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Froth on the Daydream (Quartet Encounters) Paperback – 1 Oct 1988

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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; New edition edition (1 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704300621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704300620
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Like many readers, I am always looking for that special gem which will change my perceptions of the world. When I stumbled upon this book, I realised I had found it.
Boris Vian takes a poignant, delicate love story, places it inside another dimension and turns it inside out. This is a world of Surrealism where an ordinary romantic jaunt in an ice-rink can turn into a casual bloodbath; where the protaganist's luxury apartment literally shrinks according to mood. At times it turns from the head-spinningly sentimental to the queasily obscene, just like the greatest Surrealist art. It comes across like a Pop Art take on the world of Kafka. The most touching scenes of the mouse perservering in vain to shine the floor (he returns to bed wearing bandaged hands) or Chick trying to make ends meet by taking on a job in which he must tell people bad news the day before it arrives (to the understandable displeasure of the recipients) will stay with you forever.
Boris Vian was a writer, jazz-player and friend of Jean Pulse Heatre. (as he is known in the novel) He died while viewing the controversial cinematic adaption of his novel 'I Spit on Your Grave' - it's sad that he'll be mostly remembered for this rather than this wonderful, gravely overlooked novel. No-one else could have created this singular fantasy veering perfectly from quirky cool to arrestingly tragic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book that shows us all how special life is 17 April 1999
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Format: Paperback
A girlfriend begged me to read this book. I never did until last years, a long time after we broke up. I wished I had sooner, I could have then thanked her for introducing me to Vian. It is a stunning book and one everybody with an imagination should read, you can not but be stunned by the imagery. I only wish I could speak French, as I hear the original version is is ten times better. Hard to believe considering how good the translation is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A book all about unselfish love 14 Mar. 1999
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Format: Paperback
I first read this book in 1973 on the recommendation of Kenneth Owen McNally. I'm not sure how he came to read it, but it seemed important to him and I valued his judgement then. I still do now and have rarely set a foot wrong as a consequence thereof. I've read it, and bought it, several times since then. In the interim, NATO has sent me all over this planet. The book makes a perfect present and I also love to read it aloud to others. I only wish I had written it myself. It triggers every emotion and ranks equal with other important fairy tales for adults (see The Little Prince etc). At the end of the day, only love matters after all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The most powerful, surreal book that I have ever read. 28 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The thing that really atteacted me to this book was the strong surreal overtone that this book contains. I read this book in french and English. For all the french readers I suggest you read the book in french because there are some points that can not be picked up in the English language. L'ecume des Jorurs or Froth on the Daydream is a great book and I hope that you like it just as much as I did.
PS Pay close attention to the scean at work in the factory and in the ice skating ring.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An elegant and sustained piece of surrealist writing. 29 Oct. 1998
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Format: Paperback
Boris Vian was an all-round hero of post-war French surrealism. A jazz singer, author, journalist and much more, 'Froth on the Daydream' is his masterpiece. A tale of love, at first delicately spun, turns to desparation and loss as the characters reel from the chance events that seem to possess a greater ability to persist than they do themselves. Read it at a single sitting. (JMT)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An unavoidable book from and unavoidable writer 28 Dec. 1998
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Format: Paperback
Don't miss it! This novel is an example of what modern French litteracy was made of back in the 40's. It is a mix between surrealism, high sense of humor, love, emotion, and so much more. I am such a Vian fan that I also read him in English! Anyway, the French version is also so wonderful that it deserves any native English speaker to learn French ;-)
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