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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (7 Dec. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349101108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349101101
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant, painful account of a doomed love affair. While the storm clouds are gathering, the teller of the story belives the picnic is forever. (Carlo Gebler)

A story of love found and thwarted that also becomes a remarkable journey backward: from modernist narrative resignation and ennui into full-fledged emotional engagement, complicaiton, deepening of character and resolution... (Kirkus Reviews)

Djian is a major writer. A page of his prose reads like nothing else, except perhaps another page of his. His writing is the real thing. (Le Monde)

An atmosphere reminiscent of, by turns, Diva and Paris, Texas... Dijan's books soar above those of his contemporaries. (Paris Match)

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The major European bestseller that was made into the celebrated film.

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Told from a guy's perspective, this is a love story with a difference. The unnamed narrator (called Zorg in the film version) meets Betty, a beautiful and fiery character. She takes him away from his simple but mundane life after discovering manuscripts for a book he has written. After burning his bridges they embark on a journey through France making friends along the way. It says it was translated into English by H Buten but, sadly, it was translated into American. I found this perplexing and felt that some of the minutiae of the European culture on display was lost. Even the title, Betty Blue, is a testament to this because the original title, 37.2 Degrees in the Morning (a poignancy that I can't explain here without revealing a plot spoiler) doesn't translate to the American Fahrenheit system. What were the publishers thinking? Apparently this book is the only Philippe Dijian novel to be translated into English - I'm not surprised - he must be livid!
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Brilliant but tragic, definitely one of the best books I have ever read and will no doubt read again at some point. The film is of course awesome too, but the book gets you so much more emotionally involved. A real life love story that most people who live in the real world can relate too. Couldn't put it down.
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It's a long time since I came across a book with such a 'voice' as this one. Believe the hype..'I couldn't put it down'...I couldn't. Achingly sensitive and a truly original writing style. I haven't seen the film, but it's got a lot to live up to. Pity I can't find any other books translated by this author.
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This is quite simply the best book I've ever read. I completely adored the film - rated as one of my top five films of all time. But the book is even more vivid and compelling. An absolute must-read. PLEASE translate more books by this wonderful author!!
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What an amazing book. This is a story that will always remain with you. You really feel for this couple and understand the emotions involved in their love. Betty is a wonderful character, so full of passion. This passion, which proceeds to map out her entire life. This book has everything: laughter, tears, romance and emotions. An unforgetable read.
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I allways come back to this phenomenal book like a mentor,theres lines from it locked inside me that after 2 years STILL come back to me like the words of some cool older brother who you never see anymore..Im like everyone else..I GOTTA learn French now...
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This is such a lovely, inspiring book, if with a heart-breaking ending. So pleased to see it has only got five star reviews, because that is what it deserves. May I suggest seeing the director's cut of the film. About three hours long, it covers the book completely, with relatively few changes.
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This is an amazing read and the desciptions of all the characters and places are extroadinarily colourful and vivid. You really do feel your there in the intense sweaty heat of the summer as the narrator falls in love with an all consuming passion.

Betty must be the most passionate and firey person on the planet and she turns our heros life upside down. When she finds he has written an unpublished manuscript she drags him from his small town existance accross the country on a mission to get it published.Never taking no for an answer Betty gets them into all sorts of trouble but also makes him feel incredibly alive.

There is an abundance of Life,zest,emotion and tragedy in Betty Blue. Once picked up i couldn't put it down.
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