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The Resource Men, Marie Darrieussecq ; translated from the French by Penny Hueston

Men, Marie Darrieussecq ; translated from the French by Penny Hueston

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Men
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Men
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Marie Darrieussecq ; translated from the French by Penny Hueston
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
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"The French title of Men plays on a quote by Marguerite Duras: We have to love men a lot. A lot, a lot. Love them a lot in order to love them. Otherwise it's impossible, we couldn't bear them.' With her characteristic intensity, edginess and humour, Marie Darrieussecq explores female desire, what it means to be a woman. Solange was a provincial teenager in All the Way ; now in her thirties, she's not a great mother, is a mediocre actress, but in Hollywood she falls for a charismatic actor, Kouhouesso, who wants to direct a movie of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness --in Africa. He's black; she's white--what's the difference when it comes to love, she wonders? Solange follows her man to Africa, determined to play a main role in both his film and his affections. But nothing goes to plan in this brilliantly droll examination of romance, movie-making and clichés about race relations. After all, there's no guarantee you'll be loved by the one you love. Personal and political, passionate and engaged, Men is a novel that will make you see things differently."--Syndetics
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A French actress living in Los Angeles falls hard for a Cameroon-born actor whose obsession with directing a film adaptation of Heart of Darkness leads them both to his home country.Readers looking for a feminist hero probably wont find her in Solange, the white film actress at the center of Darrieussecqs (All the Way, 2013, etc.) exploration of race, celebrity, and (mostly) unreciprocated love. Solange is instantly smitten when, at a party thrown by her friend George (as in Clooney, surname implied), she sees Kouhouesso, whose mere presence reduces her to to silence and solitude. Soon she's sleeping with this handsome, self-serious man, whose big ideaa film version of Heart of Darkness, shot in Africawill always, its clear from the start, be his first priority. Kouhouesso will disappear for days in between their encounters, texting occasionally but generally aloof. And so it goes: he works, she waits, and though their relationship turns more serious, it never really evolves. As a commentary on race, Darrieussecqs novel doesnt always break new ground (Up until now she had scarcely thought about Africa, other than to send off a cheque). As a chronicle of the humiliations and occasional joys of loving someone whose own feelings are more ambiguous, though, it feels queasily accurate. The story works especially well once the narrative shifts to Cameroon, where the details of the film shoot, from an ill-fated attempt to get a group of Pygmy girls to perform for the camera to various prop and costume setbacks, add some real comic edge to the proceedings. A sometimes biting, often sharply observed take on a relationship one would surely rather read about than be part of.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2016)
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10534686
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Darrieussecq, Marie
Dewey number
843.914
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no index present
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Translated from French
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fiction
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Hueston, Penny
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Race relations
  • Blacks
  • Whites
  • Stereotypes (Social psychology)
  • Blacks
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Race relations
  • Stereotypes (Social psychology)
  • Whites
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Men, Marie Darrieussecq ; translated from the French by Penny Hueston
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
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1690695
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24 cm
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260 pages
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9781925240917
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781925240917
  • (OCoLC)930556159
Label
Men, Marie Darrieussecq ; translated from the French by Penny Hueston
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1690695
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9781925240917
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781925240917
  • (OCoLC)930556159

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