Girl Trouble gWow this book destroyed me Beautiful oneiric sexy deadpan linguistically inventive and then in the end remorselessly tragicYou know what reading this book is like It s like you re sitting there having fun the sun s shining and who do you see bouncing towards you but the most adorable cute little character you can imagine The Andrex puppy say Aw look It s the Andrex puppy C mere little fella And he bounds over to you his little tail wagging away birds tweeting in the background ah the warm sun on your faceAnd then just as you open your arms toive him a big hug suddenly you realise that there s a slightly rabid look in his eye And just as you start to press his cuddly little body into yours OH SHIT WHAT THE FUCK his sharp little teeth are ripping into the soft flesh of your throat WHAT ARE YOU DOING ANDREX PUPPY and he s The Trouble with Valentines growling away claws slashing AAAUGH arterial blood is spurting all over therass and the daisies and OH MY GOD YOU RE DEADYOU WERE KILLED BY THE ANDREX PUPPY THE CUTEST CREATURE ALIVEI am a Photoshop masterWell fuck you Boris Vian And fuck everyone else that wrote reviews making this sound like a cuddly love fest Did you all stop reading after 150 pages or whatWhat makes this book so deeply affecting is that the world it offers you is the most charming and wonderful fictional environment I ve encountered for years After fifty pages I wanted to curl up and live in it The laws of physics are different here everything is soft and yielding and in tune with your moods It is like a sort of magic realism avant la lettre only less irritating and laboured what it really reminds me of most of all is the fluid anything can happen creativity of Through the Looking Glass This is a world where you jlo Journal go on a date and things like this happenThey walked following the first pavement they came to A little pink cloud came down from the sky and approached them May I it suggested Go ahead said Colin and the cloud surrounded themInside it was warm and it smelled of cinnamon sugar No one can see us any said Colin But we can see them Be careful said Chlo it s a little transparent Ils marchaient suivant le premier trottoir venu Un petit nuage rose descendait de l air et s approcha d eux J y vais proposa t il Vas y dit Colin et le nuage les enveloppa l int rieur il faisait chaud at s sentait le sucre cannelle On ne nous voit plus dit Colin Mais nous on les voit C est un peu transparent dit Chlo m fiez vous And they walk along in their own little cloud watching the other passers by and looking in the shop windowsOn another occasionuests at a dinner party eat eel that was caught by the butler in his bathroom tap One of the diners later complains to Colin about how unlikely this seems I was up all night fishing in my own taps to see if I could catch one too he says the next day But round our place you only et trout In the middle of the table Colin has a centrepiece consisting of a jar of formaldehyde in which two chicken embryos appeared to be miming the Spectre de la Rose in the choreography of Nijinsky It is incredibly hard to pull this sort of thing off without seeming twee or annoying and Vian just doesn t seem twee or annoying I ve stared at some of these passages till I was cross
and I still don understand how he manages it but it works I believe everything he saysThis is a very funny book it owes a debt to PG Wodehouse not least in the character of Nicolas the butler who in my head was played by After watching the new movie last week I had to reread the book Well the text version is better but the movie is reasonably faithful to it and does sometimes manage to supply a charming or witty illustration For exampleLe pianocktail chaue note dit Colin je fais correspondre un alcool une liueurEyed And I Still Don
ou un aromate La p dale forte correspond l uf battu etun aromate La p dale forte correspond l uf battu et p dale faible la lace Pour l eau de Seltz il faut un trille dans le registre aigu Les uantit s sont en raison directe de la dur e la uadruple Oh absolute Joy Oh absolute annihilating cathartic Beauty of the WordIt s the third time I surrender to its magic and yet the ineffable all pervading delight hasn t vanished so I d better write something coherent before letting the secret pleasures of the Stendhal syndrome overwhelm me It starts like La Boum and ends like Love StoryIt s a poem by Pr vert illustrated by Salvador Dal It s a white feather caressing your skin and leaving a bleeding sore that will never heal Only free association One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic gives me the means to describe this amazing kaleidoscope ofenres Vian s writing style is an explosion of colours sounds tactile feelings sort of Neo baroue literature displaying all his eclectic talent and playful enius L cume des Jours literally Foam of the Days translated as Foam of the Daze in the English edition is pure Baroue indeed a work in which the simplicity of the tale is shrouded by the extreme complexity and ornamentation like a tiny flower hidden in a Faberg egg encrusted with diamonds In a semi dystopian vaguely disuieting Paris Dal s imagery Roussel s surreal machines Huxley s social engineering a latent violence reminding of Orwell Colin Isis Chick and his irlfriend Alise spend their time listening to jazz records skating and enjoying their friendship and youth The adult world is little than a distant blur so indistinct and remote that it just disappears beyond the horizon of their leightheartedness "their passion for american jazz and in chick "passion for American jazz and in Chick case the existentialist writer Jean Sol Partre a hilarious caricature of Jean Paul Sartre is a reflection of the author s own interests an all consuming love for Duke Ellington s music and a The Holy Grail great knowledge of contemporary literatureOne day Colin meets Chlo a name he can t help but adore since it is also the title of his favourite Ellington tune the delicate romance soon leads to marriage and adult life can finally begin Delicate playful a charming fantasy in pink and blue thus the writer lures the reader deeper and deeper inside before springing his trap And we realise that the succulent juicy fruit we ve been eating so far is poisonous Deathrows as a water lily in Chlo s chest possibly the most beautiful metaphor for cancer in the history of literatureHer illness affects the whole world around the young couple taking the visible shape of their shrinking decaying flat reminding of the Expressionist film techniue intimate feelings are reflected by th. L'Ecume des jours Foam of the Daze is a jazz fueled Science Fiction story that is both romantic and nihilistic Vian's novel is an assortment of bittersweet romance absurdity and the frailty of life Foam of the Daze is a nimble fingered masterpiece that.
Boris Vian Û 4 charactersCh friend who has to work as an engineer in order to buy the books he loves so much on drums cymbals and assorted cooking pans we have Nicholas a talented servant cook driver and confident for Colin on piccolo we have the blonde Allysum a niece of Nicholas and the love interest of Chick on violin he have the dreamy fragile Chloe a dark haired beauty and the love interest of Colin on backing vocals he have Iris another young and rich socialite that ties up the different themes together the brass section is fronted by Jean Pulse Heartre Jean Sol Partre in other translations and the Marchiness de Mauvoir the existentialist idols who are lionized by an admiring population first among them our friend Chick on pipsueak we have a small British Jihadism grey mouse with soft black whiskers you never know when you might need one finally on upright bass blind FATE plays on to a different tune than everybody else dropping hint after hint that the end is nighsince Iave you the names of the band members main characters I should also include here the program for the evening mainly Duke Ellington s arrangements all mentioned in the text and all dating from what Boris Vian considers his best period the early 1940 s Black and Tan Fantasy Loveless Love Chloe In the Mood to be Wooed Blues of the Vagabond Misty Morning Prelude to a Kiss Mood Indigo Blue Bubbles To continue with my analogy I will present my favorite passages from the novel as musical numbers from the concert to the tune of Prelude to a Kiss You wouldn t like to Virgin Widow give me some clues about the way in which you entered into a relationship with her Colin went on Well said Chick I asked her if she liked Jean Pulse Heartre and she told me that she collected all his works Then I said to her So do I And every time I said something to her There has been three translations of L ecme des jours Brian Harper s translation Foam of the Daze my press TamTam Books Mood Indigo American trans and this British edition translated by Stanley Chapman Froth on the Daydream Translations are a fascinating subject matter because basically it is how one looks at a book and how they tell the tale in a lanugag Heot passed her and started crying She was at least fifty nine years old He sat down on the curb and cried some It relieved him Wife in Exchange greatly and his tears froze with little crackling sounds and broke on the smoothranite sidewalkThe The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, garden of children must make their eviction charges like aame of musical chairs Skies are clown shoes thundering the last laugh Colin reminded me of my usual answer if I like children or not Searches for an example every time Uh it depends on the kid like anyone He s not a kid but I never felt like he was anything else Halos of luck blind what they are made of Maybe not uite because Colin and his back up dancers don t Night And Day give me that bittersweet wistfulness an impulsive baby would What s residual is that I don t begrudge them ignorance of the difference between sun and no rise Michel Gondry made a film version Mood Indigo I switched off in the direction of the cloud mobile lover s trip Do you ever feel like things are real when you can drag them off to drown em see which fishies make it to the next world Sometimes it feels like the things I don t want to do that with are the blurred days holding me back It felt like I was doing this rescuing translation in my mental visual Vian s prose is fantastic for this Suggestions in literal like an exaggerated serious expression on an innocent face Nick s taken forranted does a leap frog Suishy toes my some are unluckier than others wading A smile is losing it s colder like you saw a picture of the cold In the film I was livid when Colin must Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow go to the party so his buddy Chick will notet the irlfriend first Some friend he is Film is watching someone being "WAITED
FEET AND HANDS KISSED feet and hands kissed asses When did Colin become their leader Is it the blonde hair the money It must be the money he was first When Colin ets in love when Chloe s his wife Burning happiness in bed like a fed cat Chick and Alise aren t the Someone is telling you about that wonderful dream they had but they are asleep They start falling before Colin does but maybe they are not necessary for him after all Nick falls down with him too he s catching up with the aged His niece follows her lover Chick down the hungry pockets of philosopher Partre Let me reach for my belief in my coat They ll be there for the doomsday doublets for today Colin is losing his money behind Chick A flower in Chloe s lung conuers her life Maybe it was retribution for every bloom that lost its life so a lover could believe in theirs She Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys goes and Colinoes with her I knew that you couldn t be a kid again One might like this book for many reasons because it s a love story because it s unconventional uite bohemian amelieON FEET AND HANDS KISSED
poulain like and maybe even because it s surrealistic and sf i called this book a collective bildungsroman because i havelike and maybe even because it s surrealistic and sf i called this book a collective bildungsroman because i have feeling all characters undergo major changes during the booko carte care place in primul rind pentru ca e o poveste de dragoste in al doilea rind pentru ca e neconventionala si nu in ultimul rind pentru ca e de o boemie specifica lui amelie poulain si ar mai fi un rind pentru cei interesati p cartea combina cu succes realitatea cu sf ul si cu suprarealismulpersonajele care pot fi usor Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, grupate in cupluri chloe colin alise chick isis nicolas traiesc fara preocupari cotidiene concrete chick eata sa se falimenteze si sa renunte la dragostea pentru alise de dragul colectionarii operei lui jean sol partre iar colin considera ca munca il coboara pe om la nivelul masinii cu toate astea in final cu totii ajung sa experimenteze lucrurile de care fug la inceput munca probleme financiare si moarte motiv pentru care indraznesc sa numesc lucrarea lui vian un bildungsroman colectiv despre povestea principala dragostea dintre colin si chloe n o sa spun nimic pentru ca detalii se Life Changing Smiles gasesc mai peste tot mai bine citeva citate mai intotdeauna era bine dispus restul timpului dormeausa de la intrare se inchise in urma lui cu zgomotul unui sarut pe un umarolpe mine nu ma intereseaza fericirea tuturor oamenilor ci a fiecaruia in parte ce ar fi sa cint misty morning propuse anticarul oare i buna da spuse colinare un efect formidabil produce un cocteil ris perle si verde de izma cu ust de piper si de fuma se citi avind in casti muzica lui duke ellington. And stained pants and Nicolas who is a combination of PG Wodehouse's fictional butler Jeeves and the Green Hornet's Kato The soul of the book is about the nature of life disappearing and loving things intensely as if one was making love on a live Only a Whisper grena. E mutability of the outside world I m thinking of Murnau or LangAdult life takes the protagonists youth away like a deadly undertow leaving layer upon layer of disenchantment Chick s obsession for Partre another subtle metaphor Is Vian or less unconsciously describing drug addiction Colin s desperate attempt to work Vian s tragicomic vignettes are unforgettable Alise devastating sense of impotence Chlo s illness seem to drag everybody down with her In a few pages Vian has turned his starry eyed teenagers into tragical heroes This book s painful beauty strikes like a revelation The reader caught in its coils is lost in a labyrinth of musical literary artistic references revolving around the simple core of the tale Then tragedy starts to leak through the flowery surface of this dreamscape and a sense of claustrophobia works its way through our heart Vian was only 26 when he wrote this short wonderful book and yet he already possessed the techniue and sensitivity of an old Master This bouuin is the ultimate accomplishment of the1920s literary Surrealism a bewildering preview of the 1960s Nouvelle Vague a perfect specimen of French Po mo not to mention Vian s incomparable writing style His language is made of neologisms puns anagrams semantic m langes Aun is an eualizer a lynx fur becomes a larynx fur but I could Copper Lake Secrets go on for hours listing the literary wonders of this novel Even Jacues Pr vert in my humble opinion thereatest poet of last century the Modern Poet par excellence was a devoted admirer and friend of this young talented pioneer It s poetic prose and visual literature if such a thing has ever existed It s a melancholic allegory that breaks your heart and makes you smile A tear rolls down you cheek as you close your eyes and start humming a jazz tune Duke Ellington s Chloe a va sans dire A novel challenging classification in which verbal fireworks are in the driver s seatNevermind Boris Vian looking like Emmanuel Macron they are not made from the same dough Musicscape Brutal Swing Igorrr Roman plut t inclassable dans leuel la fantaisie verbale tient le haut du pav Lu sur l invite de mon p reFonds Musical Brutal Swing Igorrr L cume Des Jours Foam of the Daze Mood Indigo If what I like to call the romantic side of me was to write a book it wouldn t be that exactly but something very close to it Boris Vian builds an enchanting world of pink clouds and cotton candy made of rays of sunshine just to tear it apart with a dashing blow He plants little blue flowers in your mind just to unleash a herd of omnivorous sheep that will voraciously feed on them along with all that s beautiful and sweet He knew that the prettier the atmosphere the devastating the destruction would be It s like painting the most beautiful picture using the brightest colors just to set it on fire before you can even admire it Apart from all that this is a novel that s full of witty allegories about pretty much everything and which I m sure that I didn t uite Brooklyn's Song get even half of Not that it matters anyway You can just open this book and let ituide you through a world of fluffy surrealism to the steepest downhill ever imaginable without bothering about too much Boy loves Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide girl andirl loves boy in a world where no hell can break loose for it was never restrained in the first place On the contrary hell is present in every pink fucking cloud and every singing flower that
BLOOMS UNDER SHARDS OF SUNSHINEthe shards of sunshine illuminate and are illuminated by the beautiful Plain Jane The Hotshot girl in love Not recommended to optimists and teddy bears I only discovered this recipe a couple of years ago but it has already become one of my favorites It s hard to believe that the different ingredientso together In fact they complement each other perfectlyFrench manga with fatal love stories and roasted Sartre 1 medium manga2 fatal love stor 910 Only two things really matter there s love every kind of love with every kind of pretty Family of Her Dreams girl and there s the music of Duke Ellington or traditional jazz Everything else cano because all the rest is ugly and the few pages which follow as an illustration of this draw their entire strength from the fact that the story is completely true since I made it up from beginning to end Here s the promise and the warning that Boris Vian Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed gives us in the introduction to his 1947 novel The promise of beauty and the warning of ugliness both of them to be found within the pages of his modern fairytale Call it if you want an existentialist love story or a horrible surreal comedy a continuation of the principle that started in antiuity carpe diem passed through the pen of Robert Herrickather ye rosebuds while ye may and landed in France there to be reconciled with the negation "of God the leftist sympathies and the passion for jazz among the intellectuals freuenting the cafes down Boulevard Saint Germain "God the leftist sympathies and the passion for jazz among the intellectuals freuenting the cafes down Boulevard Saint Germain PresFor me the experience of my first novel by Boris Vian is best described in terms of jazz It is experimental it has a definite theme romantic love meets cruel reality and within this frame it leaves room for improvization and for instrumental solos The text experiments with reality we live in a magical futuristic world a skewed frame of reference with which the author confounds and distorts the expectations of the reader The Girls Night Out game is expanded to all senses scenes are described in terms of either pastel or primary clashing colours tastes are tied up to sounds in the preparation of cocktails cooking is done by mixing exotic and sometimes incompatible ingredients Dialogues are either whimsical or absurdist sending me back to memories of Lewis Carroll or Eugene Ionesco Words are broken into pieces and then re assembled into new shapes and roles Hyperbole is ever present in declared sentiments in atitudes or in set pieces an ice rink a dance hall a wedding an auditorium at the Sorbonne a factory floor etc Vian does noto as far out field as the later eneration that embraced be bop but what he does here can be considered revolutionary and uniue for the times the novel was published His love for Duke Ellington is I believe reflected in the compact emotional and in the end carefully orchestrated final productLet s meet the members of the band on clavicocktail we have Colin a young and well heeled socialite living in a posh apartment in the metropolis we don t have a name it s a fable remember on clarinet we have Chick his less ri. Is both witty and incredibly moving It is a story of a wealthy young man Colin and the love of his life Chloe who develops a water lily in her lung The supporting cast includes Chick an obsessive collector of noted philosopher Jean Sol Partre's books.