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Les nouvelles brèves de comptoir Tome 1
2008
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Poetic simplicity
By Jack Anderson on February 4, 2019
 (8/10)

My mother told me about the "Brèves de comptoir" since at least twenty years. Yesterday, while going to the books box near the lake, I exchanged a dumb book and was so happy to finally find one of those famous books. I jumped on it and, once arrived home, read it almost entirely in one sitting.
The book is filled with quotes heard in bars from France. The author, Jean-Marie Gourio, spent days and nights listening to simple people drinking and talking about life.

FUNNY AS HELL
The first pages of the book are so frickin' hilarious that I couldn't stop laughing my ass off. Literally. I laughed, and laughed and laughed again. I don't remember having laughed so much while reading a book. This is the most obvious aspect.

A SIMPLISTIC TRUTH
But second, there is a kind of simplicity that comes out of it. I love watching intellectual debates about life, our place in Humanity, politics, you name it. But in this book, in the words of those simple people, you get a kind of ultimate sophistication. Truth. A cold hard truth. Sometime the comments are totally stupid and racist. But often, there is a kind of poetic beauty that comes ouf of it.

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I give it 8 out of 10. Superb.




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