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Barbe bleue

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  4,285 ratings  ·  438 reviews
Saturnine cherche une colocation car vivre sur le canapé du tout petit appartement de sa copine, c’est bien gentil mais ce n’est pas une solution durable. C’est alors qu’elle tombe sur une offre des plus alléchantes : une grande chambre dans un super quartier et pour un loyer des plus modestes. Mais elle n’est pas la seule à postuler forcément. Etrangement, elle est la seu ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published August 23rd 2012 by Albin Michel
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Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france
This author is so strange ... whenever I start into one of her books I think: oh, I know what she was thinking when she began it (which is a not very helpful way to start into her books. If you blink you will miss what she is really writing about) but then after a while you will find yourself thinking: "how on earth did she get here from there?" The peregrinations and purlicues this woman takes merits a monograph in itself.

Ms. Nothomb writes two types of books. The first type--fiction, always--h
نیلوفر رحمانیان
What a cute book!
I’ve always loved this kinda novels, the ones that are literary rich but also easy to read. The ones that are written for both professional and unprofessional readers.
This book makes us think about our relation to religion, technology, money, aristocracy and love, and also challenges our definitions of good and bad, right and wrong, and the limits of ones rights towsrds another. And art. What is art, and what defines its precious. I loved the ending. When nor good or bad could
Julie Christine
A surreal, contemporary retelling of the Blue Beard folktale-- no one does creepy older men like Amélie Nothomb. This is not my style, but I knew that going in-Nothomb is a specialist of the surreal. I just love her writing. Her female protagonists are fierce and fearless, her dialogue is incomparable. And she's so good for my French! ...more
Niloofar Yavari
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well! A well-written book, quick and enjoyable read which makes you stick to it till you figure out how will be the end!
Some deep questions may come out after reading this book.

There can a comparison take place, based on the relation of two main characters and the outside world. It is said almost in all religions about God punishment. All of them confirm the love of God for us, but also his anger and punishment if we go out of safe-zone I can say! And yeah, after all we have heard all our life
Why do French supermarkets insist on trying to sell us novels that are so slim they can be read from cover to cover in the time it takes to do the groceries, wait in line at the cashier, pay up, and say to the clerk: 'I’m sorry Madame, but I won’t be needing this article anymore'? ...more
Yasmin Moghadamnia
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library-haves
The perfect story for perfectionists.
Armina Salemi
So.. odd that I can’t even rate it.
Just.. very odd.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to try Amélie Nothomb's books for a while, and I decided to start from this one mostly because I love the Bluebeard fairytale. For a first experience, it was quite successful.

This short novel is very peculiar, surreal even, and it is mostly made of dialogues between the two main characters. This choice might annoy some readers, but personally I usually enjoy dialogues more than anything else, so I was glad of it. Saturnine and don Elemirio's conversations are always interestin
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

Not the best Amelie by far, but delicious enough that I don't mind eating it up.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Bluebeard (the original story) as a child and it terrified and fascinated me equally. Nothomb's kept the frightful side of the tale and added a large dose of humour to it.
I think this may be my favourite of her fiction's work !
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Far from Nothomb's best.

Still enjoyable and fun, though. Great dialog. Feels more like a script for a play than an novel.
Laura Saga
Nice retelling, great dialogues, extra point for talking about la grandeza española.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, I love it O_o Such an interesting ending :))
Andreea Chiuaru
Easy right, but too creepy for my taste.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-novel, francais
Okay, this was my first novel by Amélie Nothomb, I was struggling to find great French (I know, she's not French but she write in French) books as a way to improve my knowledge of the language. Something easy, something light. Well, this was quite the opposite. Even though it's quite short as novel, Amélie has a weird and odd way to let you think about multiple things, and I found it so fascinating.
I loved this novel, and still, I can't believe how crazy is.
Demoness Tenebrae
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

Humorous and invigorating read

Belgian author Amélie Nothomb has once again brought to life an old french literary folktale about the Bluebeard from the author Charles Perrault.

The folktale.

Bluebeard is a wealthy and aristocratic man that had several women who have disappeared without a trace. Now, he has a new wife and he is putting her through the same test as all the rest. He gives her a freedom of roaming through his castle and entering all the rooms with one exception. She may not enter
Virginie Gimenez
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Barbe Bleue is my first read by Amélie Nothomb. My friend Clémence is a huge fan of Amélie Nothomb and she always talks about her books but I had never thought of reading one until last week when we went to that bookshop next to my school and they told us that Amélie was gonna do a signing for her new book on the day of my friend's birthday. My friend was all excited and she wants me to come with her, so she lent me her copy of Barbe Bleue.
This book is —obviously— a rewrite of the famous French
Isobel Ramsden
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
'Barbe Bleue' is Nothomb's version of the Blue Beard fairy tale. Set in contemporary Paris, Nothomb's Blue Beard is a Spanish aristocrat living in the 7th arrondissement whose lodgers go missing in mysterious circumstances. Saturnine, a young lecturer in art history, agrees to be his 9th lodger (500 Euros/month for a luxury apartment in central Paris is too good to pass up). But will she discover the secret behind the missing women and the dark room which Don Elemirio has expressly forbidden her ...more
World Literature Today
"As always, Nothomb’s learning is ostentatious yet winsome and edifying at the same time; her dialogue is quaintly old-fashioned in an irresistibly flamboyant way that suits her often monstrously aristocratic characters." - Erik Martiny, Paris Sciences et Lettres

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Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
It's my first book by Amélie Nothomb and after reading it I'm just perplexed...
I don't even know if I liked it or not. I'm not even sure if I correctly understand the ending!
Don Elemirio was a strange character ; but really interesting because he has his own way of thinking. It was hard to follow him sometimes.
It was a quick read and I really wanted to know what was the big secret that Don Elemirio was hiding!
But I don't know, if I'll read another book by this author....
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Everytime I read something from her it's the same thing: I don't know if I like it or not. Even if I know it, the writing style surprise me everytime. Plus I always want to finish the book (because I don't like not knowing the end and her books are short) but once I'm done I don't know if I liked her wierd ending or even if I liked the whole book. So, I think I might have to keep reading stuff from her until I can make a decision. ...more
Iz Chang
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I would've given 3.5 stars to this book if I could. I haven't read anything past "Le Fait du Prince" and was sorely disappointed by the quality of her books after Antéchrista. It was nice to see Nothomb back in shape. La fin laisse un peu à désirer. C'est pas aussi choquant que ses autres livres mais ça se lit bien et ça se lit vite. C'est aussi drôlement rigolo. ...more
K.T. Waltzer
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: noir fantasy readers
I found this very eccentric story about a dynast's quirks for co-leasing rooms in his Paris mansion to unsuspecting young women suspenseful and full of unexpected twists. As odd as the story line is, it's very real in details, and our lead characters are written as such, as they push and pull moral boundaries. I felt like we are in their presence. It's that intimate. Will read more by Nothomb. ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really like the style in which Nothomb writes. The book was mostly dialogue. The two main characters were both controversial and philosophical and there was a bit of suspense throughout. I found the ending satisfying and particularly enjoyed the last line.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This short book (1-hour read, 120 pages) brings an interesting retelling of the tale of "Barbe Bleue". Amélie Nothomb's style is as usual provocative but lightheartening, making this book a quick and pleasant reading. ...more
Marie Allin
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
this book left me with a huge amount of questions. So, if you are afraid of reading spoilers, than spoiler alert ⚠. Why did she kill him? Wanted to get a revenge? Why did she talked to him that much? Why didn't she just move away? I didn't like it, honestly. ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A crazy story with very good dialogues (though the end is a bit weak).

A woman student answers an add to become a room mate in a beautiful part of Paris and at a very low price. The man who owns the place is peculiar and forbid her to enter a special room in the apartment...

Read it in two hours, I liked it but not that much. I don't know, her writing was kind of strange in this one.
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Amélie Nothomb, born Fabienne Claire Nothomb, was born in Etterbeek, Belgium on 9 July 1966, to Belgian diplomats. Although Nothomb claims to have been born in Japan, she actually began living in Japan at the age of two until she was five years old. Subsequently, she lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, the United Kingdom (Coventry) and Laos.
She is from a distinguished Belgian political fa

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