A nostalgic portrait of a French scholarship student's discovery of America during the academic year of 1954-1955. Soon the young freshman becomes seduced by American culture and the popular icons of the mid-fifties - Jack Kerouac, Presley and Grace Kelly look-alikes.
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Text: English, French (translation)From Publishers Weekly:
This French bestseller by Labro, a journalist and filmmaker, is a semiautobiographical novel about a French scholarship student's adventurous year at an elite, all-male, unnamed Virginia college. In a delightfully witty style, Labro poses a traditional European upbringing against the equally narrow rituals of Southern society in 1954-55. Ignoring the similarities, the nameless narrator revels in American differences: the college's unwritten dress code, male friendships that lead to future wealth and power, the significant convertible, Fats Domino and rock 'n roll, and, of course, American women. His first relationship is with April, a black maid. In a revealing analysis of 1950s race relations, the narrator finds himself walking a thin line between his love for a forbidden woman and his desire to be accepted by segregated Southern society. In contrast, his second girlfriend is Elizabeth, a co-ed in the midst of rebelling against her monied Bostonian parents who would have her star in high society. He is unable to understand her rejection of a realm of which he has grown enamored. Labro's third novel successfully captures, through the eyes of an outsider, the essence of the American collegiate rites of passage that were all-important in the 1950s.
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Descrizione libro Ballantine Books, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria SONG0345367774
Descrizione libro Random House Publishing Group. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Codice libro della libreria G0345367774I5N01
Descrizione libro Ballantine Books, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020345367774