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Life is too short to read a book you are NOT njoyingThat is why I read half the book Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars, even if am really boredI force myself till the half or maybe a little lessThestablished Nobel winner writer knows how to take his time to build the story After deciding to stop reading this bookI reached page 64but the book turned interesting somehowso Jean leaves his wife and wanders France and Brazil till his wife thinks he is dead and remarryJean is sick of his old life routine which is xploring the world for life one starts out full of nthusiasm and the spirit of adventure bur after a few years it becomes a job and a routinestill loves his wife and obsessed over a uniue couple Ingrid Riguad he met and spent days with when all his money got stolen totally head I first heard of Patrick Modiano in a Times review from December 15 Modiano won the Nobel Prize in 2014 and a translation of Modiano s autobiography was being reviewed along with four of his other books Despite that the review doesn t mention Honeymoon at all It turns out he is uite prolific although most of his English translations have come out since winning the Nobel Instead I picked my first Modiano from a tripadvisor post on the topic fiction set in Provence and C te d Azur Yes I am one of those typesIndeed Honeymoon is partly set in the C te d Azur town of Juan les pins A rootless young man hitches a ride with a couple in their forties In the ffortless manner of a Murakami novel he is swept along on a sort of honeymoon He finds himself tagging along with them on an rrand and then to their villa on the beach one follows the signpost Tahiti Moorea He falls asleep This Forsaken Earth exhausted and feels contented for what he claims is the first time in his life He hints at an unhappy childhood His gracious hosts a man named Rigaud and his wife Ingrid n Teyrsen are polite partial to wry asides and maybe a little bit The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) eccentric They take the young man under their wing finally sending him on his way back to Paris after secretly slipping some money into his suitcase Honeymoon takes place in three distinct periods sometimes forcing you to do a bit of math to figure out the ages of different characters Also the narrator s subplot and numerous references to street names and neighborhoods can be distracting But the mystery of Mt Mme Rigaud was compelling The Garden of Happy Endings enough to hold on to me You too may feel some of that contentment that our narrator felt on the beach that day when reading about them Don t be too complacent of course This idyll is tinged with melancholy One of Modiano s themes is the impenetrability of France s wartime past The shadow of the occupation fallsven on the sunny beaches of Juan les pins and St Tropez The review lit picks Honeymoon is an Campfire especially puzzling Patrick Modiano novel Brief but dense it rewards careful reading and perhapsven immediate rereading Honeymoon is best read for its moody remembrances and less for the twists and turns of its plot which moves back and forth over several decades As sometimes with Modiano novels Honeymoon s time frame confuses In Honeymoon Modiano gives us Jean a documentary filmmaker and My Little Blue Dress explorer newly uestioning his marriage his profession his life Escaping from his life in Paris Jean finds himself in Milan and remembers readingighteen years ago in the Corriere della Sera of the suicide of Ingrid Rigaud n Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars e Teyrsen on an August 15th when she was forty five years of age Feeling the threads of his own life unravel Jean seeks understanding in trying to unravel the threads of Ingrid s life and the mystery of the motives behind her suicide What a strange idea to come and commit suicide here when friends are waiting for you in Capri What caused her to do it I might never know As typical of Modiano s principal characters Jean becomes obsessed with the lives of the Rigauds andspecially of Ingrid trying to recreate how they lived separately and together in the C te d Azur the Midi in America and in Paris Jean ven rents the Paris apartment that they lived Jean s unmoored from his life and feels a kinship with the long dead and
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unmoored Ingrid as imagines her Circumstances and settings are of no importance One day this sense of mptiness and remorse submerges you Then like a tide it Crazy Love ebbs and disappears But in thend it returns in force and she couldn t shake it off Nor could I Modiano s novels serve as vehicles for his meditations about life memories and time and specially so in Honeymoon Here s Jean musing about biography but ven basically about how to understand lives I felt a vague twinge of remorse has a biographer the right to suppress certain details under the pretext that he considers them superfluous Or do they all have their importance and must he present them one after the other impartially so that not a single one is left out as in the inventory of a distraint Unless the line of a life once it has reached its terms purges itself of all its useless and decorative lements In which case all that remains is the ssential the blanks the silences and the pauses And here s Jean on memory I couldn t help it I couldn t ntirely share their lightheartedness and joie de vivre I was somewhere lse in another summer and distant and with time the light of I was somewhere Black Heart, Red Ruby else in another summer and distant and with time the light of summer underwent a curious transformation far from fading like old overxposed photos the contrasts of sun and shade became so accentuated that I recall verything in black and white And Jean on time The past and the present merge in my mind through a phenomenon of superimposition That s where the malaise musts come from It s a malaise that I don t only feel in a state of solitude as today but at all our fourteenth of July parties Honeymoon should reward the Modiano fan and the careful reader and may frustrate other readers seeking clarity and a straight forward plot Modiano has an annoyingly imprecise writing style He alludes and hints but never makes things xplicit Some of the details seem New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood extraneous Character development is very superficial The type of philosophical discussion typical of authors like Hesse is completely missing Finally the novel is provincial in the sense that it seems to be directed at a French readership intimately familiar with Parisian streets and landmarksThe style reminds me of the stereotypical French moviendless talking and smoking but no actionI am giving the novel three stars because it does accomplish a continuous time shift between France in the time of the narrator and the Vichy period Like Camus The Stranger in its brevity and intensity A powerful meditation on the past and how memory can both separate us from and connect us to our present life He says There s no frontier between the seasons any or between the past and the present If Calatorie de nunta se construieste in jurul cautarii identitatii si reconstituirii memoriei doua dintre temele majore ale operei lui Modiano Ajungind la Milano Jean B un realizator de documentare in virsta de patruzeci de ani afla pe neasteptate ca o femeie s a sinucis chiar in hotelul unde. ,

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Ll his books are this good no wonder he won the Nobel I felt a vague twinge of remorse has a reader the right to criticize certain details under the pretext that she considers them superfluousBeginning my review by borrowing a line from the novel and infusing it with my words means two things one the novel did not leave me without anything and two the novel did not stay with me Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey enough Honeymoon the title alone was a powerful catalyst to tilt the scales in its favour overpowering its compelling cousins namely Missing Person and The Search Warrant tomerge as my first choice to God's Pocket explore the Modiano world But like many honeymoons of recent times theuphoria around the ЯED event was far jubilant than thevent itselfI met a forty something Jean a documentary film maker on the streets of Paris where he was determined to conjure a breathing parallel life with a couple he had met twenty years ago within the warm pages of a Memoir of course Amid changing hotels and treading streets that he suspected would have borne Ingrid s and Rigaud s footprints two decades back dodging known faces and sinking into unknown ones striking random conversations and hiring dilapidated isolated villas his search for a version of redemption that one seeks after breaching the finishing line in the worldly race with a frantic pace was a tantalizingly delicious premise to shift the gear to one and then two However that s xactly where the gear got stuck for the rest of the journey And this happened when we had hardly ver gone a few furlongs Hard as I tried I could not walk alongside Jean for long before looking to recede into a caf to gorge on macaroons and Mistry I re The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs emerged at another junction half hoping Jean would pull a surprise by talking less of Ingrid and Rigaud and about himself occasionally pushing an anecdote to act as an antidote to my boredom But alas film makers are crafty people what they craft sometimes they alone understand So I went back home and rejoined him the next morning assured that the sun might havenervated his cells and the lubricant might get him to pace up to the desired destination But much as I love the journey this gentleman loved to stand still And still at a junction that had nothing to cheer me up unless his idea of supine street lamps lethargic petrol pumps boys damp hotel rooms gloomy rains confused agents and insipid memory flights had a cryptic aurum streak under their lacklustre veneers that my myopic Moreno eyes could not see Have youver sat next to a person in a car which heshe abruptly brings to a halt at the behest of a breathtaking rainbow that despite your best glasses and intent Monsieur Pain eludes your vision Or that wonderful song that heshe plays with the mostnthusiastic nod that can resurrect the dead which you can only at best attribute to a lullaby for the toddlers My apologies Mr Modiano I assume much has been lost in the translation Another slender tale of memories mystery and poignant nostalgia from the 2014 Nobel recipient that is well within the realms of reading in one sitting I did it in two as I needed a coffee Croissant fix and right from the off there is something beguiling about how Modiano opens the story Jean the aging documentary film maker and narrator a stop over in Milan and the suicide of a French woman who he finds out was known to him when he was twenty In a sudden move he returns to Paris instead of flying to Rio on Business and in the suburbs begins in a sporadic dreamy state of mind to piece together the life of Ingrid Teyrsen the woman who took her own lifeJean investigating her Disappearance Has Now Become A has now become a person himself This is classic Modiano territory and he does owe a lot to both sleuth hound fiction and film noir He has a knack of creating these atmospheric and achingly tender narratives with the puzzle like A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author effect of being stuck in a house of mirrors As the story slowly opens up Jean learns of a time during World War II occupied Paris when sixteen year old Ingrid meets and falls in love with Rigaud a young man who shelters her after she didn t return home after curfew At some point they fled Paris for the Riviera and with false papers made out they were newly weds on their HoneymoonAs this was France during the occupation a world of shifting identities and mysterious hidden agendas the couple are careful who to trust not attract unwanted attention And this is when Jean wouldnter their lives Again Modiano mphasizes that what interests him the most is not the clear and obvious actions but the gaps in people s lives The parts that can be difficult to account forJean is trying to imagine or reconstruct a lost world that is simply an obsession to him but alas he also knows that the task has a high probability of failureThis was my fifth Modiano and four of them this one included felt like a different variation on the same story Not that I m complaining it s just that included felt like a different variation on the same story Not that I m complaining it s just that arlier ones The Exhaustion Breakthrough especially Missing Person which I think is a masterpiece seeped into my consciousness on a deeper level Despite the caffeine this one kind of went in and out again If only it has been the first 35 stars Voyage de Noces Honeymoon Patrick ModianoHoneymoon is a novel by Patrick Modiano published in 1990 Honeymoon presents Jean B a forty year old man who travels to Milan during the month of August and learns that a French woman hasnded her life in a Milan hotel By taking a closer look at this tragic fate he discovers that he knew the woman in uestion He gets lost in memories of the past Back in Paris he organized his own disappearance and decided to leave his loved ones to follow in the footsteps of Ingrid Teyrsen and her husband Rigaud The biography of Ingrid which he had undertaken brings him back to the past when Ingrid and Rigaud fled the war and took refuge in a hotel on the C te d Azur 2010 1388 176 9789642432127 20 1393 126 9789643627973 I really njoyed this story by France s 2014 winner of the Nobel prize I found the story riveting in the sense that I could have read it in a sitting although I didn tThe main character has what many folks specially young people would consider a dream job he travels around the world with a crew making documentary films They are finishing up a project in Brazil and for the next one they will trace the route of 1931 auto Supplemental Book expedition across Asia Yet he s disillusioned by this work and feels the need to grow up Some of his disillusionment is surely related to his marital situation He knows his wife is having an affair with one of the crew and she knows he knows On and off they try to get back togetherven though it seems he doesn t hold her in very high Hark! The Herald Angels Scream esteem At one point she writes him a note and he thinks and what would their marriage counselor thin. S a instalatl Intrigat descopera ca i a cunoscut nu numai pe femeie ci si pe sotul i cu douazeci de ani in urma si misterul destinului lor ajunge sa l obsedeze Hotaraste sa mearga pe urmele acestei perechi care in timpul razboiului fusese nevoita sa se refugieze permanent din fata ocupant. Voyage de nocesK of this On the nvelopeI recognized one of the ualities I most admired in my wife the beautiful big handwriting of the illiterate that she was An intermediary sent by his wife tells him She s afraid you re going to involve her in an adventure that leads nowhereShe told me that she isn t twenty any The real story begins while he s in a hotel in Milan He happens to hear from the concierge that a French woman from Paris had committed suicide in the hotel last night When he returns to Paris he learns about the vent and he realizes that he knew this woman and her husband twenty years ago when he was a youth back packing across Europe The woman who killed herself was about twenty years older than the young man She was a teen ager during WW II and the Nazi occupation of France Although the boy and the woman were not lovers he seems obsessed with her now that she is gone He recalls that The contact of her arm and shoulder gave me an impression I had never yet had that of finding myself under someone s protection She would be the first person who could help me The woman s death triggers something in him He disappears when he was supposed to be flying with the crew to Rio He leaves no word with his wife or friends And he has no other family He hides out in suburban Paris and starts tracking down her life and writing a biography of her which he had actually started and set aside long before her death We imagine it might ventually turn into a documentary He goes through old records and newspaper articles tracking down where she lived So I don t introduce any spoilers I won t reveal what he finds out about her other than that she and her father a doctor were underground in Paris during the Nazi occupation The author never tells us specifically why but he gives us nough clues to uickly figure it outThere is good writing and humor Here s a scene when he is hanging out on the patio at the house of the woman and her husband in Provence and they are trying to avoid pesky neighbors If they come right up to us we ll just have to pretend to be asleep he the husband saidAnd if they tap us on the shoulder to wake us up I askedWell in that case we ll pretend to be dead she the wife said Some of Modiano s writing is uasi autobiographical Apparently a recurring theme in his novels is a young man whose parents sent him off to boarding schools to get rid of him as is the case in this story This was true of Modiano himself It s recalled in a line made by the woman after she and her husband picked him up hitchhiking When I saw you by the side of the road this morning I wondered whether you had parents A good story and a fairly uick read almost a novella But I should also say it s my preference to give this a 5 the overall GR rating is 37 good but not great Top photo of Paris by Steve Whiston from gettyimagescomPhoto of Nazi occupied Paris from apitimecomThe author from wikimediaorgwikipediacommons It does also happen that one vening because of someone s attentive gaze you feel a need to communicate to him not your Red River Girl experience but uite simply some of the various details connected by an invisible thread a thread which is in danger of breaking and which is called the course of life Jean B is in the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe it is the right place at the right time He chases the ghosts of lostxplorers for a living so he is used to going to places much uncomfortable than Milan in August The shops have closed down The hotel is barren of guests but the staff is still talking about he Parisian woman who came to Milan in the heat of the summer and killed herself The world is still a small place despite the fact that it is teaming with human beings very nanosecond What are the chances that Jean would be in Milan the very August that Ingrid decides to every nanosecond What are the chances that Jean would be in Milan the very August that Ingrid decides to herself and to make it improbable book a room in the same hotel He is supposed to be preparing to go To Rio De Janeiro To Rio de Janeiro to up with the film crew that will follow him as he reconstructs "another missing xplorer s final trudging moments The public had lost " missing xplorer s final trudging moments The public had lost in the documentaries we were bringing back from the antipodes All those journeys those countries where they had monsoons arthuakes amoebas and virgin forests had lost their charm for me Had they The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth ever had any We are confronted with mysteries all the time We hear stories about someone we knew or someone we met who died without anyone understanding why People disappear and never reappear When we hear these things we usually shrug our shoulders or maybe shake our heads and in the time that it takes to sip some wine we have moved passed that unpleasantness and turned our mind to other immediate concerns Not Jean He is a barnacle attached to the bottom of a rotting boat His life is mildewed and stagnant so maybe withoutver articulating it or ver consciously accepting it he has reached a point where he needs to be scraped off the rotting boat The mystery of Ingrid s suicide is a catalyst or maybe the nigma of who she is has always been percolating in his mind He blows off Rio de Janeiro and goes back to the beginning back to where Ingrid lived with her husband Rigaud in Paris Jean met her twice The first time she was cool crisp and strange but the second time she had become a paler version of herself diminished by an Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, epoch of life characterized by insecurities and growing fears Then she lowered her arm and the gate closed behind her That arm suddenly falling and the metallic clank of the gate shutting made me understand that from one moment to another one can lose heart Jean lives in Paris with his wife Annette but Paris is such a big place and the area where he needs to research the final days of Rigaud and Ingrid is the poorer section of Paris a place where he and Annette used to go when they had no money Heven stays in the same hotels in a sense reconstructing his life before he became trapped in capitalism He avoids the areas of Paris where he runs the risk of running into people he knows The threads of his search are slender Patrick Modiano writes sparse fascinating tales I ve now read and reviewed three of his books They are cerebral stories with no action no grand vents but usually based around a niggling of a thought something not uite right that needs to be investigated further The majority of readers will find points of comparison between the characters dilemmas and their own lives It is almost impossible to read a Modiano without taking moments to contemplate your own state of being as the plot gently unspools before you Out of the Dark Out of the Dark ReviewMy favorite book by him so far is Missing Person Missing Person ReviewSee of my writing at You can like my blog page on Facebook here JeffreyKeeten Blog 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Ilor nazisti Astfel scoate treptat la iveala o viata secreta plina de indoieli si incertitudini petrecuta din ascunzatoare in ascunzatoare Deconstructia cronologica a biografiei personajelor la care Modiano xceleaza ii lasa cititorului placerea de a reface parcursul liniar al xistentei lor. .