- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Feb. 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140030751
- ISBN-13: 978-0140030754
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,557,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Froth on the Daydream (Modern Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 1970
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Top Customer Reviews
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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PS Pay close attention to the scean at work in the factory and in the ice skating ring.