Life, A User's Manual

Life, A User's Manual

Book - 1987
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Publisher: c1987
Branch Call Number: Pere

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LeVena
Mar 03, 2019

Available in UNC but not in public library.

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Jan 13, 2018

This is an amazingly thoughtful, humane, funny, adventurous, and kaleidoscopic book! It certainly merits re-readings. There are so many unusual words that one is tempted to look them up but the prose gets its momentum going and its a shame to stop. If there is one great forbear who Perec owes a nod to, it is Rabelais (and he does get a brief mention in the text and in the index (that's right, this novel has an index!)); the zaniness, the lists, and the wildness are Rabelaisian in spirit. Ultimately, its a very uplifting and enlightening - and entertaining - book. I was going to mention my favorite chapters, but the list got too long.

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