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Holiday in a Coma & Love Lasts Three Years: two novels by Frédéric Beigbeder: AND Love Lasts Three Years Paperback – 2 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007229038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007229031
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frédéric Beigbeder was born in 1965 and lives in Paris. He works as a publisher, literary critic and broadcaster.

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‘A stylist of considerable talent…Holiday in a Coma reminds me of early Martin Amis - specifically the torture-filled, drug-riddled Dead Babies…In its subtle way, Love Last Three Years is just as artful as its predecessor. Narrated in the first person, Marc's candid description of being in love is so fresh that we almost feel his roiling emotions first hand. This is a difficult trick to pull off, but Beigbeder manages it magnificently.' Daily Telegraph

Praise for ‘Windows on the World’:

‘Thoughtful, self-deprecating, despairing, funny, infuriating and moving, while never undercutting or cheapening the horror of the doomed family.' Daily Telegraph

‘Powerful…the combination of banality and panic is quietly devastating. Affecting and disconcerting.’ Financial Times

About the Author

Frederic Beigbeder was born in 1965 and lives in Paris. He works as a publisher, literary critic and broadcaster. His novel ‘Windows on the World’ won the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.


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It reminds me of the style of Charles Bukowski - cynic and sarcastic, self-destructive and insecure - such is the character of the book which is divided into 2 novels which can be read as not interrelated as well. The plot in Holiday in a coma is quite surreal - a big party with celebrities being flushed into a giant toilet - a bit of a William Burrows plot.. but the thought and ideas between the lines of the conversations are the ones that make it very strong and beautiful and romantic.. About the lost souls who resent the society they are in and want to escape but cannot as it is too late and they have lost all motivation around it. Love lasts 3 years is about the character of Frederic Beigbeder who is madly and stupidly in love with his lover who does not want to leave her husband for him because she thinks that the reason why she and her lover have such passion for each other is because they are not together and because they are meeting secretly which makes it so special. It is a happy end which was quite a relief for me who was hoping that love doesn't last only 3 years :) As usual the author makes you laugh and cry together with him. Beautifully written.
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Like he said on his book, this is his brain. 'Love Lasts Three Years' was the reason I bought the book and the author is persuading me about his frustrating theory, love is just an illusion.
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Highly disappointed. pretty boring
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Well I was really surprised to get the book in a day - excellent delivery (bonus for Amazon)! And even more surprised, as a person who is not really a big reader, to digest 'Love lasts Three Years' in two goes (days). What I really mean by this is that this part of the book is really easy to read and really captivates you: firstly you can't believe how much it is true and how much author's thinking matches to your secret suspicions, second you want to discover the disaster that you know it is leading to as this is why your suspicions are just the suspicions and finally you actually get disappointed by a happy ending - at least I was.
So despite, that the prelude of the book is excellent I think it is very much solo of attitude and perception wrapped in bitter cynicism...
But just for this reason I guess I would recommend this story to anybody to read.

Holiday in a coma - for me was really pointless, I read it but it was more like `I must do it' as I had a book, rather than `I forgot the entire world as I went to live to a book'. Did not like this part...sorry...
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