The Kites by Romain Gary () Original French title: Les cerfs-volants. The Kites is a novel by Romain Gary translated by Miranda. Les Cerfs-volants has ratings and reviews. Anatoly said: I never really got into it. Can’t put the finger on the reason why, but I can say that. It seems extraordinary that Romain Gary, the Frenchman and only novelist we have this novel Les cerfs-volants – The Kites (first published in.

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Ludovic is bewitched by Lila.

As Lila explains to Ludo:. Romaij rakhshande rated it it was ok Jun 26, This prize for French language literature is awarded only once to an author.

Published May 13th by Crfs first published April 16th As a pilot, he took part in over 25 successful offensives logging over 65 hours of air time. Most of his kites have a message, as they often represent France’s great heroes.

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He gay greatly decorated for his bravery in the war, receiving many medals and honours. Dans le cafe de la jeunesse perdue Patrick Modiano. And, meanwhile, Uncle Ambrose confesses to his nephew that he has, all his life, been in love with an imaginary woman. Book ratings by Goodreads.

A last word about vloants book covers I included in my billet. The difference between mom and mum to a British reader is I think quite striking save in Birmingham and nearby, where they use mom.

If the original is colloquialism heavy then the translation should be too or it changes the tone, in which case the translator in my view is best going certs colloquialisms natural to their culture and accepting that those may prove a barrier for readers from some other cultures.


Les Cerfs-volants by Romain Gary (2 star ratings)

Penguin will shortly be bringing out a new translation of his outlandishly memorable autobiography about growing up as the only child of a questing Jewish mother but in the meantime, as an opening gambit, we have this novel Les cerfs-volants — The Kites first published inthe same year as his suicide to detain, entertain and introduce us to him.

What do English speaking readers think about this? Ludo is invited to their estate and gets to know her and her family. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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It is a rash, playful book, yet dark too. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Lex Australian publisher assumed it was and so did Penguin for Britain. The other French one is terrible: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

InLudovic is 10 when he meets Lila Bronicka for the first time. Diana rated it it was ok Mar 12, Uncle Ambrose, a loving but eccentric mailman, makes fanciful kites and disappears from the novel into a Nazi death camp.

The Kites by Romain Gary review – when resistance began in the kitchen

Top Blog at WordPress. The Best Books of I t seems extraordinary that Romain Gary, the Frenchman and only novelist not to mention aviator, film director and diplomat to have won the Prix Goncourt twice, should be strolling into English so casually and late in the day — and yet this is, according to his publishers, the first English translation of his last novel, The Kites.

He used to pilot planes from London and a lot of his comrades died in action. Although he comes from a modest background and is an orphan to boot, Ludo has the great good fortune of being brought up by a wise old uncle whose hobby consists in buildin If only French books were edited like British and American ones!


He succeeds in exploring a theme of how crises tend to reveal the best and worst traits of people with his characters and plot, but much of the novel seems to lack nuance. Time and again Gary tries to mint aphorism about reason, madness, memory and other lofty themes, but none of his efforts quite hit the mark.

Sorry for the very slow answer.

It brings a lightness to the story, a little spring in his sentences. To ask other readers questions about Les Cerfs-volantsplease sign up. The French one with cergs postman is my old edition and gaary represents uncle Ambrose and his kites.

Assorted secondary characters include the usual Prussian Junker with romajn impeccable sense of honor he commits suicide after failing to kill Hitler and a Jewish madam who manages to pass as a Hungarian Countess and even help the Resistance on the side.

He also co-wrote the screenplay for the motion picture, The Longest Day and co-wrote and directed the film Kill! As Lila explains to Ludo: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

She says at one point:. Adva rated it it was ok May 13, The young boy is the product of the Third Republic, educated in the public school-system. Far better to translate into their own dialect and let the gqry choose whether or not to follow them there.

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