5.0 out of 5 stars
Is it real, or does it matter?, 22 Jan 2007
This is one of a very small handful of books with a glossary and notes section at the back that actually makes the book even more of a pleasure to read.
With some of the most startling imagery and, as the forward suggests, if a word doesn't exists then Vian makes one up - it will delight and enthrall you throughout.
I had no preconceptions about Boris Vian although my knowledge of French 20th C lit. is very limited.
I thoroughly recommend this book - it is heartwarming without ever being sentimental, clever without being pompous, and funny without being patronising (although I am sure some of the humour is lost in translation - hence the exhaustive notes).