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Métaphysique des tubes by Amélie Nothomb
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Mar 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, french
Read in March, 2009

Already the one-line description "an autobiography from age 0-3" had me intrigued, but I wasn't prepared for the amount and level of philosophical thought, not to mention wit, which could be incorporated into what is essentially a 150-page toddler's internal monologue. Tweeness is avoided by having the child reason and express herself (in her own mind, if not to others) like an adult (a fairly sophisticated adult at that), which makes the contrast with her infantile emotional states and physical abilites all the more amusing. As a father of a three-year old girl myself, it makes me wonder even more what's going on in my own daughter's head.
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