How to Behave in A Crowd

How to Behave in A Crowd

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A witty, heartfelt novel that brilliantly evokes the confusions of adolescence and marks the arrival of an extraordinary young talent.

Isidore Mazal is eleven years old, the youngest of six siblings living in a small French town. He doesn't quite fit in. Berenice, Aurore, and Leonard are on track to have doctorates by age twenty-four. Jeremie performs with a symphony, and Simone, older than Isidore by eighteen months, expects a great career as a novelist--she's already put Isidore to work on her biography. The only time they leave their rooms is to gather on the old, stained couch and dissect prime-time television dramas in light of Aristotle's Poetics .

Isidore has never skipped a grade or written a dissertation. But he notices things the others don't, and asks questions they fear to ask. So when tragedy strikes the Mazal family, Isidore is the only one to recognize how everyone is struggling with their grief, and perhaps the only one who can help them--if he doesn't run away from home first.

Isidore's unstinting empathy, combined with his simmering anger, makes for a complex character study, in which the elegiac and comedic build toward a heartbreaking conclusion. With How to Behave in a Crowd , Camille Bordas immerses readers in the interior life of a boy puzzled by adulthood and beginning to realize that the adults around him are just as lost.
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451497550
0451497554
9780451497543
0451497546
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

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This novel, translated from the French, traces the childhood of Isidore Mazal (Dory) a young charmer with a strong sense of empathy as he navigates his daily life at school and in the company of his eccentric family. The novel was one of the Guardian's Best Books of 2017.


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Dec 17, 2017

A well crafted, poignant and amusing coming of age story set in France. The novel has well composed characterizations and settings. An extroverted youngest sibling of six navigates his introverted siblings ,depressed friend and prematurely deceased father in his small town. Worth reading if you are interested.

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