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Not much that might be an American teen’s usual fare.

Madame – Antoni Libera

French in its desires. Set in Soviet run Poland of the s and s. Most of all he, born under the sign of Virgo, is madly in love with his French teacher who is an Aquarius and whose name bears the title of the novel.

Nostalgically ironic and ironically nostalgic. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Not without some reward though. But I ended up being so impressed by the way the stories weaved through the last half that I couldn’t go down to a 3. Oct 05, Bram Van Langen rated it it was ok. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Statuesquewith impeccable mannerscold and inaccessible msdame, exuding an aura of mystery. It had just enough style and points of interest that I might have finished it anyway, and even enjoyed the odd page.


No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s my Polish friend she is a former literature teacher in Poland favorite book, and I can understand why.

And true also was the fact that teachers and their superintendents had to toe the Party line.

His world is only partially dominated by the politics of the day most notably in terms of the school administration, though in a few other situations the Polish condition also rears its ugly head.

Madame is skilfully written and the subtle backdrop of communism is interesting and convincing. In a sequence of marvelously funny but sobering maneuvers, he learns much more than he expected to–about politics, Poland, the Spanish Civil War, and his own passion for theater and art–all while his loved one continues to elude him. Canongate Books May 24, Language: The occupation of the protagonist’s father is never mentioned, although they clearly are not Party members; yet they seemed to have decent enough living conditions.


Yet without his realizing it, his efforts–largely bookish and literary–to close in on Madame are his first steps to liberation as an artist. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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The novel is also entrenched in the Central European mxdame tradition: In my opinion, it far surpasses “Catcher in the Rye”, while also giving a wonderful description of a lifestyle about which we in the West know regrettably little. There are wonderful exchanges between the two in class, often in French but easy enough to follow.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Jul 15, Marion rated it it was amazing. The realism of these times in communist Poland is also remarkable.

The narrator of Antoni Liberz “Madame” is a precocious teenager indeed. This time I feel sad that it’s over, even if I come back to Madame it won’t be the same, you can only read a book for the first time once. The Illegal Gardener Greek Village. Readers who admired Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader won’t want to mwdame this scintillating bildungsroman about a.

I found it fascinating and have already put it on my “re-read sometime” bucket list. A winning portrait of an artist as a young man, Madame is at the same time a moving, engaging novel about strength and weakness, first love, and the efforts we make to reconcile, in art, the opposing forces of reason and passion.

But, beyond this, it is the story of teenage angst, a desire for love and freedom, and of passion for the unobtainable. Paperbackpages.

The narrator at one point breaks out in teenage Angst; surprisingly there is only one such crisis. The book begins with the usual challenges to authority as the narrator forms a jazz band and puts on a theatrical production, small episodes meant to give a feel for the conditions in Poland at the time.


I had read this several years ago and found it to be brilliant, amusing and a “great read” I decided to order a anroni so I might reread it leisurely. madamme

Madame by Antoni Libera

I also quite enjoyed the element of Polish history too, which was written brilliantly and really gave a madwme of where this was and what was going on at the time. Nov 10, Agnes rated it it marame amazing. Clever, long, and Polish in its inclinations. Set in Poland in the Communist era, it is the story of an adolescent’s unrequited love for his French teacher.

Returning to the scene of his earlier adventures as a teacher in training mzdame circle closes with a sort of redemption. I might agree, but was willing to make that leap of faith much like one must be willing to do in reading a thriller.

The book is intelligent and demandin I came upon the book Madame in a thread on the Chicklit message boards. A consummate literary entertainment. This was a wonderful surprise, as I picked this book up as a souvenir in a beautiful book store in Krakow, and I learned much more about Poland than I was expecting.

The youthful infatuation does, nadame come apart, and the narrator covers the years in between the last time he sees Madame and the writing of this book in cursory manner. Amusing enough, they seem somewhat out of place, not fully connected with the center of the novel. Every time I finish a book I think whether I liked it or not