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Poisson D'Or (French Edition) (French) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Gallimard Education (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070408752
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070408757
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,928,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Le Clezio has been writing since age seven; his first work was a book about the sea. After majoring in French literature, he became well-known at age 23 with the publication of his first novel, Le Proces-Verbal (The Interrogation), which was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt and for which he was awarded the Prix Renaudot in 1963.

Since then he has published about 30 books, including short stories, novels, essays, two translations on the subject of Native American mythology, countless prefaces and reviews as well as a few contributions to collective publications. In addition he is the author of several children's books.

From 1963 to 1975 Le Clezio explored themes like insanity, language, writing and devoted himself to formal experimentation in the wake of such contemporaries as Georges Perec or Michel Butor. Le Clezio's public image was that of an innovator and a rebel, drawing praise from Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.

In the late 1970s Le Clezio's style underwent a drastic change; he abandoned experimentation, and the mood of his novels became less tormented as he broached themes like childhood, adolescence, and traveling, which attracted a broader, more popular audience. In 1980 Le Clezio was the first winner of the newly created grand prix Paul Morand, awarded to Desert by the Academie francaise.

In 1994 a survey conducted by the French literary magazine Lire showed that 13% of the readers considered him to be the greatest living French language writer.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008. Other French citizens to receive the prize include Gao Xingjian in 2000; he is the first French-language writer to win since Claude Simon in 1985. The Swedish Academy, in announcing the award, called Le Clezio an author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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POISSON D'OR - 'Fish of Gold' *) is one of the most touching and poignant stories I have read in a long time. Superbly written in the author's typical easygoing, lyrical and melodious language, this is a young African girl's intimate chronicle of her search for identity and roots. J-M G Le Clézio has created his vivacious heroine so convincingly that the reader feels for her and with her, soon to be so completely absorbed by her story and the world as seen through her eyes.

Laila, kidnapped from her village at the age of six or seven and handed from one hand to another, has finally been bought by Lalla Asma, a gentle old Jewish lady, in a big city in northern Morocco (likely Rabat). Her gold earrings with the crescent moon, the symbol of her tribe, are the only clue to her background. While protected and educated by her owner and quasi-grandmother, life takes a rough turn when the old lady falls ill and dies. Laila has to leave the secure compound and adjust to life on the street and on the run. She is pretty, black, with a big head of wild frizzy hair, and men and women are pursuing her for a wide range of reasons. Her survival takes the form of an odyssey that spans three continents. Friends and 'big sisters' are found and lost, lessons, some of them painful, have to be learned: "... we don't own ourselves any longer; we never want anything [from others] but it is always others who decide our fate."

Having lost her hearing in one ear during her kidnapping, she experiences music in the depth of her body. Listening to the chansons every night in a bar, she literally "drinks the words and the music"; for her they are more important nourishment than food. "[The sound of the drums] rolls deep underground - all the way to the other side of the world...
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A beautifully written story of a young woman's search for identity and belonging while she has to endure so many trials and tribulations. A modern-day "odyssey." The book also deals with the homeless people in large cities. I would highly recommended it.
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