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Lives Other Than My Own by Emmanuel Carrère
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Something about this book felt slightly different and strange, offbeat, innovative, perhaps just "French"? Carrere simply sets out to tell the stories of a few other human beings whose lives intersected with his own around the mid-2000s. They aren't biographical accounts at all - it reads more like a memoir, although Carrere doesn't divulge all that much about his own life. Another Goodreads reviewer thought the author's egocentrism and self-congratulation were a problem. I disagree and didn't see that, nor thought that he inserted himself into other people's tragedies. Although he does reflect on his reasons for writing, he really sets the accounts - and his peripheral involvement in the lives - before the reader, without guile or self-aggrandizement. Self-consciousness, though, yes, but of the kind that is necessary and without which this book would not make sense. Thoughtful and sobering (not depressing).
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Reading Progress

December 30, 2011 – Started Reading
December 30, 2011 – Shelved
January 1, 2012 – Shelved as: 2011-reads
January 1, 2012 – Finished Reading

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