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Monsieur by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
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May 26, 2008

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bookshelves: fiction, dalkey
Read in May, 2008

Very French. Cold and impersonal for most of the book, but interesting it it's strangely disinterested manner of delving deeply into the life of a person only known in the book as Monsieur. Like Beckett in someways, but with science thrown in, which I think is supposed to be important, but I just didn't spend enough time thinking about the ramifications of quantum theory on the narrative structure of the book. My loss I'm sure.
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message 1: by Jen (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jen I also had a hard time with the physics references in this book. However, I didn't even get to the point where I was applying his observations on Schrodinger's cat to the narrative structure of the book...I eventually just skimmed those parts. Eventually, I think I was skimming over everything, unfortunately.

I got the sense that this was supposed to be a humorous novel. Parts of it did strike me as funny (in a small way)...I liked the interactions between Monsieur and his geologist neighbor. I can definitely think of a few times where I felt so trapped by an overly-friendly acquaintance that I'd consider any means of escape (not to the point of moving out of my apartment, though!).

Greg I agree that it seemed like it was supposed to be humorous, but it was almost too absurd to be genuinely funny. I do think that there was more to the book that I was supposed to get but I guess the book just didn't have anything that really ever got me engaged with it.

Greg I barely remember this book, maybe I should look it over again.

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