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And he bounds over to you, his little tail wagging away, birds tweeting in the background, ah the warm sun on your face.

L’Écume des jours by Boris Vian

Boris Borid builds an enchanting world of pink clouds and cotton candy made of rays of sunshine, just to tear it apart vvian a dashing blow. Brian also wrote a beautiful introduction to his translation. Wodehouse ridicule panache brio The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Suggestions in literal like an exaggerated serious expression on an innocent face. Ecue surreale sembra una critica al mondo reale.

Despite all this irritation, I have breezed through this book constantly feeling enormous sense of adoration. Language surrounds the whole novel. Se lo dovessi paragonare a un quadro, sarebbe un quadro di Magritte. I wish my French was good enough to read this book in its original, not anglicized form, but I am afraid I will miss too many of Vian’s puns and invented words.

The author, who loves jazz music very much, reflects his love of jazz on his novel. The endnotes at the back of the book pretty much explains the real relationships that took place in the novel. The words which transforms their existence from fiction to reality symbolizes the divine power.


The words used in the novel go beyond the limits of French and give the author the freedom of a unique usage. Did you all stop reading after pages, or what?? Instead of saying piskopos when talking about a bishop who got a large sum of money in a wedding ceremony, he created a new word miskopos to make him look nicer. Ramza Beoulve i’ve only read the brian harper one, but it’s excellent.

Froth on the Daydream First English edition cover, It’s poetic prose and visual literature, if such a thing has ever existed. Vian had an appreciation for British literature for instance Nicolas is based partly on P. The violence is actually there from the very vina, in a cartoony kind of way, and Vian has a very artful way of allowing you to realise that those cartoon injuries are in fact bleeding real blood.

L’Écume des jours en version originelle

Arms wide open, eyes rolled back in ecstasy. View all 4 comments. Also interesting to note, is that Chapman who is British, for sure has his national language in “Mood Indigo,” while “Foam of the Daze” is very much American English. Thanks to this power, the heroes of the fictional world exist with people like us in their consistent world in harmony like we do in our own world although the have surrealistic features.

Born inBoris Vian signals a new and different writing style even in his early novels which he wrote with a false name, Vernon Sullivan.

Down below, in front of each mammoth machine, a man was struggling, struggling as not to be slashed and torn apart by the voracious cogs facing him. If the subject of Neologism is handled within the puns, it has to date back to Gargantua, the first samples of French Literature. Colin arruina-se e vai ter de trabalhar.

How did Boris Vian find time to write L’Ecume des Jours?

Elusive prose, full of humour and beauty, wonder and sadness, never quite settles, yet hugely satisfies the picky reader. Now saying that I think “Foam of the Daze” is truly a remarkable work.


Vian was only 26 when he wrote this short, wonderful book – and yet he already possessed the technique and sensitivity of an old Master.

The title “Mood Indigo” is puzzling, because one, the song “Mood Indigo” is not mentioned at all in the book nor film as far I can remember. But what is actually going on here? The reader is left with how the religious beliefs are misused, the sacred things are ignored and discredited; the fact that it is paralleled with people’s addiction with the material; that the intellectual movement of the period put the society into an inextricable chaos and a fictional world in which the problems get worse rather than being solved.

Vian has ability to let your deep down buried childish sense of taking the most unbelievable fables for real, reemerge.

These writers have made up a narrative system which is on the one hand obscure, on the other hand rich and mysterious through the different puns they use. What would Boris Vian learned that “The scum of the days” is now one of the classics of French literature that is studied in class? Also Brian is a superb writer. Paperbackpages. The second method consists of producing ecune words. Ils s’assirent sur des coussins et attendirent. I’d be lying if I joours part of me wasn’t hoping for a more life-affirming ending, but it’s hard to object when you’re being played so expertly.

And of course etc. It’s fantasy but fantasy based on real life around Vian circ.

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