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Ça raconte Sarah

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,523 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Ça raconte Sarah, sa beauté mystérieuse, son nez cassant de doux rapace, ses yeux comme des cailloux, verts, mais non, pas verts, ses yeux d'une couleur insolite, ses yeux de serpent aux paupières tombantes. Ça raconte Sarah la fougue, Sarah la passion, Sarah le soufre, ça raconte le moment précis où l'allumette craque, le moment précis où le bout de bois devient feu, où l ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Les éditions de minuit (first published September 2018)
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Amalia Gkavea
''On clear night day of dark
mists
My absent love in my arms
here
No other part of me persists
But what you whispered in
my ear.''
Louis Aragon, ''The Lilacs''


A young woman lives a quiet life, working as a teacher, mother to a young girl. Everything changes when Sarah enters her life like a whirlwind. A stormy relationship begins, taking the characters on trips all over Europe, in a love affair that resembles a volcano. And if it sounds cheesy, it is. Horribly.

Written in present tense, the focus i
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
A single mother meets a violinist and they embark on a tumultuous relationship - all the blurbs say this is a literary sensation in France and it comes out here tomorrow. I enjoyed the first half more than the second because it does get pretty dark, so if you want to know the difference between a romance and literary fiction about a relationship, this can be exhibit 17. (Part of me is a little weary of relationships between two women ending in disaster, but when one character is referred to as a ...more
Michael
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
Regressive and cringe, focusing on a spontaneous lesbian romance that ends in tragedy soon after it sparks; the style’s painfully derivative of Duras.
Sarah
3.5 rounded down

I think suffered in my estimations from being overhyped in online reviews. A quiet and immersive novel of obsessive love, but not one which will likely linger in the mind for long after putting the book down.
Karen Foster
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a book a two halves. I loved part one, the gorgeous writing of an intense love affair between an unnamed teacher and a vibrant musician. Our narrator loses herself in an all-consuming passion for Sarah, a whirlwind of volatility and obsession. Part two, which I liked less, is even darker. A portrait of a woman spiraling from loss, grief, guilt and possibly madness. I loved the beautiful spare writing and the stream of consciousness style.
Jennifer Steil
There is some exquisite writing here - I love the descriptions of Trieste particularly - but it doesn't feel like enough to hold up such a thin story. I wanted to hear the women's voices, listen to the way they spoke to each other, how they phrased their thoughts, but so much of the book is told in summary rather than in lived-in scenes. I wanted to be in a real-time scene with them, hear them speak, hear and see how they interacted with the child. Because I could never hear or see them properly ...more
Siobhan
All About Sarah is a novel about a love affair in Paris, between a single mother with a young daughter and Sarah, a musician who lives life loudly and certainly. The unnamed protagonist seems to be drifting through her job as a teacher and looking after her daughter, but then she meets Sarah at a party, and everything changes. She finds herself happy and excited, but the intensity of their relationship and the obsession and violence that will spark from it, mean this is not an uncomplicated love ...more
Klaudia
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Julie Failla Earhart
The unnamed narrator of this novella is a single mother living in Paris. Although she has a boyfriend, the narrator feels something is missing.

On New Year’s Eve of an undisclosed year, the narrator attends a party. She isn’t having a very good time until the loud, obnoxious Sarah makes an appearance. The narrator is fascinated with this woman who is the total opposite of herself.

Although they start out as friends, it isn’t long before they wind up in bed, something they narrator says has never h
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Iris
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
No
Ceris
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little mopey, French and artsy for my taste.
Michael Ewins
Apr 26, 2020 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
No rating because I stopped reading after exactly 50 pages. I would never usually log or review a book in these circumstances, but, then, I would never usually abandon a book so decisively.

All About Sarah maps the doomed romance between an unnamed narrator, a middle-aged teacher, and the titular Sarah, a violinist five years her junior. Neither woman has been in a same-sex relationship before, and they're both startled by the immediacy and rapacity of a primarily sexual affair that slowly devour
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Emma Paton
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this intense, beautifully written book.
Nadia
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little hard to believe that this was written so recently - it reads a lot like it was written previous to general queer visibility. I didn't love it, but it had some moments which I felt were well done, and while I found both characters extremely flawed, I was a little curious about how it was going to end. Not well, in case you were wondering. Not for our narrator, anyway.

This novel is basically an inventory as a means to archive an infatuation - an inventory of events, sensations, ch
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Antenna
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
The narrator whose name we never learn, so I shall call her “N”, is a Parisian teacher with a young daughter, abandoned recently by her husband, who gets embroiled in an intense love affair with Sarah, a talented violinist who plays in a string quartet at international concerts. Extravert, capricious, out to shock, Sarah cuts a striking figure with her distinctive, mysterious beauty, nose hooked like a bird’s beak, green eyes the colour of malachite, or absinthe, hooded like a serpent’s – this g ...more
Antenna
The narrator whose name we never learn, so I shall call her “N”, is a Parisian teacher with a young daughter, abandoned recently by her husband, who gets embroiled in an intense love affair with Sarah, a talented violinist who plays in a string quartet at international concerts. Extravert, capricious, out to shock, Sarah cuts a striking figure with her distinctive, mysterious beauty, nose hooked like a bird’s beak, green eyes the colour of malachite, or absinthe, hooded like a serpent’s – this g ...more
Miss R
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
#AllAboutSarah #NetGalley

'All About Sarah' is like nothing you have read before. This is not a novel that easily lends itself to the rather prosaic format of a book review. So, forgive my own inadequate words that will never adequately do justice to this hauntingly beautiful and luminous love story between women. It is a love story with a difference. By this I do not refer to the theme of sam
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Linda McCutcheon
They Say Sarah by Pauline Delabroy Allard, translated from French by Adriana Hunter, is a novella at 176 pages about two women in Paris who fall in love never having been in love with another woman ever.

Our narrator, whose name is never revealed, meets 35 year old Sarah at a New Years Eve party and their lives are forever changed. They start to see each other as friends but there is always a tension that eventually can't be denied and they are both shocked, according to the narrator, by the inte
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Katarína Laurošková
Out of all books in the world, French novels about love written in short chapters are undoubtedly my favourite. When read in one sitting, they gave you all the usual emotions of a relationship, sometimes the ones you wish you could have, many times ones that you rather just read about. The love in All About Sarah belongs to the second category.

It is an enjoyable novel about a relationship between a young school teacher and a slightly older violinist. The book describes their relationship across
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Kim
This was a very visceral read. It recounts the story of a woman: teacher, mother, separated from her partner, who meets Sarah at a New Year's Eve party and their romance begins. The writing is very 'stream of consciousness' and I found this style pulled me in to the intensity of their relationship quite effectively. The story is really about how obsessive some relationships can become and how it changes your experience and perspective on all things in your life. I have to admit that many of the ...more
Katja
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this one was a disappointment. That second star is for the first half of the novel which wasn't without its annoyances either but there were nice passages full of intoxicating love and some beautiful language. At times the repetition and other artistic flourishes were taken a bit too far though.

Okay, but the second part. I can understand the distraught the speaker was feeling but it went waaaay overboard with (view spoiler)
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Pamela
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The narrator is a teacher and single mother living in Paris. Each of her days is the same as the one before and she expects the next to be same. Then she meets Sarah and her days become unique. Sarah is a classical violinist. She is also loud and obnoxious. They fall into a relationship and achieve instantaneous angst that goes on for far too long.

The characters in this book are not well drawn – we barely know Sarah beyond her green eyes and overly loud voice and we know the narrator even less.
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Courtney Chartier
It’s about obsessive love, to the point where you abandon your child, and, when you find out your ex is ill, abandon everything because you’re jealous that she is dying without you.

The narrator falls in love with Sarah and they have an obsessive and abusive relationship. The narrator does whatever Sarah wants and picks up some of her habits. She doesn’t mind not seeing her child and Sarah screaming at her and scratching her face up whenever the angst of their live becomes too much.

Eventually the
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Sara
Aug 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This is a quick read which is the only reason I managed to finish it. Her style leads to a very high tempo that I thought was intentional at first to represent the intensity of the relationship but it never changes even though the tempo of the relationship shifts.

It was a portrait of fairly uninteresting crazy masquerading as passion, I guess?

Also, please never use the word snatch while trying to be sexy. Just, no. It would have been forgivable once...it was many, many more times than once.
Viktoria
Oct 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a true reflection of crazy, all-encompassing love. Hence it’s only really interesting to those people who have not actually experienced crazy, all-encompassing love. For all the rest of us, feeling it, remembering it, yearning for it or trying to forget it is so much more interesting than reading this book.
The fact that it’s a love story about two women is the only point of interest - although why should that be any different?
Generally unimpressed - by the book. Love is of course a
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Rob Forteath
The first part is a tumultuous, whirlwind romance that gradually becomes more manic and unstable. This part isn't bad, although the descriptions are horribly repetitive and not particularly involving of the reader.

Then the second part arrives, and the reader no longer has the slightest involvement in proceedings. The narrator rushes about, obsesses and moans, eats and drinks, on and on. We get the gist of it immediately, and never more than that. Repetition dulls us until the pages are just wor
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Charlie Beaumont
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I derived much from this novel but found the concluding sections, with the degree of introspection and self pity hard going.

The blossoming of the relationship between the two women made for great reading with the intensity of their love and their sexual passion was both inspiring and a provider of hope due to it revealing what different persons can give to each other.

I very much want to recommend it to other potential readers but do be aware that the last third of what is a short novel could pro
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Chloe
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
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han⚢
part 1? five stars, absolutely phenomenal, delabroy-allard made me cry, laugh, and feel incredibly h0rny within the span of 50 pages. i was living for the stream of consciousness narration.

part 2 fell a little flat for me. it was still fantastic, mind you, but the narrator was so intensely overwhelming, it was hard to read at times. still an absolute banger though.

would recommend for my fellow french-lez-lit obsessed babes!
Czarek Węgliński
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Maybe the history told in the book is not extraordinary but the author's skill in balancing and putting the very profound emotions into words make out of the text an incredibly poetical inventory of unbounded and extremely strong love experience states. The narration changes the pace and the rythm following the main character's wheel of feelings. The opposition between the life and death serves as a compass to find the most hidden fears and passions of love - the voracious hunger of the other th ...more
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Pauline Delabroy-Allard (born 1988) is a French writer. Her first novel, All About Sarah, was published in 2018, and received numerous awards and critical acclaim.

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Pauline Delabroy-Allard est la fille de l'universitaire vernien et écrivain Jean Delabroy. Après avoir fait des études de lettres classiques, elle devient libraire, ouvreuse dans un cinéma puis, à 23 ans, professeure docu
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