- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (30 Nov. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142004952
- ISBN-13: 978-0142004951
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How I Became Stupid Paperback – 30 Nov 2004
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A wild yet powerful book. ("Elle")
A harmonious and surprising mixture of optimism and nihilism. (La Vie Magazine)
About the Author
Martin Page was born in 1975. He is a student of anthropology. This is his first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
There's a fair amount of the whimsical and (deliberately) ridiculous in this account of what happens but I found that charming and engaging (like Antoine's character) and the characters' debates about life and happiness are very creative (and very French, I think - I don't think you could imagine an English author writing this book).
I'd have given this five stars if it hadn't been for the slappable character who appears at the end but maybe that's just me! If you're studying at 'A' level or similar, why not order this in French from French Amazon - it will stretch you a bit on vocabulary (which is a good thing) but it's a fun read and will reward you!
It can't be taken as realistic though; a guy who can only read books by tearing pages out one at a time in a bookshop and taking them home would not be able to afford taking up alcoholism, and it's not exactly hard to commit suicide, as he seems to find out in his next venture. And I don't imagine one can just effortlessly turn his hand to his next venture... And such a supposed loser wouldn't have a bunch of friend to rally round and take an interest in him, surely... But there are nice insights, as I say, in novel form.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At the beginning, the book definitely catches your attention. It is very interesting and fun. However, as the story progresses, the situations described get gradually rather... Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by Dorina