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by Amelie Nothomb

Author: Amelie Nothomb
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 1, 2004)
Pages: 144 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.4
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Home Amélie Nothomb The Book of Proper Names: A Novel. The Book of Proper Names: A Novel, . The author and publisher have provided this e-book to you for your personal use only. LUCETTE HAD BEEN suffering from insomnia for eight hours. The baby in her womb had been hiccuping since the day before.

The Book of Proper Names (French: Robert des noms propres) is a Belgian novel by Amélie Nothomb. It was first published in 2002. In a vaguely surreal story, an extraordinary little girl is born from strange circumstances - her mother murdered her father, gave birth in prison, and then hanged herself.

But being ten years old is the best thing that can happen to a human being.

I am left without words. But being ten years old is the best thing that can happen to a human being. Regrettably The Book of Proper Names (2002), my seventh short novel by Amelie Nothomb, does not come close to the greatness of her masterpiece Loving Sabotage or two other outstanding novels The Character of Rain and Hygiene and the Assassin.

The Book of Proper Names is vintage Amelie y mordant and poignant, a portrait of adolescence that is fierce and funny at the same time. There is nothing mediocre either about Nothomb nor her creations. The Japanese believe that until the age of three children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child. On their third birthday they fall from grace and join the rest of the human race. In Amélie Nothomb's new novel The Character of Rain, we learn that divinity is a difficult thing from which to recover.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers Nothomb tells the vaguely surreal story of an extraordinary little girl who overcomes a tragic infancy (her mother murdered her father, gave birth, then hung herself) and a. .

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Book of Proper Names is set in contemporary Paris, its main character an orphan named Plectrude. Before the child's birth her nineteen-year-old mother shoots and kills her nineteen-year-old (and somewhat feckless) father because she hates the names he's devised for their child-she fears they will doom their unborn child to mediocrity. The mother confesses openly to what she has done. Nothomb tells the vaguely surreal story of an extraordinary little girl who overcomes a tragic infancy (her mother murdered her father, gave birth, then hung herself) and an unfortunate name (Plectrude) to revel in a childhood.

Kate Figes relishes Amélie Nothomb's witty tale of a young ballerina, The Book of Proper Names. She has 12 novels in print around the world, so it is astonishing that British publishers haven't discovered Nothomb's perverse, wacky wit and fertile imagination before now. Faber will be publishing two more novellas in August: Fear and Trembling, an extraordinary tale of a young western woman being ritually humiliated by her bosses in a large corporation in Japan; and The Character of Rain, which enters the mind of a three-year-old.

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The much celebrated French writer Amélie Nothomb explains the key points of her 2002 novel 'The Book of Proper .

The much celebrated French writer Amélie Nothomb explains the key points of her 2002 novel 'The Book of Proper Names' (in French: Robert des noms propres).

Amelie Nothomb's novels are international bestsellers. Belgian by birth, she lives in Paris. Her best-known novel, Fear and Trembling, (Griffin) was made into a successful film in France, and is under consideration by Miramax for distribution in the . From Booklist: This mind-blowing little fable was a best-seller in France, where Belgian writer Nothomb has a cult following.

The Book of Proper Names is set in contemporary Paris, its main character an orphan named Plectrude. Before the child's birth her nineteen-year-old mother shoots and kills her nineteen-year-old (and somewhat feckless) father because she hates the names he's devised for their child--she fears they will doom their unborn child to mediocrity. The mother confesses openly to what she has done, and why. She is arrested and thrown into prison, where she gives birth to the child, names her, to everyone's bafflement, Plectrude--an obscure saint, and an albatross of a name--and then hangs herself. The novel therefore begins on the borderline between tragedy and absurdity, but as Plectrude grows--raised by a loving, indulgent, and eccentric aunt--it becomes a deeply moving and simultaneously chilling portrait of girlhood. Plectrude's great gift turns out to be for ballet, and she throws herself into dance as if her life depended upon it. Few novels have shown us the implacable and unforgiving world of ballet with more intuitive sympathy, yet also with a keen-eyed assessment of the true price of artistic perfection.. Inevitably, the doom hovering over Plectrude's life from birth returns to haunt her, and in the end she learns to survive in the only way she knows how--by committing an act of deadly self-preservation her mother would have perhaps understood best.The Book of Proper Names is vintage Amelie Nothomb--alternatively mordant and poignant, a portrait of adolescence that is fierce and funny at the same time. There is nothing mediocre either about Nothomb nor her creations