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Les nouvelles brèves de comptoir Tome 1

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Poetic simplicity
By Jack Anderson on February 4, 2019

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.

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.

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.

I give it 8 out of 10. Superb.

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