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Laziness in the Fertile Valley Paperback – November 19, 2013
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Cossery, Egyptian born, but lived most of his adult life in Paris cafes - mostly all located in the St. Germain des Prés section of Paris, is a writer who according to Anna Della Subin in her informative afterword enclosed in this book, came from a family of lazy people. His grandfather, for instance, refused to leave his bedroom. For me this is a much desired lifestyle. There is a tinge of jealousy when I read Cossery's novels, but alas, the enjoyment I get from them is a sense of bliss.