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Metaphysique Des Tubes (Ldp Litterature) (French Edition) (French) Mass Market Paperback – January 10, 2004
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Content wise, this book is very funny. Nothomb puts in a lot of sarcasm and humour in depicting her life as an infant and toddler. This book is sure to create a lot of chuckles even though the character may seem quite eccentric at times.
The beginning of the book is amazing, you really don't know where the writter is leading you-could this be reality, I mean is this every Human's reality or just a metaphoric approach of the beginning of our lifes...Are we just tubes that need a revelation to exist?
This would be the metaphysical part of the book-very exciting not all boring like it may seem- leading to a more "normal" yet very intriging story.
A fabulous tale written with an insatiable rythm inviting us into the world of a little Belgian girl born in Japan deeply touched by the grace and the culture of that country and surrounded by European and Japanese cultures in the same house.
I never thought a four year-old could have led such an interresting and sometimes so scary life.No violence, no blood only inner-fears we might all have felt one day.This reefers to the French version of the book.Phil-Nicole's husband.
Nothombe was born in Kobe, Japan, while her father was serving as the Belgian consul there. The family lived in a small village, Shukugawa, and the story begins with the birth of Amelie. Only she wasn't Amelie yet; she was only a tube. A tube that thought of itself as God. This God did nothing but eat, digest and excrete its food (hence the "tube") but as far as it was concerned, the tube was happy with its existence. Its parents and doctors, on the other hand, were at a loss. This tube did not develop as a normal child and up until the age of two, it is basically a vegetable and indeed it does not have a name. It is named "the plant" by its parents.
But then everything changes. Suddenly "the plant" starts to cry and protest and from a baby that needed nothing but cleaning and feeding, it becomes an insufferable nightmare. Day and night it cries and cries, and its parents no longer know what to do. They miss the days of "the plant".
The turning point in the life of the tube comes with the visit of her grandmother from Belgium (the visit is somewhat delayed due to the visitor's sartorial needs in preparation for the trip to the east). The grandmother enters the room where the tube is protesting, produces a piece of white chocolate (which the tube accepts after some hesitation), and the transformation occurs. The sweet taste releases the identity of the baby, and Nothombe switches to writing in the first person. Amelie is finally "born".
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This book combines depth, humor and a lot of sarcasm and that's,I think, what makes Amelie Nothomb's writings the best read i've had in years ( guess i'm a bit biased since I'm a huge fan of hers).
Although this is a sort of a biography of the author's early ages, the way it is narrated makes it highly intriguing in a twisted kind of way.
Note that this review is based on the FRENCH version of the book.
I wonder how some episodes can be translated in English and not loose their splendor!
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I really liked this book. I am not truly fluent in French, but Nothomb's style is very accessible. There is an English translation.Published 5 months ago by Mary Hoekzema