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Scènes de la Vie de Bohème

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Louis Henry Murger (1822-1861) est un ecrivain francais. Il passe sa jeunesse parmi les "Buveurs d'Eau," un groupe d'artistes-bohemiens du Quartier Latin que frequentera notamment le photographe Nadar. Il connaitra d'ailleurs la celebrite en publiant les Scenes de la Vie de Boheme (1847-49), un feuilleton de l'Ecole Realiste dans lequel il met en scene ses amis, comme Scha ...more
Paperback, French edition, 376 pages
Published December 26th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1851)
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Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, fiction
It reminds me of the Beat Generation a hundred years earlier. The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Scenes de la Vie de Boheme (better known as the source of Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme) is about four penniless bohemians: Marcel, Rodolphe, Colline, and Schaunard. They live from meal to meal -- if they are so lucky as not to have to fast -- and they are always in arrears on the rent.

Author Henri Murger has one up on the beatniks, however: All his characters are likeable and generous to a fau
Sarah Greenman
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paris - the Latin Quarter - the basis for the opera "La Boheme" and the musical "Rent". This crazy romp through Paris in latter half of the 1800's is a riot. A real taste of the poor starving artist and the beginning of a HUGE artistic movement in Paris. A little tough at times because of the dated language - but hilarious, outrageous and romantic. Makes me want to light up a cigarette and talk with a lover until 4 in the morning.
Anna Mikhailenko
5 звездочек-недостаточно для этой книги! Превосходно. Замечательно.
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Larry Piper
This is yet another book read by the protagonist of Of Human Bondage, Philip. Fortunately, it's much better than that previous piece of crap I read as a result of reading about Philip's life. But, it's not great. If I could give +s and -s, I'd give it a 3*-. With luck, I'll manage to avoid Peregrine Pickle, another book Philip read, but then since that book also figured prominently in David Copperfield's early life as well, perhaps not. We'll see.

This book is essentially a set of short stories,
Rachel Pollock
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It's more like a collection of interconnected short stories about the same collection of friends/lovers, for the most part, but it's really a great contrast to the uptight and generally prudish nature of English 19th century fiction. It was particularly gratifying as a female reader to find the women in this book (written and set in the 1840s) owned their own sexuality, romantic expression, fickle love affairs, and that none of the characters, male or female) shamed ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this edition, but a much earlier hardcover one in English and then later, again in French. In French was better, if you can do it, but the English is enough to find a beautiful, romantic story of the types of people you see in the opera "La Boheme" and musical "Rent" (which are of course based on this book) and "Moulin Rouge." I am a huge fan of the Fin de Siecle, and I loved this book. Steer clear if you are a pragmatist, but if you're an artist and a romantic, this is actually a ...more
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Un matin, c’était le 8 avril, Alexandre Schaunard, qui cultivait les deux arts libéraux de la peinture et de la musique, fut brusquement réveillé par le carillon que lui sonnait un coq du voisinage qui lui servait d’horloge.

— Sacrebleu ! s’écria Schaunard, ma pendule à plumes avance, il n’est pas possible qu’il soit déjà aujourd’hui."

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The story is very much about Mimi, which Puccini transferred to his opera. However, Murger's book is just a bunch of little scenes/vignettes; quite different than where this story went Puccini's opera. Other than discovering some of the character origins, it honestly wasn't worth the read. Very stale. Just a bunch of bums hanging out. Doing nothing. Talking rubbish.
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He is chiefly distinguished as the author of Scènes de la vie de bohème, from his own experiences as a desperately poor writer living in a Parisian attic, and member of a loose club of friends who called themselves "the water drinkers" (because they were too poor to afford wine). In his writing he combines instinct with pathos and humour, sadness his predominant tone. The book is the basis for the ...more
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