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In this improbable love story, Toussaint creates a character who is obsessed with himself: how he does things and all the ways he might have done them, how he thinks, why he thinks the way that he thinks, how he might do or think otherwise. What happens? He takes driving lessons, goes grocery shopping, spends endless hours with an adorable employee of the driving school he attends. And though he is aloof, though caught up in his own actions and in the movement of his own thoughts―he somehow emerges as surprisingly insightful and also very funny. In Toussaint’s touching novel, we come to know this character intimately and yet know almost nothing about him. These two extremes, existing together, are at the heart of Toussaint’s remarkable style.

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Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of nine novels, and the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Decembre for "The Truth about Marie". His writing has been compared to the works of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Tati, the films of Jim Jarmusch, and even Charlie Chaplin.

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Does the American reader's desire for plot indicate a lack of sophistication? Considering that within France more contemporary literature translated from English is consumed than the homegrown, maybe not. It seems, rather, to suggest that interest in metafictional text has finally reached a level of exhaustion on the Continent. The acclaimed Toussaint arrives to the American market with a reputation for black humor, suggesting that his is a narrative art. However, this is only partially true. This third novel to be translated into English (after Monsieur) concerns an unnamed narrator who does remarkably little yet speculates a good deal about such doings. This we learn only from his overuse to the point of meaninglessness of the word pensive. At a slot machine: "pensively lowering the lever." On the pot: "I finally got out of the stall, still just as pensive." And what does he think about? Couldn't say. He becomes involved with a woman, whose name he does not ask until far along in their affair, and steals a camera while on vacation, though less is made of these events than the drudgery of his wholly uninteresting goings-on. Recommended for large fiction collections.—Brendan Curley, Brooklyn Coll.
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