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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; 2nd Pbk. Ed edition (25 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564781399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564781390
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written with raw and powerful images, Annie Ernaux says the 'unsayable' as she confronts the experience of having an abortion and of growing up in the post-World War II generation?all in a fresh, original voice. -- San Francisco Chronicle Cleaned Out is more than a powerful evocation of the class system in France in the 1950s and of one woman's struggle to move up in the class hierarchy and forget her past. It is also a novel that serves as a haunting contribution, both in subject matter and literary form, to the project of the culturally disenfranchised speaking in their own voice. -- Bloomsbury Review

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She won the Prix Renaudot in 1984 for her book La Place, an autobiographical narrative focusing on her relationship with her father and her experiences growing up in a small town in France, and her subsequent process of moving into adulthood and away from her parents' place of origin.

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By A Customer on 23 July 1998
Format: Paperback
This book left me with a chilling feeling... the description is superb and the tales are often painful and often humorous, a voice we don't often get to read. Definitely recommend it!
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Couldn't put it down 23 July 1998
By srp1@axe.humboldt.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book left me with a chilling feeling... the description is superb and the tales are often painful and often humorous, a voice we don't often get to read. Definitely recommend it!
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My favorite book... 5 Feb. 2002
By jlbremer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ernaux writes in an amazingly real, raw, "in your face" style which is not for the faint of heart...this is what draws me to her works. Ernaux's descriptions utilize all of one's senses, making you feel truly part of the story. Her description of the main character in the book, with all of her flaws and charms, is extrememly rich. This book is an exploration of gender and class, and about the inner dialogue of a woman trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in life.
effortlessly stylized 4 Mar. 2004
By lady detective - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Typically, stream-of-consciousness type fiction picks at my nerves, but Ernaux's version of this style stays largely connecte. You aren't forced to jump around within the narrator's mind, instead the thoughts meld together in a pattern fairly easy to understand.
Her memories (I've read that this is largely autobiographical) of school & her parents shop, are absorbing & powerful- her blatant admittance of shame regarding the juxtopositon between life at home & life at school (the extreme difference in class status)- is brave as well as cringeworthy.
I admire Ernaux's ability to create a character that is in many ways unlikeable, yet at the same time understandable. She does an amazing job getting into the confused mind of a growing girl & the hypocritical shameful thoughts one is prone to at that age.
It was wonderful to read a not quite coming of age story set in France- the only reason it escapes the 5 star rating was due my boredom with the narrator's sexcapades- certainly a large chunk of a teenaged girls fixation in life- but I just didn't care that much about her 'redheaded boy'.
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