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French Exit: A Novel von Patrick deWitt
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French Exit: A Novel (2019. Auflage)

von Patrick deWitt (Autor)

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"From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Frances Price - tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature - is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's the Price's aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin - to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, and the inimitable Mme. Reynard, aggressive houseguest and dementedly friendly American expat. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners,' a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute"--… (mehr)
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Titel:French Exit: A Novel
Autoren:Patrick deWitt (Autor)
Info:Ecco (2019), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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French Exit von Patrick deWitt

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This is the story of Frances and her son Malcolm whose relationship crosses the line of unhealthy. Frances grows up with wealth, and marries Franklin, a wealthy, but unscrupulous lawyer and continues to live the easy life in Manhattan. Franklin dies, and Frances is shunned by society for her reaction to his death. At some point Frances and Malcolm are "adopted" by a stray cat who comes to be known as "small frank". Frances is sure Franklin was re-incarnated as the cat.

Frances and Malcolm continue to live the high life for years, even as their financial counselor advises against it. Finally the bubble bursts, they lose all but their personal processions. They sell them all and move to Paris, staying in the apartment of the only friend Frances still has. Along the way they begin to pick up, what appear to be, other friend-less people.

Frances has a plan, and as her plan unfolds, the apartment starts housing all the people she meets a long the way and then unexpected visitors from New York show up.

I laughed a lot at Frances, and cried a little for Malcolm.

There is sex, there is bad language. The book would not read the same without it. I originally gave the book 3 1/2 stars, as I thought it ended a bit abruptly. But as I wrote this and thought more about it, I changed it to a solid 4. Not sure if I would read this author again, but this book left a mark on me.
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
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To me this is an absolutely forgettable book. It has no purpose. It was very depressing and negative. I much prefer books with some kind of happy ending. The characters were blah. I see some reviews call this a dark comedy. Well there is nothing to laugh about. How was I to know that the word EXIT means suicide or at least assisted suicide? The only reason I purchased this book was because it was set in France. Such a waste of money. France is my most favourite country and culture. I will not be reading any more of this authors books. ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
Manejando con endiablada precisión su particularísimo y delicioso humor, Patrick deWitt nos regala una historia extravagante protagonizada por personajes estrafalarios, incapaces de desenvolverse en el mundo real, incapaces de madurar, refugiados en ensueños y pequeños placeres para tratar de escabullirse de su inmensa soledad.
  bcacultart | Jun 15, 2021 |
Hmm.....not quite sure if I would commend this weird little story to anyone I know. Francis and Malcolm, mother and adult son, the main characters in the story are not very likeable characters, annoying more than anything, leave for Paris on an "adventure". They are really escaping their prior high profile life in Manhattan after their wealth runs out and they are forced to sell everything. There were some mildly amusing scenes in the apartment in Paris, owned by Francis's friend Joan, who has been kind by allowing, Francis and Malcolm to stay there. This situation is quite ridiculous with a various collection of slightly weird characters all assembling in the apartment for meals and way too much drink. Then there is Francis's dead husband Frank and Small Frank, the old cat, to add an element of fantasy. It is all a bit insane. Apparently it has been made into a movie. I may watch it, just to see how the events in the story are handled in film. ( )
  PriscillaM | Jun 10, 2021 |
Intriguing and thought provoking, the main characters were people I have never known. Weirdly, I dreamt in the rhythm of Mr. deWitt's writing. The ending was near perfect. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
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Patrick deWittHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Aronson, EmmanuelleÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Aronson, PhilippeÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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"From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Frances Price - tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature - is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's the Price's aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin - to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, and the inimitable Mme. Reynard, aggressive houseguest and dementedly friendly American expat. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners,' a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute"--

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