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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book.
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.
Published on 26 Nov 2000

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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Merde
156 pages of merde. If the French wanted to reinforce their (unjustified) reputation for humourlessness this book would do nicely
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book., 26 Nov 2000
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect spelling? Yep!, 27 Sep 2001
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...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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunningly good...and also very, very funny., 23 Jun 2001
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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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and original, 24 April 2002
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This book is fantastic. It is one of the most original books that i think i have ever read. The language and dialogue is so wonderful that despite the fact there is no physical or mental description of the characters you are able to picture and understand them through the language.
The book although it has very little plot is some how held together by the fact that we care so much for the characters, and when it finished i couldn't help but wonder what else might have happened on her next visit and whether she had changed.
Zazie, Unkoo Gabriel and all the other cast of characters are just so fantastic and i couldn't forget Zazie after i had put it down.
The book does sometimes employ strange spelling and long words to sentences that often cut into them and occasionally don't flow as well as others, but once you understand what Queneau wanted to do it is understandable and doesn't really matter all that much.
You have to read this book, and don't let the fact that people pigeon hole it with ulysees put you off as it is nothing like it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queneau's most light-hearted work, 3 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Zazie in the Metro (Penguin 20th Century Classics) (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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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Merde, 26 Dec 2012
This review is from: Zazie in the Metro (Penguin 20th Century Classics) (Paperback)
156 pages of merde. If the French wanted to reinforce their (unjustified) reputation for humourlessness this book would do nicely
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5 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star is still too many stars., 25 Oct 2000
This book is dire. How anybody could describe it as a classic is beyond me.
Many words are incorrectly spelt throughout the book (albeit deliberately). Whilst this may be used within quotes to indicate accents, dialect and pronounciation it should not be used in the narrative.
By the end I realised that there is no point to the story. It is possible that the original in French is using a clever play on words that just doesn't translate into English...
It would be interesting to hear from somebody who has read the French (original) version.
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