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France’s preeminent fiction writer is frequently credited with a kind of literary magic, an ability to craft stories with such precision and detail that readers are caught off guard by the powerful currents of emotion and imagination that lie just beneath the placid surface of his writing. “Echenoz risks everything in his fiction, gambling on the prodigious blandishments o ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by The New Press (first published April 3rd 2014)
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Hakan
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echenoz'u okumak bence büyük bir keyif. Basit görünen üslubunun altında müthiş bir derinlik var. İroni ve mizah gücü, dalgacı yönü de cabası. Bu okuduğum ilk öykü kitabı. Gerçeklik ile kurmacayı birbirine ustaca yedirmiş yine. Tıpkı biyografik anlatı üçlemesinde yaptığı gibi. Kısacık ama özel bir kitap.
Banushka
hop diye bitti. tarihten gerçek olayları alıp onları kurguluyor echenoz. ben en çok inşaat mühendisliği'ni sevdim. fransa tarihini iyi bilmediğimden çok anlayamadığım öyküler de oldu galiba :/ romanlarını ya da novella'larını daha çok sevdiğimi anladım.
Robert
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Some true gems in here. Excited to read more of Echenoz.
Deniz Yılmaz
Yazarın Şimşekler kitabi müthişti. Bunda aynı performans yakalanamamış.
Dilan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aslında tam olarak bugün başlayıp bitirdiğim bir kitap oldu Kraliçenin Huysuzluğu.Aynı zamanda Jean Echenoz’dan okuduğum ilk kitap.Başta biraz pes eder gibi oldum tarzı karşısında ama sonrasında biraz kendimi verince betimlemelerin hoşuma gittiğini anlayıp hikayelerden bir olay beklememeye karar verdim.Belki de çok detayın içinde boğulmaktan son anda kurtulduğumdandır.

İlk hikaye Nelson kısa bir hikayeydi.Bir derinliği var gibi hissetmeme rağmen durağandı ama yine de kitaba adını veren Kraliçenin
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Etienne Mahieux
Ces "récits" ne peuvent pas, ou pas tous, être qualifiés de "nouvelles" dans le sens classique du terme. Pourtant "Caprice de la reine" joue avec l'esthétique du recueil de nouvelles ; la quatrième de couverture revendique une couleur géographique qui demeure problématique, car des exercices d'exploration du réel (parfois menés en complicité avec Jean-Christophe Bailly ou Gilberte Tsaï) voisinent ici avec pures fictions voire métafictions.
"Nelson" évoque une manie jardinière de l'amiral éponyme,
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Aaron (Typographical Era)
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
French author Jean Echenoz (Lightning, 1914) isn’t exactly known for writing the longest of books, so on the face of things, releasing a story collection that clocks in at around the average size of one of his full length novels may seem like a bit of an odd choice. The Queen’s Caprice however isn’t your everyday compilation of straightforward storytelling bits and bobs. The seven pieces it contains are much more experimental in nature. In fact they can be thought of not as traditional stories, ...more
Stéphane
Je pensais pouvoir toujours donner cinq étoiles à Echenoz...
Certes il maintient sa maîtrise étourdissante de la langue et pourrait décrire un mur uniformément blanc et parfaitement lisse en cinq pages exubérantes, mais une suite de brefs récits descriptifs fait-elle un livre ?
On reste un peu sur sa faim, on est un peu déçu (sauf par le récit À Babylone qui est plein d'humour). "Caprice de la reine" c'est un peu comme écouter un musicien faire des arpèges, même techniquement parfaits ils restent
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Domitille Lee
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echenoz passe la langue au peigne fin, chaque tournure est a la fois pesee et legere, fine et populaire. Virtuose du stylo bille a recharge, il cree en quelques mots des ambiances merveilleusement mediocres, dans une economie genereuse et solitaire. Genie civil et Trois sandwichs au Bourget sont a savourer comme un doughnut arrose d'un ballon de rouge.
Emina
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Nedendir bilinmez - Helikopter Yayınları sebebiyle olabilir- büyük beklentilerle almistim ama kitap beni biraz hayal kırıklığına uğrattı. Köprüyle ilgili öyküyü sevdim ama diğerleri için sadece dili güzel ve akıcı diyebilirim.
Kurtlu
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
kıpkısa tabir edilebilecek bir sürede hem iyi bir şey okuyup hem de eğlenmek isteyenler için biçilmiş kaftan. öykülerindeki ince mizaha bayıldım; kahkaha attırmak yerine insanı bıyık altından gülümseten cinsten.
belisa
Feb 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
bu yalın bir tasvir kitabı
isminin çağrıştırdığı dinamizmden yoksun
her şeyin tasviri, heykeller, yollar, insanlar...
Gülhan Güllü
"İnşaat Mühendisliği"ni sevdim en cok.
Seda
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Daha önce Jean Echenoz'un Şimşekler kitabına başlamıştım, istemeden yarım bırakmıştım ama Echenoz'un oradaki anlatımı muzip ve eğlenceliydi. Oysa Kraliçenin Huysuzluğu'nda hikayelerin türü ve ulaşmak istedikleri nokta pek belli değil, üstelik bazı hikayelere 'hikaye' bile denemez çünkü sadece tasvir yapılmış. Hiç beğenmediğim bir kitap oldu ne yazık ki.
Gordon
Jul 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Half of these stories were not stories at all, but rambling observations. And the ones that were stories were, for the most part, weak - a best, mildly amusing or provoking. That is nothing like enough to justify reading them.
Evan
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: translation
Some of the stories were good and some of them were bad. Thank yuo for reading
Michael Wong
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The titular story could be a real historical account. I'm also reading "SPQR" by Mary Beard and Echenoz's story of Herodotus seems just as valid historically as Beard's, only TQC is more meta, has better humor and better narration/prose. Not that SPQR isn't good but TQC is more meta with better humor and better narration/prose.

I believe it to be [likely completely/who knows if it's] true in the same way Weekend Update or the Daily Show is completely true, and similarly the "actual" truth is no m
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Barbara
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-stories
Ich mag Echenoz verkürzten, dichten Erzählungen, mit 14 hat mich der Autor sehr beeindruckt. Nach einem vielversprechenden Start mit "Nelson" ertappte ich mich bei den weiteren sechs Geschichten immer wieder am Rande der Langeweile. Darum enttäuschte 2 Sterne.

Echenoz' Beschreibungen, in der titelgebenden Geschichte ist es eine Landschaft, mögen präzise sein, aber mir erschließt sich nicht, warum er sie erzählt (Schreibübungen?). Auch "Drei Baguettes in Le Bourget" ist überwiegend die Beschreibun
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Miguel Poveda
Cada vez que leo más libros de Jean Echenoz se asienta en mí la idea de que sus grandes obras son las novelas breves de corte histórico o biográfica. De este modo, considero francamente buenas "Ravel", "Relámpagos", "14" y la maravillosa "Correr", mientras que el resto de las que he leído me parecen tediosas en el mejor de los casos. En este recopilatorio de relatos hay dos deliciosos, "Nelson" y "En Babilonia", y los otros cuatro son un aburrimiento máximo, con lo que, de alguna manera, Echenoz ...more
Jim
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Suddenly, three books on Paris in the last month... of this one: I'm a fan of the project, and "Three Sandwiches at Le Bourget" I liked immensely -- sort of a Jacques tati meets WG Sebald, that is, a whimsical touch to investigating something forgotten -- and "Nelson",too, but overall it was merely good. I'll read "14" next to see how he does in longer form, yet don't get me wrong, he's certainly fun.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-t...
Gabrielle Joyce
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This collection of whimsical and tragic short stories are humorous while heavy. Each story makes up about 10-20 pages and every one pulled in a slightly different writing technique. For those wanting a sample of how tone is created, pick up thos short book and feel the satisfaction of reading something that leaves you sated–not full.
Ángel
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Primer libro que me decepciona del gran escritor francés Jean Echenoz. Me parece que esta recopilación de historias concebidas de manera independiente y publicadas de esa manera, no merecían juntarse en un libro. Ni modo.
Anne-Céline
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnifique, superbement écrit, on se laisse emporter par les descriptions de Jean Echenoz précises et subtilement décalées.
Tuna
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...bilindiği üzere deneyim yönteme etki eder."
Monica
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a fan of short stories but these are hardly stories, just moments of exploration. I even kind of want to try to read in the original French.
Anne
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
A change from my usual reading fare.
Argos
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echenoz için zayıf bir kitap
Elizabeth
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Lo dicho, 'Ingeniería civil' y 'Nitrox' son dos buenos relatos, pero el resto no es nada del otro mundo.
Béatrice
Ces courtes nouvelles, inspirées par les statues du jardin du Luxembourg, m'ont bien déçue. Je n'ai pas retrouvé la plume de son auteur
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Born December 26 (some sources say 23), 1947, in Orange, France; son of Marc (a psychiatrist) and Annie (an engraver) Echenoz; children: Jerome Arthur. Education: Attended Université d'Aix en Provence and Université de Paris (Sorbonne).

He has published twelve novels to date and received about ten literary prizes, including the Prix Médicis 1983 for Cherokee, the Prix Goncourt 1999 for I'm Gone (J
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