Métaphysique des tubes (The Character of Rain)

Métaphysique des tubes (The Character of Rain)

by Amélie Nothomb

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ISBN-13: 9782253152842
Publisher: Distribooks, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: French-language Edition
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 595,231
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Métaphysique des tubes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
thorold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witty, clever, entertaining and very well written, but it was a mistake to read Biographie de la faim before this: there's simply too much overlap between the two, even though Biographie de la faim technically only starts where this one leaves off, shortly after the narrator's third birthday. You start to wonder whether she is really saying something profound, or just having fun playing with paradoxes. Obviously, the great advantage of writing very short books like this (apart from making more money than you would if you just wrote one long book) is that you can stop while the reader is still gasping in amazement at the cleverness of your technique. The author gets the benefit of the doubt in a way she wouldn't if we had half a metre of A la recherche des Amélies perdues to struggle through. Probably all to the good...
wiremonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wickedly funny and one of the most original authors I have ever read, this book is the memoir of Ms. Nothomb's second year of life.
ashergabbay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amelie Nothombe does it for me once again; I loved this book. It's my third Nothombe book, after Fear and Trembling and Le Sabotage Amoureux. Again this is an "autobiographical fiction" novel, as one can hardly trust Nothombe that she truly recounting her experiences and memories from infancy... Nothombe was born in Kobe, Japan, while her father was serving as the Belgian consul there. The family lived in a small village, Shukugawa, and the story begins with the birth of Amelie. Only she wasn't Amelie yet; she was only a tube. A tube that thought of itself as God. This God did nothing but eat, digest and excrete its food (hence the "tube") but as far as it was concerned, the tube was happy with its existence. Its parents and doctors, on the other hand, were at a loss. This tube did not develop as a normal child and up until the age of two, it is basically a vegetable and indeed it does not have a name. It is named "the plant" by its parents.But then everything changes. Suddenly "the plant" starts to cry and protest and from a baby that needed nothing but cleaning and feeding, it becomes an insufferable nightmare. Day and night it cries and cries, and its parents no longer know what to do. They miss the days of "the plant".The turning point in the life of the tube comes with the visit of her grandmother from Belgium (the visit is somewhat delayed due to the visitor's sartorial needs in preparation for the trip to the east). The grandmother enters the room where the tube is protesting, produces a piece of white chocolate (which the tube accepts after some hesitation), and the transformation occurs. The sweet taste releases the identity of the baby, and Nothombe switches to writing in the first person. Amelie is finally "born".I will stop here. But the story just begins, with many wonderful and dramatic events in the infant's life unfolding at a fast and spellbinding pace. It's a small book, but it succeeds where many a mightier book fail: a captivating story that is both amusing and dramatic.
Alizz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her writing style fascinates me to no end. I don't think I have ever felt so many things while reading a book (except for Murakami's), so I don't know if I'm giving the rating because the books are good or because they create in me strong and indescribable feelings. The only thing I know for sure is that I am addicted and I can't stop reading her books. Addicted, I tell you. It's as if I'd known Amélie my whole life.