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A Void by Georges Perec
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Feb 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, fiction, lit-fiction, library-book, 1001-books

what an amazing book. this is a 285 page novel that doesn't contain a single letter e. not only that, but it was originally written in french without a single e and then translated into english with the same criteria. that must have been one of the most difficult translating jobs ever.

and what's even more fantastic is the book actually basically makes sense, has a plot of sorts, and is actually a joy to read.and it's fun,because it is quite amusing in parts.i really can't think of much more to say about this book except that if you like offbeat literature, then this is definitely the book for you.and one more thing; when you see the picture of the author on the back cover of the book,you won't be surprised that he wrote a crazy book like this.
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly is it true that this book also goes by the title "Avoid" (no space between the a and void)?

Bill not that i've ever seen.

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly try this: use goodreads search. type "avoid". One entry there says A Void/ Avoid by Georges Perec. Haven't read the book. From your reading of it do you have any idea why it's entitled A Void (maybe because the e is missing)? And why it can also logically carry "Avoid" as its title?

Bill the copy of the book that i read definitely says A Void as two separate words. it would have a completely different meaning the other way, but maybe it has been translated both ways by two different translators.

by the way, if you want to read a really good book (at least i think so) that is really different, you should try the minotaur takes a cigarette break by steven sherrill, that i just finished. you can read my review on goodreads to find out more about it if you like. it's 2:00 am here so i'm going to sleep.

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