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Zazie in the Metro (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 3 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141183918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141183916
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gilbert Adair, writer, film critic, and journalist, is the author of "Love and Death on Long Island," among other novels. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is Queneau's lightest read - an amusing Parisian romp with an admirably foul-mouthed young heroine leading a cast of likeable eccentrics.
If, like the author of the heartbreakingly dreary one-star review below, you are closed to playful experimentation in literature, then of course you should steer well clear of this lively, thoroughly enjoyable book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
...If you want wordplay almost on a par with Ulysses, try this. The film captures its spirit of jest visually but it is verbal inventiveness that makes this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rhys Hughes on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
A charming and delightful novel, full of language tricks, jumpcuts and strange oblique dialogue. Zazie is the troublemaking adolescent who arrives in Paris to stay for an entire weekend in the house of her Uncle Gabriel (Unkoo) and his permanently gentle wife, Marceline. Gabriel works as a female impersonator in a disreputable nightclub. Zazie's main ambition while in Paris is to ride the Metro, but it's shut because of a strike. She wanders off on her own and meets a dubious character variously called Pedro-surplus, Trouscallion and Haroun al Rations: he's a conman who follows her back to Uncle Gabriel's apartment.

All sorts of bizarre adventures follow. The characters that populate this novel are quirky and strange: Turandot, Mado ptits-pieds, Gridoux and the parrot Laverdure. The climax of the story is very unexpected and bizarre. The conman turns out to be an ancient gentleman who has wandered the world for a very long time (it would give away too much to state exactly who he is)... Queneau was a magnificent writer, clever, funny and original. He was also a master of the light touch that doesn't preclude profundity of thought and emotion. Brilliant!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
this book is fabulous. it's light and funny but also brilliantly written (and brilliantly translated). queneau wanted to write in the mixed-up way that people speak, and with zazie that's exactly what he did. buy it, read it and then put on your bluejeanses and track down the louis malle film of zazie which is also great!
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