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The Loop (French Literature)User Review - Book Verdict
In this first English translation of Roubaud's second novel in the series begun with The Great Fire of London, the author returns to memory as an antidote for his depression after the tragic death of his young wife in 1983. Born in 1932, he recalls his happy childhood, his loving parents, and his eccentric grandparents. He bemoans-and strives to counteract-the erosion of memory, dwelling on recollections that range from his grandmother peeing on the side of the road to the freedom that France enjoyed in the last months of the German occupation during World War II. Roubaud recounts discovering what he calls the left path at primary school, a time of great joy to him, and he remembers his high school years (the right path) as a time of confinement. Recalling Proust, Roubaud offers a richly observed narrative that conveys a person or place through small details. While the result is as much memoir or literary reflection as it is ficition, this entertaining, colorful work is more accessible than The Great Fire of London and should appeal to a broader range of readers.-Bob Ivey, Univ. of Memphis
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It's difficult to say exactly what The Loop is. It's much easier to say what it's not, or even, what's it's not not. It's not not an autobiography, but it's not not fiction either... Perhaps I should ...