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Claire Tefnin prête toute son intelligence des mots à ce clin d'oeil, entre humour, suspense et analyse subtile des sentiments, au célèbre conte de Charles Perrault. Claire Tefnin prête toute son intelligence des mots à ce clin d'oeil, entre humour, suspense et analyse subtile des sentiments, au célèbre conte de Charles Perrault.


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Claire Tefnin prête toute son intelligence des mots à ce clin d'oeil, entre humour, suspense et analyse subtile des sentiments, au célèbre conte de Charles Perrault. Claire Tefnin prête toute son intelligence des mots à ce clin d'oeil, entre humour, suspense et analyse subtile des sentiments, au célèbre conte de Charles Perrault.

30 review for Barbe Bleue AudioBook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Barbe bleue, Amélie Nothomb Saturnine is looking for a roommate because living on the sofa in her girlfriend's tiny apartment is nice, but it is not a lasting solution. It was then that she came across a most tempting offer: a large room in a great neighborhood and for the most modest rent. But she is not the only one to necessarily apply. Strangely, she's the only real candidate, the others just wanting to see the man whose eight previous roommates have disappeared. And indeed, it is her to beco Barbe bleue, Amélie Nothomb Saturnine is looking for a roommate because living on the sofa in her girlfriend's tiny apartment is nice, but it is not a lasting solution. It was then that she came across a most tempting offer: a large room in a great neighborhood and for the most modest rent. But she is not the only one to necessarily apply. Strangely, she's the only real candidate, the others just wanting to see the man whose eight previous roommates have disappeared. And indeed, it is her to become the ninth roommate. The man is strange, speaks like in a book, never goes out and such Bluebeard gives her access to everything except one room that she will never have to go to. Will Saturnine reproduce the diagram of the other eight women? Will she disappear in turn? And these last ones, what happened to them? From the beginning of the novel, the suspense is at its height ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نهم ماه دسامبر سال 2017میلادی عنوان: ریش آبی؛ نویسنده: املی نوتومب؛ مترجم: ویدا سامعی؛ تهران، فرهنگ نشر نو، 1394؛ در 160ص؛ شابک9786007439500؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بلژیک - سده 20م ریش آبی افسانه ی اشراف زاده ای ثروتمند است، که با زنان زیبارو ازدواج میکند، زنانی که همگی، پس از مدتی به طرزی مرموز، در قصر او ناپدید میشوند؛ «ریش آبی»، کلید همه ی اتاقها را به آخرین همسرش، که دختری جوان است میدهد، اما او را از ورود به یک اتاق ویژه ای منع میکند...؛ «املی نوتومب» داستانش را از این افسانه اقتباس کرده است؛ داستان او در شهر «پاریس» کنونی می‌گذرد؛ اشراف‌زاده ی جوان «اسپانیایی» در قصر «دن المیریو» زندگی می‌کند؛ قصری عجیب که مسافران زن آن، پس از مدتی ناپددید می‌شوند؛ اشرافزاده یک اگهی وسوسه انگیز به روزنامه می‌دهد، و تقاضای هم‌خانه می‌کند؛ «ساتورنین» که دختری «بلژیکی» و آموزگار تاریخ هنر است، برای اجاره ی اتاق، به قصر مرموز «دن المیریو» می‌رود؛ او با اشراف‌زاده ی جوان هم‌خانه می‌شود، و پس از مدتی، پی به راز خانه می‌برد، و تصمیم می‌گیرد تا راز را فاش کند؛ نقل از متن: (دو ساعت بعد، منشی صاحبخانه، «ساتورنین» را، به دفتر کار راهنمایی کرد؛ یک دفتر کار عظیم، که پر بود از گل‌های خشک شده؛ مردی که خود را صاحبخانه معرفی می‌کرد، دستش را جلو آورد، تا با «ساتورنین» دست بدهد؛ مردی با افسردگی عمیق، نگاهی خاموش، و صدایی خسته؛ اینها نخستین چیزهایی بود، که «ساتورنین» بعد از دست دادن با صاحبخانهٔ «اریستوکرات»، نسبت به او احساس کرد؛ ــ سلام خانم؛ من «دُن المیریو نیبال ای میلکار» هستم، و 44سال دارم.؛ ــ نام من «ساتورنین پوییسان» است؛ 25سال دارم، و در مدرسهٔ «لوور»، معلم ذخیره هستم؛ «ساتورنین» این موضوع را با افتخار بیان کرد؛ چنین سمتی برای یک «بلژیکی» در سن و سال او، حتی به صورت موقت، غیرقابل‌ تصور بود؛ ــ اتاق مال شماست؛ مرد صاحبخانه این را با لحنی تأییدآمیز ادا کرد؛ «ساتورنین» مبهوت به «دُن المیریو» نگاه کرد و گفت:‌ ــ شما همهٔ داوطلبان قبل از مرا رد کردید، حالا چطور اینقدر سریع به من جواب مثبت دادید؟ کارم در مدرسهٔ «لوور» برایتان جالب بود؟ صاحبخانه با بی‌تفاوتی پاسخ داد: ــ هر طور دوست دارید فکر کنید؛ بفرمایید اتاق را نشان‌تان بدهم.؛ «ساتورنین» پشت سر «دُن المیریو» به‌ راه افتاد؛ از چند اتاق پذیرایی بزرگ و تو در تو گذشتند، تا به یک اتاق بزرگ و مجلل رسیدند؛ حمام اتاق انگار تازه نوسازی شده بود؛ هیچ‌وقت به مخیله ی «ساتورنین» هم خطور نمی‌کرد، که چنین اتاق شیکی را اجاره کند؛ بعد از اتاق، نوبت آشپزخانه بود؛ «دُن المیریو» او را به آشپزخانه‌ ای راهنمایی کرد، که با یک راهرو به اتاق «ساتورنین» متصل می‌شد؛ آشپزخانه، بزرگ و مدرن بود؛ مرد صاحبخانه یخچالی را در گوشه ی آشپزخانه نشان داد و گفت: ــ دوست ندارم بدانم دیگران چه می‌خورند؛ یخچال شما جداست؛ «ساتورنین» با تعجب پرسید:‌ ــ شما خودتان آشپزی می‌کنید؟ ــ البته؛ آشپزی هم هنر است و هم قدرت؛ امکان ندارد خودم را تحت قدرت دیگری قرار بدهم؛ خوشحال می‌شوم اگر مایل باشید در صرف غذایی که می‌پزم، با من شریک شوید، اما برعکسش اتفاق نخواهد افتاد؛ بازدید خانه، جلو دری سیاه رنگ به پایان رسید؛ ــ این درِ تاریک‌خانهٔ من است؛ عکس‌هایم را اینجا چاپ می‌کنم؛ در اتاق را هیچ‌وقت قفل نمی‌کنم، محض اعتماد؛ اما ورود به این اتاق ممنوع است؛ اگر وارد این اتاق بشوید، من متوجه می‌شوم، و برای‌تان دردسر درست خواهد شد.)؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 31/03/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This author is so strange ... whenever I start into one of her books I think: oh, I know what she was thinking when she began it (which is a not very helpful way to start into her books. If you blink you will miss what she is really writing about) but then after a while you will find yourself thinking: "how on earth did she get here from there?" The peregrinations and purlicues this woman takes merits a monograph in itself. Ms. Nothomb writes two types of books. The first type--fiction, always--h This author is so strange ... whenever I start into one of her books I think: oh, I know what she was thinking when she began it (which is a not very helpful way to start into her books. If you blink you will miss what she is really writing about) but then after a while you will find yourself thinking: "how on earth did she get here from there?" The peregrinations and purlicues this woman takes merits a monograph in itself. Ms. Nothomb writes two types of books. The first type--fiction, always--has a basis in a horrid, unthinkable question like: "what makes a man crash a plane?" or "how does someone accidentally assume another person's identity?" and then she runs with it, usually to incredible, unbelievable ends and outcomes. Her second type of book is autobiographical and because she is a person who thinks and feels deeply--to an embarrassing degree--about herself, her self disclosure and self mockery is really quite entertaining. Imagine if you will starting a promising internship in a company and getting demoted so many times you become the lavatory cleaner. This is how Ms. Nothomb's life unfolds when she tries to do what "normal" people do. Barbe Bleue belongs to the first category; it's a novel about the unthinkable. From the first pages we follow a woman who willingly embarks upon a relationship with a man who may or may not be a serial killer. He is an eccentric with a lot of nifty skills and a commensurate number of fatal flaws. From the offset there is a lot of totally inside nattering about in which capacity the French view nobility, which was nuanced, but to my thinking fell a bit short of a good deep root canal into the vicissitudes of French snobbery. (When I lived in France I was constantly amazed at how the French Revolution had fallen short of success--and for this I will get reamed, but, the truth is the French--god love 'em--are deeply class conscious and will never get over it no matter how many Socialist presidents they elect.) There was practically no summary in this book--it was all scene. 90% of that was dialogue between the two major characters. There's a lot of value-judgment conversation, a very typical French way of looking at things: This is how things are; there is no other way of seeing the world ... well I believe otherwise, and my values by far outstrip yours, plus I've got Greek philosophers I can quote to back up my statements ... well your references and arguments are faulty and/or immature therefore I am right ... no, in fact you have fallen into logical fallacy therefore proving I am right and you are wrong... The incidental joy in this is that our interlocutors are discussing murder, the Inquisition, the paintings of Khnopff, the vagaries of Holy love (here it is amusing to realize that Ms. Nothomb knows absolutely nothing about religion and her remarks are mere lobs, every single one of which flies out of bounds), discretion and privacy vs. secrecy and decency, and the consequences of personal will. Much champagne drinking ensues. It's like "My Dinner with André" but instead of two voluble New York Jews we get a champagne-swilling Belgian chav and an inbred psychopathic agoraphobe. (I like to imagine he has the Hapsburg chin.) Ms. Nothomb laid on her usual suspects--characters who are alienated from practically birth due to the incomprehensible names their parents foisted upon them. Alienation is perhaps her most recurring theme, and because I have been chomping through Ennegram material this year I recognize in Ms Nothomb an integrated FOUR. Oh those FOURS, such alienation fantasies. Other Nothombian tropes include exploration of obscure concepts gleaned from geometry, mathematics or Greek philosophy, obscure Classical references, the occasional Latin expression and regular application of comfort food, in this case papillotes and gateau Saint Honoré. Bless her. How I love this woman! Thank goodness I live in a time where I can purchase little novels like hers in an airport book store and run with it throughout the flight. When I read Ms. Nothomb's books I, like many readers, care deeply about the resolution to the answer--will he or won't he?--but the bottom line is you don't read her for answers. You read her for the ride. To be frank, her character develoment is a bit Pixar. She peoples her worlds with unsympathetic characters who strive to justify their agonies and untenable positions with convoluted, unconvincing arguments. I haven't decided if it is because Ms. Nothomb so deeply cares about humanity that she wants to delineate the extent of our continuum or if in fact she despises them so much she sees no interest in having them come alive, live, prosper and multiply. Then there are the endings: head scratchers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    نیلوفر رحمانیان

    What a cute book! I’ve always loved this kinda novels, the ones that are literary rich but also easy to read. The ones that are written for both professional and unprofessional readers. This book makes us think about our relation to religion, technology, money, aristocracy and love, and also challenges our definitions of good and bad, right and wrong, and the limits of ones rights towsrds another. And art. What is art, and what defines its precious. I loved the ending. When nor good or bad could What a cute book! I’ve always loved this kinda novels, the ones that are literary rich but also easy to read. The ones that are written for both professional and unprofessional readers. This book makes us think about our relation to religion, technology, money, aristocracy and love, and also challenges our definitions of good and bad, right and wrong, and the limits of ones rights towsrds another. And art. What is art, and what defines its precious. I loved the ending. When nor good or bad could affect what was seen as art. And art went its own way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    A surreal, contemporary retelling of the Blue Beard folktale-- no one does creepy older men like Amélie Nothomb. This is not my style, but I knew that going in-Nothomb is a specialist of the surreal. I just love her writing. Her female protagonists are fierce and fearless, her dialogue is incomparable. And she's so good for my French! A surreal, contemporary retelling of the Blue Beard folktale-- no one does creepy older men like Amélie Nothomb. This is not my style, but I knew that going in-Nothomb is a specialist of the surreal. I just love her writing. Her female protagonists are fierce and fearless, her dialogue is incomparable. And she's so good for my French!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Niloofar Yavari

    Well! A well-written book, quick and enjoyable read which makes you stick to it till you figure out how will be the end! Some deep questions may come out after reading this book. There can a comparison take place, based on the relation of two main characters and the outside world. It is said almost in all religions about God punishment. All of them confirm the love of God for us, but also his anger and punishment if we go out of safe-zone I can say! And yeah, after all we have heard all our life Well! A well-written book, quick and enjoyable read which makes you stick to it till you figure out how will be the end! Some deep questions may come out after reading this book. There can a comparison take place, based on the relation of two main characters and the outside world. It is said almost in all religions about God punishment. All of them confirm the love of God for us, but also his anger and punishment if we go out of safe-zone I can say! And yeah, after all we have heard all our life it's not weird to us. BUT when it comes to people -see how much we are surprised in this book- this is so unacceptable and cruelty when you are not still supported and feel safe under the love of your lover after the mistake you have done. Actually, it seems it is a part of the definition for love that you are still loved despite whatever you do. You feel still safe because love and punishment have paradox to you. But what you think? Are these two concepts completely apart from each other? Or extremely attached? - Second question: What are the borders in a love? How much you are allowed to go far when you know someone loves you? IS his love towards us gives us the right to penetrate to all his privates? What clears the borders in a relation based on love? I also want to mention the other concept which can be retrieved: Completion - Perfection Isn't it true about human that they have a desire to complete things? It's like we find perfection in completion. I'm not really sure about what I wrote above here now. I read it one month before and I just wanted to add it here in my read-list. And I just wrote my feeling after this time passed after reading. 7 sep 2017

  6. 5 out of 5

    Armina Salemi

    So.. odd that I can’t even rate it. Just.. very odd.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ulysse

    Why do French supermarkets insist on trying to sell us novels that are so slim they can be read from cover to cover in the time it takes to do the groceries, wait in line at the cashier, pay up, and say to the clerk: 'I’m sorry Madame, but I won’t be needing this article anymore'? Why do French supermarkets insist on trying to sell us novels that are so slim they can be read from cover to cover in the time it takes to do the groceries, wait in line at the cashier, pay up, and say to the clerk: 'I’m sorry Madame, but I won’t be needing this article anymore'?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin Moghadamnia

    The perfect story for perfectionists.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    I've been wanting to try Amélie Nothomb's books for a while, and I decided to start from this one mostly because I love the Bluebeard fairytale. For a first experience, it was quite successful. This short novel is very peculiar, surreal even, and it is mostly made of dialogues between the two main characters. This choice might annoy some readers, but personally I usually enjoy dialogues more than anything else, so I was glad of it. Saturnine and don Elemirio's conversations are always interestin I've been wanting to try Amélie Nothomb's books for a while, and I decided to start from this one mostly because I love the Bluebeard fairytale. For a first experience, it was quite successful. This short novel is very peculiar, surreal even, and it is mostly made of dialogues between the two main characters. This choice might annoy some readers, but personally I usually enjoy dialogues more than anything else, so I was glad of it. Saturnine and don Elemirio's conversations are always interesting, even if sometimes they are not easy to understand, and I must admit I greatly enjoyed some of don Elemirio's opinions and even agreed with him (just a few!). The ending left me a little confused, but overall this was a very nice read. I will definitely read more of Nothomb's books in the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Chiuaru

    Easy right, but too creepy for my taste.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Florina

    3.5 stars rounded up Not the best Amelie by far, but delicious enough that I don't mind eating it up. 3.5 stars rounded up Not the best Amelie by far, but delicious enough that I don't mind eating it up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I read Bluebeard (the original story) as a child and it terrified and fascinated me equally. Nothomb's kept the frightful side of the tale and added a large dose of humour to it. I think this may be my favourite of her fiction's work ! I read Bluebeard (the original story) as a child and it terrified and fascinated me equally. Nothomb's kept the frightful side of the tale and added a large dose of humour to it. I think this may be my favourite of her fiction's work !

  13. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Far from Nothomb's best. Still enjoyable and fun, though. Great dialog. Feels more like a script for a play than an novel. Far from Nothomb's best. Still enjoyable and fun, though. Great dialog. Feels more like a script for a play than an novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Saga

    Nice retelling, great dialogues, extra point for talking about la grandeza española.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Oh, I love it O_o Such an interesting ending :))

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fabio

    Okay, this was my first novel by Amélie Nothomb, I was struggling to find great French (I know, she's not French but she write in French) books as a way to improve my knowledge of the language. Something easy, something light. Well, this was quite the opposite. Even though it's quite short as novel, Amélie has a weird and odd way to let you think about multiple things, and I found it so fascinating. I loved this novel, and still, I can't believe how crazy is. Okay, this was my first novel by Amélie Nothomb, I was struggling to find great French (I know, she's not French but she write in French) books as a way to improve my knowledge of the language. Something easy, something light. Well, this was quite the opposite. Even though it's quite short as novel, Amélie has a weird and odd way to let you think about multiple things, and I found it so fascinating. I loved this novel, and still, I can't believe how crazy is.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Demoness Tenebrae

    Humorous and invigorating read Belgian author Amélie Nothomb has once again brought to life an old french literary folktale about the Bluebeard from the author Charles Perrault. The folktale. Bluebeard is a wealthy and aristocratic man that had several women who have disappeared without a trace. Now, he has a new wife and he is putting her through the same test as all the rest. He gives her a freedom of roaming through his castle and entering all the rooms with one exception. She may not enter Humorous and invigorating read Belgian author Amélie Nothomb has once again brought to life an old french literary folktale about the Bluebeard from the author Charles Perrault. The folktale. Bluebeard is a wealthy and aristocratic man that had several women who have disappeared without a trace. Now, he has a new wife and he is putting her through the same test as all the rest. He gives her a freedom of roaming through his castle and entering all the rooms with one exception. She may not enter one small room that harbors his secret. The wife finds herself in a serious dilemma, will she uncover the great secret or will she keep her life. Nothomb's modern version. Saturnine is a Belgian young woman who answers an add posted by don Elemirio Nibal y Milcar where he is looking for a female roommate. The apartment is luxurious and located in a Parisian seventh arrondissement and the rent is quite cheap. She learns from the other female applicants why this man is surrounded in so much mystery and why he is only looking for a female roommate. Apparently, he had eight previous young female roommates who disappeared without a trace. They were all young, vibrant and pretty. The owner and landlord don Elemirio hasn't stepped outside of his residence for twenty years but everyone seems to know him. Well, he does belong to a Spanish line of noblemen which are referred to as grande in Spain and he is beyond wealthy. Saturnine decides on taking the offer despite the mysterious circumstances. She will enjoy in all the luxury she can for as long as she can endure not falling for the noblemen's charm. Saturnine is convinced that this is the best way to save all the other possible future roommates and stopping don Elemirio in committing another crime. As the time flows and the two protagonists engage in many conversations along the way, Saturnine's curiosity grows and she finds her resolve weaken as she uncovers the truth that she is slowly falling for the ominous don Elemirio. Review: Amélie Nothomb’s version is fast-paced and short but with abundance of beautiful dialogues between the protagonists. I believe this version to be too short for I'm convinced that the author had much more material stored away. Although this version just as the original one seems to not have much in common with the reality. In both versions none of the women's disappearance has ever been questioned by the police. Nonetheless, this story has depth and layers which we uncover with each progressing dialogue. Dialogues are of all kinds, shapes and sizes, so to say. They vary from the religious and aristocratic themes to colors and photography, love and feminism, moral and duty. They made me think, research, argue - but most of all - they made me laugh. This short book really is a pleasure to read. (Btw, I haven't read much of Nothomb's works yet but I have some kind of weird feeling that she either really enjoys champagne or is paid to advertize them. She mentions champagne so much, one would think she is making an encyclopedia about it.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Virginie Gimenez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I do not have the desire to write my own review, but I found the article below on www.worldliteraturetoday.org. Feminist revisionist mythmaking has often seized on the legend of Bluebeard, supposedly inspired by the fifteenth-century Breton serial killer Gilles de Rais. In the realm of Anglo-Saxon literature, one thinks of memorable reworkings of the genre by Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Recent examples in France include Anne Terral’s elegantly Kafkaesque take on Perrault’s fairytale in Cu I do not have the desire to write my own review, but I found the article below on www.worldliteraturetoday.org. Feminist revisionist mythmaking has often seized on the legend of Bluebeard, supposedly inspired by the fifteenth-century Breton serial killer Gilles de Rais. In the realm of Anglo-Saxon literature, one thinks of memorable reworkings of the genre by Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Recent examples in France include Anne Terral’s elegantly Kafkaesque take on Perrault’s fairytale in Curiosité (2009). Amélie Nothomb’s version is also a fine and dazzlingly exciting contribution to the legend. This short and fast-paced novel casts the protagonists in a contemporary Parisian setting. Saturnine, the heroine, takes the RER local train to get to Bluebeard’s mansion, where a suspiciously cheap rental awaits her. Nothomb is adept at splicing the real world with the fairytale so that the reader has no difficulty suspending disbelief. Don Elemirio Nibal y Milcar, the lavishly named Bluebeard figure, is a Spanish nobleman who lives at the heart of Paris. Unlike the traveling businessman in Perrault’s original folktale, Don Elemirio never leaves his abode: it is so vast that it feels empty even when he’s at home. During her first encounter with him, Saturnine watches the noble Spaniard delicately pile eggs into a pyramid shape before treating her to an omelet whose perfection is “intimidating.” Don Elemirio turns out to be perfectly obnoxious in almost every possible way, and yet his otherworldly skill in cookery and dress designing, as well as his formidable generosity, wealth, and intelligence, finally begin to work their magic on the very wary, tough-minded heroine. Don Elemirio makes no bones about having killed his former wives, arguing that love requires trust. Deeply religious, he compares his wife-trap to the tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. His forbidden room is an unlocked photographer’s darkroom with a special mechanism that is triggered upon entry. As always, Nothomb’s learning is ostentatious yet winsome and edifying at the same time; her dialogue is quaintly old-fashioned in an irresistibly flamboyant way that suits her often monstrously aristocratic characters. While her retelling of the tale has strong feminist overtones (which, one might add, even Perrault’s tale already possessed), the heroine’s attitude to the monstrous patriarch becomes increasingly ambiguous as the novel comes to its close. As in most of Nothomb’s previous works, sympathy for and attraction to the monstrous is a powerful narrative force. Erik Martiny Paris Sciences et Lettres

  19. 4 out of 5

    nina

    Barbe Bleue is my first read by Amélie Nothomb. My friend Clémence is a huge fan of Amélie Nothomb and she always talks about her books but I had never thought of reading one until last week when we went to that bookshop next to my school and they told us that Amélie was gonna do a signing for her new book on the day of my friend's birthday. My friend was all excited and she wants me to come with her, so she lent me her copy of Barbe Bleue. This book is —obviously— a rewrite of the famous French Barbe Bleue is my first read by Amélie Nothomb. My friend Clémence is a huge fan of Amélie Nothomb and she always talks about her books but I had never thought of reading one until last week when we went to that bookshop next to my school and they told us that Amélie was gonna do a signing for her new book on the day of my friend's birthday. My friend was all excited and she wants me to come with her, so she lent me her copy of Barbe Bleue. This book is —obviously— a rewrite of the famous French tale Bluebeard by Charles Perrault. It's totally different from its original version, it's a completely different writing style; and that's why I loved it. Amélie Nothomb's writing is beautiful and unique. The dialogues between Saturine and Don Elemiro were so fluent and seemed so natural despite the fact that their conversations aren't the most common ones. The only problem I had with this book is that it's way too short and there isn't much narration. I'm definitely going to read more of Nothomb's work.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isobel Ramsden

    'Barbe Bleue' is Nothomb's version of the Blue Beard fairy tale. Set in contemporary Paris, Nothomb's Blue Beard is a Spanish aristocrat living in the 7th arrondissement whose lodgers go missing in mysterious circumstances. Saturnine, a young lecturer in art history, agrees to be his 9th lodger (500 Euros/month for a luxury apartment in central Paris is too good to pass up). But will she discover the secret behind the missing women and the dark room which Don Elemirio has expressly forbidden her 'Barbe Bleue' is Nothomb's version of the Blue Beard fairy tale. Set in contemporary Paris, Nothomb's Blue Beard is a Spanish aristocrat living in the 7th arrondissement whose lodgers go missing in mysterious circumstances. Saturnine, a young lecturer in art history, agrees to be his 9th lodger (500 Euros/month for a luxury apartment in central Paris is too good to pass up). But will she discover the secret behind the missing women and the dark room which Don Elemirio has expressly forbidden her to enter? And is there more to this strange man than meets the eye? The best thing about this book for me was the character of Saturnine, whose wit and steeliness make her more than a match for Don Elemirio. The book mainly consists of conversations between her and Don Elimirio, which sometimes gets a bit repetitive. However, I loved the juxtaposition of chilling, gothic fairy tale with the more mundane context of flatshares and greedy landlords, although Nothomb does the gothic in her tale very well too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    World Literature Today

    "As always, Nothomb’s learning is ostentatious yet winsome and edifying at the same time; her dialogue is quaintly old-fashioned in an irresistibly flamboyant way that suits her often monstrously aristocratic characters." - Erik Martiny, Paris Sciences et Lettres This book was reviewed in the January 2013 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/W5sYtf "As always, Nothomb’s learning is ostentatious yet winsome and edifying at the same time; her dialogue is quaintly old-fashioned in an irresistibly flamboyant way that suits her often monstrously aristocratic characters." - Erik Martiny, Paris Sciences et Lettres This book was reviewed in the January 2013 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/W5sYtf

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    It's my first book by Amélie Nothomb and after reading it I'm just perplexed... I don't even know if I liked it or not. I'm not even sure if I correctly understand the ending! Don Elemirio was a strange character ; but really interesting because he has his own way of thinking. It was hard to follow him sometimes. It was a quick read and I really wanted to know what was the big secret that Don Elemirio was hiding! But I don't know, if I'll read another book by this author.... It's my first book by Amélie Nothomb and after reading it I'm just perplexed... I don't even know if I liked it or not. I'm not even sure if I correctly understand the ending! Don Elemirio was a strange character ; but really interesting because he has his own way of thinking. It was hard to follow him sometimes. It was a quick read and I really wanted to know what was the big secret that Don Elemirio was hiding! But I don't know, if I'll read another book by this author....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kobito

    Everytime I read something from her it's the same thing: I don't know if I like it or not. Even if I know it, the writing style surprise me everytime. Plus I always want to finish the book (because I don't like not knowing the end and her books are short) but once I'm done I don't know if I liked her wierd ending or even if I liked the whole book. So, I think I might have to keep reading stuff from her until I can make a decision. Everytime I read something from her it's the same thing: I don't know if I like it or not. Even if I know it, the writing style surprise me everytime. Plus I always want to finish the book (because I don't like not knowing the end and her books are short) but once I'm done I don't know if I liked her wierd ending or even if I liked the whole book. So, I think I might have to keep reading stuff from her until I can make a decision.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iz Chang

    I would've given 3.5 stars to this book if I could. I haven't read anything past "Le Fait du Prince" and was sorely disappointed by the quality of her books after Antéchrista. It was nice to see Nothomb back in shape. La fin laisse un peu à désirer. C'est pas aussi choquant que ses autres livres mais ça se lit bien et ça se lit vite. C'est aussi drôlement rigolo. I would've given 3.5 stars to this book if I could. I haven't read anything past "Le Fait du Prince" and was sorely disappointed by the quality of her books after Antéchrista. It was nice to see Nothomb back in shape. La fin laisse un peu à désirer. C'est pas aussi choquant que ses autres livres mais ça se lit bien et ça se lit vite. C'est aussi drôlement rigolo.

  25. 4 out of 5

    K.T. Waltzer

    I found this very eccentric story about a dynast's quirks for co-leasing rooms in his Paris mansion to unsuspecting young women suspenseful and full of unexpected twists. As odd as the story line is, it's very real in details, and our lead characters are written as such, as they push and pull moral boundaries. I felt like we are in their presence. It's that intimate. Will read more by Nothomb. I found this very eccentric story about a dynast's quirks for co-leasing rooms in his Paris mansion to unsuspecting young women suspenseful and full of unexpected twists. As odd as the story line is, it's very real in details, and our lead characters are written as such, as they push and pull moral boundaries. I felt like we are in their presence. It's that intimate. Will read more by Nothomb.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is probably one of her best work yet(for me) when i first read it,it felt so right! I dont know why,but i saw my self in Saturnine and Don El Emerio! I felt like i knew them,their weirdness was mine and their love i felt it! Two strange people reunited by fate only to be shattered one last time! I loved every bit of it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I really like the style in which Nothomb writes. The book was mostly dialogue. The two main characters were both controversial and philosophical and there was a bit of suspense throughout. I found the ending satisfying and particularly enjoyed the last line.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tiphaine

    This short book (1-hour read, 120 pages) brings an interesting retelling of the tale of "Barbe Bleue". Amélie Nothomb's style is as usual provocative but lightheartening, making this book a quick and pleasant reading. This short book (1-hour read, 120 pages) brings an interesting retelling of the tale of "Barbe Bleue". Amélie Nothomb's style is as usual provocative but lightheartening, making this book a quick and pleasant reading.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie Allin

    this book left me with a huge amount of questions. So, if you are afraid of reading spoilers, than spoiler alert ⚠. Why did she kill him? Wanted to get a revenge? Why did she talked to him that much? Why didn't she just move away? I didn't like it, honestly. this book left me with a huge amount of questions. So, if you are afraid of reading spoilers, than spoiler alert ⚠. Why did she kill him? Wanted to get a revenge? Why did she talked to him that much? Why didn't she just move away? I didn't like it, honestly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Y.M.R.

    A crazy story with very good dialogues (though the end is a bit weak). A woman student answers an add to become a room mate in a beautiful part of Paris and at a very low price. The man who owns the place is peculiar and forbid her to enter a special room in the apartment...

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