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Dawn, Dusk, or Night by Yasmina Reza
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Feb 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in February, 2011

A book about Sarkozy which offers no historical or social context, no political analysis, no discussion of the issues whatsoever? Ok, I'm not going to criticise Reza for the book she didn't write, and I can see potential in the idea of trying to draw a portrait of the man without letting all that messy politics stuff get in the way, but this is still desperately thin. It reads like an unedited notebook. Nearly two hundred pages of random jottings and observations with no connective tissue, which would have been better off distilled into a magazine article. There are some amusing moments, and the last few pages finally give us a fascinating glimpse into what's really driving the newly elected French president, but it's too little, too late.
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