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“Fine and glossy and inexorable . . . Stunning.” ―John Updike, The New Yorker

“Carrère has written a book that is likely to ensnare anyone who starts reading it--ingenious and authentically eerie.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“His command is total, his ear is perfect” ―The Star-Ledger (Newark)

“[A] singular method of storytelling . . . [a] masterstroke.” ―Detroit Free Press

“Carrère is a master of high-standard deviation.” ―Spin

About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère is the author of The Adversary, the novel Gothic Romance, and, most recently, I Am Alive and You are Dead, a biography of Philip K. Dick. He lives in Paris, France.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312422334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312422332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is for Class Trip:
I found this book quite accidentally. I am thrilled that I did because it is an excellent book and so completely beautifully written (and translated).

Carrere is a wonderful writer. His character, Nicolas, is so amazingly realistic. His thoughts, the way his mind wanders from thought to idea, his lack of confidence, his lying without explanation. All this makes Nicolas compelling and empathetic.

Although a bit of a thriller, this story is also a coming-of-age story. Nicolas is forced to grow up while attending a two-week ski-camp with his class. He yearns for acceptance and love and to be "one of the boys".

He IS accepted and he IS loved, and right before the end of the book, he IS indeed "one of the boys". Unfortunately, there is one more chapter or two . . . and, that changes everything and changes Nicolas forever.

The Mustache:
The mustache is also a shocker, although quite different from Class Trip. It is also perfect in its horror. The main character shaves off his mustache, but his wife doesn't seem to notice. When he mentions it, she insists that he never had a mustache. Ever. He proves that he did with the tufts of hairs he shaved and with pictures he finds. However, that "evidence" soon disappears and, once again, his wife (and his friends, too) insist he never had a mustache.

Well, if he had a mustache and they are lying, they are taking the joke awfully far. If they are not lying, he is going insane.

Carrere's writing is extraordinary. He is able to grasp fleeting thoughts and ideas that most people have but do not articulate. The story itself is nerve wracking yet the reader is compelled to continue. It's a shocking story with a major shock at the end that will leave you stunned for a few moments. I actually had to re-read the last few pages because it was such a stunner.
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A Kid's Review on January 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This review is for Class Trip:
I found this book quite accidentally. I am thrilled that I did because it is an excellent book and so completely beautifully written (and translated).

Carrere is a wonderful writer. His character, Nicolas, is so amazingly realistic. His thoughts, the way his mind wanders from thought to idea, his lack of confidence, his lying without explanation. All this makes Nicolas compelling and empathetic.

Although a bit of a thriller, this story is also a coming-of-age story. Nicolas is forced to grow up while attending a two-week ski-camp with his class. He yearns for acceptance and love and to be "one of the boys".

He IS accepted and he IS loved, and right before the end of the book, he IS indeed "one of the boys". Unfortunately, there is one more chapter or two . . . and, that changes everything and changes Nicolas forever.

The Mustache:
The mustache is also a shocker, although quite different from Class Trip. It is also perfect in its horror. The main character shaves off his mustache, but his wife doesn't seem to notice. When he mentions it, she insists that he never had a mustache. Ever. He proves that he did with the tufts of hairs he shaved and with pictures he finds. However, that "evidence" soon disappears and, once again, his wife (and his friends, too) insist he never had a mustache.

Well, if he had a mustache and they are lying, they are taking the joke awfully far. If they are not lying, he is going insane.

Carrere's writing is extraordinary. He is able to grasp fleeting thoughts and ideas that most people have but do not articulate. The story itself is nerve wracking yet the reader is compelled to continue. It's a shocking story with a major shock at the end that will leave you stunned for a few moments. I actually had to re-read the last few pages because it was such a stunner.
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First, I haven't read Mustache yet so this is only about Class Trip.

He is a very good writer but... Class Trip is boring, overdone, not much fun or intrigue. Lame little boy has bad dreams and is scared of wetting his bed. Big deal.

Read Careere's "The Adversary" and Philip K. Dick biography. Great books. He's much better in the confines of nonfiction.
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I only read The Mustache, which I absolutely loved. It is a quirky story, masterfully told. Basically, Carrere takes a joke and extends it for an entire novelette. In lesser hands this might have been a tedious read. But in the author's hands it is almost a page turner - never boring, and fun to follow.
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