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The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant [Paperback]

Pablo Tusset , Kristina Cordero
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1 Sep 2005
An easy-riding, ball-busting comedy of bad manners, this is one of the most surprising and entertaining literary debuts of recent years. Pablo Baloo Miralles, a fat, useless and flatulent thirty-year-old, is the black sheep of his obscenely wealthy family. While he dedicates his days to online philosophy chatrooms and his nights to whatever pleasures he can find, his brother, 'The First,' is president of his booming family business. But, when 'The First' suddenly disappears, Pablo finds himself being sucked into a hair-raising, mind-bending adventure - an adventure in which he must use all of his well-honed survival instincts to come out alive.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841956899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841956893
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here we are in the gross world of 'lad-lit'...funny and original..." The Independent "A perfect salute to imperfection. This isn't a book, it's a month of Friday nights out." DBC Pierre "Frequently tasteless but quite delicious" Metro "Pablo Tusset reels you in from paragraph one...a rollicking chase tale." The Scotsman "Hilarious, raunchy and pungently aphoristic" The Times "A comic masterpiece" Ladsmag "Funny, inventive and irreverent" Daily Mail "A cult in the making..." The Herald"

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Pablo Tusset, born in Barcelona in 1965, abandoned a comfortable future as a literary critic to dedicate himself to writing. The Best Thing that can Happen to a Croissant is his first novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not so clever 27 July 2007
Format:Paperback
The reference to Confederacy of Dunces half way through gives it away. This is a writer who is attempting to splice together all the good bits of novels written by authors more talented than he is.It's like a game of 'spot the rip off' most of the time. It's a good translation but then one has to ask how much of the style is down to the translator and how much the author. It is the kind of novel literary critics write because a) they know they can rely on colleagues for good reviews in a 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' kind of way and b) so much immersion in novels has led them to erroneously believe they can do it themselves. Well unfortunately film critics don't make good directors, restaurant critics don't make good chefs. It might impress a few lazy trend hounds but it won't be remembered by anyone five years from now. The main character has the same name as the author and the author looks like the lead character he describes. You could call that blowing on the dead embers of post-modernism or you could call it crass. The fact that the cover blurb has a commendation from DBC Pierre says it all - one chancer saluting another. "A cult in the making' says the Herald. They spelt cult wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mess, but great fun 1 May 2006
By John Ault VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Both the (anti) hero of this book, and the book itself, are a bit of a mess, but great fun. Our narator hero, Pablo, is not an instantly likeable character, and is on some kind of self-destructive escape from his privalged upbriging. However, his drunken, drugged-up lurches around his navite Barcelona are full of humour. His relationship with his family is full of sustained in-jokes, and some real insight into the like of a "black sheep".

The last third of the book suddenly lurches from Charles Bukowski to Dan Brown, as it were, from drunken stumbing to daring-do and the uncovering of consipiricy. Through this, however, Pablo retains his off-beat humour, and his main combat method is to charge down bad guys with his bulk. The ending is a bit unconvincing (but, hey, so are Dan Brown's).

Some of this must have been a chalenging translation from the Spannish, but the English prose is easy on the eye and brain.

So, overall, a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 4 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Please DO NOT read Amazon's synopsis - it really gives too much away. This is a truly hillarious book. I could not put it down. Strongly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thing That Can Happen Is To Read This..... 11 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
Totally agree with the previous review, the synopsis doesn't do this book justice at all, which is without doubt the funniest, most entertaining book I have read in absolutely ages. It bursts into life in the first few pages with such a refreshing energy and humour that I defy you to not laugh out loud by page 10 at the very latest. The relentless pace never lets up as the plot thickens and develops into a clever comedy cum thriller.

The key to its success is the heroically dysfunctional central character Pablo Miralles, who represents something which we can all relate to in one way or another. His inherent flaws and imperfections are instantly endearing and addictive and all the more amusing considering the range of characters that Tusset surrounds his hero with.

Buy it now, you will be royally entertained....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to fall out of bed laughing 14 Oct 2005
By C. Christakos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was quietly reading the first few pages of this book, at Brews and News in Boca, when a strange thing happened. I literally had to place my hand over my mouth to keep from disturbing my fellow patrons with uncontrollable laughter. My shoulders shook and I laughed so much I almost cried.

Do you know how long it has been since I have had this reaction? I don't, but I know it has been way too long.

Imagine the laziest person you know, add 300 pounds to him and then make him 100 times more apathetic and you get the lead in this marvelous book. Except when it serves his purpose or has the mildy interesting characteristic of involving his ultra rich family, Pablo "Baloo" Miralles is more concerned about feeding his face or making it to the bars before closing, than what is going on in the world until his next feeding time. It takes a possible attempted murder and kidnapping and a call from relatives he barely finds interesting to nudge him off his sofa and begin his bumbling attempt to find some answers.

The only parts that are a bit difficult to get through are the dream sequences but even they are so bizarre that you have to continue to see what this bizarre mind will come up with next.

If you like intelligent, funny, mysteries with bumbling casts then you are going to love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Euro Fiction Requires Narcotics 1 Jan 2006
By Stone Cold Nuts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had a hard time determining the number of stars to give this one. I'd give five stars for some chapters and one star for others. The sexual episodes described are well done and there is some genuinely original comedy, but I sensed that some of the humor was lost in translation. Still, the thin story line kept me reading to solve the mystery. This book won't make it big in the States because the author is far too casual about the "hero's" use of narcotics. The book could've retained all the substance and humor, been kept under 200 pages, and would've sold far more copies and received far more reviews. The author is brilliant, but twisted. And I love the cover design as it actually prompted me to pick up the book. I would like to meet the model for that little piece of art and would consider purchasing a framable copy.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and humorous novel 15 Jun 2013
By urquhart_tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a replacement for one I purchased at a secondhand book store last year. I have lent it out to many people and have difficulty getting them to return it. A series of ingenious plot twists, characters with hidden facets, and the most unlikely central character in whom, apparently many people see either themselves at some early stage of adulthood or someone they knew!

A very difficult book to put down once it has been started!
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously funny 26 Sep 2012
By blinkingmind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having read the other reviews, I tend to agree that this will suit the European sense of humour more than the american. Which is to say that it is unrelenting wicked and funny. Rule of thumb - If you like Nick Hornby and Chuck Pahalnuk, you will like this book as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for what it is - beach reading 24 Jan 2007
By LPE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Summary = Existential Barcelona trust-fund baby has some adventure and settles into his ideal life, far removed from society.

The story itself is made up of a series of unfinished strings - you have the impression both that the author took on more than could be accomplished in a single book and that the decision to end the book was somewhat abrupt.

In some ways though, this fits well with the lead character, who is basically a more intellectual version of Gob on Arrested Development. He has a pretend job with his family company, spends most of his time and ego in an online development of an ultimate philosophy, and idolizes gluttony in its essence - a life filled with drinking, drugs, food, and sex. This comfortable existence is interrupted by an intrigue involving his brother, but luckily for the reader, the book continues to focus on his internal state and the intrigue primarily results in him having more money to spend on his excesses.

The book is very self-indulgent and is not recommended for anyone looking for a serious read or "proper" literary development. But for a beach, plane, waiting in the doctor's office read, this is definitely worth the $1 used fee on marketplace. But do watch out for the cover - it makes it a little awkward to read in public...
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