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Imagine you are a young mechanic living in a small community in France. You own your own home, and lead a simple life. Then, one evening, you open your front door to find a distraught Hollywood starlet standing in front of you. This is what happens to Arthur Dreyfuss in the village of Long, population 687 inhabitants.

But although feigning an American accent, this woman is

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Published September 10th 2015 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scarlett fans
I would never have heard of this book if Scarlett Johansson hadn't recently sued the author, but, having noticed an article in The Independent, I became curious. Why, exactly, had Ms Johansson become so angry? From the author's description, it didn't seem reasonable; but there are usually two sides to a story. Not, well aware of my fascination with censorship and celebrity gossip, kindly gave me a copy as a birthday present. I've just finished it.

Well: if things had been different, and the story
G.R. Reader
The best novel ever written about Scarlett Johansson's tits.

Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тъжна, драматична и много силна история, която започва като една лековата и веселяшка такава. Думите на автора се леят с такава лекота и така натрупват чувствата и усещанията и драматизма, че накрая вече четях с все по-осезаемо преглъщане. Много ми хареса и ми въздейства силно. Думите му са страшно точни и дълбоки и премесени с кино, поезия, музика. Остави ми обаче усещането, че ако някой е нещастен, той няма да може да избяга от това. Не знам, дано бъркам. Но пък толкова беше истинско и сурово, ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, translation
We got the ARC of the English translation of this sent to us at our book shop. I predict that we will put five of them in our new fiction section come September and nobody will have any interest in it, save one misguided literary type who likes the idea of reading something French. And it won't even be a shame that the book looks like a fluffy chicklit book and therefore puts people off of even picking it up because essentially this is the epitome of lit-light and isn't worth wasting your time o ...more
Христо Блажев
Едно момче среща, разбира се, невероятно момиче…:

Въпросът за идентичността е централен в книгата. В свят, който е обсебен да създава и да се прекланя пред икони, често доработени със софтуер и грим до степен да загубят връзка с реалността, истинските стойности е трудно да пробият. Едно момиче може да е изключително красиво само по себе си – и пак ще я сравняват с тази и онази доукрасена дигитално звезда. Разбира се, любовта оцелява и при тези враждебни ус
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ils marchèrent lentement, en titubant un peu à cause de leur différence de taille mais aussi parce qu'il n'est jamais facile d'être parfaitement synchrones au début d'une histoire d'amour. On doit apprendre à écouter, et non seulement ses mots, mais son corps, sa vitesse, sa force, sa faiblesse et ses silences qui déséquilibrent ; on doit perdre un peu de soi pour se retrouver dans l'autre."

"- Pourquoi le bonheur c'est toujours triste ? demande-t-il.
- Parce qu'il ne dure jamais peut-être."
Alessandra Marino
Apres avoir beaucoup apprécié la liste de mes envies, un vrai petit bijou, fort déçu par la première chose que on regarde. La narration démarre bien, l histoire est originale et paradoxale à la fois pour se perdre dans des vécus familiales atroces et des détails violents. Fin dramatique en ligne avec des vies déjà très dures, le narrateur n a pas eu pitié de ses personnages. Si il y a un message ça ne m'est pas arrivé
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
След втората прочетена книга от този автор мога да кажа, че стилът му страшно много ми допада. Историята е разказана леко от краката за главата, но в добрия смисъл, без да дразни, а напротив - като надгражда в разказването. Няколко изключително брутални и драматични момента, например, са разказани просто мимоходом, след което малко по малко са разгърнати подробно барабар с последиците им. Намесването на реални лица от света на киното също е доста интересно и всъщност е нещо, което за първи път ч ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2015
I'd been looking forward to reading this since I read 'The List of My Desires' last year and loved it. Well, this book is even better. It's a really sweet love story, but being French there is a sting in the tail (tale?). It also felt to me as though it was a novel about identity, as well as commentary on popular culture. I loved everything about it - the voice, the themes, the ideas, the cover... Even the font. If this book was a cake, I would eat it. And to think Scarlett Johansson allegedly t ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
קראתי בעברית, "הדבר הראשון שרואים". הרומן הקצר הזה עוסק בצורך שלנו להיראות על ידי אנשים אחרים כפי שאנו באמת, ולא על פי הפנטזיות שיש להם אודותינו. זהו נושא מעניין וחשוב, אך הספר אינו מוצלח, בשל עיסוק יתר בתרבות פופ וסלבריטאיות, פנטזיות גבריות ורכילות, ומרגיש יותר כמו פאן-פיקשן לפעמים מאשר ספרות אמיתית. הוא גם מתאמץ כל כך להיות צרפתי-בסגנון-אמלי וחמוד-מצחיק, שהוא מפספס את העוצמה הרגשית שיש באירועים המתרחשים בו. זה לא מצחיק, זה מטריד. הנושא ראוי לכתיבה קצת יותר מעמיקה ולספר שאינו עושה ככל יכולתו לה ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Wow, I guess someone is obsessed with big boobs, Scarlett Johanssen and pop culture.

Mildly humorous with a few glimpses of promise. Too few to my liking.

Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Una sera di settembra Arthur sentirà bussare alla sua porta di casa, andrà ad aprire e si troverà di fronte Scarlett Johansson. O almeno, per un po’ crederà che quella dea sia proprio lei, perché è uguale, sembra la sua gemella e Scarlett non ha una gemella quindi sì, Arthur e noi lettori crederemo che quella persona sia proprio Scarlett.

Poi però scopriremo che quella non è affatto Scarlett ma Jeanine, una comune ragazza qualsiasi che ha la fortuna o la sfortuna di as
Je ne m'attendais pas à cette histoire, de déroulement, cette fin. Ce n'était pas une lecture désagréable mais quelque chose m'a gênée. En même temps je crois être un peu déçue parce que je m'attendais à autre chose. Donc ce n'est pas la faute du livre en soi !
I found the first three pages of The First Thing You See hard going, consisting as they do of a young man’s detailed descriptions of the different shapes of women’s breasts. As a straight woman I found them rather tedious and a touch creepy (the descriptions not the breasts) while at the same time a small voice in the back of my head was whispering, “Well, of course the author is French.” Our stylish neighbours across the Channel, with their contempt for the politically correct and their love of ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La première chose qu'on attend en ouvrant le dernier Grégoire Delacourt alors qu'on a aimé La Liste de mes envies, c'est une confirmation. Personnellement je l'ai trouvée.
J'avais dit de Jo, l'héroïne de La Liste de mes envies que j'avais eu du mal à l'apprécier. Sous on apparence moyenne elle était capable de fulgurances culturelles qui soit me laissait croire qu'elle aimait cette apparence, soit m'obligeait à penser que l'auteur s'abandonnait parfois peut-être inconsciemment à trop transparaîtr
Leah Moyse
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Allegedly this was the book that Scarlett Johansson tried to ban. I can't really see why! Arthur Dreyfuss lives in a small town in France. One day he opens his front door to a damsel in distress who he believes to be Scarlett Johansson. Only it isn't, it is a lady who looks like her called Jeanine Foucamprez.

They embark on a brief love affair, both characters with their own faults and quirks.

The premise of this story sounded very good, I like quirky. Anything different, I don't mind. Whilst this
La liste de mes envies ne m'avait pas particulièrement convaincue mais je me suis tout de même laissée tenter par le nouveau roman de Grégoire Delacourt, l'accroche était vraiment trop prometteuse.

Sans avoir l'impression d'avoir lu un chef-d'oeuvre, je ne regrette pas mon choix. C'est un court roman vite lu, baigné de tendresse et de mélancolie. Le style est particulier, une narration omni-présente, d'incessantes citations de Follain (mais pourquoi ?), des paroles de chansons et de temps en temp
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Джорджия by: Предай нататък
Хммм... Тази книга много ме издразни. През цялото време знаех какво ще направи умния главен герой, през цялото време го очаквах, все се надявах, че книгата ще има друго разрешение и той няма да каже великата реплика, ама не... той не успя да ме опровергае, а толкова много се надявах на това. Много ме е яд на него, ама много, много, много ме е яд. Така ми се стисна душата от тази книга.

Видимо е, че е книга, която оказва влияние и ако не беше това задълбаване във филмови истории, филмови реплики,
Amelie De spot
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sans trop s'attacher au style, une jolie histoire qui décrit les prémisses de l'amour et le désir des 2 personnages de tendre vers un quotidien d'une banale douceur.
Intéressant surtout la confusion du désir et de l'image que l'on se fait de l'autre. Entre aimer la personne pour ce qu'elle est et ce qu'on voudrait qu'elle soit ou la manière dont on la voit, pas simple de clarifier son propre désir.
Et puis, le malentendu qui surgit, y faire face demande une force dont on est pas toujours capable
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I suppose if you dig deep enough you will find a nice enough story but that's the problem; you shouldn't have to dig to find it. The book is bogged down with rambling waffle, countless film/actor references and so many quotes from authors and poets. For some reason the author found it necessary to constantly use the characters full names, as if the reader may forget who they were if he didn't remind them. I also found some parts repetitious, most notably; "Therese Dreyfuss, nee Lecardonnel" I fo ...more
Meh. A sad follow-up to his debut novel. More references to the size of Scarlet Johansson's boobs and pop culture than any story eked out in their midst supposedly giving this mess meaning. Obviously written for the French best-seller lists, not much else. I will not waste more words on this trite waste of paper, whose author Scarlet Johansson tried to sue. Only after-the-fact interesting worth sharing!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mitä tapahtuu, kun tavallisen (mutta komean) autonkorjaajan ovelle saapuu Scarlett Johansson? Kirja kertoo yhteiskuntamme pinnallisuudesta ja siitä, kuinka jokainen meistä haluaa tulla nähdyksi myös pintaa syvemmältä. Ranskalaisilla kirjailijoilla tuntuu olevan tapa kirjoittaa salakavalan kepeästi ja kuljettaa tarinaa vauhdilla eteenpäin. Siitä huolimatta he onnistuvat tavoittamaan samalla myös jotain merkityksellistä. Pätee tähänkin kirjaan.
Mira Baldaranova
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, novels
Оригинален, освежителен и леко замайващ коктейл от остроумие, гъделичкаща ирония, тематична ерудиция и рекламна лекота на фразата. Миксиран с безброй препратки към света на киното и рекламата. Книга за зажаднели ценители на светски остроумия, обичащи изненади.
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Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'était bien, divertissant et léger. L'humour est sans doute la plus grande force de ce livre ainsi que la douceur qui inspire les trois chapitres consacrés à la relation sexuelle des deux personnages.
Fin intéressante qui brouille les personnages : on ne sait plus qui est qui. Dommage que le livre n'ait pas eu la même force, le même travail que celui de la fin.
Perry Gough
Jan 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF - Yeah not reading this, he actually calls the character based from ScarJo, Scarlett Johansson at the start of the book. This is just fanfic that has been put in book form.

I can understand why ScarJo was annoyed at the release of this book now.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was awful
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Елементарни глупости, събрани в книга. Загуба на време.
Janine Zachariae
Inhalt (in meinen Worten):

Arthur hatte nie Glück in Sachen Liebe gehabt und wollte sein ersten Mal sogar bei einer Frau erleben, die dafür bezahlt wird. Doch das ging gründlich daneben, … Aber er hat auch extreme Vorstellungen davon, wie seine Traumfrau sein soll – vor allem sollte sie schon eine große Oberweite haben.

Arthur macht eine Lehre zum Automechaniker und lebt mit seinen 20 Jahren in einem kleinen Haus. Seine Familie ist auseinander gebrochen, als seine kleine Schwester mit 2 oder 3 Jah
Heather Babcock
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This slim little novel is like a piece of dark chocolate: both delicious and nutritious.

I will admit that I picked up this novel after having read an article about how Scarlett Johansson had sued the author for "illicit use of her name, fame and image". I won't say much more about that since as a writer myself, I am admittedly biased in Gregoire Delacourt's favor. It is true that Jeanine, the object of our protagonist Arthur's affections, looks (to Arthur anyway) like Johansson. Tellingly thoug
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The First Thing You See by Gregoire Delacourt was a Goodreads First reads win.

Arthur works as a mechanic in a small rural garage in France. He likes poetry, women with large breasts and is a bit of a dreamer. One day a starlet, Scarlett, knocks at his door out of the blue, and asks to come in for a while. She is ravishingly beautiful, as well as endowed in the bosom department, so he of course says yes. He feels honoured to have her in his house, although he has his doubts about her identity, it
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Grégoire Delacourt est un publicitaire et écrivain français né le 26 juillet 1960 à Valenciennes.

Il publie son premier roman à l'âge de cinquante ans en 2011: "L’Écrivain de la famille" puis, en 2012, son deuxième roman est un bestseller "La Liste de mes envies" traduit dans 35 pays.

Son troisième roman, "La Première chose qu'on regarde", sort en avril 2013 et, outre un procès avec Scarlett Johans
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