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En attendant Bojangles

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En attendant Bojangles

En attendant Bojangles (Waiting for Bojangles) tells the story of passionate love between Georges and Madame, his Quixotic wife, as seen through the eyes of their unique son. Every day, Georges names his wife differently, the two of them love nothing more than inventing surrealistic stories, drinking cocktails all day long, and throwing extravagant parties every night. Nina Simone’s Mister Bojangles – Madame’s favorite song – plays continually in their home, and their son’s companion is a bird – a Damsel of Numidia called Miss Superfluous.
This dreamy childhood – where everyone invents tales, plays games, and school never starts before 2pm – comes to a crashing end when Madame sets the family apartment on fire. Doctors diagnose her her with bi-polar disorder, bordering on schizophrenia, and predict that her condition will only worsen over time. Since Madame can’t fathom spending the rest of her life in a mental hospital, and Georges and their son find the prospect of life without her unbearable, they kidnap her, and head towards the Spanish border on a flamboyant run. But after a brief interruption, Madame’s crises resume, and reality is closing in on this irresistible trio.

En attendant Bojangles is a quite enchanting and very elegantly written debut novel that you’ll devour in one sitting. Olivier Bourdeaut masterly shifts between the naive voice of a child and the more poetic, and nostalgic, of a father. The narrative abounds with poetic images that call to mind Boris Vian’s Mood Indigo (L’Ecume des jours), and reaches the similar soft spot between comedy and tragedy. It’s a literary and moving feel-good novel.

En attendant Bojangles, a novel by Olivier Bourdeaut, editions Finitude.

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en attendant Bojangles
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By Olivier Bourdeaut
Pages: 160 pages
Publisher: FINITUDE
Format: Book
Language: French
Publication Date:
07 January 2016
ISBN-10: 2363390636
ISBN-13: 9782363390639
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