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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (7 Dec 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349101108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349101101
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant, painful account of a doomed love affair. While the storm clouds are gathering, the teller of the story belives the picnic is forever. (Carlo Gebler)

A story of love found and thwarted that also becomes a remarkable journey backward: from modernist narrative resignation and ennui into full-fledged emotional engagement, complicaiton, deepening of character and resolution... (Kirkus Reviews)

Djian is a major writer. A page of his prose reads like nothing else, except perhaps another page of his. His writing is the real thing. (Le Monde)

An atmosphere reminiscent of, by turns, Diva and Paris, Texas... Dijan's books soar above those of his contemporaries. (Paris Match)

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The major European bestseller that was made into the celebrated film.

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By shazza on 14 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing read and the desciptions of all the characters and places are extroadinarily colourful and vivid. You really do feel your there in the intense sweaty heat of the summer as the narrator falls in love with an all consuming passion.

Betty must be the most passionate and firey person on the planet and she turns our heros life upside down. When she finds he has written an unpublished manuscript she drags him from his small town existance accross the country on a mission to get it published.Never taking no for an answer Betty gets them into all sorts of trouble but also makes him feel incredibly alive.

There is an abundance of Life,zest,emotion and tragedy in Betty Blue. Once picked up i couldn't put it down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PennysHubby on 26 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
Told from a guy's perspective, this is a love story with a difference. The unnamed narrator (called Zorg in the film version) meets Betty, a beautiful and fiery character. She takes him away from his simple but mundane life after discovering manuscripts for a book he has written. After burning his bridges they embark on a journey through France making friends along the way. It says it was translated into English by H Buten but, sadly, it was translated into American. I found this perplexing and felt that some of the minutiae of the European culture on display was lost. Even the title, Betty Blue, is a testament to this because the original title, 37.2 Degrees in the Morning (a poignancy that I can't explain here without revealing a plot spoiler) doesn't translate to the American Fahrenheit system. What were the publishers thinking? Apparently this book is the only Philippe Dijian novel to be translated into English - I'm not surprised - he must be livid!
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Format: Paperback
Philippe Djian - what an author!
A fantastic film - see it to believe it.
The book? Even better - brilliant! A book I found hard to put down. Anyone who had felt true love for another inspite of everything that is going on around them will understand this book - live it, and breathe it. Fantastic!
Why, oh why, oh why are there no more books translated into English! I will have to learn French!
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By Andy Graham, Truro on 18 Feb 2013
Format: Paperback
This is such a lovely, inspiring book, if with a heart-breaking ending. So pleased to see it has only got five star reviews, because that is what it deserves. May I suggest seeing the director's cut of the film. About three hours long, it covers the book completely, with relatively few changes.
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Well worth reading. I hope they translate more of Philippe Dijan's novels. I was very surprised that this is the only one in English so far. Do please contact me if you know of any other books of his in English, my French isn't that good. This one was clearly translated by an American but if you can get past the few americanisms that creep in you will thoroughly enjoy this. Only watch the film Betty Blue - Director's Cut [1986] [DVD]after you've read the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oirishsteve on 13 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
It's a long time since I came across a book with such a 'voice' as this one. Believe the hype..'I couldn't put it down'...I couldn't. Achingly sensitive and a truly original writing style. I haven't seen the film, but it's got a lot to live up to. Pity I can't find any other books translated by this author.
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