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Elise Ou La Vraie Vie (Lettres Nouvelles) [Mass Market Paperback]

Claire Etcherelli
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1 May 1973 Lettres Nouvelles (Book 939)
First published in 1985. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Editions Flammarion (1 May 1973)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070369390
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070369393
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in Bordeaux and Paris, Elise, down-trodden and dowdy sister to the roguish Lucien, mothers, protects and tries to run his life until he moves away. On joining him in the capital, Elise has her eyes opened to the realities of the post-war years around her. Working in the car factory, she meets and falls in love with Arezki, an Arab. The novel tracks their love affair, which meets opposition at every corner. Feminism, Racism, the world of work, France's society is powerfully put under the microscope by the author, Claire Etcherelli. A perceptive social commentary and heart-wrenching love story in one, this is a wonderful and moving book - and well worth the effort to read!! (I promise you!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply told but profound 16 Aug 2012
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This story is told from the point of view of a young French girl during the war with Algeria. She is without true support in the world and makes her own life working in a factory. There she meets Arezki, an Algerian, and falls in love with him. The tale involves her relationships with him and others, her experiences in the workplace, which are fascinating, and the effects of the war on everyday affairs. The style is simple and readable for anyone with a basic grasp of the language and the narrative draws one in with its honesty and courage. It is a straightforward story but much more, with perceptive social insights and powerful inner emotions. Highly recommended.
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