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Never Any End to Paris by Enrique Vila-Matas
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Aug 31, 2011

it was amazing

A wonderful fine for me. And to think of it, I only picked this book up because it had Paris in its title, and its published by New Directions. Such a beautiful start, and the end is just as wonderful. Enrique Vila-Matas' novel "Never Any End to Paris" is for me a mediative and hysterical look at a writer and the writing Parisian writing world, that exists in real life, but also in one's imagination.
It reads like a memoir, and for all I know it is a memoir, but alas, one can see this as almost an early Jean-Luc Godard film. Zillion of quotes, and literary & film references a go-go. And that is part of he fun of this novel.
The main character is an obsessed Hemingway fan who may or may not be a talented writer. And that in the end is not that important, what's the deal is the life one imagines. Everyone from Boris Vian to Guy Debord come through these pages, and one can write an endless amount of footnotes if that was the need. But alas, its a trip to a romantic notion of a writer drifting through Paris 20th century literary life. It was sad to see this novel ending...
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Reading Progress

August 31, 2011 – Started Reading
August 31, 2011 – Shelved
August 31, 2011 –
page 122
61.93% "I am really really into this book right now. In fact I lost my copy of the book in a movie theater - and had to buy a fresh new edition."
September 3, 2011 –
page 150
September 4, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Barry (new)

Barry This sounds like a lot of fun--must give it a try.

message 2: by Irene (new) - added it

Irene I'm like you...anytime I see the word "Paris" on a book (except Paris Hilton), I grab and run.

Tosh Very very good book. I left my copy of the book in a movie theater, and instead of waiting to get it back, I bought another copy. I liked it that much!

message 4: by Irene (new) - added it

Irene I'm about to lose my willpower and grab it off of I maybe don't have the patience for paperbackswap.

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