things. Surely one of Mr. Queneau's best.
MJ Nicholls
A charming and beautiful novel with an aching undercurrent of melancholy. The story has a meandering quality but is tightly hewn through Queneau's formally strict structures. The eight chapters in this novel correspond to the eight teardrops on a Prince's crest, and the language is rife in puns and neologisms and glorious prose. Queneau is a strange and unique genius.

I should add that the design of this book is SUBLIME. The artwork is credited to N.J. Furl, who specialises in these baroque and
Ben Winch
I don't know what this book is about and I don't understand what's great about it. I've made it the requisite 50% of the way through this but, finding myself now completely indifferent to how it ends, I'm going to put it aside. Maybe it's too subtle for me in the hyper-emotional state in which I find myself, or maybe I'll just never relate to such an apparently lightweight, whimsical and banally dialogue-driven way of telling a tale. To me it's a rom-com in modernist garb, and maybe in a way tha ...more
Chuck LoPresti
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“In Old Chicago”, the only film mentioned in Pierrot Mon Ami, starts with slow character development and builds interest through conflict towards a cathartic climax that will pave the way for one of the greatest cities in the world to rise from the ashes. The joy comes after the last frame of the film when the survivors can sense what has survived the fire will be stronger. In many ways Pierrot works as a modern response to plot the devices of this film. The burn in Pierrot doesn't mean progress ...more
In questo momento mi sento un po' imbarazzata: se fossi stata una lettrice più fine e alta l'avrei potuto apprezzare, forse, avrei potuto dedicargli un'ode di un acume virtuosistico senza pari, ma io che ci devo fare se alla fine della fiera mi sono annoiata considerevolmente?
Io avevo un ricordo preziosissimo di Zazie e forse ho fatto l'errore di pensare a priori che quella vivacità potesse moltiplicarsi e vivere in ogni libro di Queneau: uno spumeggiare incessante e continuo. Eh, povera ingenui
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PIERROT MON AMI. (1942). Raymond Queneau. ****.
Queneau was in the forefront of the modern French novel. This novel, although it illustrates his various techniques, is less obtuse than some of his others. It is the story of Pierrot, a young man who works in the world of carnivals for a period of one year. Nothing very much happens in this book – it seems to have no plot to speak of. It is more of a picaresque novel, relating Pierrot’s adventures. Pierrot is not really a participant in his society
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
Here we have the story of a disconnected Perriot who floats rather than stumbles through his own odd story, more like a mime than a clown. But Queneau doesn't let us forget Perriot's classic character origins:

"No one had ever told him that he was intelligent. He had frequently been told, rather, that he behaved like an idiot or that he bore some resemblance to the moon."

Perriot works at an amusement park for a short time, and one can't help reading the description of the amusements without rea
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This is my favorite book, and I remember that every time I read it. It is much like me in its thinking and attitude on life. Pierrot is the work that spawned my own The Summer Log. It's a book I want everyone to read. It's a damn shame it hasn't spread like wild fire. I sure do love European Modernist fiction. Always a treat. Always about the human, abandoning all other realms of reality. This book is fun, it's funny, witty, playful, warm-hearted, well-intentioned, kindly. I love everything abou ...more
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mustreread, favorites
One of those books that makes me wish I could read the native language. This translation was great (as far as I could inexpertly tell), preserving Queneau's often bizarre vocabulary and abbreviated slang dialogue. Queaneau is one of those writers who is well aware that his work is a book and it is being read and it is just a story and consequently his style is very intelligent and sort of removed, jumping from viewpoint to viewpoint, consciously playing with the reader. If you're willing to play ...more
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Queneau was born in Le Havre in 1903 and went to Paris when he was 17. For some time he joined André Breton's Surrealist group, but after only a brief stint he dissociated himself. Now, seeing Queneau's work in retrospect, it seems inevitable. The Surrealists tried to achieve a sort of pure expression from the unconscious, without mediation of the author's self-aware "persona." Queneau's texts, on ...more
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