The Kites by Romain Gary () Original French title: Les cerfs-volants. The Kites is a novel by Romain Gary translated by Miranda. Les Cerfs-volants has ratings and reviews. Anatoly said: I never really got into it. Can’t put the finger on the reason why, but I can say that. It seems extraordinary that Romain Gary, the Frenchman and only novelist we have this novel Les cerfs-volants – The Kites (first published in.

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She says at one point: He was a singular figure in French literature whose non-literary claims to fame include having been married to Jean Seberg. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads ,es. They married in and divorced in In any case, the question becomes moot when war breaks out, soon after Ludo’s visit to the Bronicki estate near Gdansk, and the lovers are separated for about 4 years, during which time Ludo enters a resistance network, and Lila has to prostitute herself to keep her parents safe.

Learn how your comment data is processed. The promising kite symbolism feels unfinished. In a surprising plot twist, Ludo rescues him following the downing of his plane. I guess it never occurs to me to be irritated that a led is in British or Indian or Australian English. Sometimes I want to see clearly what the translator is doing. Fertilizer for what, I asked myself?


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Published May 13th by Gallimard first published April 16th An Insatiable Craving for Book… on. Gary fills rlmain novel with colorful characters, but most are not developed much beyond their idiosyncrasies and what seems to be nationalistic lws. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. He put a sort of summary of his work and his being there. In American, I should say.

He uses the French language in his own way, mixing expressions, thinking out of the box, putting codes upside down.

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He succeeds in exploring a theme of how crises tend to reveal the best and worst traits of people with his characters and plot, but much of the novel seems to lack nuance. A last word about the book covers I included in my billet. Other books in vollants series. I think we need to invent English words to say bouquin, bouquiner and bouquiniste. I t seems extraordinary that Lss Gary, the Frenchman and only vo,ants not to mention aviator, film director and diplomat to have won the Prix Goncourt twice, should be strolling into English so casually and late in the day — and yet this is, according to his publishers, the first English translation of his last novel, The Kites.

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Les annees Annie Ernaux. Ambrose is a bachelor, a postman with a passion for kites. Shar rated it it was ok Apr 13, The difference between mom and mum to a British reader is I think quite striking save in Birmingham and nearby, where they use mom.

The Kites is a tale, definitely not a historical novel.

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From a very young age, Ludo is attached to historical figures and suffers from too much memory. Gary’s little cousin Paul Pavlowitch posed as the author for a time.

His father, Arieh-Leib Kacew, abandoned his family in and remarried.

Open Preview See a Problem? I see it in the turn of the phrases, in the expressions that are French but not quite. It was not a question of what I would do with in life, but what a woman was going to do with mine.

Sometimes, I guess, but not always. The original language must be there and not there at the same time. Sepehr rakhshande rated it it was ok Jun 26, The other French one is terrible: The Passion for R