Fine in fine dust jacket. SHIP DAILY from NJ; GIFT-ABLE as FEELS NEW UNREAD FIRST edition, TIGHT, FRESH; NEAR FINE (subtle bumps to spine ends, humidity tightening to page bottoms) w/DJ NEAR FINE [glossy, but subtle rub] AS SHOWN THIS PHOTO. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 276 p. Audience: General/trade.10343 10343--Orig publ in France [Une vie francaise] in 2004 Dubois gives readers a man whose life reflects the mind and the heart of a society coming belatedly, poignantly, and often hilariously to grips with the abiding pain and intermittent beauty of what living has become.
First Ed USA, so stated. Very Good+ in Near Fine DJ: Book shows indications of light use: slight spine lean; minimal wear; else flawless; binding secure; text clean. DJ shows some rubbing; else flawless; price intact; mylar-protected. Overall, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 276pp. Hardback with DJ. It is not a typical French life but rather an amalgamation of personal and national experiences felt throughout France in the latter half of the twentieth century. Whether evoking the social upheaval of 1968 or the apprehensive coming of the millennium, Dubois sculpts a tale of one man simultaneously excited and worried about his changing world. Paul Blick—born, raised, and living in Toulouse—suffers the loss of his older brother, embraces liberalism, rambles through his twenties, marries a capitalist, raises a family, and stumbles upon a small fortune as a nature photographer. Nothing of this life seems too extraordinary. The events of the story are not Dubois' intent, however. Rather, the achievement and purpose of Vie Francaise is in the analysis of these events, the individual construction of personal and national meaning. Paul Blick often seems disenchanted and content when alone, yet as he ages, his dwindling family becomes a growing comfort. With equal parts laughter and sorrow, Dubois has provided something significant: a personal narrative carved from national identity.
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