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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Life is an unclassified masterpiece, a sprawling compendium as encyclopedic as Dante’s Preec and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and, in its break with tradition, as inspiring as Joyce’s Ulysses.
Perec’s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, like an onion being peeled, and extraordinary Life is an unclassified masterpiece, a instruccioned compendium as encyclopedic as Dante’s Commedia and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and, in its break with tradition, as inspiring as Joyce’s Ulysses.
Perec’s spellbinding puzzle begins in an apartment block in the XVIIth arrondissement of Paris where, chapter by chapter, room by room, like an onion being peeled, and extraordinary rich cast of characters is revealed in a series of tales that are bizarre, unlikely, moving, funny, or sometimes quite ordinary. From the confessions of a racing cyclist to the plans of an avenging murderer, from a young ethnographer obsessed with a Sumatran tribe to the georgges of a trapeze artist, from the fears of an ex-croupier to the dreams of a sex-change pop star to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime, Life is a manual of human irony, portraying the mixed marriages of fortunes, passions and despairs, betrayals and bereavements, of hundreds of lives in Paris and around the world.
But the novel in more than an extraordinary geogges of fictions; it is a closely observed account of life and experience.
The apartment block’s one hundred rooms are arranged in a magic square, and grorges book as a whole is peppered with a staggering range of literary puzzles geortes allusions, acrostics, problems of chess and logic, crosswords, and mathematical formulae. All are there for the reader gsorges solve in the best tradition of the detective novel.
Life A User’s Manual
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Tony The character of Barlebooth travels the world for 20 years, painting watercolour pictures of ports. He sends these back to France to be converted into …more The character of Barlebooth travels the world for 20 years, painting watercolour pictures of ports. He sends these back to France to be converted into jigsaws. On his return, he solves the jigsaws and uses a pa solution to ‘re-bind’ them into paintings.
Each painting, on the 20th anniversary of its creation, is dissolved, leaving only a white board.
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In short, he devotes his life to something that leaves absolutely instruccionrs impression on the world. There’s slightly more to it than this, but I don’t want to spoil instruccionee in case you ever read the book See 2 questions about Life A User’s Manual….
Lists with This Book. Last night after I had finished reading this book, there still lingered a smile on my face. I had read last ish pages in a rush. It was only after I finished reading and put the book down that I realized that I was going to miss this charming book. After hearing out little anecdotes and life stories of a multitude of characters, after reliving moments of their lives through their stories, vkda is now time to say our goodbyes.
I stand at the doorstep waving my hand and watching those figures ueo Last night after I had finished reading this book, there still lingered a instruciones on my face. I stand at the doorstep waving my hand and watching those figures shrink in the distance. I already miss them. Long after the last one of them has gone past the horizon, one would see me still leaning against the door-frame, lost in my thoughts and smiling to myself. Someone gently touches my shoulder and wakes me up from daydreams.
I go back inside to get back to my daily responsibilities, but today it is somehow different. Today is different because I carry this refreshing and heartwarming feeling within me. Now I am having a hard time figuring out what book to read after this while I go through a Perec withdrawal.
I certainly don’t want a book to punch me in the gut with its ‘life is harsh’ or ‘the world and its people are going to the dogs’ messages right now. Perec’s Life is uplifting and pro-life. Perec daubs the canvas with uncountable shades, from humorous to heart-breaking.
But he is never pessimistic. I wouldn’t want its jnstrucciones fragrance to fade away too fast. The novel has been written following several constraints. But it in no way alienates the reader. The reader is warmly welcomed with open arms and made to feel at home.
This book is best read slowly over a couple of weeks while savoring little moments and several lives you encounter through this.
View all 43 comments. Sometimes our minds wonder here, there and everywhere! Paul Auster who was a big fan is quoted as saying ‘a dazzling, crazy-quilt monument to the imagination’, well, it’s every bit dazzling, monumental in size, and as for imagination it’s simply like nothing else I have ever come across. George the opening few chapters, right through to it’s end, Perec’s ingenious novel is complex, puzzling, serious, side-splitting instrucviones and wholly original.
So, ever looked up at an apartment building and wondered what goes on in there? Ever looked at a lit window across the street and wanted to know what the person inside was getting up to? Ever seen an old lady, dressed in expensive clothes, walking her dog up the front steps of a grand town house and thought, just what her life has been like?
All the things she has seen and done, her lost loves, the family that are no longer alive, where did she holiday? Well Perec obviously did. Chapter by Chapter we are taken over by the many different lives that have inhabited a Parisian apartment block spanning sixty years. As Serge Valene who is at the center of the novel contemplates the lives of people he has seen come and go over the years, revealing the most diverse, marvelous, outrageous and strangest bunch of characters I can think of.
The sheer quantity of them is nothing short of phenomenal! Travelling around rooms, floor by floor, entering through each door, we get a low down of the furniture, what type? Georgs hung on walls? And this only touches the surface!
We don’t just get the occupants of each room, but previous occupants as well, and their life experiences, ups and downs, tears and laughter. There is a voyeuristic thrill the further we journey around the building, it grows on us, it becomes our home as much as theirs. And as various events overlap and interact with others, making Life feel more of a montage than a formal portrait, and geographically as well as historically leaves the reader completely bedazzled, but of course I have been so overly enthusiastic in my positives here, there must be negatives right?
For a start navigating around over rooms was always going to reach a point where possible boredom sets in, as the excess of descriptive narration throughout the vkda book is er Also with whole pages within chapters that contain various different lists, BIG ones! In fact I could see many people just skip whole chapters. Don’t peerc me wrongthese lists are interesting, but do become tedious and reveal very little regarding the actual occupant of that particular room.
However there is the bonus of drawings and extra textual material, some of which is genuinely useful for the overall reading process.
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Perec is also a bit of a showoff regarding his vast knowledge of the possibilities of consumerism in 70’s Paris. But I guess in a way he has every right to feel overly confident. Perec simply brings us life, in all it’s wonderful and strange glory.
Sometimes normal, sometimes bonkers he does so on the shiniest of silver platters. View all 10 comments. Another example of one of those rare works that seemingly contain Everything, Life does not lend itself to brief summation.
Like one of those tiny foam dinosaurs that grow to a humongous size when soaked in water is that really the best simile I can come up with? Just look at the appendices. Hundreds of characters, over hundreds of years, hundreds of stories, hundreds of interconnections, all planned down to the centi Another example of one of those rare works that seemingly contain Everything, Life does not lend itself to brief summation.
Hundreds of characters, over hundreds of years, hundreds of stories, hundreds of interconnections, all planned down to the centimeter using these constraints. If Perec wrote no other book than this he would deservedly be considered a genius. Last half of the 20th century? But there is an entire world come to life in these pages, heavily populated, intricate, seething, over-full, all generated from the minute exploration of the individual living quarters in an apartment building on a fictional street in Paris.
A scene begins with the camera focused very closely on one or two subjects or objects, and then is slowly pulled back, maintaining a deep-field focus, deliberately and quietly minimizing the subjects within the frame of the screen, showing the size and composition of the world in which they are contained. There is a similar literary strategy at play in Life.
Chapters usually begin with a few paragraphs describing in great detail objects in a particular room- paintings, furniture, appliances, clothing, knick-knacks, etc. The feeling evoked is similar in Barry Lyndon and Lifethe tight focus on minutiae and then the slow revealing of its place in an immense story. Though there is a crucial difference.
So much of this book is lists of objects, beautifully described. Keepsakes of our affinities. Objects, whose arrangement in our lives is like the finger trace left in a film of dust on an old desk, the proof we came this way, did this or that. These can be things as simple as our socks and old photographs, souvenirs of voyages, or as complex as novels we write, the family trees we form a branch of.
The way we arrange objects, and the objects we choose to keep around us, speak volumes of our interior uuso. These lists of objects that make up so much of Life are the great part the characterizations of the people who make up this book.
But lists of objects work in another way, too.
Lists draw attention only to themselves.