The Book of Proper Names

by Amelie Nothomb
I was so glad that joining bookcrossing gave me an opportunity to get acquainted with new authors. (I mean new to me, not novice.) Amelie Nothomb is one gem I recently discovered.

This book reminds me a lot of the movie Amelie. The French seems to have a magical wand that can put a whimsical spin on any tale. Moreover, Amelie in the movie has large, expressive eyes, the most notable feature of Plectrude. The orphan Plectrude was born under a most unfortunate circumstance, but was lovingly raised by her aunt. She aspired to be a ballerina, until the day a leg injury shattered her dream-like existence, and the broken shards left her heart bleeding.

At times a fairy tale, at times a heart-wrenching growing-up memoir, this little book is totally enjoyable. In fact, I went online to request more books of hers from the library.

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Published in: on January 3, 2007 at 10:20 am  Leave a Comment  

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